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Oct 18, 2021

NewMusicBox's Frank J. Oteri honored in the 52nd annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards

NewMusicBox’s editor, Frank J. Oteri, has been awarded The Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Broadcast/Media Award for our SoundLives podcast episode titled, “VALERIE COLEMAN: WRITING MUSIC FOR PEOPLE.”

Jul 28, 2021

New Music USA Organizational Development Fund Grant Recipients Announced

New Music USA is pleased to announce the selection of 72 awardees of the 2021 New Music USA Organizational Development Fund. The fund was launched to support non-profit organizations, performance groups, dance organizations, festivals, presenters, and venues with a proven track record and impact who need support to sustain their programming of new music, artist development work, and other services in the evolving context of COVID-19. This program is for outstanding organizations which work regularly with, and support the development of, music creators and artists and offer a crucial resource to the community. 

May 27, 2021

New Music Capacity Building Program Grant Recipients

New Music USA is proud to announce the recipients of The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust. This two-year capacity-building program is designed for a diverse cohort of small sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

May 11, 2021

Inaugural Grant Recipients of Reel Change Film Fund Announced

Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring, powered by SESAC and Christophe Beck and administered by New Music USA, announces the first recipients of the grant program. The mission of Reel Change’s five-year grants and mentorship program is to elevate the careers and opportunities of composers of diverse backgrounds who have been marginalized in film composition. The first four grant recipients are composers Sultana Isham, Cali Wang, Emer Kinsella, and Daniel Jimenez Afanador.

Apr 05, 2021

New Music USA Announces Creator Development Fund Grant Recipients

New Music USA is pleased to announce the selection of 53 awardees for the first round of the New Music USA Creator Development Fund.

Mar 25, 2021

Announcing New Music USA's New Music Organizational Development Fund

The New Music Organizational Development Fund offers grants to non-profit organizations, performance groups, dance organizations, festivals, presenters, and venues with a proven track record and impact who need support to sustain their programming of new music, artist development work, and other services in the evolving context of COVID-19. This program is for outstanding organizations which work regularly with, and support the development of, music creators and artists and offer a crucial resource to the community. Deadline for applications: April 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern. 

Mar 23, 2021

New Music USA Impact Report

New Music USA’s Impact Report for 2019-2020 is now available. Your support and creativity enabled us to provide more grants to more music creators, performers, and organizations than ever before. The Impact Report includes a catalog of the projects we were able to fund, as well as the list of donors — individuals and foundations… Read more »

Feb 17, 2021

New Music USA Launches Two-Year Capacity-Building Program

Two-Year Capacity-Building Program for NYC-Based Music Organizations DEADLINE: March 18, 2021 AT 11:59 PM EDT The New Music Capacity Building Program was funded and made possible by The New York Community Trust.  About the Program Thanks to support from New York Community Trust, New Music USA is leading a two-year capacity-building program for a diverse cohort… Read more »

Feb 10, 2021

Additional Funds for the New Music Creator Development Fund

New Music Creator Development Fund raises $50,000 in first weeks of campaign, bringing fund total to $150K. Seeking additional $50K in match funding by Feb 28.

Nov 24, 2020

Announcing New Music USA's New Music Creator Development Fund

New Music Creator Development Fund Overview and Guidelines Download the announcement PDF here. *Music creator refers to any individual composer or artist who creates original music. Some music creators may also be performers; some may only create music for other people to perform. All of these individuals are eligible to lead applications for this fund.… Read more »

Oct 29, 2020

Announcing Reel Change Film Fund

New Music USA announces the launch of Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring, powered by SESAC and composer and film scorer Christophe Beck, and administered by New Music USA. Responding to the fact that the vast majority of films are scored by white men, Reel Change is a five-year grants and mentorship program for composers of diverse backgrounds who have been marginalized in film composition.

Oct 22, 2020

New Board Members: Aja Burrell Wood, Sue Wegleitner, Joseph Young

New Music USA announces three new appointments to its Board of Directors: Aja Burrell Wood, Susan Wegleitner, and Joseph Young. This follows the recent appointment of Co-Chairs Reena Esmail and Joe Walker, as announced this June and highlights the ongoing development of this national organization under new leadership. 

Sep 09, 2020

Closing the Music Gender Gap

Representation of gender minorities is necessary to achieving a field that fully reflects our values at New Music USA. Our organization is serious about our commitment to gender equity in all aspects of our work. We aim to empower underrepresented genders, who may have experienced barriers in new music. We do not only include cis… Read more »

Aug 27, 2020

President and CEO Vanessa Reed reflects on her first year at New Music USA

Towards an imaginative, collaborative, and inclusive future Dear friends and colleagues, When I joined New Music USA just over a year ago, the world was a very different place. I spent those first months on the road, meeting composers and music practitioners, and listening to live music in festivals and concerts – from Detroit, Miami,… Read more »

Jun 16, 2020

New Music USA Unites Talents of Two Incoming Co-Chairs in New Leadership Model

New Music USA announces today its new Board leadership model which unites the talents of composer Reena Esmail and business executive Joe Walker as co-chairs of this national organization embarking on a new phase of development. 

Jun 16, 2020

Meet the New Music USA Board Co-Chairs Reena Esmail and Joe Walker

Reena Esmail and Joe Walker’s co-chairing partnership will increase New Music USA’s capacity to draw from multiple perspectives as the organization responds to the shifting needs of the new music community. Together they bring direct experience of the challenges faced by independent artists and the community the organization supports, extensive experience steering organizations through times… Read more »

May 28, 2020

New Music Solidarity Fund completes fundraising with $508,000

The New Music Solidarity Fund, an initiative formed to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19, has concluded fundraising. At $508,000, the completed Fund has far exceeded its initial $100,000 goal, as well as its subsequent $500,000 goal; the Fund is now able to distribute emergency $500 grants to 1,016 applicants.

Mar 17, 2020

New Music Solidarity Fund

The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose projects have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mar 16, 2020

New Music USA's Response to COVID-19

To our New Music USA community: We know that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is creating extremely challenging times for our entire community – emotionally, logistically, and financially. Here at New Music USA, we will strive to do everything we can to support you during this unprecedented crisis. Below is an overview of some… Read more »

Feb 05, 2020

Amplifying Voices unites 30+ orchestras to address inequities in classical music

New York, NY (updated March 30, 2021) – New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices program, launched in January 2020 to promote marginalized voices in orchestral music, is growing to include at least 35 orchestras, which are working together to shift the canon for future generations. This increasing momentum, made possible by new funding from the Sorel… Read more »

Aug 21, 2019

Message from Vanessa Reed, the New CEO & President of New Music USA

Our new CEO & President Vanessa Reed shares the reasons why she joined New Music USA. She writes, “I’ve crossed the pond because I believe passionately in New Music USA’s national and international role as advocate, connector, and supporter.”

Jul 03, 2019

New Music USA Announces 114 Project Grants Totaling $529,420

Totaling $529,420 in funding, this year’s grants support new American music projects in 27 states. The 114 awarded projects include a wide range of activities and events involving new music as a central element; many projects involve collaborations in dance, theater, opera, and the visual arts.

Apr 29, 2019

New Music USA appoints Vanessa Reed as President and CEO

An experienced, passionate, and transformational music professional, Ms. Reed comes to New Music USA after serving the United Kingdom’s PRS Foundation as chief executive for the past 11 years.

May 31, 2018

Ed Harsh, President and CEO of New Music USA, Stepping Down After Eleven Years to Begin Book Project

New York, May 31, 2018 – The Board of Directors for New Music USA announces today that President and CEO Ed Harsh will step down this fall to take on an independent book project while working concurrently as a senior staff member of the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. He will continue in his role… Read more »

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NewMusicUSA Event

Contemporary Narratives: New Works for the Zodiac Trio

October 27, 2021 | 7:30 pm
New York, NY - The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
NewMusicUSA Event

Pianist Sarah Cahill performs The Future is Female at Mills College

October 30, 2021 | 8:00 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall & Online Event
NewMusicUSA Event

Kaufman Music Center – Just in Time: Caroline Shaw & Andrew Yee

October 30, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Merkin Hall
NewMusicUSA Event

Diwali Festival

November 6, 2021 | 11:00 am
Flushing Town Hall
NewMusicUSA Event

Open Gates Project

November 12, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx
NewMusicUSA Event

Quartet121: New Music for, about, and with String Quartet

November 12, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St, New York, NY

U.S. Premiere

November 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Mobile Symphony Orchestra , Mobile, AL
NewMusicUSA Event

Peabody Institute presents The Next Normal 2.0: Flexibility is the Future

November 17, 2021 | 10:00 am
online
NewMusicUSA Event

Words into Music

November 20, 2021 | 1:00 pm
897 S Columbus Ave, Mt Vernon, NY 10550

Ragamala Dance Company - Fires of Varanasi World Premiere (Harris Theater)

December 2, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Harris Theater at Millennium Park , Chicago
NewMusicUSA Event

Ross Avant, piano

December 10, 2021 | 8:00 pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
NewMusicUSA Event

Symphonic 1: Renew

February 6, 2022 | 4:00 pm
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, CA
NewMusicUSA Event

Symphonic 2: Reimagine

March 25, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, CA
NewMusicUSA Event

The River: Beaches Fine Arts Series

May 6, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Florida

A John Williams Jubilee

May 21, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Mobile Symphony Orchestra , Mobile, AL
NewMusicUSA Event

Symphonic 3: Rejoice

June 12, 2022 | 4:00 pm
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, CA

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Vijay Iyer
Amplifying Voices

Vijay Iyer

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Oregon Symphony is proud to be collaborating with composer Vijay Iyer.

Invisible Nation
Reel Change Film Fund

Invisible Nation

“INVISIBLE NATION" tells the story of Taiwan’s struggle for human rights, democracy and inclusion in the international community.

Contemporary Classical | Electronic & Sound Art | Experimental | Folk & Culture-Based Sound
Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Reel Change Film Fund

Midday Black Midnight Blue

MIDDAY BLACK MIDNIGHT BLUE is an intimate and stirring portrait of souls struggling through grief in order to at last discover something resembling solace.

Contemporary Classical | Electronic & Sound Art | Experimental | Folk & Culture-Based Sound
Reel Change Film Fund

Women In The Front Seat

“Women in the Front Seat” paints a vibrant and diverse picture of women who not only drive their motorcycles but drive their lives.

Contemporary Classical | Electronic & Sound Art | Experimental | Folk & Culture-Based Sound
Four string players stand in front of a yellow, textured wall.
New Music Capacity Building

The Rhythm Method

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Contemporary Classical
A collection of musicians sit on a set of brown stairs
New Music Capacity Building

ShoutHouse

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Experimental
A group of performers and singers on stage
New Music Capacity Building

Jazz Passengers Music Projects, Inc.

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Jazz
Six performers receive applause on a stage.
New Music Capacity Building

Five Boroughs Music Festival

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Contemporary Classical
CONTINUUM
New Music Capacity Building

Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc.

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Contemporary Classical
Four musicians crowd around electronics on a table, messing with knobs and wires
New Music Capacity Building

Yarn/Wire

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Contemporary Classical | Electronic & Sound Art
A group of people smile on set.
New Music Capacity Building

Experiments in Opera

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Opera
Six musicians stand around a roasted turkey in a quaint dining room
New Music Capacity Building

Mantra Percussion, Inc.

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Contemporary Classical | Experimental
Four people sit on a stage and have a public discussion.
New Music Capacity Building

Die Jim Crow Records

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Contemporary Classical | Jazz
A colorful photo of two Caucasian men and one Caucasian woman posing nonchalantly
New Music Capacity Building

New Amsterdam Records

The New Music Capacity Building Program, made possible by The New York Community Trust, is designed for a diverse cohort of small-sized groups committed to presenting, performing, or promoting new music by living music creators on a regular basis.

Contemporary Classical
Amplifying Voices

Nina Shekhar

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) is proud to be collaborating with composer Nina Shekhar.

Contemporary Classical | Experimental
Amplifying Voices

Valerie Coleman

Through the Amplifying Voices program, The Philadelphia Orchestra is proud to be collaborating with composer Valerie Coleman.

Contemporary Classical
A woman posing with a baritone saxophone in a black-and-white striped shirt, head tilted
Amplifying Voices

Shelley Washington

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is proud to be collaborating with composer Shelley Washington.

Contemporary Classical | Experimental
A Latinx man waving from the orchestra stage
Amplifying Voices

Juan Pablo Contreras

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is proud to be collaborating with composer Juan Pablo Contreras.

Contemporary Classical | Latinx & Tejano
Amplifying Voices

Jessie Montgomery

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is proud to be collaborating with composer Jessie Montgomery.

Contemporary Classical
A man posing with hands folded in a black shirt
Amplifying Voices

Brian Raphael Nabors

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Berkeley Symphony is proud to be collaborating with composer Brian Raphael Nabors.

Contemporary Classical
A BIPOC man sitting outside
Amplifying Voices

Tyshawn Sorey

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Atlanta Symphony is proud to be collaborating with composer Tyshawn Sorey.

Contemporary Classical | Experimental
Amplifying Voices

Tania León

Through the Amplifying Voices program, the Arkansas Symphony is proud to be collaborating with composer Tania León.

Contemporary Classical
Reel Change Film Fund

Demi's Panic

Demi's Panic tells the story of a Latina professional in the beginnings of the Covid-19 pandemic in NYC.

Media Music
Reel Change Film Fund

She The Creator

Set in the town of Port Townsend, WA, She The Creator is a psycho-spiritual drama feature film about a traumatized painter losing touch with reality, as she is misled by her young and enamored caretaker.

Experimental | Media Music
Reel Change Film Fund

The Island of Lost Girls

The Island of Lost Girls is the story of three young orphaned sisters who are accidentally transported to an Island where no signs of civilization other than a lighthouse seem to exist.

Electronic & Sound Art | Media Music
Reel Change Film Fund

The Neutral Ground

The Neutral Ground is a documentary feature film about the removal of confederate monuments in New Orleans, LA.

Contemporary Classical | Folk & Culture-Based Sound | Media Music
national string project
Community Connections | Large Ensemble | Performance and Events

National String Project Consortium 20th Anniversary

The National String Project Consortium celebrates its 20th anniversary with a newly commisioned work by Balmages and a virtual performance.

Contemporary Classical
virtual boston
Performance and Events

Virtual Boston New Music Festival 2020

Boston's leading new music ensembles present the finest in new music with three weeks of coordinated concerts across the metro area

Contemporary Classical
female gaze
Dance | Interdisciplinary | Performance and Events

The Female Gaze

The commissioning and premiere of works for female voice, ensemble, and electronics by Whitney George, Gabrielle Herbst, and Gemma Peacocke.

Contemporary Classical | Electronic & Sound Art
Audio | Recording

'A Few Kites' - Music for Trumpet and Electronics

'Star soloist' (TimeOutNY) trumpeter Andy Kozar will record a CD featuring new music for trumpet and electronics titled 'A Few Kites.'

Contemporary Classical | Electronic & Sound Art