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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 the community.

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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 the 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 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, Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

We’ve increased the flexibility of our grants program in 2021 in response to the challenging landscape for everyone working in the performing arts. The New Music USA 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 that work regularly with, and support the development of, music creators and artists and offer a crucial resource to the community.

Funding is provided for general operating costs which support the organization’s ongoing and regular programming of, and collaboration with US/territories-based composers and artists. It does not need to be tied to any specific project but should contribute to the continued programming of new music. We are particularly interested in supporting organizations that are having a deep and consistent impact on their community of artist and music lovers.

The Organizational Development Fund aligns with New Music USA’s vision of creating a thriving, connected and equitable ecosystem for new music across the United States. We aim to support and represent a broad range of organizations across different US cities and music genres. In addition to funding, New Music USA will build connectivity among the organizations by facilitating shared learning, exchange of ideas, and opportunities. 

Learn more about the 2021 grantees below and click here to read the full announcement on the grant selection process and recipients.

“We are proud, this year, to support over 70 organizations which were selected by independent advisors for their deep and consistent impact on their communities of artists and music lovers. General operating support is crucial for music nonprofits as they recover from the restrictions imposed by the global pandemic. We’re excited to provide funds they can use in flexible ways to support the creation of new music across the U.S.” 

Vanessa Reed, President and CEO of New Music USA

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 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, 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.