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64th Annual BMI Student Composer Award Winners Announced

The winning works by nine young composers, ages 15 to 27, include music for orchestra and wind ensemble as well as solo and chamber pieces plus compositions involving electronics.

The BMI Foundation (BMIF), in collaboration with Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), has announced nine young composers, ages 15 to 27, as the winners of the 64th annual BMI Student Composer Awards. The winning compositions include works for orchestra and wind ensemble as well as solo and chamber works plus pieces involving electronics. Composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, who serves as the permanent Chair of the Student Composer Awards, Mike O’Neill, BMI President and CEO and BMIF Honorary Chair, and Deirdre Chadwick, BMI’s Executive Director of Classical and the President of BMIF, announced the decisions of the jury and presented the awards at a private ceremony held on May 16, 2016, at the J. W. Marriott Essex House Hotel in New York City.

The 2016 award recipients and their award-winning compositions are:

  • David Bird (b. 1990): Drop for string octet, strobe lights, electronic sounds

  • Jack Hughes (b. 1992): Ripple for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano

  • Paul Mortilla (b. 1995):
    STUPOR for trumpet, bass clarinet, double bass, piano, and drumset

Each year, two additional prizes are given to selected awardees: the William Schuman Prize, for the composer whose score was deemed the most outstanding; and the Carlos Surinach Prize, for the youngest winner in the competition. Tristan Xavier Köster was awarded the 2016 William Schuman Prize and Justin Zeitlinger received the 2016 Carlos Surinach Prize. One additional composer received an honorable mention in the competition: Avik Sarkar (b. 2001) for Purvi for orchestra (two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in B flat, two bassoons, two horns in F, two trumpets in C, percussion, violins I, violins II, violas, violoncellos, double basses)

Deirdre Chadwick, director of the awards, commented, “These young composers are on the cusp of a professional life in music. This is such a special night for all of us at BMI, to watch them take the next steps towards their future, and shine a light on them as they do so. I hope winning this award helps them trust their instincts, take chances, and move forward with confidence.”

Nearly 700 online applications were submitted to the competition.

The jury members for the 2016 competition were Oscar Bettison, Marti Epstein, Charles Wuorinen, and Yehudi Wyner. The preliminary judges were Carlos Carrillo, Alexandra du Bois, Shafer Mahoney, and David Schober. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, the first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, is the permanent Chair of the competition. The BMI Student Composer Award winners receive scholarship grants to be applied toward their musical education; awards this year totaled $19,000. In 2016, nearly 700 online applications were submitted to the competition from students throughout the Western Hemisphere, and all works were judged anonymously. BMI, in collaboration with the BMI Foundation, has awarded over 600 grants to young composers throughout the history of the competition.

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center houses a permanent archive of BMI Student Composer Award-winning scores dating back to the 1953 inaugural competition. Winning scores are annually donated by composers to the collection on a voluntary basis and are available for study within the library.

(—from the press release)

The nine 2016 BMI Student Composer Award winners with Deirdre Chadwick, Mike O’Neill, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

The nine 2016 BMI Student Composer Award winners with BMI’s Executive Director of Classical Music/BMIF President Deirdre Chadwick (far left), BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill (far right in back), and composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, permanent Chair of the Student Composer Awards (far right in front).

2016 Doris Duke Artist Awards Announced

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has named the recipients of the fifth annual Doris Duke Artist Awards.

In recognition of their creative vitality and ongoing contributions to the fields of dance, jazz and theater, awardees will each receive $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding as well as financial and legal counseling, professional development activities, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities provided by Creative Capital, DDCF’s primary partner in the awards.

In the area of jazz, the awardees are:

Dave Douglas
Fred Hersch
Wayne Horvitz
Jason Moran
Matana Roberts
Jen Shyu
Wadada Leo Smith
Henry Threadgill

With the 2016 class, DDCF will have awarded approximately $27.7 million to 101 artists
through the Doris Duke Artist Awards.

Many of these artists have been profiled on NewMusicBox and/or received support through grants from New Music USA.






Jonathan Berger and Christopher Trapani Win 2016 Rome Prize

Jonathan Berger and Christopher Trapani are the two composer recipients of 2016 Rome Prizes. The annually awarded prizes, which are selected by independent juries through a national competition process, offer a group of scholars, artists, writers, and composers the opportunity to participate in year-long residencies at the American Academy in Rome (AAR) where they are provided with the time and space to think and pursue their individual work as part of a unique and dynamic international community. There are a total of 28 American recipients of the prize this year, a group which also includes writers, visual artists, designers, architects, landscape architects, and scholars in the field of ancient, medieval, renaissance, early modern, and modern Italian studies. In addition, six Italian scholars were offered fellowships providing a residency at AAR. The Rome Prize winners and Italian Fellows benefit from access to all Academy resources and guidance from AAR’s network of advisors as well renowned artists and scholars living at AAR as Residents throughout the year.

(—from the press release)

Jonathan Berger and Christopher Trapani

Jonathan Berger (photo by Nicholas Jensen) and Christopher Trapani (photo by Esin Pektas ).

10 American Composers’ Works Chosen for 2016 Ars Electronica Forum in Switzerland

Electronic works by ten American composers will be presented during the 10th Forum Wallis, an international festival for new music which will take place between May 12 and 16, 2016 at the historic Leuk Castle in the Canton of Valais, Switzerland. For the second time in the festival’s history, there was an international competition for electronic compositions. Out of 289 submissions from 45 countries, a total of 24 works were chosen.

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Below is a list of the ten works by American composers which will be featured. (Click on the links on the titles to hear each of the pieces.)

Nicholas Chase: Dance Haiku 1.1, 1.2 & 2.3
Dave Gedosh: Guitar Construction #2: Progressive Fracture
Charles Halka: Live Bass Improv
Stephen Lilly: …in a shower of all my days…
Joseph Michaels: Ein geschlossener Waffenstillstand
John Nichols III: Nothing That Breathes
Christoffer Schunk: Until No Longer Effective
Michael Sterling Smith: Ictus
Phil Taylor: Pathways

The other composers featured during the festival are James Andean (Finland), Laurence Bouckaert (France), Mikel Chamizo (Spain), Manfredi Clemente (Italy/UK), Jannik Giger (Switzerland), Orestis Karamanlis (Greece), Alain Michon (France), Marco Molteni (Italy), Mirjana Nardelli (Italy), Yasuhiro Otani (Japan), Emilie Payeur (Canada), and Leonie Roessler (Germany/Netherlands).

(—from the press release)

Henry Threadgill wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Henry Threadgill

Henry Threadgill

In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill (released on Pi Recordings on May 26, 2015) has been named the winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The annually awarded $10,000 prize is for a distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the previous year. The jury described it as “a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.”

According to the Pi website, Threadgill’s six-movement work, created for his quintet Zooid (Liberty Ellman – electric guitar, Christopher Hoffman – cello, Jose Davila – tuba and trombone, Elliot Humberto Kavee – drums, and Threadgill – multiple winds), includes four main movements written specifically to feature each of the other musicians in the group: “Ceroepic” for Elliott Kavee, “Dosepic” for Christopher Hoffman, “Tresepic” for Jose Davila, and “Unoepic” for Liberty Ellman. They are introduced by an opening shorter piece and sandwich an exordium (“In for a Penny, In for a Pound” and “Off The Prompt Box”, respectively.) Threadgill’s own alto saxophone, flute, and bass flute is woven throughout each section. As with all of his music for Zooid, the music employs a strategy of Threadgill’s own device: a set of three note intervals assigned to each player that serves as the starting point for improvisation. Below is a link to two of the tracks from the recording.

Below is a link to a 2010 NewMusicBox talk with Henry Threadgill.

Also nominated as finalists in this category were: The Blind Banister by Timo Andres, premiered on November 27, 2015, in St. Paul, MN by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (and published by Andres & Sons Bakery), which the jury described as “a three-movement piece inspired by Beethoven that takes listeners on a beautiful quest in which they rise and fall with the music’s ascending and descending scales”; and The Mechanics: Six from the Shop Floor a six movement saxophone quartet by Carter Pann, that the jury decribed as “a suite that imagines its four saxophonists as mechanics engaged in a rhythmic interplay of precision and messiness that is by turns bubbly, pulsing, dreamy, and nostalgic.” (The work appears on a Capitol Quartet recording released on September 8, 2015 on the Blue Griffin label which also features saxophone quartets by Stacy Garrop, John Anthony Lennon, and the French composer Alfred Desenclos.) In addition, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton has been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

The jury for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize was: Julia Wolfe, 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Bang on a Can co-artistic director, and assistant professor of music composition, New York University (Chair); William Banfield, composer, recording artist, and professor of liberal arts, Berklee College of Music, Boston; Scott Cantrell, classical music critic, The Dallas Morning News; Regina Carter, jazz violinist, Maywood, NJ; and Pamela Tatge, director, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces Winners of Vocal Composition Prizes Totalling $90K

Kate Soper and Lewis Spratlan

The official seal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the winners of the Charles Ives Opera Prize of $50,000 and the Virgil Thomson Award of $40,000. These two prizes are the largest that are given exclusively to American composers of vocal music.

The Charles Ives Opera Prize, made possible by the royalties to Charles Ives’s music, awards $35,000 to a composer and $15,000 to a librettist. It is being given this year to composer Lewis Spratlan and librettist James Maraniss for Life is a Dream. Though written between 1975 and 1978 on a commission from the New Haven Opera Theatre, the company never staged the opera because it folded in 1977 and it remained unperformed for decades. In January 2000, Dinosaur Annex gave two concert performances of the opera’s second act which resulted in that portion of the work receiving the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Another concert performance of the second act took place during New York City Opera’s VOX Festival in 2002, but the opera did not receive a fully staged performance until it was mounted by the Santa Fe Opera in 2010. [Click here to read Frank J. Oteri’s conversation with Lewis Spratlan a week after Life is a Dream Act II, Concert Version was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize.]

The Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music, which was endowed by the Virgil Thomson Foundation, has being given to composer and performer Kate Soper. Below are video highlights from Molly Sheridan’s conversation with Kate Soper published on NewMusicBox earlier this year.

Candidates for the Charles Ives Opera Prize and the Virgil Thomson Award in Vocal Music were nominated by the Academy’s composer members, and winners chosen by a special jury of members who met frequently between June 2015 and February 2016. The awards, which will be given at the annual Ceremonial in mid-May.

American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2016 Music Awards Totalling Over $200K

The official seal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the seventeen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $205,000.

Four composers—Robert Carl, Robert Kyr, Sean Shepherd, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon—will each receive a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement by a composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work. Chia-Yu Hsu will receive the $10,000 Lakond Award in Music Composition, which was established through a bequest from Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond. Keith Fitch will receive the Walter Hinrichsen Award for the publication of a work by a gifted composer. This award was established by the C. F. Peters Corporation, music publishers, in 1984. Brett Banducci will receive the Andrew Imbrie Award of $10,000 for a composer of demonstrated artistic merit. Huang Ruo and Amy Williams are the recipients of this year’s two $15,000 Goddard Lieberson Fellowships. Named after composer and record producer Goddard Lieberson, these fellowships were endowed in 1978 by the CBS Foundation and are given to mid-career composers of exceptional gifts. Finally, Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’s music, which has empowered the Academy to give Ives awards in composition since 1970. Two Charles Ives Fellowships, of $15,000, will be awarded to Hannah Lash and Eric Wubbels. In addition, Thomas Kotcheff, Scott Lee, Dylan Mattingly, Jeffrey Parola, Sonnet Swire, and Liliya Ugay will each receive a Charles Ives Scholarship of $7500, given to composition students of great promise.

The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Yehudi Wyner (chairman), Martin Boykan, Martin Bresnick, Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Stephen Jaffe, and Tobias Picker. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

In addition, three musicals have received Richard Rodgers Awards: Costs of Living by Timony Huang and We Live in Cairo by Patrick Lazour (book and lyrics) and Daniel Lazour (book and music), which have both been awarded staged readings; and Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell, which was given a production award. The Rodgers Award, which was endowed in 1978, provides financial support for productions and staged readings of original musicals by non-profit theaters in New York City; it is the only award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for which applications are accepted. The jury for this year’s award were David Lang (chairman), Lynn Ahrens, Sheldon Harnick, Richard Maltby, Jr., Jenine Tesori, and John Weidman. Librettist/lyricist Michael Korie will receive the Marc Blitzstein Award for Musical Theater of $10,000. Established in 1965 by friends of the late Academician Marc Blitzstein in his memory, the award is given to a composer, lyricist, or librettist to encourage the creation of works of merit for musical theater and opera. The jurors were John Harbison (chairman), J. D. McClatchy, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, and Yehudi Wyner.

The American Academy of Arts and Letters was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. The Academy’s 250 members are elected for life and pay no dues. In addition to electing new members as vacancies occur, the Academy seeks to foster and sustain an interest in Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts by administering over 70 awards and prizes, exhibiting art and manuscripts, funding performances of new works of musical theater, and purchasing artwork for donation to museums across the country.

(—from the press release)

Sixteen Jazz Composers’ Works to be Performed by Three Orchestras

The official logo for EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network

Between May and September 2016, three different orchestras will give public readings of new works for symphony orchestra written by a total of sixteen jazz composers as part of the third Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings, a program coordinated by EarShot, the National Orchestra Composition Discovery Network. In addition to the reading sessions, the activities at the three orchestras—the Naples Philharmonic (May 25 and 26), American Composers Orchestra (June 15 and 16), and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (September 20 and 21)—will involve a variety of workshops and other opportunities for the participating composers.

The 2016 JCOI Readings are the culmination of a process that began in August 2015, when 36 jazz composers of all ages were selected from a national pool of applicants to attend the weeklong JCOI Intensive, a series of workshops and seminars devoted to orchestral composition held at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles. After completing the Intensive, sixteen composers were given the opportunity to put what they learned into practice by composing a new symphonic work. The composers, working in jazz, improvised, and creative music, were chosen based on their musicianship, originality, and potential for future growth in orchestral composition. Each composer will receive coaching from mentor composers and a professional music engraver as they write their new works. Composers will also receive feedback from orchestra principal musicians, conductors, librarians, and mentor composers, throughout the readings. Each of the three orchestras will workshop and perform between four and seven composers’ new works.

Robin Holcomb, Sonia Jacobsen, Yvette Jackson, and Nathan Parker Smith

The four composers participating in the Naples Philharmonic’s readings (pictured from left to right): Robin Holcomb (photo by Peter Gannushkin), Sonia Jacobsen, Yvette Jackson (photo by Ava Porter), and Nathan Parker Smith. (Photos courtesy Christina Jensen PR.)

The Naples Philharmonic readings will take place at Artis-Naples Hayes Hall, with mentor composers Vincent Mendoza (composer/arranger), James Newton (JCOI Director; University of California, Los Angeles), and Derek Bermel (Artistic Director, ACO). The featured composers’ works will be conducted by Naples Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Yaniv Segal. The participating composers are: Robin Holcomb (b. 1954), a Seattle-based composer and singer/songwriter whose music draws on both her childhood in Georgia and her stints working among avant-garde musicians in New York and California; Sonia Jacobsen (b. 1967), a much-awarded composer, jazz saxophonist, and founding director of the New York Symphonic Jazz Orchestra currently based in Chapin, South Carolina; Yvette Jackson (b. 1973), a composer, sound designer and installation artist focused on radio opera and narrative soundscape composition from La Solla, California; and Brooklyn-based performer and composer Nathan Parker Smith (b. 1983), who leads the Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble which performs throughout New York City.

The Readings will include an open, working rehearsal on Wednesday, May 25 at 2pm, and a run-through of the composers’ pieces on Thursday, May 26 at 7pm. Both events are free and open to the public.

Jonathan Finlayson, Dawn Norfleet, Ben Morris, Ethan Helm. John La Barbara, Guy Mintus, and Brian Friedland

The seven participating composers in the ACO Readings: (top row, left to right) Jonathan Finlayson (photo by Scott Benedict), Dawn Norfleet, and Ben Morris; (bottom row left to right) Ethan Helm, John La Barbara, Guy Mintus, and Brian Friedland. (Photos courtesy Christina Jensen PR.)

The American Composers Orchestra’s readings will take place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, with mentor composers Derek Bermel, Anthony Davis (University of California, San Diego), Gabriela Lena Frank (composer in residence, Houston Symphony), and James Newton. ACO Music Director George Manahan will conduct. The participating composers are New York-based Jonathan Finlayson (b. 1982), a disciple of the saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman who has performed alongside Mary Halvorson, Henry Threadgill, Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto, and Vijay Iyer; Boston-based Brian Friedland (b. 1982), whose music is rooted in jazz piano traditions but also shows his love of genres ranging from Balkan Folk to classical minimalism; New York-based saxophonist and composer Ethan Helm (b. 1990), who co-leads the jazz quintet Cowboys & Frenchmen; Israeli-born, New York-based jazz pianist and composer Guy Mintus (b. 1991), who has collaborated with master musicians from Turkey, Greece, Iran, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Cuba, India, and Mali; Ben Morris (b. 1993), a recipient of two Klezmer Company Orchestra Composers’ Prizes, three Festival Miami Composers’ Awards, and an ASCAP Morton Gould Award who is currently pursuing his masters’ at Rice University; John La Barbera (b. 1945), a composer/arranger whose music has been performed by Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Chaka Khan, Harry James, Bill Watrous, and Phil Woods; and Dawn Norfleet (b. 1965), a jazz flutist, vocalist, and composer residing in Los Angeles who is on the faculty at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County and the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

The Readings will include a private, working rehearsal on Wednesday, June 15, and a run-through of the composers’ pieces on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm, which is free and open to the public (reservations suggested).

Hitomi Oba, Gene Knific, Anthony Tidd, Emilio Solia, and Amina Figarova

The five composers participating in the Buffalo Philharmonic readings (pictured from left to right): Hitomi Oba, Gene Knific, Anthony Tidd, Emilio Solia, and Amina Figarova (photo by Zak Shelby-Szyszko). (Photos courtesy Christina Jensen PR.)

Finally, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra readings will take place at Kleinhans Music Hall, with mentor composers Derek Bermel, Anthony Cheung (composer, University of Chicago), and Nicole Mitchell (composer/flutist). All of the works will be conducted by Stefan Sanders, associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

The participating composers are: Amina Figarova (b. 1966), an Azerbaijan-born, New York-based pianist and composer who studied classical piano performance at the Baku Conservatory as well as jazz performance at the Rotterdam Conservatory, Netherlands, and attended the Thelonious Monk Institute’s summer jazz colony in Aspen; Gene Knific (b. 1992), a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kalamazoo, Michigan who has won seven DownBeat awards for his performances and compositions; Los Angeles-based saxophonist and composer Hitomi Oba (b. 1984), who holds an MA from UCLA in Music Composition and whose album, Negai, received a Swing Journal jazz disc award; London-born, Philadelphia-based Anthony Tidd (b. 1972), who has performed with Steve Coleman, The Roots, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Wayne Krantz, Meshell Ndegeocello, Common, and Jill Scott, and has produced albums by The Roots, Macy Grey, Zap Mama, and The Black Eyed Peas; and Buenos Aires-born, Brooklyn-based Emilio Solla (b. 1962), who has recorded more than 40 albums performing with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo O’Farrill, Cristina Pato, and Billy Hart, and whose latest album, Second Half (2014), was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. The Readings will include a private, working rehearsal on Tuesday, September 20, and a run-through of the composers’ pieces on Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm, which is free and open to the public.

JCOI is a new development in the jazz field, led by ACO in partnership with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University in New York. While many jazz composers seek to write for the symphony orchestra, opportunities for hands-on experience are few. Since the first JCOI readings in 2011 and with these new sessions at three orchestras, nearly 100 jazz composers will have benefited from the program and so far 27 new jazz works for orchestra have been created and workshopped. EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, initiates partnerships with orchestras around the country; provides consulting, production, and administrative support for orchestras to undertake readings, residencies, performances, and composer-development programs; identifies promising orchestral composers, increasing awareness and access to their music; supports orchestras’ commitment to today’s composers and enhances national visibility for their new music programs. EarShot is coordinated by American Composers Orchestra in collaboration with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. It brings together the artistic, administrative, marketing, and production resources and experience of the nation’s leading organizations devoted to the support of new American orchestral music.

(—from the press release)

Songs by David Lang and J. Ralph Denied Oscar Performance

David Lang and J. Ralph
David Lang and J. Ralph

J. Ralph and David Lang (Lang photo by Peter Serling)

Updated Friday, February 26 at 10:15 AM

If you plan to tune in to the Oscar telecast on February 28, you will only hear three of the five nominees in the “Best Original Song” category performed during the broadcast. Contributions penned by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang as well as two-time Academy Award nominee J. Ralph (with lyrics by ANOHNI) will not be included in the lineup, Variety has reported:

The Oscar-nominated songs “Manta Ray,” from the documentary “Racing Extinction,” and “Simple Song #3,” from Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth,” will not be performed on the 88th Academy Awards, Variety has learned. The reason, according to a source: “time constraints.”

During a year in which the Oscars have received strong criticism for their lack of diversity, this seems an especially odd move–not only in terms of the music itself, but also when considering that it means the absence of Korean soprano Sumi Jo and transgender performer ANOHNI.

The music and lyrics for “Simple Song #3” were composed by David Lang. This is his first nomination. “Manta Ray” features music by J. Ralph and lyrics by ANOHNI (formerly Antony Hegarty). This is the first nomination for ANOHNI and the second for J. Ralph. He was previously nominated for Chasing Ice (2012).

Performers and composers representing all five of the nominated songs did gather earlier this year for a photo shoot and lunch. A podcast was also taped and can be heard here.



Update: ANOHNI has announced  that she will boycott this year’s Academy Awards.


MacArthur’s Creative and Effective Institutions and Bielecki Foundation Awards Announced

MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions
MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and eighth blackbird among those to receive MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

Fourteen Chicago arts organizations have been named as recipients of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, which recognizes “exceptional nonprofit organizations that are engaged in the foundation’s core fields of work and helps ensure their long-term sustainability.” The award, presented annually since 2006 to organizations around the world that demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness, provides each organization with $200,000 to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget.

In the area of music, the 2016 recipients are:

This year’s recipients are drawn exclusively from Chicago’s arts and culture community in order to strengthen the city’s vibrant cultural life and underscore the foundation’s commitment to its hometown.

The foundation does not seek or accept nominations for these awards.

Learn more about these and other MacArthur projects.


Ingrid Laubrock and Pauline Oliveros

Ingrid Laubrock and Pauline Oliveros

The Robert D. Bielecki Foundation has presented Pauline Oliveros with a grant of $10,000 towards the completion of “Deep Listening — The Story of Pauline Oliveros” and a $3,000 grant to Ingrid Laubrock in support of her Fall 2016 Intakt Records release.

The Bielecki Foundation seeks to enrich fine art culture while expanding opportunities for individual artist development and audience cultivation. They provide funding to emerging, under-recognized, and deserving artists and organizations across the United States and internationally. There is no application process.

Learn more about Oliveros, Laubrock, and their funded projects.