BMI Foundation Awards 2017 New Music Grants to Music Nonprofits Nationwide

Published: 08.30.2017
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls — one of this year's many BMI Foundation grantees.
Alarm Will Sound — one of this year's many BMI Foundation grantees.
New York Youth Symphony — one of this year's many BMI Foundation grantees.
The Esoterics — one of this year's 2017 Jeffery Cotton Award recipients.
Wet Ink Ensemble — one of this year's 2017 Jeffery Cotton Award recipients

The BMI Foundation’s 2017 New Music Grants Program has awarded funding for over fifty music education programs, artistic development organizations and performing arts presenters throughout the United States. The awards provide operating support for a range of contemporary performers, instructors and preservationists spanning all genres of American music, with a preference for programs which directly involve living American composers. Below is a complete list of 2017 BMI Foundation New Music Grant recipients.

“We are pleased and honored to continue our support of organizations that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to furthering the creation, performance and study of new American music,” said BMI Foundation President Deirdre Chadwick. “This year’s worthy recipients again include GRAMMY-winning ensembles, tuition-free youth orchestras and bands, world-class artist residencies and programs that are supporting, supplementing or replacing public school arts curricula.”

As part of its New Music Grants Program, the BMI Foundation has also named The Esoterics and Wet Ink Ensemble as its 2017 Jeffery Cotton Award recipients. Established by BMI Foundation Board Member Dan Coleman in honor of the late BMI composer Jeffery Cotton, the award is intended to defray the cost of rehearsing and presenting a second concert performance of a chamber or orchestral work by an American composer.

The BMI Foundation New Music Grants Program is administered on an annual, competitive and invitation-only basis. Awards are determined by the Foundation’s New Music Grants Committee upon the recommendations  of internationally acclaimed musicians and music industry executives serving on the Foundation’s Artistic Advisory Panel. Established in 1985, the New Music Grants was the very first program created by the BMI Foundation. Since its inception, the program has invested over $3,000,000 in the legacy and creation of American music.

BMI Foundation 2017 New Music Grant Recipients:

Community Music Programming and Presenters
Amas Musical Theatre
American Opera Projects 
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Community MusicWorks
Ebb & Flow Arts
Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art
JACK Music
Look & Listen Festival
Music at the Anthology
Music from Angel Fire
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
National Sawdust
New Music On The Point Festival
North/South Consonance, Inc
Other Minds
Present Music
Resonant Bodies Festival
Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music
Tribeca New Music

Composer and New Music Advocacy
American Composers Forum
American Composers Orchestra
Composers, Inc
New Music USA
Young Concert Artists

Contemporary Music Ensembles, Orchestras, and Choirs
Alarm Will Sound
American Modern Ensemble
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Boston Musica Viva
The Crossing
Eighth Blackbird
Ensemble Dal Niente
Ensemble Echappe
The Esoterics
Great Noise Ensemble
International Contemporary Ensemble 
New York Virtuoso Singers
Nouveau Classical Project 
newEar contemporary music ensemble
Wet Ink Ensemble

Music Education and Mentorship
Atlantic Center for the Arts 
The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park
Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center
CULTIVATE at Copland House
Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center
Education Through Music-Los Angeles
Learning through an Expanded Arts Program
Manna House Workshops, Inc
Music Unites
New York Youth Symphony 
Time In Children's Arts Initiative
The Walden School
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
Young Composers & Improvisors Workshop, Inc


About the BMI Foundation

The BMI Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to encourage the creation, performance, and study of American music. The Foundation’s programs include competitive scholarships for songwriters and composers, operating grants for nonprofit arts presenters, and support for innovative music education initiatives in schools and communities across the country. For more information about the work of the Foundation, please visit our website at For exclusive news and content, follow @bmifoundation on Twitter and Instagram, and like “BMI Foundation” on Facebook at