Category: News

I was on a podcast!

No, I’m not talking about Actually Happening. I was a guest on Dennis Tobenski’s Music Publishing Podcast. I was episode 41. So close. Go give it a listen. We talked a lot about my work running product at New Music USA, creating the grantmaking platform and the launch of project...

So This is What Prufrock Sounds Like on a Bari…

I’ve been working with Ian Richter for, well, almost five years. That’s a weird thought. In that time he’s been a great collaborator. He’s talented, he’s dedicated, he’s funny, and he plays the hell out of my music. Just this morning he sent me a message saying “hey, so I...

The Burial of the Dead with The Sound Ensemble

Yes, that’s the same picture of The Sound Ensemble. Jim Holt is a good photographer. The concert is this Saturday, 7 PM, at the Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. You should come out and hear it. Here’s the Live Music Project listing with more details. I went...

I’m Doing Something New at NMG This Year

I’m not giving the Baumol talk again. Sorry. It was a huge hit the last two years, and there’s still some great work to do on that line of research, and I am still giving the talk other places. But for New Music Gathering mark 3 in Bowling Green this...

First Dorico Project and an Orchestra Performance

I just finished my first project with Dorico, and I want to tell you about it. It’s a new orchestration of The Burial of the Dead for The Sound Ensemble; the concert is on March 4 in Seattle. Come hear it. The photo above, taken by James Holt, is of...

Put Your Money Where My Mouth Is

Art isn’t a reflection of the culture we want to have, or a commentary on it, or anything secondary. It actually IS the culture. It matters. A lot. Art can’t save the world by itself, but we can’t save the world without art. So. Here are some great organizations I’m...

User Testing, Play Testing, and Composing Music

My friends who mastermind the arts salon/dinner party series With Interesting People were kind enough to let me run an experiment on their guests last night. (Btw, the photo is of dates stuffed with goat cheese and almonds, alongside some mango & persimmon, all drizzled with honey. The chef, Phil...

NUMUS Northwest and a call for submissions

The Seattle new music community is amazing. I got here in February, and the composers, musicians, and fans here have blown me away with their welcoming attitude, their commitment, and their straight up talent. This January, I and a bunch of really smart talented committed folks are organizing a one-day...

Hosting #musochat tomorrow!

Musochat is awesome. It’s a weekly twitter chat for the new music crowd, discussing issues that matter to us. Sometimes they’re straight up artistic issues, and sometimes they’re more about business-y how-to-survive-while-doing-this-stuff kind of things. Tomorrow night I’ve finally caved and am hosting Musochat (the hosts rotate every week). I’m...

Buy Dorico

Really, just go buy it. No, I haven’t bought it myself yet, or played with it at all. I’m planning to take care of that this weekend. I’m not telling you to buy it because it’s awesome. I’m telling you to buy it because I want it to be awesome....

The MAP Fund is open for submissions

I’ve been working with the MAP Fund for almost two years, and this week the MAP Fund opened its annual funding round. It’s been a privilege to work with such a talented and dedicated staff on designing a simpler application system and streamlined process. We chose Submittable as a grantmaking...

We just awarded more than $300,000

It’s June 30, and you know what that means: another round of project grants awarded on newmusicusa.org. It’s great to see the platform continuing to grow, and to connect another cohort of awardees with each other and with their fans. I still don’t know any other grantmaking system that gives...