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Music Alive

Launched in 1999 as a joint program between Meet The Composer (now New Music USA) and the League of American Orchestras, Music Alive has been a steward and partner in a multitude of projects that foster strong working relationships between American orchestras and accomplished composers across the country. In its 20 years, the program has supported 110 composers, 76 orchestras, and 114 distinct residencies.

Music Alive: Fundamental Assumptions

  • The composer-orchestra relationship is a vital symbiosis, with strong benefits for both partners and rich possibilities for enhancing an orchestra’s ability to deliver public value to its community.
  • Extended involvement between composers and orchestras including residency is a powerful structural tool to realize those benefits and possibilities.
  • A key goal for systemic change is to secure a vital role for living artists as key factors in the orchestral world of the future.

Music Alive is made possible through a lead grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Amphion Foundation, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

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