New Music Connect
“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.”
-Justus Schlichting, Steering Committee Member
A Network For Friends of New Music
New Music Connect is a flexible and responsive program that brings you together with other major supporters of new music from all over the United States. Through Connect, New Music USA creates opportunities for you to deepen your level of engagement with new American music. We leverage our relationships to provide customized experiences with new work and creators around the U.S., and offer convenings to exchange knowledge and ideas with other enthusiasts, artists, and professionals in the field. Connect participants are also able to build relationships with artists and support their work through our unique project grants portal.
The idea for New Music Connect grew out of New Music USA’s goal to empower the new music field by linking together the various individuals who make up the community – composers, performers, producers, presenters, audiences, supporters, enthusiasts…and more.
New Music Connect is probably different from anything else you have encountered, even if you are already deeply engaged with new American music as a listener, supporter, practitioner, or any combination of these. It’s not a commissioning club, or a membership program, but it IS an opportunity to meet others who are devoted to new music, share knowledge, experiences, and points of view, hear and engage with projects and artists you never knew about before, support new work, partner up to learn about new trends, and find opportunities to collaborate and make a positive impact on the new music field.
In 2011, New Music USA was formed when two organizations, Meet The Composer (founded in 1974), and the American Music Center (founded in 1939), merged. At the heart of New Music USA’s mission is the coalescence of the diverse segments of the new music population into a vibrant and powerful national community.
As one major step toward that goal, we’ve used virtual space as our starting point, and created a path on newmusicusa.org that enables seamless access to our grantmaking programs, our web magazine NewMusicBox, our gallery of new music projects from all over the U.S., and our social media tools, to learn about, explore, follow, and promote new music.
We’ve also brought people from around the U.S. together through convenings of new music practitioners to discuss trends in the field, a Program Council made up of artists and administrators who provide ongoing feedback on the relevance of our work, and New Music Connect: The Network for Friends of New Music. While each of these discrete groups engages with new music through a lens that focuses on aspects of particular interest to them, it’s also our goal to bring these groups together, to share ideas, enthusiasms, expertise, and more – with each other. From our point of view, the more we engage with each other around the music, the better our experiences with that music can be.
New Music Connect is a program for major donors to New Music USA. To find out more about participating in New Music Connect please contact:
Director of Development
New Music USA
212/645-6949 Ext. 114
Here Are Some Examples of New Music Connect Activities From The Past Two Years:
- In Chicago, participants attended the Ear Taxi Festival, a five-day celebration and exploration of the range, breadth, and depth of the Chicago new music scene. Participants received passes to the festival which included network-hosted events such as a NewMusicBox Live session featuring personal stories told (with the aid of music) by artists featured at the festival.
- In San Francisco, network participants attended Amy X Neuburg and The Paul Dresher Ensemble’s performance of They Will Have Been so Beautiful: Songs and Images of Now followed by a reception with other new music patrons. The day after, Putting it All Together: Interdisciplinary Art in Today’s World, provided discussions and interactions with artists and composers from the previous night including Paul Dresher, Amy X Neuburg, Pamela Z, Guillermo Galindo, and Jay Cloidt, surrounding the challenges and nuance of creating interdisciplinary works. Participants got to engage with the artists individually at a lunch following the event. The next day, network participants had the opportunity to go on an exclusive tour of Paul Dresher’s studio, featuring demonstrations of some of the instruments he created.
- In New York, network participants partook in a learning and engagement event titled Changing Contexts and Practices in Recording. Featuring artists Lisa Bielawa (composer/performer), William Brittelle (composer, New Amsterdam Records), and Yulun Wang (Pi Records), network participants had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the recording process and industry and ask questions and engage with the artists.