BMI Foundation Awards 2018 New Music Grants to Music Nonprofits Nationwide

Published: 08.13.2018

Above: Education Through Music-Los Angeles – one of this year's 2018 BMI Foundation New Music Grantees in the Music Education category.

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

Composers, Inc

Copland House

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

The Crossing

Eighth Blackbird

Ensemble Dal Niente

Ensemble Echappe

The Esoterics

Great Noise Ensemble

JACK Music

International Contemporary Ensemble

New York Virtuoso Singers

Nouveau Classical Project

newEar contemporary music ensemble

Wet Ink Ensemble


Music Education

Education Through Music-Los Angeles

Learning through an Expanded Arts Program

Little Orchestra Society

Music Unites

The MusicianShip

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 For exclusive news and content, follow @bmifoundation on Twitter and  Instagram, and like “BMI Foundation” on Facebook at