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Proactive support toward music creator development, community building, and mentorship

Each year, New Music USA awards a small number of Partnership Grants to complement funding available through open calls and fixed deadlines.

Through these Partnership Grants, New Music USA seeks to proactively support initiatives that examine new ways of working toward our current priorities. This includes: music creator development, community building, and mentorship. Through the partnerships we oversee, we hope to shed light on promising practices that can benefit creative communities across the United States.

Please contact our grantmaking team if you would like us to consider a program you are leading.

Explore current partnerships


M³ (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians)

M³ (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians) was created in the spring of 2020 to empower and elevate musicians of historically underrepresented gender identities in the US and worldwide (including musicians otherwise underrepresented on the basis of race, sexuality, or ability across generations) through a new model of mentorship and an ongoing performance series of new collaborative commissions. With the aim of building new paradigms of mentorship, M³ celebrates a wide network of artists, providing a think tank for new ways to connect, collaborate, support and create.

M³’s 2nd Cohort – Winter Solstice 2020

Samantha Boshnack – trumpet – Seattle, WA
Ganavya Iyer Doraiswamy– voice/bass – Oregon/NYC
Miriam Elhajli – voice/guitar – NYC
Chloe Kim – drums/percussion– Australia/Korea
Cleo Reed – music producer/artist – Boston/NYC
Camila Nebbia – sax/electronics/film – Argentina/Sweden
Shanta Nurullah – sitar/mbira/voice – Chicago, IL
Michele Rosewoman – piano/voice – NYC
Richie Seivwright –  voice/trombone– London, UK
Monnette Sudler – guitar/voice, secondary bass/drums – Philadelphia, PA
Fay Victor – voice  – Brooklyn, NY
Malika Zarra – voice – France/NYC

Read more about M³ (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians) on NewMusicBox.



Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music – Composing Earth

Composing Earth is a new commissioning program for alums of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music who are committed to centering their focus and creativity on climate change. A full two-year program, members of each season’s Composing Earth cohort will spend the first year in a monthly discussion group with fellow alums, Gabriela, and renowned climate science scholar Dr. Rob Davies. This lengthy study period will be supported by a study stipend, before composing commences.

The second year, each composer will receive a paid commission, commensurate with the size of the project, to create music inspired by their study. These commissions range from solo to chamber orchestra works, with and without electronics, with and without voices. With a great range of genres and instrumentations, Composing Earth will achieve a broad dissemination of these necessary stories of protecting our earth.

Learn more about Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music



New Music Gathering

New Music Gathering is an annual conference/festival hybrid dedicated to the performance, production, promotion, support, and creation of new and forward-thinking music.

With concerts, lecture/recitals, roundtable discussions, talks, and choreographed socializing like musician meet-ups and live action role playing games, NMG aims to be both a conference in the traditional sense but also quite literally a collective place for things to grow, improve, solidify, and above all get personal!

Co-organized by musicians Lainie Fefferman, Daniel Felsenfeld, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Jascha Narveson, and Angélica Negrón, New Music Gathering aims to meet the needs and interests of the music making community in ways that are increasingly direct, to spark and develop collaborative relationships, and to celebrate diversity of perspective and process.

Listen to a NewMusicBox Live episode with the NMG co-organizers on NewMusicBox.