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Program

Organizational Development Fund

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 their community.

Programs
Program

Organizational Development Fund

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 their community.

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Funders

The New Music USA Organizational Development Fund is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Kochul 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, Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

The New Music Organizational Development Fund offers grants to non-profit organizations, performance groups, dance organizations, festivals, presenters, and venues who need support to sustain their programming of new music, nurturing of music creators, and other services in the evolving circumstances of the pandemic. 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 their community. The main criteria for this fund are: artistry, impact, need, equity and inclusion.

Approach

We aim to support and represent a broad range of organizations across different US cities and music genres. Additionally, we would like to build connectivity amongst the organizations we support to facilitate shared learning, exchange of ideas, and opportunities.

We ask each organization to present their year-round work on or offline, including

  • Music program planned
  • Opportunities provided to artists and music creators
  • Community of artists served (we support music creators/artists based in the US and US territories)
  • Audiences the activity will reach

We are particularly interested in supporting organizations which are having a deep and consistent impact on their community of artists and music lovers. For this reason, we are asking applicants to submit an endorsement from a member of their community. This could be an artist. Stakeholder, or audience member (see below).

Successful applicant organizations will exhibit some or all of the following traits:

  • Committed to relationship building and collaboration with artists and other organizations in the community
  • Commitment to commissioning new work
  • Commitment to programming new music and providing opportunities for creators throughout the year/season
  • Offers learning, engagement, and/or development opportunities and is committed to building future audiences for the organization’s work.

Funding

The funding we provide can be used for general operating costs which support the organization’s regular programming of, and collaboration with US/territories-based composers and artists. It does not need to be tied to any specific project but we are asking you to tell us about the programs, events and initiatives that New Music USA’s support best aligns with.

During New Music USA’s 10th Anniversary, we aim to fund approximately 70 to 100 organizations with an average award of $7,000. You may apply for up to $20,000. During this year, our funding comes from New Music USA’s endowment, annual trust/foundation funders, and additional anniversary donations from the community. The number of grants we give will depend on how our fundraising campaign progresses.

Funding Transparency

Both the New Music Creator Development Fund and the New Music Organizational Development Fund are made possible by the generous funders who either donated to our endowment or generously donate to New Music USA annually. Some of these funders had or have specific requests regarding the kinds of work we support because of their geographical location or specific area of interest. We are providing the facts and figures below so that all applicants have a better insight into these restrictions, which influence the applications our advisors select. Please note that applications may cover a number of the categories listed below; others may not fit with any.

  • Award rates are generally between 5% and 10% of the overall applicant pool (this means we support around 1/10 of the applications we receive each year)
    • Roughly 25% of the applications we fund must include the creation of new work (e.g. commissions and the facilitation of brand new pieces of music)
    • Roughly 25% of the applications we award must include creation or programming of live music for dance (creation, performance, choreographer, and dancer fees)
  • Geographical restrictions are as follows:
    • 49% of our grants budget is available without geographical restriction
    • 35% is restricted to New York City based artists/organizations
    • 11% is restricted to New York State based artists/organizations
    • 2% is restricted to New Jersey based artists/organizations
    • 2% is restricted to California Bay Area based artists/organizations

Further questions or information:

  • Please see the FAQs.
  • Please email grants@newmusicusa.org; please note that due to the high volume of inquiries please allow 48 to 72 hours for a response.
  • New Music USA hosted a free webinar + Q&A about the program and application on March 10 at 2PM ET. The video is available to view on our YouTube channel.

Organizational Development Fund Recipients 2021

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham Dancer Keerati Jinakunwiphat at National Sawdust

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

New York, New York

A group of singers/dancers with drums and solid-coloured hats on stage.

Afro Urban Society

Oakland, California

Albany Symphony

Albany, New York

Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Dancer Adji Cissoko

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

San Francisco, California

Two people shake hands in from of a guitarist and ensemble of wind musicians.

American Composers Orchestra

New York, New York

Dancers bend and pose amidst a dark background

Ananya Dance Theatre

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ars Nova Workshop

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Two dancers, one in a wheelchair, posing horizontally and opposite one another.

AXIS Dance Company

Oakland, California

Beth Morrison Projects Production of Blood Moon. Artist Juecheng Chen with black background.

Beth Morrison Projects, Inc.

Brooklyn, New York

Big Ears Festival; an image of violinist Rhiannon Giddens performing

Big Ears Festival

Knoxville, Tennessee

Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Malden, Massachusetts

CapitalBop

CapitalBop, Inc

Washington, District of Columbia

ChamberQUEER founders with black background

ChamberQUEER

Brooklyn, New York

The Pantheon Ensemble at CityMusic Cleveland with Crowd

CityMusic Cleveland

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Composers Now Inc

New York, New York

Multi-instrumental ensemble

Contemporaneous

New York, New York

A string quartet and executive director posing in a clear, white space

D-Composed

Chicago, Illinois

Noel Brass Jr adjusts a DJ Deck as he is overcast with colorful projections

Earshot Jazz

Seattle, Washington

Tim Daisy performing on the floor with glass bowls

Elastic Arts Foundation

Chicago, Illinois

An overhead shot of an ensemble performing in concert with the audience surrounding them.

Emerald City Music

Seattle, Washington

A square collage of the 8 instrumentalists in Ensemble Ipse

Ensemble Ipse

Brooklyn, New York

Musicians stand, seriously, in a forest

Fear No Music

Portland, Oregon

Fifth House Ensemble; a psychedelic collage of a mixed instrumental ensemble

Fifth House Ensemble

Chicago, Illinois

fivebyfive

fivebyfive, inc.

Rochester, New York

Dancer Megan Lowe swinging from the air

Flyaway Productions

San Francisco, California

found sound nation logo square

Found Sound Nation

Brooklyn, New York

A black and white shot of concert-goers at Frequency Festival

Frequency Festival

Chicago, Illinois

Gibney-Leal Zielinska & Nigel Campbell

Gibney

New York, New York

Giordano Dance Chicago - Amanda Hickey and Skyler Newcom in “Periphery” choreographed by Joshua Blake Carter

Giordano Dance Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Mumu Fresh performing at Harlem Stage Inc

Harlem Stage

New York, New York

A woman in a red dress falling from mid-air waiting to be caught

Heidi Duckler Dance

Los Angeles, California

Two dancers tug at each other's clothes

Helen Simoneau Danse

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

SOL Development show at HighBreedMusic

HighBreedMusic

Brooklyn, New York

IlluminArts Inc

Miami, Florida

wind quintet portrait

Imani Winds Foundation

New York, New York

ISSUE Project Room, Inc.

New York, New York

loadbang; a group of male, mixed-instrumentalists

loadbang

New York, New York

L+L Logo with a blue and pink cross

Look & Listen, Inc.

Brooklyn, New York

Los Angeles Performance Practice

Los Angeles Performance Practice

Los Angeles, California

Mind on Fire logo

Mind on Fire

Baltimore, Maryland

Myra Melford performs on an outdoor stage with visual projections.

Monday Evening Concerts

Los Angeles, California

5 dancers in Mosaic Dance Theater Company

Mosaic Dance Theater Company

Glen Ridge, New Jersey

A guitar, bass and drum ensemble performing

Music is Art

New York, New York

New Chamber Ballet; dancers posing together in white leotards

New Chamber Ballet

New York, New York

New Music Chicago

New Music Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

A marimba and saxophone player perform on a stage.

New Music Detroit

Birmingham, Michigan

A man plays a water organ that is enclosed inside a house-shaped building.

New Orleans Airlift

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Vintage Baroque

Loyalton, California

Nief-Norf

Knoxville, Tennessee

Kate Village in concert

Non-Event

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Winter Jazz Festival performance

NYC Winter Jazzfest

Brooklyn, New York

Present-Music Co-Artistic Directors

Present Music

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Quince Ensemble; a group of people looking into a bowl as if for witchcraft

Quince Ensemble

Winona, Minnesota

A dancer posing with arms extended to the audience in traditional attire

Ragamala Dance Company

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Roulette Intermedium, Inc.

Brooklyn, New York

Society for New Music

Syracuse, New York

Sparks and Wiry Cries logo

Sparks & Wiry Cries

Lansing, New York

Synchromy; mixed instrument ensemble including toy piano, accordion and eletronics

Synchromy

Pasadena, California

A conducted vocal group singing in the dark against colorful graphics.

The Crossing

Philadephia, Pennsylvania

The Harlem Chamber Players; a string quartet performing in an intimate space including a shrine and candles

The Harlem Chamber Players Inc.

New York, New York

A large jazz ensemble performing in a crowded space.

The Jazz Gallery

New York, New York

Third Angle New Music

Portland, Orgeon

A trombone player, pianist and percussionist performing for an audience.

Trinosophes

Detroit, Michigan

A mixed-instrument ensemble with a conductor on a stage

Verdigris Ensemble

Dallas, Texas

Two people sitting and smoking cigarettes

Victory Hall Opera

Charlottesville, Virginia

New Music USA extends deep gratitude to the panelists who reviewed the 2021 Organizational Development Fund applications: Kati Agócs, Sidra Bell, Theo Bleckmann, Samantha Boshnack, Kirsten Broberg, Heather Buchman, Andrea Clearfield, Dan Kellogg, KT Nelson, Chris Kim, Laurie San Martin, Odeya Nini, Miles Okazaki, Jane Rigler, Ashley Shabankareh, Wayne Wallace, Melissa Wimbish, Jocelyn Zelasko.

Funders

The New Music USA Organizational Development Fund is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Kochul 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, Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

New Music USA also acknowledges and is grateful for the support of its Endowment Donors, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Hewlett Foundation, Fidelity Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors. Find out more here.