Support Our Work

Support Our Work

Help New Music USA support the creative community that brings new music into our lives!

Bonnie Jones Two musicians with a violin and drum respectively look off into the distance A woman with glasses and painted decoration around her neck against a teal background

Ways To Give

While our endowment earnings allow us to provide more than $500,000 in grants per year, the need for funding among the new music community is many times that. Gifts to the New Music USA annual fund stretch our ability to support more of the music creators and organizations who would benefit from our help. Donations of any amount are appreciated, whether it is a $5 monthly donation, a $400 annual gift, or joining New Music Connect with a gift of $2,500 or more.

New Music Connect

Interested in learning more about composers, meeting new creators, exploring new music, and supporting the exciting range of music created in the United States today?

New Music Connect members discover, build, and partner with NMUSA to support established and emerging composers. Their annual contributions provide a steady and robust financial base — expanding our ability to fund more projects and amplify the voices of tomorrow.

Members also receive a compelling package of benefits:


Be part of New Music USA’s creative leadership.

In addition to Patron and Partner benefits

  • Select invitations to New Music USA Advisory Council meetings — a creative think tank of composers and other artists who inform and support our vision.
  • Personal access to staff expertise on commissioning and other areas for patrons requiring professional advice and referrals.
  • Ten (10) complimentary tickets to New Music USA project events.
  • Five (5) patron tickets to annual New Music Event


Build relationships with the music creators and get a window into the artistic process.

In addition to Patron benefits

  • Invitations to Table for Ten: an intimate online gathering for ten people and special guests from New Music USA’s network of music creators, performers, and visionaries.
  • Ten (10) complimentary tickets to New Music USA project events.
  • Two (2) patron tickets to annual New Music event


Discover exceptional new work that’s vetted through our funding programs.

  • Be the first to receive early announcements and access to our list of recommended grantees and highly recommended runners-up.
  • Invitation to annual new music event
  • Five (5) complimentary tickets to New Music USA project events.

Donate today or email our development team for more information.


The power of music to communicate across time thrills me. New Music Connect offers the easiest and most engaging way I know to support new music and join in making musical history.

A Mozart piano music score sits on Bright Sheng's grand piano.
Justus Schlichting, New Music Connect Member since 2014
  • Kris Bowers

    An interview with composer and artist Kris Bowers was the focus of our first “Table for Ten” event.

  • Andy Akiho performing on steel pans along with harp and double bass during the June 10, 2016 IN/TER\SECT concert in Bryant Park

    Andy Akiho and The Foundry performing during the June 10, 2016 IN/TERSECT concert in Bryant Park. Photo by Ryan Muir (courtesy Bryant Park Corporation).

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    Conversations with Whales

Composers' Circle

New Music USA seeks to nurture a community model of interconnectedness, inclusivity, and mutuality among the music creators of our time.

The Composers’ Circle is our way of recognizing annual contributions from music creators who give what they can in time and treasure for the progress of their artform and peers.

Please consider making or renewing a gift to New Music USA’s Composers’ Circle. Any donation, regardless of size, will count towards your membership. Every music creator, irrespective of where you are in your career, will be listed on our website and Annual Report in alphabetical order. And your gifts will directly affect New Music USA’s capacity to support more musicians.

Join Honor Roll

I have seen firsthand how profoundly music changes lives and connects us to one another—soul to soul, across cultures and communities. I want our field to be a microcosm of the world we want to see.

Reena Esmail
Reena Esmail, Composer & New Music USA Board Co-Chair
  • Two Native American drummers rehearsing with the members of a symphony orchestra

    Dakota drum group Maza Kute with Mankato Symphony Orchestra, rehearsing Davids’ "Black Hills Olowan,” 2010

  • Musicians perform on a stage for a public recording

    CULTIVATE 2020 Emerging Composers' Institute

Planned Giving

Planned Giving: Voices of Tomorrow is a meaningful and generous way to express your commitment to future generations of new music creators, performers, and listeners. A planned gift is more than just a donation – it’s a statement of dedication and trust in New Music USA’s mission to amplify the sounds of tomorrow.

If you’d like to start a conversation about Planned Giving, or if you’ve already arranged for a legacy gift, we want to hear from you! Please contact our development team.

I’ve found that, the best way to support creative music and artists is by helping highly impactful organizations like New Music USA. The power of one individual can be leveraged many times over.

Joe Walker, New Music USA Board Co-Chair
  • Ghanaian afrobeat and jazz singer-songwriter Jojo Abot performs with her band with backup vocalist Abbie Richards (left rear) at the fourth annual 'Africa Now!' presented by the Apollo Theater and World Music Institute at the Apollo Theater, New York, New York, Saturday, March 26, 2016. CREDIT: Photograph © 2016 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

    Ghanaian afrobeat and jazz singer-songwriter Jojo Abot performs with her band with backup vocalist Abbie Richards (left rear) at the fourth annual 'Africa Now!' presented by the Apollo Theater and World Music Institute at the Apollo Theater, New York, New York, Saturday, March 26, 2016. CREDIT: Photograph © 2016 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Mario Luna and Gizelxanath Rodriguez inside an automobile

    Mario Luna driving Gizelxanath Rodriguez through Yaqui territory in Sonora, Mexico, and pointing out sites where the river no longer runs due to aquedcut construction and other forms of diversion.

  • MPLS (imPulse) The Neighborhood of Make-Believe

Corporate Giving

New Music USA envisions a thriving and equitable ecosystem for new music throughout the United States. We are guided by five essential values: Imagination, trust, connectivity, inclusivity and empowerment. We know that these are values shared by today’s businesses, and as a corporate sponsor of New Music USA, your business will have the opportunity to nurture today’s musicians.

Throughout the year, there are numerous openings for corporations to invest in New Music USA through underwriting programs and special projects. New Music USA can deliver customized sponsorship opportunities that provide effective marketing tools for both large and small companies, as well as events for your staff’s participation. Our flexible approach to corporate partnerships allows us to work with you to tailor a unique sponsorship package to meet your specific goals and needs.

To learn more about corporate sponsorships, please contact our development team.

  • Val Jeanty operating electronic music equipment in a performance (Photo by Wolf Daniel)

    Val Jeanty (Photo by Wolf Daniel, courtesy of Roulette Intermedium)

  • Jen Shyu with her hair in front of part of her face and a guzheng (classical Chinese zitrher) leaning against her right shoulder.

    Jen Shyu (photo by Daniel Reichert)

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

    Kadhja Bonet - New Music Creator Development Fund

Funds, Trusts, and Foundations

Generous grants from foundations, trusts, and public funds are an invaluable source of support for the work of New Music USA. Their contributions provide funds for general operating support that enables New Music USA to allocate income where it is most urgently needed, as well as restricted grants towards a particular artform or region.

Please contact our development team for general information about our programs, to arrange for a meeting, or to request a proposal.

Honor Roll
  • Endsley and tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel during an outdoor concert in Bryant Park

    Trumpeter Shane Endsley (left) and tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel (right) of the Ben Wendel Group during their performance at Bryant Park on June 8, 2015 (Photo courtesy Bryant Park Corporation.)

  • Musicians in the Brooklyn Raga Massive, including a violinist and a sitar player

    Brooklyn Raga Massive - Impact Fund Cohort

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Matching Gifts

Through corporate gift matching, your employer can multiply your gift to New Music USA, making it go further. Check with your company’s human resources office to see if they offer gift matching. If your employer does offer this benefit, your human resources department should provide you with a matching gift form to send to New Music USA along with your donation.

  • Afro Yaqui Music Collective performing at a club

    The Afro Yaqui Music Collective in performance at the Red Rooster in Harlem, August 2017. (Pictured from left to right: Ben Barson, Emily Cook, Aaron J. Johnson, Colter Harper, Julian Powell, and Beni Rossman.) Photo by Youn Jung Kim.

  • So Percussion and Caroline Shaw pose in front of a grey background

    Narrow Sea

  • A group photo of the Experiments in Opera team against a dark pink background

    Experiments in Opera group photo

Donor Resources

I choose to support New Music USA because of its robust advocacy for composers and the creation of new music. There is nothing out there which comes close to New Music USA project grants, funding composers and performers who push forward boundaries and challenge all of us.

David Liptak, Eastman School of Music

Honor Roll

New Music USA is sustained through the annual and legacy support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and public funds. The leadership of those included on our Honor Roll shows an extraordinary depth of generosity and passion for new music in all its forms.

Honor Roll