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Chamber Music America Announces $483,000 in Grants for New Works

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute a total of $483,100 to 21 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The ensembles selected this year reflect the diverse array of styles performed by small ensembles in the U.S. today, ranging from classical/contemporary keyboard sextet to jazz piano-violin duo to traditional wind, string, vocal, and jazz quartets. Independent peer panels of jazz and classical musicians selected the grantees in their respective programs in the spring. A list of grantees, composers, and instrumentation follows:

New Jazz Works
(Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation)

A total of $272,000 was awarded to nine jazz ensembles through the New Jazz Works program, which supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings.

Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet (Oakland, CA)
Composer: Ambrose Akinmusire
Instrumentation: Trumpet, piano/keyboards, bass, drums

Geof Bradfield Ensemble (Chicago, IL)
Composer: Geof Bradfield
Instrumentation: Tenor saxophone/bass clarinet, flute/tenor saxophone, alto saxophone/clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar/live electronics, bass, drums

Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman DUO (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Sylvie Courvoisier
Instrumentation: Piano, violin

Musae (Union City, NJ)
Composer: Roman Filiu O’Reilly
Instrumentation: Alto saxophone, tenor saxophone/vocals, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion

Ryan Keberle and Catharsis (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Ryan Keberle
Instrumentation: Trombone/melodica, voice, trumpet, bass, drums

Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Chris Lightcap
Instrumentation: Bass, saxophones, guitars, keyboards, drums

Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra (Baltimore, MD)
Composer: Todd Marcus
Instrumentation: Bass clarinet, alto saxophone/flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums

Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures (Maplewood, NJ)
Composer: Adam Rudolph
Instrumentation: Multiple percussion instruments, thumb piano, sintir, cornet/flugelhorn, multiple woodwinds, electronic keyboards, guitar, bass

Wayne Shorter Quartet (Los Angeles, CA)
Composer: Wayne Shorter
Instrumentation: Soprano/tenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums

Classical Commissioning
(Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)

Twelve grants totaling $211,100 have been awarded through the Classical Commissioning program, which provides support for U.S.-based professional classical and world music ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of new chamber works by American composers.

andPlay (New York, NY)
Composer: Ravi Kittappa
Instrumentation: Violin, viola

District5 (College Park, MD)
Composer: Evis Sammoutis
Instrumentation: Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon

Grand Band (New York, NY)
Composer: Missy Mazzoli
Instrumentation: Six pianos

Horszowski Trio (New York, NY)
Composer: Andreia Pinto-Correia
Instrumentation: Violin, cello, piano

loadbang (New York, NY)
Composer: Mark Applebaum
Instrumentation: Trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, baritone voice

Mantra Percussion (Woodside, NY)
Composer: Aaron Siegel
Instrumentation: Multiple percussion instruments, plus guest woodwinds

New York Polyphony (Brooklyn, NY)
Composer: Gregory Spears
Instrumentation: Countertenor, tenor, baritone, bass

Projeto Arcomusical (DeKalb, IL)
Composer: Elliot Cole
Instrumentation: Six berimbaus

Quince (Chicago, IL)
Composer: LJ White
Instrumentation: Three sopranos, one mezzo-soprano, electronics

Splinter Reeds (Oakland, CA)
Composer: Sky Macklay
Instrumentation: Clarinet, oboe, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon

Thalea String Quartet (San Francisco, CA)
Composer: Vincent Calianno
Instrumentation: Two violins, viola, violoncello, video playback with fixed 3-channel soundtrack

thingNY (Astoria, NY)
Composer: Rick Burkhardt
Instrumentation: Soprano, clarinet, saxophone, violin, percussion, double bass, plus speaking and singing by all ensemble members

Chamber Music America’s commissioning programs are also supported by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Amphion Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and the Chamber Music America Commissioning Endowment Fund. More information about Chamber Music America’s grant programs, including past grantees and projects, is available on their website.

(–from the press release)

New Music USA Announces the Inaugural Impact Fund Cohort

New Music USA announces the inaugural cohort of the NYC New Music Impact Fund. The Impact Fund, a new project of New Music USA, represents the first major effort to aggregate and amplify the voice of the New York new music community online. It supports new residency relationships, provides general operating support, and leverages New Music USA’s online platform to share events and news with a growing fan base.   


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Together, New Music USA and the Impact Fund cohort will tackle challenges facing the NYC new music community today, create a vibrant public identity for the sector, build connections and collaborations, and find innovative solutions to the need for increased performance and rehearsal space. Follow the cohort and help make new music in the city more visible and accessible for all!

About The New York City New Music Impact Fund

The New York City New Music Impact Fund is a new program, supported by a three-year, $495,000 grant from The Scherman Foundation’s Axel and Katherine Rosin Fund, that distributes general operating and residency grants to smaller new music ensembles, venues, and presenters (many of which are artist-led) and uses New Music USA’s web platform to create a home for the community and market their work in new and creative ways.

The panelists for the inaugural cohort were:

  • Patrick Castillo, composer and executive director of Hotel Elefant
  • Laura Kaminsky, composer
  • Allison Loggins-Hull, flutist and co-founder Flutronix, composer, and educator
  • Kristin Marting, artistic director of HERE
  • Ryan Muncy, saxophonist, director of institutional giving, and co-director OpenICE with ICE
  • Kathleen Supové, pianist
  • Yulun Wang, owner of Pi Records

CMA Announces Commissioning Grants Totaling $475,000 for 21 Ensembles

Logo of Chamber Music America listing genres of music they represent: classical, jazz, contemporary, world, and early music

Chamber Music America (CMA) has announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute a total of $475,000 to 21 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The ensembles selected this year reflect the diverse array of styles performed by small ensembles in the U.S. today, ranging from western classical to Cuban jazz to category-defying new music. Several feature instrumentation that bridges the gap between traditional classical and jazz ensembles, and between Eastern and Western musical traditions. Independent peer panels selected the grantees in each program in May.


A total of $277,000 was awarded to nine jazz ensembles to support the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and to help assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings.

Christopher Jentsch and the Jentsch Group No Net (Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: flute/alto flute, clarinet/alto clarinet/bass clarinet, soprano/tenor saxophones, trumpet/flugelhorn, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drums, plus conductor
Composer: Christopher Jentsch

Jane Ira Bloom and the Jane Ira Bloom Quartet (New York, NY)
Instrumentation: soprano saxophone and live electronics, piano and keyboards, bass, and drums
Composer: Jane Ira Bloom

Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue (Bronx, NY)
Instrumentation: vocals/gayageum/moon lute/piano, bass, drums, trumpet, clarinet/flute/saxophone, and string quartet
Composer: Jen Shyu

Jim Black and the Jim Black Trio (Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: drums, piano, and bass
Composer: Jim Black

Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-uba (New York, NY)
Instrumentation: piano/vocals, bata/congas, bass, drums, trumpet/flugelhorn, soprano/alto/tenor saxophones, trombone, and tuba
Composer: Michele Rosewoman

Pascal Le Boeuf and Imagined Reality (Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: piano, drums, bass, alto saxophone, woodwinds, tenor saxophone, violin, viola, and cello
Composer: Pascal Le Boeuf

Patrick Zimmerli and the Patrick Zimmerli Quartet (New York, NY)
Instrumentation: tenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums, percussion, and marimba
Composer: Patrick Zimmerli

Rob Reddy and Bechet: Our Contemporary (Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: soprano saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, guitar, bass, and drums
Composer: Rob Reddy

Rudresh Mahanthappa and Indo-Pak Coalition (Montclair, NJ)
Instrumentation: alto saxophone, guitars, tabla, and drums
Composer: Rudresh Mahanthappa


Twelve grants totaling $198,100 provide support for U.S.-based professional classical and world music ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of new chamber works by American composers.

Altius Quartet (Boulder, CO)
Instrumentation: string quartet
Composer: Michael Ippolito

Art of Élan with the Formosa Quartet (San Diego, CA)
Instrumentation: string quartet
Composer: Lei Liang

Beijing Guitar Duo (Baltimore, MD)
Instrumentation: two guitars
Composer: Chen Yi

Carpe Diem String Quartet (Lafayette, CO)
Instrumentation: string quartet
Composer: Reza Vali

Ekmeles (New York, NY)
Instrumentation: vocal ensemble (two sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass)
Composer: Christopher Trapani

Haven Trio (Corinth, TX)
Instrumentation: soprano, clarinet, and piano
Composer: Jon Magnussen

Kenari Quartet (Bloomington, IN)
Instrumentation: saxophone quartet
Composer: Corey Dundee

Mobius Percussion (Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: percussion quartet, with live processing
Composer: Jacob Cooper

Sō Percussion (Brooklyn, NY)
Instrumentation: percussion quartet
Composer: Paul Lansky

TAK Ensemble (New York, NY)
Instrumentation: soprano, flute/bass flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, and percussion, plus live electronics
Composer: Mario Diaz de Leon

Wild Rumpus (San Francisco, CA)
Instrumentation: soprano, flute, trombone, violin, bass, electric guitar, percussion, and piano/synthesizer
Composer: Dan VanHassel

Yarn/Wire (Ridgewood, NY)
Instrumentation: two pianos and two percussion
Composer: Alex Mincek

More details are available on the website of Chamber Music America.

(—from the press release)

New Music USA Awards $311,000 to Artists

New Music USA(waveform)
Today is an exciting day for New Music USA; we are thrilled to award $311,000 to the 57 projects comprising our second round of project grants awardees.  Our organization and the 43 peer panelists who helped us make our awards are delighted to support an amazing group of projects. During the eight months since the grant program was launched in November 2013, it has provided more than $648,000 for a diverse range of projects involving new American music.

We received 1,174 project requests this round!  The total amount requested represented the need for more than 9.8 million dollars in support. Those numbers in relation to our current funding capacity are humbling, but also inspiring; these submissions only capture a glimpse of the overwhelming creativity resonating throughout the United States today. We wish we could support even more.

The awarded projects are as eclectic as they are diverse—from multi-piece bagpipe commissions to afro-bop big band, to orchestral works, first recordings, and interactive works for dance. This group is provocative, fresh, and immensely talented.
Because a large part of why we exist is to support new American music, we are delighted that over half of our awarded funds this round are for the creation and commission of new work around the United States. There are also many who will be using funds to travel, for dance, to create scores and parts, to pay artists and collaborators, and to bring preexisting pieces to life in new contexts throughout the world.

The world of our funded projects can be found on newmusicusa.org, where the funded project pages can be discovered, complete with artist profiles, work samples, project information, dates, and photos. Anyone exploring those pages can listen to, watch, and experience the diverse array of these awardees’ works. Furthermore, creating a profile on our website allows individuals—you—to follow any of the awarded projects and choose to receive updates on that project by email. Creating a profile is the starting point for experiencing projects and discovering new artists. To find out how, read this. To experience a sampling of the music that is created by our awardees, hit “play” on one of the SoundCloud or YouTube playlists we’ve assembled of all of our awardees and their work samples.
New Music USA featured projects 7-2-14
Our approach to project grants continues to be driven by the conviction that artists should tell us what they need, instead of us telling them what we think they should want. It is driven by the conviction that artists should spend as much time as possible creating and easily sharing their art instead of writing grants, and that funding opportunities should be simple and free. So far, we hope that our streamlined, public platform helps artists across the country simply ask for crucial support while easily sharing their artistic ideas with a larger community. When we look at the sum of our awardees’ efforts, we’re proud of the results.

Putting Artists in the Limelight

This is a very exciting time for New Music USA! After months of extensive review that employed 47 artists, composers, administrators, vocalists, instrumentalists, and choreographers from all over the country, we have just announced the awardees of our inaugural round of project grants.

We were astounded by the 1,618 projects we received in November—astounded by the sheer volume, but also astounded by the projects themselves. This first round of project grants captured a tiny glimpse of the tremendous creativity and tireless efforts of artists working throughout our country. We’re humbled by their presence in our process.

Our approach is driven by a number of convictions. One is that the best way to serve new music is to ask the people making it what they need instead of telling them what they should want. We also believe that the process for requesting financial support should be simple and should help artists connect with audiences, not just funders. Based on feedback thus far, an overwhelming number of folks seem to think our process passes the simplicity test. And to follow through on the point about connection, now is the moment we bring our awardees into the public limelight, featuring them in a way we’ve never before been able to do.
featured projects screenshot
We’ve published all of our awardees’ project pages on newmusicusa.org, complete with artist profiles, work samples, project information, dates, and photos. This means that the world at large can explore, listen to, watch, and experience the diverse array of these awardees’ works.  Furthermore, anyone who creates a profile on our website can follow any of the featured projects and choose to receive updates on that project by email. (As an example, here’s my profile, including a few sample projects that I’m currently following.) Your profile is the starting point for experiencing projects and discovering new artists. If you need some additional guidance about your profile, read this.

The awardees of this inaugural round represent a stellar collection of creativity and talent. We want to recognize as well that there were literally hundreds of great projects and talented artists whom we weren’t able to fund this time around. To those artists: I wholeheartedly encourage you to apply again—with the same project even—for the April 1 deadline of project grants, which will open in early March.

Music is inherently social. Despite the periods of isolation it demands to create or perfect, it is ultimately experienced, performed, recreated and enjoyed by others who are just as committed and curious. There are so many people in the world who love new music but don’t know where or how best to find it, and an even greater number of people who love new music but don’t know it yet. Our goal is to connect audiences and artists with each other in both familiar and new ways. The public-facing project pages this first round of awardees will provide yet another means of doing exactly that.

New Music USA Announces More Than $1.2M in New Grants

New Music USANew Music USA has announced more than $1,200,000 in new awards made during the spring season through its grantmaking programs. These awards will empower composers working with orchestras, dance companies, and communities to take brave leaps into the unknown, and provide the crucial operating support that small, transformative organizations need to keep pushing the new music field forward.

Through Music Alive, a partnership between New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras, approximately $900,000 has been awarded to five proposals based in Albany NY, Dayton OH, Detroit MI, Orange County CA and Seattle WA. Through Live Music for Dance, which provides grants to New York City and New Jersey-based professional dance companies for collaborative projects involving a composer and/or musicians, over $150,000 has been awarded to twenty dance companies in support of dance projects incorporating the use of live American music. Through the Cary New Music Performance Fund, which provides general operating support to professional music organizations that are deeply committed to presenting, performing, commissioning and recording new music in the five boroughs of New York City, an additional $148,000 in total has been awarded to 36 organizations. Finally, through the Composer Assistance Program, which accepted applications from composers all over the country to help support preparations and travel expenses for premieres of their new work, over $33,000 was awarded to 28 composers. There is a complete list of awardees on the New Music USA website.

In fall 2013, New Music USA is reconfiguring five of its existing grantmaking programs (Commissioning Music: USA, Composer Assistance Program, Composer Assistance Program – Recording, Creative Connections, and Live Music for Dance) into a unified channel of support for a wide range of new music projects. Awarded projects will be promoted on newmusicusa.org and offer a new way for the public to connect with artists.

(—from the press release)

2013 Music Alive Residencies and Cary New Music Performance Fund Recipients Announced

New Music USA has announced the grant recipients in two of its grantmaking programs: the Cary New Music Performance Fund, a program providing general operating support to professional music organizations and presenters based in the five boroughs of New York City; and Music Alive, a national program now in its 14th year which is jointly administered by the League of American Orchestras and provides support for composers residencies lasting up to three years.

A total of 36 new music organizations will be receiving grants through the 2013 Cary New Music Performance Fund. The grants can be used for any purpose that supports the mission of the organization and promotes new music and its creators. Recipient organizations may include ensembles, collectives, and non-commercial concert venues or promoters. There are no limits or restrictions on the style or genre of music performed or presented. A complete list of the 2013 recipients is available on the New Music USA website.
Five orchestras in five states were selected to participate in the Music Alive program: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Gabriela Lena Frank; the Pacific Symphony and Narong Prangcharoen; the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Trimpin; the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (the nation’s first merged ballet-opera-symphony orchestra) and Stella Sung; and the Albany Symphony and the Sleeping Giant Collective, which consists of six composers—Timothy Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman.

Historically, the goals of Music Alive have been to help orchestras increase new music opportunities for audiences, artists, and administrators; to identify model practices for sustained partnerships between artists and communities; to help orchestras fully and comprehensively achieve their missions; and to enrich orchestral repertoire with fresh and inventive music of our time. This year’s awardees were chosen based on a new program focus toward depth and innovation and will collectively receive approximately $900,000 over the next three years to assist in commissions, interdisciplinary concert productions, performances in alternative venues, cultural integration, education and outreach programs, workshops, media, and the development and implementation of other creative ideas that will hopefully not only be successful models for the field, but will provide new music opportunities for artists and audiences for years to come. You can read more about the Music Alive program and the individual residencies here.

Composer Assistance Program Awards $33,118

Twice a year, New Music USA receives an influx of applications from composers across the United States who are seeking support for their newly created works.

The Composer Assistance Program is intended to help emerging to mid-career composers offset costs associated with live premieres and public readings of new or significantly revised works. Supported expenses include copying costs, score and part extraction and reproduction, travel and lodging; costs for obtaining copyrighted material, and more.

73 applications were received for premieres and first performances spanning from April of 2012 to October of 2013. A complete list of the most recent composer awardees and information about their works appears below.

Samuel Carl Adams
Brooklyn, NY. Samuel Carl Adams is awarded for Tension Studies No.s 1 and 2, to be premiered in April of 2013.
Julia Adolphe
Los Angeles, CA. Julia Adolphe is awarded for Sylvia, A Chamber Opera, to be premiered in March of 2013.
Timo Andres
Brooklyn, NY. Timo Andres is awarded for Comfort Food, premiered November 18, 2012.
Daniel Blake
Brooklyn, NY. Daniel Blake is awarded for Viññana, to be premiered in February of 2013.
George Brooks
Berkeley, CA. George Brooks is awarded for The Alchemy of Happiness, premiered September 8, 2012.
Christopher Cerrone
Brooklyn, NY. Christopher Cerrone is awarded for Flows Beneath, premiered October 25, 2012
Nomi Epstein
Chicago, IL. Nomi Epstein is awarded for Pillars and Glisses, premiered June 8, 2012.
Mohammed Fairouz
New York, NY. Mohammed Fairouz is awarded for Sumeida’s Song, premiered January 9, 2013.
Sean Friar
Pacific Palisades, CA. Sean Friar is awarded for Clunker Concerto, to be premiered in February of 2013.
Michael Gatonska
East Hartford, CT. Michael Gatonksa is awarded for Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing), to be premiered in May of 2013.
Troy Herion
New York, NY. Troy Herion is awarded for New York City Symphony, premiered April 5, 2012.
Huck Hodge
Seattle, WA. Huck Hodge is awarded for Tetzahuitl: two scenes from the Aztec book of omens, premiered November 6, 2012.
Tonia Ko
Ithaca, NY. Tonia Ko is awarded for Sunken Sky, premiered December 19, 2012.
Emily Koh
Waltham, MA. Emily Koh is awarded for freyja, premiered October 15, 2012.
James Lee III
Edgewood, MD. James Lee III is awarded for Gye Nyame, premiered January 13, 2013.
Kerrith Livengood
Champaign, IL. Kerrith Livengood is awarded for Bird Convergence, to be premiered in the spring of 2013.
Evan Meier
College Park, MD. Evan Meier is awarded for The Last Act of Revolution, premiered November 8, 2012.
Milica Paranosic
New York, NY. Milica Paranosic is awarded for The Tiger’s Wife: Prologue, premiered October 26, 2012.
Jack Perla
San Francisco, CA. Jack Perla is awarded for Pretty Boy, premiered December 14, 2012.
Kala Pierson
Glenside, PA. Kala Pierson is awarded for Cry of Stars, premiered August 26, 2012.
Jane Rigler
Colorado Springs, CO. Jane Rigler is awarded for While You Sleep, to be premiered in June of 2013.
Baljinder Sekhon
Wesley Chapel, FL. Baljinder Sekhon is awarded for There Are No Words, to be premiered in February of 2013.
James Stephenson
Lake Forest, IL. James Stephenson is awarded for Tributes: A Violin Concerto, premiered April 11, 2012.
Octavio Vazquez
New York, NY. Octavio Vazquez is awarded for his untitled trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano, to be premiered in February of 2013.
Christopher Walczak
Madison, WI. Christopher Walczak is awarded for Praxis, Theoria, Gnosis, to be premiered in March of 2013.
Daniel Wohl
Brooklyn, NY. Daniel Wohl is awarded for his untitled piece for bass clarinet and electronics, to be premiered in May of 2013.
Eric Wubbels
Oberlin, OH. Eric Wubbels is awarded for Processing, premiered January 11, 2013.

MAP Fund Awards Over $1.2M to Support 41 Live Performance Projects

Christina McPhee & Pamela Z

For the 2012 Map Fund awarded Carbon Song Cycle, a work which is in part inspired by ongoing changes and upheavals in the earth’s ecosystem, media artist Christina McPhee (left) will create layers of interactive, projected video and Pamela Z (right) will create music for voice and electronics, cello, viola, clarinet, and found percussion.

The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has announced its 2012 grants. The Fund will underwrite 41 new projects in the disciplines of dance, theater and music, all works that in some way explore the boundaries of contemporary performance practices. A panel of peers selected the grantees from more than 800 submissions and the projects will be supported with grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000. In addition to project grants, each MAP grantee also receives unrestricted general operating support to address their organizations’ day-to-day fiscal health beyond individual productions. Gen-op support—this year in amounts from $2,500 to $12,000—was implemented in 2008 in response to the global financial crisis. The 2012 grantees include: Harvestworks (NYC) for Hans Tammen’s Apheresis, a piece for 15 laptop/electronics performers using a score that’s rearranged every time it’s played; Circuit Network (San Francisco, CA) for the performance of Pamela Z’s Carbon Song Cycle created in collaboration with media artist Christina McPhee, The Educational Alliance (NYC) for the performance of Yoav Gal’s “hybrid opera” 3WEEKS; Music at the Anthology (NYC) for the production of Corey Dargel and Andrew Sean Greer’s music-theatre work The Three Christs; and the Department of Music at the University of California San Diego for Cuatro Corridos, an hour-long multidisciplinary music-theater collaboration between soprano Susan Narucki and writer librettist Jorge Volpi featuring music by Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang, and Hebert Vázquez Sandrin that looks at human trafficking across the U.S.–Mexican border. For a complete list of the 2012 grantees, please visit the MAP Fund site.

“The projects supported this year by the MAP Fund represent an incredible range of topics and formats that will both thrill and challenge audiences,” says Ruby Lerner, President and Executive Director of Creative Capital. “The MAP Fund’s long-standing commitment to supporting such a diversity of projects helps ensure the continued vitality of the field.” Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, added, “The MAP Fund has a long legacy of supporting some of the most innovative contemporary performance projects in the country. We are honored to support the work of this year’s talented roster of artists, and we look forward to seeing their exciting and ambitious projects come to life.”

Tammen Laptops

Hans Tammen conducting an orchestra performing on laptops and other electronic devices. His 2012 Map Fund awarded Apheresis, involving a total of 15 musicians, will use a score that is rearranged every time it’s performed.

Panelists who served the MAP Fund this year included Rob Bailis (independent consultant, San Francisco); Daniel Banks (DNAWORKS, Santa Fe, NM); Ron Berry (Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX); Georgiana Pickett (Baryshnikov Art Center, New York); Ann Carlson (visiting artist, Stanford University); Kristy Edmunds (UCLA Live, Los Angeles); Okwui Okpokwasili (indpendent artist, New York); Judd Greenstein (composer, curator Ecstatic Music Festival, New York); George Lewis (Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University, New York); and Peggy Monostra (G. Schirmer Music Publishers, New York).

With the exception of the NEA, the MAP Fund is the largest annual open submission grant to support contemporary performance projects in the United States in both applications reviewed and dollars awarded. Since 1989, the Fund has disbursed more than $24 million to upwards of 900 performing arts projects. The program is well known for its broad geographic reach, as well as for its support of cutting-edge performance practices. This year’s grantees represent artistic communities in Minneapolis, San Diego, Austin and Marlboro, VT, among others.

The MAP Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program, which was established by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1988, has supported innovation and cross-cultural exploration in theater, dance and music for more than two decades. To date, MAP has disbursed over $24 million dollars to more than 900 projects. Since 2001, the program has been administered by Creative Capital, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1999 which is dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.

(-from the press release)