The organisation announced $422,000 in new commissions today. Almost half will go to jazz groups.
What do we think about that? Equitable? Inevitable? Politically correct?
Whatever became of the string quartet?
Press release follows.
Chamber Music America Announces $422,000 in Grants for Commissions
19 U.S.-based Ensembles to Receive Support for the Creation of New Works
NEW YORK, NY (June 24, 2013)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble musicians, has announced the recipients of its 2013 commissioning grants, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute $421,950 to 19 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grantees in each program were selected by independent peer panels this spring.
A total of $208,500 has been awarded to nine jazz ensembles through the New Jazz Works Program, which provides support for the creation and performance of new works in the jazz idiom, as well as funding for activities that extend the life of the work and allow the ensemble leader to acquire or cultivate career-related business skills. The 2013 grantees are: World Time Zone, a saxophone trio led by Michael Blake; the Sheldon Brown Group, a Bay Area-based quartet; theRobin Verheyen NY Quartet; the Ben Kono Group, a quintet led by Kono on woodwinds; Manuel Valera and New Cuban Express; pianist Andy Milne’s hip-hop and rock-influenced Dapp Theory ensemble; the Alan Ferber Nonet, led by trombonist Alan Ferber; the Jacob Garchik Trio, joined in its commission by the Caravel String Trio; and Sicilian Defense, a quintet led by the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson.
Ten ensembles have also been awarded a total of $213,450 through the Classical Commissioning Program, which provides support for U.S.-based professional classical and world music ensembles and presenters for the creation and performance of new chamber works by American composers.The 2013 grantees are: Duo Scorpio, a harp duo performing a new work by Nico Muhly; the Kontras Quartet, a string quartet, augmented with bluegrass instrumentation for a new work by Jens Kruger; Melody of China, a Chinese music ensemble, with composer Yuanlin Chen; the Michael Winograd Ensemble, a klezmer ensemble performing a new work by Michael Winograd; Music from China, a traditional Chinese ensemble, with composer Chen Yi; the Mivos Quartet, with composer Eric Wubbels; the PRISM Quartet, a saxophone quartet, with composer Julia Wolfe; the Talea Ensemble, a new music collective performing a new work by Oscar Bettison; ZOFO, a piano duo, with composer William Bolcom; and Ensemble NJ_P, a septet featuring shō, koto, cello, guitar, and electronics, with composer Gene Coleman.
This announcement follows the distribution of an additional $228,875 through CMA’s two other major grant programs earlier this year: the Presenting Jazz Program, also funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which provides grants to concert presenters that engage U.S.-based jazz ensembles; and the Residency Partnership Program, funded by CMA’s Residency Endowment, which supports ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through residency projects.
Chamber Music America, the national network of chamber music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes and represents a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its grant programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine. Visit www.chamber-music.org.
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. Established in 1996, the Foundation supports four national grant-making programs. It also supports three properties that were owned by Doris Duke—in Hillsborough, New Jersey; Honolulu, Hawaii, and Newport, Rhode Island—all of which are open to the public. The foundation awarded its first grants in 1997 and has awarded more than $1 billion to date.