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Spring 2016 Project Grants Awards

June 30, 2016


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 sixth round of project grants awards, totaling $310,820 in funding to support artistic work involving a wide range of new American music. The 60 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 $27,205 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.

In response to feedback from artists who were surveyed following the two inaugural rounds of the program, the sixth round continued to include a special focus on requests of $3,000 and below. Approximately 43% of grants awarded were in this category. The next round of project grants will open for requests in December 2016.

Including the awards announced today, our project grants, launched in October 2013, has now distributed $1,793,161 in support of 343 projects. Of these projects, 173 were for the creation of new work. 140 of the project grants awardees are first-time recipients of grants from New Music USA and our legacy organizations Meet The Composer and the American Music Center. The public-facing gallery of projects from all six 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, our president and CEO, comments: “We continue to be amazed and humbled by the incredible array of great projects brought to us by artists around the USA. We’re committed to doing everything we can to increase the amount of money we’re able to distribute in support of this groundswell of meaningful work.”  


(Working Title) · a veil of liquid diamonds* · American Music Festival 2016: Songs of the Rolling Earth · And All Time · And the Hummingbird Says . . .* · ARA: Waterways Time Weaves* · Brooklyn ReZound* · CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR · CULTIVATE – emerging composers institute and concert · Dia de los Muertos, Lake Monsters, and Plants · DOT AIR – experimental music and art festival* · Edgefest 2016: 20 Years at the Edge · Embedded Environments* · ENSEMBLE IPSE – New Commissions* · Fathom* · FLUX Quartet Double LP: Spencer Topel · George Lewis Portrait Album · Gerald Clayton | Piedmont Blues Project · Hannibal’s “One Land, One River, One People”: Composer Community Outreach · Harrison 100 / Thingamajigs 20 · Heritage/Evolution: PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano · IlluminArts presents Pulitzer Prize winning composition directed by R. B. Schlather · Inside You Is Me* · InterPlay · John Lindberg & Wadada Leo Smith: Celestial Weather Midwest Duets · Kurtág Piano Duet Commissioning Project* · Marfa Sounding: Alvin Lucier and Charles Curtis · Marksman* · Music of Maurice Chedid* · Neurosonics (cont.)* · New American Works at the 2016 Ojai Music Festival · OME Marathon Concert* · Open Source: the wulf.’s electronic music series · Quo Vadis: A New Composition for Old Instruments* · RAGAS & POLYPHONY: New works for multi-track Indian vocals, just intonation piano and tabla by Michael Harrison · SCAT! · Second Inversion – On Demand Videos · Silent Voices · So Percussion and Shara Nova record ‘Time Line’ · Speak Angels · String Quartet 3 (working title only) · Swarms of Light in Metal: Trevor Saint, glockenspiel* · The C Word: Stories of Surviving – a New Song-Cycle Ballet · The Dither Extravaganza! 2016 · The Extended, Evening-Length “Myelination”* · The Lost String Quartet · THE OTHER SIDE OF MY HEART · The performer-composer: performances, lectures, commission projects w/Jane Rigler, flutes & electronics* · The Pianos without Organs Festival* · The Sea: Tales of Lapham* · THIEFS: Up/Rooted* · Trance-figured Night with Dal Niente and Murat Çolak · Uncharted Destiny · Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, Episode 9 · Works for Contrabass by Gosfield, Masaoka, Sharp, & Thirlwell

*indicates first-time awardee


Brittain Ashford, Brooklyn, NY · Byron Au Yong, Seattle, WA · Stacey Barelos, Omaha, NE · Sidra Bell, White Plains, NY · Heather Buchman, Clinton, NY · Ananya Chatterjea, Minneapolis, MN · Gloria Cheng , Los Angeles, CA · Chris Cogburn, Austin, TX · Michael Daugherty, Ann Arbor, MI · Amy Denio, Seattle, WA · Jeff Denson, Richmond, CA · Natacha Diels, San Diego, CA · Liberty Ellman, Brooklyn, NY · David First, Brooklyn, NY · Karen Strittmatter Galvin, Raliegh, NC · Sheetal Gandhi, Los Angeles, CA · Paul Geluso, New York, NY · Christine Goodman, Jersey City, NJ · Dan Hart, Buffalo, NY · David Heuser, Potsdam, NY · Chia Yu Hsu, Eau Claire, WI · James Lee III, Edgewood, MD · Todd Lerew, Los Angeles, CA · David Liptak, Rochester, NY · Mary Mackenzie, Boston, MA · Ben Makino, Cordova, TN · Sally Lamb McCune, Ithaca, NY · Justin Merritt, Northfield, MN · Brent Miller, Walnut Creek, CA · Keir Neuringer, Philadelphia, PA · Mark Olivieri, Geneva, NY · Aaron Parks, Brooklyn, NY · Lauren Radnofsky, Rochester, NY · Jon Raskin, Oakland, CA · Micah Silver, Los Angeles, CA · Stephanie Skura, Auburn, WA · Sydney Skybetter, Providence, RI · Laura Steenberge, Thousand Oaks, CA · Rhonda Taylor, Mesilla Park, NM · Maggie Vail, Portland, OR · Doug Varone, New York, NY · Wayne Wallace, San Francisco, CA · Ashley Walters, Los Angeles, CA · Noah Weber, Astoria, NY · Dana Wilson, Ithaca, NY


(Chosen by project organizer)

Dance (9)

Electronics (25)

Interdisciplinary (26)

Jazz (11)

Recording (20)

Large Ensemble (17)

Small Ensemble (26)

Theater (9)