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New Music Solidarity Fund

Emergency funds to support freelance artists in the new/creative/improvised music community.


[March 24, 2020] Read the full press release from First Chair Promotion here.

The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund was started by a group of musicians in the new music community who have raised over $130,000 in a week, primarily from fellow musicians, composers, and music professionals. Our hope is that the Solidarity Fund will continue to grow in the coming weeks, so that we can assist and bolster more people in need of emergency relief. For now, at least two hundred and sixty, $500 emergency assistance grants will be made available to applicants who meet the below criteria.

We are grateful to New Music USA for donating their time and services to help us run the Fund. Most importantly, we are immensely grateful to you, freelance artists who have risked so much in service of the music of our time. We stand in solidarity with you, and we are committed to helping you as much as we can.

In solidarity,

New Music Solidarity Fund Collective

Marcos Balter
Julia Bullock
Claire Chase
Anthony Roth Costanzo
Du Yun
Reena Esmail
Judd Greenstein
Nico Muhly
Andrew Norman
Christian Reif
Christopher Rountree
Caroline Shaw
Conrad Tao
Seth Parker Woods



  1. Are you a musician working in new, creative, experimental or improvised music and are you a freelance artist, i.e., non-salaried by an institution?
  2. Have you had a COVID-19 related cancelation of project(s)/performance(s) involving music by a living composer?
  3. Is your immediate livelihood threatened by these cancelations?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you are eligible to apply for a $500 emergency assistance grant from the New Music Solidarity Fund. Please note that funds will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to everyone in need. We plan to fundraise through April 30 to support as many people as we can.

Application Questions

After confirming your eligibility, you will be asked to provide the following information. All information submitted through the form will be kept confidential.

  1. Your name
  2. A link to your website and/or your bio (500 words or less)
  3. How would this $500 emergency relief help you right now? (2-5 sentences)
  4. Optional Question: To help us gauge the impact of COVID-19 on the new music community, can you let us know how much you lost as a result of the cancelations? This information will also be kept confidential.

Applications for the Solidarity Fund will be accepted beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern time on March 31. Please return to this page for access. Please direct all questions regarding eligibility to solidarity@newmusicusa.org.

Support the Solidarity Fund

Some members of the new music community are able to weather these uncertain times more smoothly than others. We’re seeing canceled events through the end of April and it is almost decidedly going to continue to grow. If you are in the position to be generous, please donate to help your friends and colleagues.

Where your funds go: 100% of these funds will go to freelance artists in the new/creative/improvised music community who have lost income due to cancelations and work stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is emergency funding to assist musicians with rent, food, utilities, and medical needs.

If you would prefer to donate by check, please fill out this form and contact mfreeman@newmusicusa.org for information on our address as New Music USA staff works remotely.

New Music Solidarity Fund Donors

To date, the following people’s donations comprise the fund: Mark Adamo and John Corigliano, John Adams, Sam Adams, Matt Albert, Patricia Alessandrini, David Allen, Sarah Angello, Arcade Fire, Matthew Aucoin, Emanuel Ax, Luciano Azzigotti, Lina Bahn, Arlene Bailey, Katherine Balch, Marcos Balter, Eliza Bangert, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Jamie Barton, Robert Beaser, Richard Beaudoin, Lembit Beecher, Nicole Belmont, Nick Bentz, Ryan Beppel, Paul Berkolds, Derek Bermel, Whit Bernard, Oscar Bettison, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Jonathan Biss, David Bloom, Emily Bookwalter, Deborah Borda, Andrew Boscardin, Martin Bresnick, J’nai Bridges, Nicholas Britell, Fred Bronstein, Catherine Brookman, Eliza Brown, Jennie Brown, Julia Bullock, Barbara Burch, William Butler, Donato Cabrera, Reba Cafarelli, Jay Campbell, Daniela Candillari, Karina Canellakis, Jacqui Carrasco, John Casavant, Courtenay Casey, Christopher Cerrone, Yeji and Eric Cha-Beach, Raven Chacon, Deirdre Chadwick, Eric Chasalow, Claire Chase, Chen Yi and Zhou Long, Gloria Cheng, Anthony Cheung and Lu Wang, Kevin Clark, Suzannah Clark, Anna Clyne, Nuno Coelho, Regina Compton, William Cooney and Ruth Eliel, Emily Cook, Jacob Cooper, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Adam Crane, Donald Crockett, Craig Cruz, Nick Culshaw, Conrad Cummings, Andrew Cyr, Chaya Czernowin, Mark Dancigers, Richard Danielpour, Carolyn Davis (for International Contemporary Ensemble), Nathan Davis, Mario Diaz de Leon, Nicholas DeMaison, Anthony de Mare, Stéphane Denève, Zosha Di Castri and David Adamcyk, Nicholas DeMaison, Bryce Dessner, Emily Dolan, Kurt Doles, Laura Dolp, Shayna Dunkelman, Arlene and Larry Dunn, Du Yun, Jan Eric Dyke, David Dzubay, Jason Eckardt, Daniel Eichenbaum, Randall Eng, John and Janet Egelhofer, Marti Epstein, Reena Esmail, Roshanne Etezady and Timothy McAllister, Mary Lou Falcone, Michael Fiday, Gerald Finley, Veronique Firkusny, Ken and Penny Fischer, John Fitz Rogers, Liam Flaherty, Renée Fleming, Ella M Fredrickson, Sean Friar, Francisco Fullana, Ashley Fure, Lorenz Gamma, Johnny Gandelsman, Alexandra Gardner, Gabriel Gargari, David Garner, Ron Gartner, Marc Geelhoed, Grant Gershon and Elissa Johnston, Marc Gilman, Rebecca Givan (in honor of Claire Chase), John Glover, Frederica (von Stade) Gorman, Gill Graham, Marsha Gray, Lenore and Bernard Greenberg, Judd Greenstein, Mark Grey and Cath Brittan, Eric Guinivan, Vijay Gupta, Ara Guzelimian, Charles Hagaman, Hilary Hahn, Tom Hamilton (In memory of Robert Ashley), Ted Hearne, Aaron and Elizabeth Helgeson, Rebekah Heller and Rudd Taylor, Aaron Helgeson, Megan Henschel, Adrian Hills, James Hirschfeld and John Pickford Richards, Ah Young Hong, Robert Honstein, Takuma Itoh, Vijay Iyer, Colin Jacobsen, Eric Jacobsen, Pierre Jalbert, Nathalie Joachim, Evan Johnson, Emlyn and Dan Johnson-Ketter, Jennifer Jolley, Russell Jones, Per-Arne Jonsson, Jeffrey Kahane, Jenny Kallick, Laura Kaminsky, Lou and Julie Karchin, Ross Karre, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Kennedy, John Kennedy, Heather Kitchen, Katinka Kleijn, Jamie Klenetsky Fay, David Koblitz, Jerry Kohl, Kristy Kuster, Jodie Landau, David Lang, Felipe Lara, Brooke Larimer, Anne Lee, Charlotte Lee, Charmaine Lee, Jamie Leidwinger, Tania León, James LeRoux, Carol Levin, Bruce Levingston, Michael Lewanski, George Lewis, Liza Lim (for Mark), John Link, Daniel Lippel, David T. Little and Eileen Mack, Levy Lorenzo, Marc Lowenstein, Eric Lyon, Payton MacDonald, Cristian Macelaru, Sky Macklay and Sam Pluta, Alanna Maharajh Stone, Erin Maher, Susanna Mälkki, Brian Mark, Enrique Marquez, Marya Martin, Missy Mazzoli, RebeccaLynn McDaniel, Andrew McIntosh, Ryan McKinny, Joseph Michaels, Aakash Mittal, Michael Mizrahi, Eric Moe, Ingrid Monson, Andrea Moore, Felicia Moore, Margaret Morgan and Wesley Phoa, Beth Morrison, Zizi Mueller, Nico Muhly, Donald Nally, Eric Nathan, Qasim Naqvi, Jani Narvefeffer, Andrew Norman, Yoshiaki Onishi, Ursula Oppens, Frank J. Oteri and Trudy Chan, Mountha Pacentrilli, Richard Reed Parry, Nick Photinos, Nick Platoff, Frances Pollock, Premiere Commission, Sandy and Barry Pressman, Paola Prestini, James Primosch, Joel Puckett, Kevin Puts, Shauna Quill, Vicki Ray, Vanessa Reed, Steve Reich, Ellen Reid, Christian Reif, Ruth Reinhardt, Roger Reynolds, Kay Rhie, John Pickford Richards, Michael Robin, William Robin, Joshua Robison, Kurt Rohde, Martin Rokeach, Jesse Rosen (for Claire, Chris, Julia, Marcos, et al), Mathew Rosenblum, James Rosenfield, Alex Ross, John Rot, Christopher Rountree, Joshua Rubin, Anthony Ruth, Norman Ryan, Kaija Saariaho, Deborah Sagner, Jane M Hussein Saks, Barry and Nancy Sanders, Annie Saunders, Gregg Schaufeld, Adam Schoenberg, Schubert Club (in honor of Kevin Puts and the Miró Quartet), Michael Schumacher,  Joey Sellers (for Bolt Spillman), Peter Sellars, Ron Silver, Rebecca Silverman, Yuval Sharon, Sean Shepherd, Martin Sher, Nadia Shpachenko, Jessica Slaven and Ryan Streber, Chad Smith, Dan Smith, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Steven Mackey, Alex Somers, Kate Soper, Gregory Spears, Chris Stark, Rand Steiger, Jim Stephenson, Michael Stern, Elisabeth Stimpert, Ingrid Stölzel, Nathaniel Stookey, Jill Strominger, Nathan J. Stumpff, Caitlin Sullivan, John Supko, Kirsten Swanson, Conrad Tao, Todd Tarantino, Maria Tegzes, Christopher Theofanidis, Michiko Theurer, Hans Thomalla, Frank Ticheli, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Davóne Tines, Michael Tilson Thomas, Devon Tipp, Limor Tomer, Ceiri Torjussen, Joan Tower, Thomas-How Tsang, Ming Tsu, Hans Tutschku, Dmitri Tymoczko, Ken Ueno, Chinary Ung, Jorge Variego, Paul Vazquez, Melinda Wagner, Joe and Nancy Walker, Larry Wallach, David Walsh, Philip Webb, Steven Weimer, Gail Wein, Alex Weiser, Brad Wells, Drew Whiting, Vina Williams (for Conrad Tao), Michi Wiancko, Gernot Wolfgang, Johnna Wu, Hanako Yamaguchi, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, Nina C. Young, Chen Zhao, 29 Anonymous donors ….and counting.

Thank you also to the Howard Gilman Foundation for their generous contribution.