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New Grantmaking Program at New Music USA

Today at New Music USA we announced a new round of grants in a new program, The NYC New Music Impact Fund. There are a lot of things I love about this program, but my favorite is the level of commitment that New Music USA is making to the success...

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Daniel Spreadbury interview for NewMusicBox

I’ve been eagerly awaiting Dorico for years. When Avid orphaned Sibelius, the team, led by Daniel Spreadbury, decamped for Steinberg (of Cubase fame), and started building a brand new scoring application from scratch. I got the chance to interview Daniel for NewMusicBox, and he wrote us some very, very detailed...

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Junior Bach Tenth Anniversary

Probably the first branding meeting I ever ran was with a group of seventh graders. It was ten years ago, and we were naming the program (and concert) that had been going by “composers club” up until that point. Those seventh graders were composers, and the concert needed a name,...

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Baumol at SPU and on NewMusicBox

I’ve been working on this line of research for over a year, and the first publications are out today. Above, we’ve got video of the talk I gave at Seattle Pacific University last month for their Futures of Music Series, hosted by Brian Chin. And today NewMusicBox has published my...

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Cost Disease at Seattle Pacific University

I’m back on the road again. Next week I’ll be giving the next iteration of my talk applying the lessons of Baumol’s Cost Disease to the situation of individual artists. Brian Chin is my host for this instance, and the media team at the university will be filming, so that...

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Awesome Premiere

I have now been described in print, in Dutch, without my having submitted a bio in any language. The venue for yesterday’s premiere of Finishing The Rose had very short notice that I was coming to the performance, and managed to sneak in a hastily written bio that they assembled...

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Finishing the Rose is Finished!

Thanks first to the commissioning consortium without whom this project wouldn’t have happened, and you wouldn’t have a chance to hear the piece performed so many times in the next year: Ian Richter Hanna Van Rooijen Zachary Herchen Elisabeth Halliday Ben Learish Sean Meyers Tyrone Page Ana Kupstas Thanks especially...

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Speaking at Brown

Next week I’m joining a really interesting conference that Sydney Skybetter has put together at Brown University. It’s a conference on the future of gestural interfaces. But Sydney calls them, I think rightly, choreographic interfaces. Sydney’s a choreographer, not a sensor designer or any kind of engineer. He’s looking at...

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Mellon Foundation artist survey

Artists – help gather some data. I just took this survey, and I think it’s worthwhile to participate. The questions are about income and health insurance, work/life balance, etc.: in other words, stuff that’s really important to artists. Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn’t write a full blog post about a...

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53 More Projects

We awarded another 53 projects yesterday at New Music USA. It was the fifth round of project grants awarded under the platform that’s been the center of my life for the last few years. We’ve made it possible for fans to find new music through the granting process, made applying...

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Composing on Trello

I’ve never written a piece using a project management tool before. It’s almost certainly not for everyone, but I totally love it. The best part is being able to easily sort & rearrange my notes. With a paper notebook, or loose paper, you can’t move individual sentences around. I tend...

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Working in the open as a composer

I live among the worlds of technology, art, and philanthropy. A lot of my job is based on learning lessons from one of those and figuring out how to apply them to the other two; it’s pretty fun. Usually I get to bring new insights to my job at New...