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New Music USA celebrates its first decade

New Music USA is celebrating 10 years of supporting musicians and organisations since it was created from the merging of the American Music Center and Meet the Composer in 2011

New Music USA’s projects and grants provide around US$1 million every year to help musicians and collectives realise their ambitions across the musical spectrum. Funded by a legacy endowment and by the generosity of philanthropic organisations, almost 3000 live and recorded projects have been supported involving over 10,000 artists.

The range of programmes New Music has created is extensive, including emergency funding for musical creators, mentoring in film music composition, promoting equity, diversity and inclusion through collaborative projects and promoting American musicians across the world. 

As its action statement says, ‘Equity, inclusion and anti-racism action is at the heart of our strategic plan.’ And this is clear from the incredible diversity of projects and artists it supports. 

For its 10th anniversary year, New Music aims to support 100 creators and 100 organisations and is reaching out for help from new donors. Among its latest endeavours will be an expansion of its Amplifying Voices and Reel Change programmes and the launch of Next Jazz Legacy with the Berklee Institute for Jazz and Gender Justice. 

Vanessa Reed, New Music President and CEO, said, ‘New Music USA is a vital resource for an extraordinary array of talented artists and organisations across the length and breadth of our country. 

‘When I joined as President in 2019, I was inspired by this unique organisation’s impact and dedication. Now, as we look to the future, there’s an urgent need for us to do even more, providing support, and hope to our community during this period of uncertainty and change.’