New Music Inc
New Music Inc is an incubator program that helps small-budget, artist-led new music groups and organizations generate new ideas, strategies and collaborations at pivotal stages in the group or collective’s development. The program cities are Baltimore, Chicago, and New York City.
Funding, mentorship, and cohort learning for small-budget, artist-led music groups and organizations.
About New Music Inc
New Music Inc is an incubator program that helps small-budget, artist-led new music groups and organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, and New York City to generate new ideas, strategies and collaborations at pivotal stages in the group or collective’s development. The program provides each participating organization with financial support coupled with hands-on skill-building in a cohort environment intended to foster collective learning and collaboration.
Each city’s cohort will be supported by a local Program Coordinator who is an active member of the city’s local music communities. We are grateful to work with Kori Coleman (Chicago), Amanda Gookin (NYC), and Marquis Gasque “Mighty Mark” (Baltimore) as Program Coordinators for New Music Inc.
Regional New Music Inc programs are funded and made possible by The New York Community Trust (New York City) and the Walder Foundation (Chicago). The Baltimore program is supported in part by grants from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation.
Summary of program activity
The program is shaped to meet the needs of the selected groups or organizations; each will receive unrestricted financial support in order to implement organizational plans that they will design in consultation with New Music USA staff, the Program Coordinator and industry experts. Awardees are provided recommendations for resources, peer mentors or advisors, and consultants to help them implement their plans. The content of our cohort learning sessions will also be dictated by the participating organizations. In these learning sessions, participants will have an opportunity to share progress and ideas, and to hear from guest speakers and experts in response to needs expressed by members of the cohort.
Read the full announcement on the 2023 new Music Inc awardees here.
Discover the music and artists supported by this year’s awardees on the playlists below.
2023 New Music Inc Spotify Playlist
2023 New Music Inc YouTube Playlist
(Pictured above: Pleiades, New Music Inc Chicago awardee. Photo by Ricardo Adame)
New Music Inc Program Recipients
2023 New Music Inc awardees-Baltimore
2640 Space is a non-commercial, collectively operated events space in Charles Village that offers accessible, affordable rental space for social justice, grassroots, and performing arts events.
Blakwater Production House is a 3600 square foot creative sanctuary. The genesis of Blakwater stems from a vision by Husband and Wife power couple Kariz Marcel and B-FLY. Blakwater is here to establish a cultural pathway throughout the diaspora, using music, film, events, and the arts as mediums of expression and connection. This funding will help us to get the word out to the public about the services and events we offer.
Contemporary Arts Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization co-founded in 1997 by Carl G. Grubbs, saxophonist, recording artist, educator and Barbara Harrell Grubbs, retired educator. Now in its 26th year of operation, the organization will utilize the funds from New Music USA to transition with a change in leadership and a look to increasing its efforts for sustainability in the coming years.
Every Person Is Coming From A Memory EPIC FAM is a Baltimore, Maryland based entertainment & media company with a mission to bring national attention to the city's wealth of artists. The company's goal is to develop music, television and film projects featuring & highlighting Baltimore's unique flavor & boundless talent.
Founded in 1996 in Baltimore, High Zero Foundation produces more than 150 performances of experimental and avant garde music annually featuring performing artists from Baltimore, the United States, and around the world.
Mind on Fire is a chamber orchestra making music by living composers and an arts organization showcasing the talents of performing artists, building creative access and collaborative partnerships in Baltimore.
MRI Studios Inc promotes the artistic growth, entrepreneurial development, and overall advancement of young and emerging music creatives through accessible and equitable platforms for learning, sustainability, and wholeness.
2023 New Music Inc awardees-Chicago
a•pe•ri•od•ic is a Chicago-based ensemble specializing in notated, acoustic, experimental music that explores the indeterminacy of various musical elements including instrumentation, structure, pitch, and/or duration.
The AACM’s mission is to uplift humanity and enhance cultural understanding through the celebration of Great Black Music, to cultivate young musicians in the practice of creative music, and to push the boundaries of contemporary music through composition and improvisation, while providing an environment that encourages the development of its member-artist.
Chicago Composers Orchestra, one of the few orchestras worldwide to place exclusive focus on living composers, will shape a strategic plan to guide our growth over the next several years and ensure we steer mindfully toward our equity and sustainability goals while continuing to advocate for contemporary music and building a community of musicians, composers and audiences.
The mission of Crossing Borders Music is to use music to promote the dignity of people from all cultures. To this end, Crossing Borders Music shares moving music and compelling stories of people from under-represented cultures in a way that affirms and uplifts.
Hearing in Color is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to sharing the music and stories of communities that have been historically excluded from musical spaces. The New Music USA grant will be instrumental in helping us establish a successful business structure to promote and continue the work we do!
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune for its "stirring contributions to the art song genre", LYNX Project is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that amplifies diverse voices through new song commissions, inclusive concerts, and educational programming. Founded in 2015, LYNX was formed to revitalize the genre of art song and share it with new audiences.
New Music Chicago (NMC) advocates for the importance of a vital, vibrant music scene in our city and its geographical region, serving emerging and established member artists with professional development, community building, and performance opportunities ranging from our monthly hybrid Presents series to the nationally-regarded Ear Taxi Festival.
NON:op Open Opera Works engages diverse Chicago and Illinois communities with experiential performances and projects where people use the arts to create a more just society.
Pleiades is a performance series focused on increasing the visibility of women, trans and non-binary artists and building community among femme and nonbinary performers from diverse backgrounds.
The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange, and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance, and visual arts. CFAS plans to use the funding awarded by New Music USA towards staff development, fundraising initiatives, and strategic planning.
2023 New Music Inc awardees- New York City
New York, NY
Batalá New York is the premier all-women Black-led percussion ensemble, promoting Afro-Brazilian culture and empowerment of women through high energy, visually stimulating dancing and drumming performances.
New York, NY
Bergamot Quartet is fueled by a passion for exploring and advocating for the music of living composers with creative programming, community-oriented audience building, and frequent commissioning.
New York, NY
ChamberQUEER highlights LGBTQ+ voices in classical music; creates intersectionally inclusive spaces; and applies a queer lens to the experience of classical music in the 21st century.
New York, NY
Irreversible Entanglements are a liberation-oriented free jazz collective formed in 2015 by saxophonist Keir Neuringer, poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother), and bassist Luke Stewart, trumpeter Aquiles Navarro, and drummer Tcheser Holmes following performances at a Musicians Against Police Brutality event organized after the slaying of Akai Gurley by the NYPD.
New York, NY
LayeRhythm Productions, Inc. (LPI) highlights freestyle dance and music voices under-recognized in the traditional performing arts landscape. The generous New Music USA funds will be used for musical capacity building geared toward street and club dance styles.
New York, NY
We as Pathos Trio plan to use our 2023 New Music Inc. Grant funds towards expanding on booking more live, in-person concerts with presenters and venues, and towards general operating expenses in order to keep our ensemble up and running, which in turn would then help ease our overall financial burdens in realizing our upcoming commissions, projects, and educational programs to their fullest potential.
New York, NY
Inspired by Moki Cherry’s motto “the stage is home and home is a stage,” Pique-nique prioritizes community, curiosity, and unbridled creativity through events, music production, and distribution.
New York, NY
Founded on the principles of curiosity, change, and collaboration, TAK is dedicated to commissioning new works and direct partnership with composers and other artists, and they have premiered hundreds of works to date. The ensemble has released seven albums to critical acclaim. In 2019, TAK their in-house media label, TAK editions, on which they have released several albums and seasons of the TAK Editions Podcast.
“Àkójọpọ̀ is overwhelmed with profound gratitude for the incredible support we have received from New Music USA! This generous gesture fills our hearts with immense joy and hope, knowing that it will play a pivotal role in our mission to empower and uplift living composers and musicians. With this support, we can breathe life into new African music, infusing it with the rich tapestry of our culture, and thereby forging a path forward that will inspire and resonate with generations to come. We couldn’t be more touched and humbled by the belief and trust placed in us.”
Àkójọpọ̀ Music Foundation, Chicago awardee
“New Music Inc's program could not arrive at a better time in the life cycle of this arts organization. Mind on Fire is in its seventh year of operation with a need to grow. Over the course of many shows, we've established connections between a panoply of musicians and performing artists, commissioning an adventurous body of creative work and gaining a reputation for exciting and thoughtful shows with many of Baltimore's most powerful art makers. But it has become increasingly tricky to find the road forward, as we brush up against the limits of our own capacity. I'm excited for what New Music Inc will illuminate – and what blind spots might be uncovered – in the process of this program. Mind on Fire started as an experiment, a different path for new art music outside of the conservatory and academic nest. We've proven that this is a living art that can engage with us now, where we live. Now it's time to build it a lasting foundation – and I suspect New Music Inc's mentorship and this cohort will be integral in laying that groundwork.”
James Young, Executive Director, Mind on Fire, Baltimore awardee
“New Music USA is one of the premier champions of jazz and improvised music and we cannot be more excited to join their New Music Inc program and cohort! We have been building out – and dialing in – our event offerings over the last five years and are now ready to take our organization to the next level, growing our programming to support more musicians and reach more diverse audiences. We’re confident New Music USA can help us advance our mission, refine our strategy, and deepen our commitment to diverse audiences and musicians for many years to come. We can’t wait to join and learn from this forward-thinking community of artists and practitioners.”
Pique-nique Recordings, New York awardee
“I am proud of the step New Music Inc represents in our organization's continued efforts to expand and deepen our services to music creators and practitioners across different US cities and artistic communities. We thank our funders in Baltimore, Chicago, and New York for enabling us to provide professional development resources and connectivity that small, artist-led organizations need to keep driving innovation in our field.”
Vanessa Reed, President and CEO of New Music USA
Regional New Music Inc. programs are funded and made possible by The New York Community Trust (New York City) and the Walder Foundation (Chicago). The Baltimore program is supported in part by grants from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation.