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2019_New Music USA 

 
 

Annual Report

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  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    New Music USA is focused on what brings the new music community together: the music. When we refer to the new music community, we mean everyone from composers and interpreters to presenters, producers, die-hard fans, casual listeners, curious minds, and beyond. It is an ever expanding ecology that we want to nurture and help to grow further. When someone listens, recommends a favorite to a friend, creates or performs a new work, or maybe even commissions a new piece, the whole community is made stronger—and bigger. Our goal is for new music to reach new ears every day.

    In 2019, New Music USA continued to provide over $1 million in grant support for the creation and performance of new work and community building throughout the country. The 2018–2019 season marked the 20th anniversary of Music Alive, New Music USA’s composer-orchestra residency program that was administered in partnership with the League of American Orchestras. It was also the culminating year of a three-year cycle of the program that prioritized placing the composers at the center of the orchestra through collaborative work and immersive experiences for composers, orchestra musicians and artistic leadership, and community members. The 2017–2019 Music Alive residency pairings were Lembit Beecher and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Anna Clyne and the Berkeley Symphony; Stacy Garrop and the Champaign- Urbana Symphony Orchestra; Hannibal Lokumbe and the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Theodore Wiprud and the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. New Music USA's Project Grants offer project-specific funding to individuals and organizations. In June 2019, New Music USA announced its ninth round of project grants awards, which totaled $529,420 in funding to support artistic work involving a wide range of new American music; the 114 awarded projects in 27 different states include concerts and recordings as well as dance, theater, opera, and more, all involving contemporary music as an essential element. To see a complete list of projects funded by New Music USA, please visit: https://newmusicusa.org/get-funding/all-grantees/

    New Music USA also maintains an online web magazine for American new music, NewMusicBox, which in May 2019 celebrated its 20th anniversary. In May, we published a history of the publication by British musicologist Tim Rutherford-Johnson: https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/how-to-exist-20-years-of-newmusicbox/.

    Advocating for new music and the community of performers, composers, and appreciators who make up the field is at the heart of everything New Music USA does. New Music USA is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, the national policy advocate, leadership forum, and learning network for America’s nonprofit performing arts organizations, artists, and allies. In this capacity, staff participated in the National Arts Action Summit and Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. in March 2019. We also represent the United States as members of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC). Composer Advocate Frank J. Oteri has served on the ISCM Executive Committee since 2016, and was elected vice president in April 2019; he also serves on the IAMIC Board of Directors and is the chair of the Communications Committee. Over the past year, staff traveled all over the world to attend conferences, music festivals, new music reading sessions and advocate for new American music. The events include: the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Edward T. Cone Composition Institute at Princeton University; the 2018 Cyprus New Music Festival; The Midwest Clinic; the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute; Chamber Music America’s National Conference; the American Choral Directors Association National Conference; the EarShot readings hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; the 2019 ISCM World Music Days in Tallinn, Estonia; and Classical:Next in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

  • Please describe your organization's research activities over the past year: 
    N/A although a great deal of research goes into many of the articles we publish on NewMusicBox. A few highlights worth acknowledging here are: Douglas Shadle's essay on the Florence Price revival (https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/plus-ca-change-florence-b-price-in-the-blacklivesmatter-era/); Alexander Rothe's essay on early electronic music practice (https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/at-the-intersection-of-digital-audible-histories-and-experimental-music-practice/); Alex Weiser's history of Yiddish art song in America (https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/yiddish-classical-music-in-america/); and Ju-Ping Song's history of the use of the toy piano in contemporary American music (https://nmbx.newmusicusa.org/the-artful-toy-toy-piano-influencers-and-the-making-of-an-album/)
 

 

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