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Awards For Winter 2017 Project Grants

June 22, 2017


Our project grants focus on responsiveness to artists’ needs, skill-building in the creative marketplace, and public exploration of new artistic work

We are excited to announce our seventh round of project grants awards, totaling $546,000 in funding to support artistic work involving a wide range of new American music. The 107 awarded projects include concerts and recordings as well as dance, theater, opera, and more, all involving contemporary music as an essential element. Explore and follow the newly awarded projects to receive email updates as they unfold.

To date, an additional $74,205 over our program’s original budget was made available through the actions of New Music Connect: The Network for Friends of New Music. This additional investment adds support to projects qualified for funding as part of our grant program’s panel process. New Music Connect is designed to connect and engage individuals from across the United States to advocate for and empower the new music field.

With a continued desire to impact the greatest possible breadth of artists and informed by valuable feedback we’ve received from the field, the seventh round continued to include a special focus on requests of $3,000 and below. Approximately 41% of grants awarded were in this category. The next round of project grants will open for requests in Fall 2017.

Including the awards announced today, our project grants program, launched in October 2013, has now distributed $2,399,000 in support of 450 projects in 38 states. Of these projects, 51% were for the creation of new work; 42% of the project grants awardees are first-time recipients of grants from New Music USA and its legacy organizations Meet The Composer and the American Music Center. The public-facing gallery of projects from all seven rounds and the ability for artists to update their progress and interact with followers are important promotional tools that extend the program’s service to artists beyond financial support. The overarching goal of project grants is to reach and aggregate the communities of new music enthusiasts, irrespective of genre preferences, and allow the public to discover new artistic work.

Ed Harsh, President and CEO, comments: We’re awestruck by the diversity of projects created by artists across the United States that are part of each round. It’s the strongest motivation we can imagine to find new ways to support and serve, both through seeking more funds and developing new ways for our online platform to deliver value to our nationwide community.”  



‘Antenna Studies’ (2018) for Splinter Reeds at Blue Sage Center for the Arts · {Re}HAPPENING featuring Third Coast Percussion · 10 Hairy Legs World Premiere Dance · 2017 Festival of Contemporary Music · 35th Anniversary World Premiere with Zakir Hussain · 4 New Commissions for Saxophone & Piano* · A Period of Animate Existence* · Abraham in Flames (opera) · Acting Like a Pianist, Volume 1: Rzewski’s ‘De Profundis’ and ‘Marriage’* · AfterImage · ALARM* · Alternative Guitar Summit · American Encounters: Augusta Read Thomas · American Music Festival 2017: Water Music NY · Bang on a Can’s ROAD TRIP · Bienvenue · Breath Beneath · Chaosflöte* · Chris Rogerson Clarinet Quintet Commission* · Composition of “Nicosia Etudes”* · Contemporary Composer Residency · Cordelia – a monodrama by Neil Rolnick for Deviant Septet and Mellissa Hughes · Derek Bermel Interarts Residency · Diametrically Composed* · Dispatches from the Unknown* · Donald Crockett commission for SAKURA cello quintet · Dreams of Water Beyond One’s Depth · Each flows into the other* · Echo Exodus · Eleven Eleven* · Everyday People Everyday Actions* · Falling Out · FLESH · Førage/solo piano works by Tim Berne performed by Matt Mitchell* · Frantic Beauty · Free Jazz at the Sanctuary* · From Our Roots · Grant Park Music Festival Presents a World Premiere by Aaron Jay Kernis · HARBORED* · Harmonia: 10th Anniversary Commission by Steven Sametz* · Identity Theft · ILLEGAL SUNSHINE · Industrial Foundations – An Interdisciplinary Project* · Infoxication: An Interdisciplinary Performance Inspired by the Information Age* · inside voice* · Inspiring Creativity in Kansas Prisons* · Isfahan · Jamie Baum Septet+ Project · Learning to Compose Together · Lifted* · LIKE · Love Wounds · Mannequins* · Memory Palace · Moss · Music in the American Wild: Trios* · Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP) · NeverEnd: a new work for Periapsis Music and Dance by Norbert De La Cruz III and Harry Stafylakis* · New Commission from Aleksandra Vrebalov · New Groove Meets Old Groove: Soul Inscribed at Woodstock* · New Music for Flute Quartet* · New Water Music · NEW WORK FOR PERCUSSION & LIVE-ELECTRONICS* · New Work for Sgt. Pepper at 50 Festival · NYCEMF 2018 Recording Project · OPTION Music Salon at Experimental Sound Studio · OUTLIERS: a world premiere recording of 11 works written for Sybarite5 · Passage · Peter Evans Septet · Potential* · Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya* · Project RAu* · R[o/u]LE(s) II* · Recording Three Years of Light II* · Remembrances · Requium for Journal Square · Residue* · Respire* · RICHARD PREVITE, NIAGARA FALLS 1959 · Screaming Plastic* · SIGN & SING – VISIBLE SPEECH* · Songbook · Sorrows and Triumphs* · Spektral Quartet + Samuel Adams: On Distance · Sri Moonshine Music Festival 2017 · Strange in Other Ways* · String Theory: Del Sol String Quartet & Jeffrey Mumford in Concert and Masterclass* · Tamar-Kali’s Demon Fruit Blues* · The [Switch~ Ensemble] Upstate New York Tour: Concerts, Residencies, and Recordings* · THE AFTER TIME · The FORGIVENESS Project · The Garden Project (working title) · The Jazz Gallery Fellowship · The Monomyth* · The Music of George Crumb · THE SET UP/HONORIFIC · There will come soft rains · THERE’S BLOOD AT THE WEDDING: Songs for Lorca* · Third Sound: Heard in Havana* · Thirst* · Time’s Illusion: stories in sound* · TREEFALLS: NEW MUSIC PRESENTS VICKY CHOW IN CONCERT* · UNTITLED TOUCH · Vicksburg Project (working title) · We Bring Flowers* · World Premiere of John Musto’s “Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt” at the AMNH* · Written in Water – National Tour

*indicates first-time awardee


Argeo Ascani, Troy, NY · Reginald  Bain, Columbia, SC · Jennifer Margaret Barker, Newark, DE · Samuel Burt, Baltimore, MD · Tanya Calamoneri, Hamilton, NY · Mark Cetilia, Providence, RI · Shi An Co, Chicago, IL · Lisa Renee Coons, Kalamazoo, MI · Gahlord Dewald, Burlington, VT · Andre Dowell, Ypsilanti, MI · David Felberg, Albuquerque, NM · Garrett Fisher, Seattle, WA · Penelope Freeh, St. Paul, MN · Jacqueline Gordon, Los Angeles, CA · Sydney Guillaume, Portland, OR · Mara Helmuth, Cincinnati, OH · Barbara Heroux, San Francisco, CA · Nancy Ives, Portlant, OR · Chen-Hui Jen, Miami, FL · Jennifer Jolley, Delaware, OH · Mikel Kuehn, Sylvania, OH · Cheryl Leonard, San Francisco, CA · Hélène Lesterlin, Saugerties, NY · David T. Little, Weehawken, NJ · Susanna Loewy, Philadelphia, PA · Andrew McManus, Chicago, IL · Cameron Mesirow, Brooklyn, NY · Aakash Mittal, Brooklyn, NY · Haruko Nishimura, Seattle, WA · Shara Nova, Hillsborough, NC · Meg Okura, New York, NY · Laura Ortman, Brooklyn, NY · Sarah Outhwaite, Jersey City, NJ · Jay Pennington, New Orleans, LA · Joseph Phillips, Brooklyn, NY · Dave Rempis, Chicago, IL · Kelley Rourke, Brooklyn, NY · Alejandro Rutty, Greensboro, NC · Laura Schwendinger, Madison, WI · Sara Serpa, New York, NY · David Smooke, Baltimore, MD · Laetitia Sonami, Oakland, CA · Greg Spears, New York, NY · Macy Sullivan, New York, NY · Kathleen Tagg, New York, NY · Ohad Talmor, Brooklyn, NY · Rhonda Taylor, Mesilla Park, NM · Andrew Waggoner, New York, NY · Kate Weare, Asheville, SC · Marc Weidenbaum, San Francisco, CA · Trevor Weston, Brooklyn, NY · Michael Woods, Clinton, NY


(Chosen by project organizer)

Dance (30)

Electronics (28)

Interdisciplinary (45)

Jazz (13)

Recording (36)

Large Ensemble (22)

Small Ensemble (45)

Theater (20)