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New Music USA will be leading two live panel discussions about film scoring and orchestral music during New York Music Month Extended Play, an initiative of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, happening throughout January to June 2021. These are:

New Music USA presents… Amplifying Voices in Orchestral Music

Who’s composing orchestral music today and what can the leaders of major institutions do to transform opportunities for the next generation?

Thu, April 22, 2021 |5:00 PM EDT: Hear from composers and representatives of the orchestral world about how we can support and promote symphonic music which better reflects the diverse communities of NYC. What are the barriers for composers and what can the leaders of major institutions do to transform the current and future landscape? Confirmed speakers: composer Jessie Montgomery (www.jessiemontgomery.com), Emerging Composers and Diversity Director with American Composers Orchestra Aiden K. Feltkamp (www.aidenkimfeltkamp.com), Board Chair of The Dream Unfinished Orchestra and Vice President of Impact at Minnesota Opera Lee Bynum (thedreamunfinished.org/team/lee), and composer and sound artist Ellen Reid (ellenreidmusic.com). Our Amplifying Voices program has been made possible by funding from the Sphinx Venture Fund and the Sorel Organization as well as industry partners ASCAP and Wise Music Trust.

Register for this event here.

New Music USA presents… Composing for Film: Insights & Opportunities

Thu, March 25, 2021 | 5:00 PM EDT: In 2019, 94% of scores for the top 250 box office films were written by men. There are no official stats about race and ethnicity. Get advice and perspectives from composers and filmmakers about what we can do to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for the many composers yet to be included in one of the world’s most popular art forms. Confirmed panelists:  Composer & artist Tamar-Kali (www.tamar-kali.com), SESAC’s VP for Film, Television and Developing Media Erin Collins (www.sesac.com), and composer, artist, and educator Nico Muhly: (nicomuhly.com). Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring is powered by SESAC along with composer Christophe Beck and is administered by New Music USA.

Guidelines and application for Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring available here.

Watch the recorded webinar here.

Both events will be moderated by our President and CEO, Vanessa Reed.

“New Music USA is honored to be part of New York Music Month Extended Play. We hope that our sessions will raise awareness of the ongoing inequities in music whilst highlighting changes that will benefit future generations.” — Vanessa Reed, President & CEO, New Music USA


About New Music USA

New Music USA supports the sounds of tomorrow by nurturing the creation, performance, and appreciation of new music for adventurous listeners around the world. We empower and connect US-based music makers, organizations, and audiences by providing funding through our Project Grants; fostering new connections through our programs; deepening knowledge through our online magazine, NewMusicBox; and working as an advocate for the field. New Music USA works in collaboration with its community in response to pressing needs and to amplify the diverse voices of music creators. New Music USA envisions a thriving and equitable ecosystem for new music throughout the United States.

About New York Music Month Extended Play

New York Music Month is an initiative of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). From 2017 through 2019, June was NY Music Month, the official New York City celebration of NYC’s diverse music ecosystem. In 2021, as New Yorkers face the pandemic, MOME is launching New York Music Month Extended Play, a virtual edition that will run from January through June 2021. This six-month extended, virtual celebration has something for everyone: artists, industry and fans. As we look to the time when we can celebrate in-person, let’s keep listening, learning, and connecting to the soundtrack of the best city on earth. In 2021, Get Tuned In and stay connected with New York Music Month Extended Play at nymusicmonth.nyc.