New Music USA believes in small ensembles, jazz ensembles, small presenters, and venues. Often artist-led and driven by a Do-It-Yourself ethos, they’re the beating heart of the new music scene. The New Music Impact Fund is our latest, most ambitious effort to support and promote this sector in New York City.
We’re delighted and honored to have our vision shared by the leadership of the Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund of the Scherman Foundation. The Rosin Fund has made this new beginning possible with a three-year $495,000 grant.
Conversations we’ve had with active sector participants confirmed some core needs: a visible and powerful identity as a distinct sector; more opportunities for collaboration; and increased performance and rehearsal space.
We want to empower the sector to unleash its own potential. The New Music Impact Fund is a three-year program that will select and assemble a total of 30 to 34 organizations to act as a cohort, a group of new music ensembles, jazz ensembles, presenters, and venues relating to each other and working together to make headway in addressing the core needs listed above.
This round will award 6 to 10 cohort members who will receive two years of general operating support and join the initial cohort class of 24 ensembles, presenters, and venues. Cohort members will have opportunities to join together in residency activity, work with New Music USA’s online platform and media capabilities to promote the sector as a whole, and convene together at various times in various ways.
Cohort members will be organizations, ensembles, venues, or presenters demonstrating excellence in innovative new music or jazz performance and programming. Their work will consist primarily of music by living composers, improvisers, sound artists or singer-songwriters working in any style or genre.
All applicants must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:
We’ll support cohort members with general operating support grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 per year for two years, depending on budget size and residency hosting.
We’ll support residency pairings between interested participants and venues in the cohort, with the goal of facilitating new work and new collaborative relationships. Once paired, the partners will work together to develop residency activity. Residencies can vary between groups, but should involve a deep enough relationship that extends beyond just a few performances. It can last a few weeks, a few months, or a season.
The project will harness the potential of New Music USA’s online platform to act as a unifying voice for the New York new music community and craft a collective identity for participants. Together with cohort members, we will work to develop and implement a marketing campaign grounded in targeted emails and strategic use of social media. Our aim is to create a community of enthusiasts dedicated to following groups, attending performances, purchasing recordings, and supporting participating organizations in a variety of ways.
The online system will open in mid-February. The deadline for submission is 5 pm EST on March 20, 2017. We will announce awards in late May 2017.
Review will be based on your profile and the submitted material as outlined below. Profiles will first be screened by our staff for eligibility and completeness to make sure they contain sufficient information, one to three media samples that work, etc. Profiles will then be evaluated through a peer review process involving composers, performers, and administrators versed in the New York new music community.
The review will have two stages. The first will be a remote online review based solely on artistic merit as demonstrated by the profile media. Applicants that score well in the artistic stage will then move on to a more in-depth final in-person review judged using the following three criteria:
Applicants will indicate during the application process their interest in participating in a residency relationship. Selection will take place as part of the review process. Assignments will be made in discussion with staff to determine the best fit. The opportunities to collaborate in multiple ways that build opportunities for venues, performers, and audiences should be significant. Examples could involve rehearsal and new workshopping opportunities, administrative shadowing and sharing, mentoring, performance series, collaborations between multiple ensembles, and more.
The application process, like the project itself, is based on New Music USA’s online platform. To apply, you will first need to have a completed profile on www.newmusicusa.org, including a bio and media demonstrating the applicant’s mission and vision. If you do not have a profile you may register for one here. It can be updated at any time.
Once the round opens, eligible applicants can apply by simply following the steps outlined below:
Please note that your profile may be edited at any time during the process, though we suggest minimizing any changes that might occur during panel review.