2022 Develop Your Artwork Grants Awarded to NEC College students and Alumni

First prize winner, Akenya Seymour


NEC’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship Division awarded grants to Akenya Seymour (’14), Amanda Ekery (’18 MM), Anna Abondolo (’22), and Jonathan Starks (’20) for his or her respective achievements under.

The jury for the 2022 grants comprised NEC Provost and Dean of School, Benjamin Sosland; Director of Cultural Fairness and Belonging, Monique Van Willingh; school member Ted Reichman; and NEC Alumni Rayna Chou.

The jury heard the finalists’ pitches and judged primarily based on elements such because the meant profit to others, the viability of the undertaking’s finances, and the long run sustainability of the undertaking. The pitch competitors was streamed and might be watched right here.


2022 Venture Grant Winners

Akenya Seymour | First Prize, $7,500

“Moon within the 4th is a sonically eclectic and deeply private work that explores the nuance of id, spirituality, esotericism, and love.”

Amanda Ekery, El Paso Jazz Ladies | First Runner-Up, $2,250
“El Paso Jazz Ladies is pivoting to concentrate on manufacturing of scholars’ authentic music, making ready skilled improvement workshops for native highschool academics, and constructing consciousness for our program. In 4 years, El Paso Jazz Ladies has created a help system for 90+ feminine musicians!”

Anna Abondolo & Jonathan Starks, O R D E R | Second Runner-Up, $2,250
“This twisted coming of age story explores themes of prophecy and inwardness, augmented by spatialized sound and complex lighting for an entire immersive expertise. ORDER is an experimental theatrical manufacturing premiering in New England Conservatory’s Black Field Theatre Could of 2022.”


2022 Grant Venture Finalists

Zion Dyson | Cambodian Village Fund Music Training Program
Cambodian Village Fund supplies free music schooling to English language college students, grades 3-12, in rural Prey Contact Commune Cambodia.

Jack Earnhart | The Artwork of the Brass Mouthpiece, The Earnhart Firm
Earnhard created a brand new design course of for brass mouthpieces that optimizes the interplay of the mouthpiece with the artist and their instrument.

Ehud Ettun | Inside Compass Music
Ettun launched a music middle and worldwide music faculty in the midst of Israel’s Negev Desert appearing as a lab of music and social change.

Rob Flax | Chessboard Drum Machine
Flax made music with a sensible chessboard utilizing authentic software program that converts the place of the items into midi messages.

Zachary Hicks & Ethan D’Ver | Off the Chamber
Off the Chamber is a brand new live performance sequence celebrating chamber music written for nonstandard mixtures of devices

Annie Jacobs-Perkins | Silent Wooden, Deep River as a part of Insert Music Right here
This local weather activism live performance tour and recording undertaking companions with California’s conservation websites to look at people’ relationship to nature.





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