New Music USA Proclaims Amplifying Voices Program

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New Music USA has introduced that over thirty orchestras have signed on to its Amplifying Voices program, which goals to co-commission and supply premieres for brand new orchestral works. This system focuses significantly on composers from marginalized teams, comparable to ladies and BIPOC.

In line with statistics from the Composer Range Institute, solely 16% of the music featured on orchestral packages is by a residing composer, with simply 6% of that share being taken up by BIPOC composers.

This downside intersects with one other challenge confronted by composers of recent music. It’s usually a lot simpler for composers to a premiere efficiency than it’s to get a second efficiency — making it laborious to get the work established as a part of the symphonic canon.

With funding from the Sphinx Group, amongst different funding companions, the Amplifying Voices program addresses these points by co-commissioning new repertoire and sharing current works inside its networks.

This yr, a number of the composers whose works might be carried out embrace Valerie Coleman, Juan Pablo Contreras, Vijay Iyer, Tania León, Jessie Montgomery, Brian Raphael Nabors, Nina Shekhar, Tyshawn Sorey, and Shelley Washington. Each bit will obtain a minimum of 4 performances by completely different orchestras.

“The orchestras taking part in Amplifying Voices are programming new music by a number of the most proficient composers within the US whereas recognizing that our musical canon will solely evolve if these items are performed greater than as soon as,” stated Vanessa Reed, New Music America’s President and CEO.

“I’m so happy that this program provides extra audiences throughout the nation an opportunity to find the facility of those composers’ work as all of us attempt in direction of a extra open and equitable future for classical music,” she added.

You’ll be able to learn extra about this system right here.


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