The BMI Foundation’s 2018 New Music Grants Program has awarded funding for over forty-five 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 2018 BMI Foundation New Music Grant recipients, which 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.
“It brings everyone at the BMI Foundation great joy to support these wonderful organizations and programs that are committed to our mission of furthering the creation, performance and study of new American music,” said BMI Foundation President Deirdre Chadwick.
As part of its New Music Grants Program, the BMI Foundation has also named Copland House, Music at the Anthology and The Esoterics as its 2018 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 2018 New Music Grant Recipients:
Community Music Programming and Presenters
Amas Musical Theatre
American Opera Projects
Beth Morrison Projects
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center
Ebb & Flow Arts
Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center
Look & Listen Festival
Music at the Anthology
Music from Angel Fire
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
New Music On The Point Festival
North/South Consonance, Inc
Resonant Bodies Festival
Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music
Tribeca New Music
Composer and New Music Advocacy
American Composers Forum
New Music USA
Contemporary Music Ensembles
Alarm Will Sound
American Composers Orchestra
American Modern Ensemble
Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Boston Musica Viva
Ensemble Dal Niente
Great Noise Ensemble
International Contemporary Ensemble
New York Virtuoso Singers
Nouveau Classical Project
newEar contemporary music ensemble
Wet Ink Ensemble
Education Through Music-Los Angeles
Learning through an Expanded Arts Program
Little Orchestra Society
New York Youth Symphony
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 www.bmifoundation.org. For exclusive news and content, follow @bmifoundation on Twitter and Instagram, and like “BMI Foundation” on Facebook at facebook.com/bmifoundation.