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New Music Creator Development Fund

The New Music Creator Development Fund offers grants to individual music creators who need support to get to the next stage of their creative practice in the context of the challenging circumstances created by COVID-19.

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New Music Creator Development Fund

The New Music Creator Development Fund offers grants to individual music creators who need support to get to the next stage of their creative practice in the context of the challenging circumstances created by COVID-19.

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Funding for jazz artists of the New Music Creator Development Fund is provided in part by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This fund is also supported by the Gilman Foundation, Sony Music Group, The Amphion Foundation, The Cheswatyr Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation, and the BMI Foundation.

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The New Music Creator Development Fund offers grants to individual music creators who need support to get to the next stage of their creative practice in the context of the challenging circumstances created by COVID-19. The program supports costs which relate to collaboration with other artists and practitioners in these times of social isolation, enabling music creators to take the lead in the development of new and existing ideas and projects. Projects should be in progress or be developed in roughly the next year. We will give priority to artists in need and we are particularly interested in receiving proposals from BIPOC and other under-represented artists. Our aim is to stimulate creativity and collaboration between music creators and other artists from any discipline or background and to build community in response to the restrictions we are all facing, particularly in the performing arts.

Artistic collaboration is not easy in the context of a global pandemic. And yet, this period of restrictions and increased isolation is stimulating inspiring levels of creativity and innovation and new ways of working. This fund encourages new collaborations which tap in to these opportunities. We are leaving the nature of the collaborative practice to applicants to define – it may revolve around existing work that you want to bring to life, record, or transform for a new medium. It could focus on the creation of new work, the R&D time you need with your artistic collaborators, and/or a virtual performance of some kind. Most important to our fund is that the work you propose will have a positive impact on the next steps in your and the other participants’ creative practice.

Vanessa Reed, New Music USA’s President & CEO, said:

“The number and quality of applications submitted to our Creator Development Fund has been exceptional. We’re hearing from a broader range of creators than ever before and their shared commitment to collaboration in these challenging times gives us inspiration and hope. Our only regret is not being able to support more of the 1,000+ applications to this fund. Individual artists need as much help as the organizations that put on their work – it’s the continued risk taking and creativity of music creators that enables the art form we love to keep evolving and bringing us joy.”

"I am so delighted and honored to be chosen as a 2021 New Music USA Creator Development Fund grantee - thank you for all that you do on behalf of artists, and for this much needed good news which allows me to realize my project and keep creating!"

Helen Sung, Jazz Pianist & Composer, Creator Development Fund

Creator Development Fund Recipients 2021

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Alicia Waller

New York, New York

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Angélica Negrón

Brooklyn, New York

Ava Mendoza

Brooklyn, New York

A BIPOC woman in a gold top holding pink flowers next to her face, with a pink background that matches

Brenda Moorer

Stone Mountain, Georgia

A BIPOC composer sitting at an electric keyboard with neon lights and distortion

Brittany Green

Durham, North Carolina

Carolina stands, smiling, with a cello

Carolina Borja

Maple Heights, Ohio

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Christopher Tordini

Brooklyn, New York

Darian stares into the camera, holding a microphone.

Darian Dauchan

New York, New York

David sits on a stairway, holding his hands together

David Dominique

Richmond, Virginia

A trio of musicians. At the left, there is a Caucasian man with glasses holding a soprano saxophone. In the middle, an AAPI woman in a blue top with hands pressed against a stringed instrument. At the right, a woman in a black top holding a circular instrument while sitting in a chair backwards.

David Leon

Brooklyn, New York

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Fahad Siadat

Los Angeles, California

Helen Sung

Forest Hills, New York

A black & white image of Hery playing a tenor saxophone.

Hery Paz

Sunnyside, New York

A dark shot of a Filipino-Arab-American man with a charcoal grey blazer

Ishmael Ali

Chicago, Illinois

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Jacob Adler

Scottsdale, Arizona

Jean Carla Rodea

Brooklyn, New York

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Joseph Bohigian

Clovis, California

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Justin Jones

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Justin Morell

Hershey, Pennsylvania

A colorful, flowery photo of a BIPOC woman waiting to sing and a man playing percussion/keyboard

Kadhja Bonet

Long Beach, California

Kala Pierson

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

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Kala Ramnath

Redwood City, California

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Kaleigh Wilder

Detroit, Michigan

Kali Rodriguez-Pena

New York, New York

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Katherine Skovira

Salem, Oregon

Kavita Shah

New York, New York

Kristina Dutton

Healdsburg, California

Kyle Kidd

Cleveland, Ohio

Two caucasian men on stage

Lee Weisert

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Leyla McCalla

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Lisa Bielawa

New York, New York

Luke Paulino

Manhattan, New York

Luke Stewart

Washington, District of Columbia

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Melanie Dyer

New York, New York

Michael Bussewitz-Quarm

Sound Beach, New York

Michele Cheng

San Jose, California

Composer Molly Joyce

Molly Joyce

Fairfield, Connecticut

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Najite Agindotan

Los Angeles, California

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Naomi Blount

Brooklyn, New York

Niloufar Nourbakhsh

Vernon Rockville, Connecticut

Nirmala Rajasekar

Plymouth, Minnesota

Ochion Jewell

Brooklyn, New York

Paul Wiancko

Brooklyn, New York

Renee Benson

New Orleans, Louisiana

Richie sits in a diner with a bass guitar resting on his arm.

Richie Goods

Putnam Valley, New York

A BIPOC man sitting in a pastel room, sitting on a chair, smiling

Stephen J Gladney

New Orleans, Louisiana

Tomeka sits on a bench with an all-black cello,

Tomeka Reid

Chicago, Illinois

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Troi Irons

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Victoria Cheah

Bronx, New York

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Wendell Harrison

Detroit, Michigan

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William Dougherty

New York, New York

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Yacine Boulares

Brooklyn, New York

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New York, New York

We would like to extend our deep gratitude to the panelists who reviewed Creator Development Fund applications.

Emily Bookwalter, Seth Boustead, Kenji Bunch, Zac Bru, Yu-Hui Chang, Etienne Charles, Gerald Clayton, Adam Conrad, Kahlil Cummings, Natacha Diels, Joe Dyson, James Falzone, Ashley Gordon, Liz Harris, Mila Henry-Moore, Val Jeanty, Galen Joseph-Hunter, Laura Kaminsky, Texu Kim, Juarj Kojs, Lei Liang, Mary Madigan, Billy Mark, Aakash Mittal, Ravish Momin, Stephan Moore, Kyle Motl, Laura Ortman, Neva Pilgrim, Samora Pinderhughes, Kelley Rourke, Anne Ruffley, Sara Serpa, Derrick Spiva, Mazz Swift, Rhonda Taylor, Sumi Tonooka, Ashley Tata, and Trevor Weston.

Funders

Funding for jazz artists of the New Music Creator Development Fund is provided in part by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This fund is also supported by the Gilman Foundation, Sony Music Group, The Amphion Foundation, The Cheswatyr Foundation, The ASCAP Foundation, and the BMI Foundation.

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The New Music Creator Development Fund is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and Howard Gilman Foundation.

New Music USA also acknowledges and is grateful for the support of its endowment donors.