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New York, NY (July 9, 2020) – New Music USA is pleased to announce the selection of 110 projects involving 392 creators and artists for the tenth round of New Music USA Project Grants. These projects demonstrate the imaginative, diverse, and high-quality work that New Music USA is dedicated to supporting.
Totaling $502,700 in funding, this year’s grants support new American music projects in 26 states. The 110 awarded projects include a wide range of activities and events involving new music as a central element; these projects involve collaborations in dance, theater, opera, and the visual arts. 54% of the 2020 Project Grant participants are people of color and 58% are women.
“We’re inspired and humbled to be reminded of the resilience and imagination of the new music community through this bold list of projects planned for 2021 and beyond. In spite of the challenges faced over the past four months, this year’s Project Grant recipients are determined to keep planning ahead, with many sustaining their focus on the creation of new work and positioning social justice at the heart of their creative practice. I look forward to experiencing the music of the diverse artists and practitioners involved and to following the realization of these projects next year throughout the United States,” said Vanessa Reed, New Music USA’s CEO & President.
Since New Music USA’s Project Grants launched in October 2013, the organization has distributed $3,906,648 in support of 805 projects. Of these projects, 58% were for the creation of new work.
New Music USA is committed to making the grant program equitable, by removing barriers in the application process and by consistently elevating all artists and organizations who receive our support. Project Grants applicants are given simple guidelines and are asked to supply a brief project description and work samples.
The Project Grants peer review process reflects ongoing efforts to dismantle bias. For this tenth round of project grants, which attracted over 1200 applications, New Music USA engaged 48 artists, composers, musicians, and administrators, building a panel formed of 56% women and 44% people of color, working from locations around the country. Read more about the panelist criteria for Project Grants.
Organizations & Performance Groups
Project Grant recipients are listed alphabetically by state, organization name, and project title:
Project Grant recipients are listed alphabetically by state, artist last name, and project title:
|First Name||Last Name||Project Title||City||State|
|Anomie||Belle||The Lost Art of Dreaming||San Francisco||CA|
|Mehmet Ali||Sanlıkol||“THE RISE UP” FEATURING NEA JAZZ MASTER DAVE LIEBMAN||Boston||MA|
|Lisa||Cella||The Low Flutes Project||Baltimore||MD|
|A. Spencer||Barefield||Creative Music at the DIA & Beyond: Celebrating 40 Years of Innovation – Roscoe Mitchell Project||Detroit||MI|
|Matthew||Coley||Heartland Marimba Quartet Commissions Eight New Works by Female Composers||Minneapolis||MN|
|Jason||Noer||MIXTAPE 5G: Sounding at the Speed of Movement||Minneapolis||MN|
|Duane||Cyrus||The Resistance Project (Celebrating African Diasporic Women’s Activism through Music and Dance)||Greensboro||NC|
|Marisa||Demarco||The Mountains Wore Down To The Valleys||Albuquerque||NM|
|Olivia||De Prato||I, A.M. – Artist Mother Project||Brooklyn||NY|
|Ravish||Momin||Turning Jewels Into Water||Brooklyn||NY|
|Jamie||Sampson||Women’s Strength in Song||Fredonia||NY|
|Ben||Robinson||Inside the Creative Process||Ithaca||NY|
|Susie||Ibarra||Talking Gong||New Paltz||NY|
|Kyaw Kyaw||Naing||Growing Rhythm||New Paltz||NY|
|David||Bird||The Ambition of Ghosts||New York||NY|
|Anita||Brown||Honoring the Potters Field for NYC: Hart Island, Bronx, NY||New York||NY|
|Nathan||Davis||I am the utterance of my name||New York||NY|
|Jeremy||McQueen||“The W I L D”||New York||NY|
|Samora||Pinderhughes||GRIEF – a new album by Samora Pinderhughes||New York||NY|
|Neil||Rolnick||One For The Ages||New York||NY|
|Elio||Villafranca||DON’T CHANGE MY NAME||New York||NY|
|Stewart||Wallace||S U P E R M A X||New York||NY|
|Khadija||Ahmaddiya||The InnerSection||New York||NY|
|Thomas||Piercy||TOKYO AND NEW YORK : 東京とニューヨーク: MUSIC AND DANCE||New York||NY|
|Veena||Chandra||Veena Chandra – Indian Classical Sitar and Tsuna Sakamoto – Viola Collaboration||Saratoga Springs||NY|
|Milica||Paranosic||Penelope and the Geese||Saugerties||NY|
|Anthony||Tidd||Seven Souls, or 164 Years||Philadelphia||PA|
|Amanda||Ekery||El Paso Jazz Girls Composers||El Paso||TX|
|Chelsea||de Souza||BLURRED ORIGINS: REDEFINING CULTURE THROUGH MUSIC||Houston||TX|
|Miki||Sawada||Gather Hear Tour: Utah and Massachusetts||Multicity||UT|
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.