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The New York Women Composers annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members. (Note: This is not a commissioning grant.) Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles or presenting organizations. For general guidelines, click HERE.


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2021 Seed Money Grant Recipients

RESULTS OF THE NYWC 2021 SEED MONEY GRANTS

Presenting the winners of our 2021 Seed Money Grants! We have awarded seven grants, two foreign and five domestic. One grant is in a disseminated format, and the rest are focused grants.

2021 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS

1) Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone , with Paula Fan, accompanist (disseminated format). Mr. Williams is a well-known Welsh baritone whose thirty-year career has featured performances both in concert and on CDs of many women composers. He has toured widely throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, and North America and will be undertaking a new tour this fall starting in the US and Canada. http://jeremyhuwwilliams.com

2) Quintocracy Wind Quintet, (focused concert): Quintocracy is an established wind quintet based in the Capital District of New York State that presents concerts throughout that area and beyond. It is comprised of flutist Melanie Chirignan, oboist Kelly Lockwood, clarinetist Michael Dee, hornist Kathryn Svatek, and a bassoonist who is currently a guest. https://www.quintocracy.com/.

3) Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble (focused concert) Canta Libre, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2002 by flutist Sally Shorrock to foster the performance and enjoyment of musical literature specifically written for flute, strings and harp. Canta Libre’s members are Sally Shorrock, flute, Bradley Bosenbeck, violin, Veronica Salas, viola, Bernard Tamosaitis, cello and Karen Lindquist, harp. https://www.cantalibre.org

4) Joel Braun, double bassist (focused concert): Joel Braun is Associate Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin. As an orchestral musician he has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. http://www.joelbraunbass.com/

5) Aram Tchobanian, tenor (focused concert with additional performances): Tenor Aram Tchobanian, in an ensemble including Adam Kent, pianist, Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano, and the 2Flutes ensemble, plans to present “The Faucon,” a vocal and chamber music concert that intends to be a tribute to mid-20th century and contemporary composers, by showcasing works inspired by “mystical” poems as well as texts from the Middle English and Elizabethan poets. https://www.conbrioensemble.org/aram-tchobanian-tenor

6) Hypercube Ensemble (focused concert): A quartet of saxophone, guitar, piano and percussion, HYPERCUBE embraces the boundaries of chamber music, at home in both electric and acoustic worlds. This group of gritty NYC musicians formed with the goal of performing high quality, cutting-edge, challenging repertoire that is often underperformed. The members of HYPERCUBE are Erin Rogers (saxophones), Jay Sorce (classical and electric guitar), Andrea Lodge (piano and accordion), and Chris Graham (percussion). http://www.hypercubemusic.org/

7) Marsyas Trio (focused concert): The Marsyas Trio is the UK’s leading flute, cello, and piano ensemble. They have several CDs to their credit and a long history of performing music by women. In the past year they have established a successful online series with an audience of over 5000 views. http://www.marsyastrio.com/

2021 Seed Money Grant Guidelines

2021 Guidelines for New York Women Composers Seed Money Grants

Program description:
The New York Women Composers’ annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members. (Note: This is not a commissioning grant.)

Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles, or presenting organizations. The receipt deadline for all applications is June 30, 2021. Due to the pandemic, we have opened up this phase to include virtual concerts, as well as live concert performances. Here are the current guidelines.

For concert grant applications, we offer two possible formats:

  • Focused concert: Presentation of a concert featuring the works of three or more composer-members of New YorkWomen Composers for at least half of the project’s time-length. At least one of the NYWC composers chosen must be new to the performers.

  • Disseminated performances: Performers or ensembles may instead choose to perform works by a minimum of five different NYWC members during their performance season, on two or more concerts. At least two of the NYWC composers must be new to the performers.

Time period for performances:
Concerts for this grant period must take place from August 2021 to December 2022.

Choice of music for the concert(s):
The music to be presented must be chosen, at least in part, from a call for scores circulated to NYWC members on behalf of the grant recipients. We require this in order to let performers explore new composers and new works. Although many composers do list works in the members' online catalog on NYWC website, please be aware that this list is not complete, so a general score/recording call is required(either physical scores or PDFs) rather than catalog-only selection. The concert organizers choose the music they wish to play according to their tastes. We ask that composers be consulted during rehearsals either in person or through email, Zoom or Skype sessions, or other virtual options, and that programs be provided with information on the composers and the pieces, and if vocal music, song texts.

Applicant eligibility:
Applicants do not need to be members of New York Women Composers or female, and the concert programs do not need to consist only of works by women composers.

Finances and project completion:
Seed Money Grant awards are $750. All concert programs and all publicity must acknowledge support from New York Women Composers, Inc. Any financial proceeds from the concert go directly to the organizers, not to New York Women Composers. The selected composers will not be asked to pay any money to the organizers for the performance of their works. New York Women Composers is not responsible for any additional monies needed to complete the projects. A concert program should be shared with NYWC after the concert has taken place, as well as any photos, videos, or musical recordings from the concert. The grant recipients will be asked to fill out a short "Concert Performance Details" form and write a brief testimonial about their grant experience, after which the payment will be provided.

Application deadline and procedures:

The Receipt Deadline for 2021 grant applications is June 30, 2021.
There is no application form. The applicant should submit a letter briefly outlining the proposed project, along with professional biographical and promotional materials, including a headshot, and a sample sound recording. We require electronic submissions so that all of the jury committee has immediate access.

Applications will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. Project visibility
  2. Instrumentation (the grant committee tries to balance the variety of instrumentation receiving awards each year.)
  3. Quality of the performers, as evidenced by their work samples
  4. Community outreach potential
  5. Concert length
  6. Performing Rights Organizations licensing coverage for paid-admission concerts
  7. Qualified new applicants will receive preference over those who have previously received New York Women Composers funding. No group or individual performer will be funded in two consecutive years. Please note: We encourage anyone not receiving a grant to re-apply, as the needs of the organization, the number of grant awards, the instrumentation mix, the conditions of the grants, and the members of the jury change from year to year.

    Email materials or share Dropbox link by June 30, 2021 to: marilyn@marilynbliss.com
    For more information, contact: newyorkwomencomposers@gmail.com

Rose Hegele's Seed Money Grant Concert, May 19, 2021

May 19, 2021 - 2:30 PM EDT, 7:30 PM BST
Illuminate Women’s Music Presents:
From the Cosmos to the Soul: A Celebration of Women’s Music
Rose Hegele, soprano; Julia Scott Carey, pianist

Soprano and curator Rose Hegele and pianist Julia Scott Carey present From the Cosmos to the Soul: A Celebration of Women’s Music on May 19, 2021 at Illuminate Women’s Music’s digital livestream series.

The program journeys from the outer world to the inner world, starting with pieces that celebrate the creation of the universe and the natural world, moving inward to embrace the human voice and examine how we connect to others, and ending with self-reflection.

This concert is supported through a seed grant from New York Women Composers, Inc. (NYWC), and features compositions by five NYWC members: Sabrina Peña Young, Anne Phillips, Svjetlana Bukvich, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and Beata Moon. Other works are by Kamala Sankaram, Margaret Bonds, and Mason Bynes. There will be two world premieres by Mari Kotskyy and Sungji Hong.

Admission is Free.

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Audrey Wright's Seed Money Concert Series

Audrey Wright: Beyond Bach for Solo Violin - Four-Part Series LIVE STREAM

I am extremely pleased to have recently received a Seed Money Grant from the New York Women Composers, which has allowed me to discover some wonderful compositions by NYWC composers and perform them on the Beyond Bach series. Each of the four recitals are presented in themes, as described with dates and info below. The series will be entirely live-streamed by AnDie Musik LIVE! and tickets are $10. I can’t wait to perform this music, and I hope you can join me for the entire Beyond Bach series! – Audrey Wright, Violinist

Tickets & More Info

Sunday, April 18 @ 3pm EST
Violin Plus
- A concert featuring works for unaccompanied violin that expand the voice of the violin by incorporating live electronics, foot pedals, and non-traditional tunings. Featuring works by NYWC composers FLANNERY CUNNINGHAM and NILOUFAR NOURBAKHSH, as well as JOHANN JOSEPH VILSMAYR, STEVE REICH, and my own arrangement of HILDEGARD VON BINGEN.

Sunday, May 16 @ 3pm EST
Homage
- A concert featuring works for unaccompanied violin that are intended as homages to people and places. Featuring works by NYWC composers RAIN WORTHINGTON and CHEN YI, as well as GEORGE WALKER, KAIJA SAARIAHO, and FLAUSINO VALE.

Sunday, June 20 @ 3pm EST
Movement and Dance
- A program for unaccompanied violin inspired by motion, movement, and dance forms. Featuring works by NYWC composers CATHERINE NEVILLE and DEBRA KAYE, as well as ANDRE MYERS, WYNTON MARSALIS, and KEVIN PUTS.

Sunday, July 11 @ 3pm EST
American Voices Now
- A program featuring works by living composers that make up the sonic fabric of American classical music today. Featuring works by NYWC composer SVJETLANA BUKVICH as well as JESSIE MONTGOMERY, JOHN LUTHER ADAMS, CARLOS SIMON, and KENJI BUNCH.

Results of the 2020 Phase-2 Seed Money Grants

NYWC 2020 Phase-2 Seed Money Grants Awards

Presenting the winners of our Phase-2 Seed Money Grants for 2020 for U.S. applicants, either live or streamed concerts. We had an unprecedentedly large group of applicants for this period (which was delayed from last June), and far more qualified and exciting projects than we were able to reward. The good news is that we will be offering more Seed Money grants in a few months for our 2021 cycle, and we encourage applicants that were not selected this round to reapply if their projects fit the next time frame.

2020 Seed Money Grants Phase-2 Recipients

1) Audrey Wright, violinist, in a disseminated proposal. Ms. Wright is associate concertmaster with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. http://audreywrightviolin.com/ This spring and summer she will be presenting a series of four live-streamed performances titled “Beyond Bach” from the Baltimore venue An Die Musik Live.

2) Ginevra Petrucci, New York City-based flutist and Artistic Director of the Flauto d’Amore Project, in a focused proposal. https://www.flautodamore.com/ An instrument that fell into disuse but is now being revived. The recital will be upcoming as a streamed concert (Date to be decided).

3) Thomas Piercy, clarinetist and hichiriki player, in a focused proposal with plans for two performances of a 90-minute recital, one in New York and one in Japan.

4) Rose Hegele, Boston-based soprano (https://www.rosehegele.com/), with pianist Julia Scott Carey in a concert of contemporary vocal works titled Language & Beyond: Embracing Feminism and Ritual, for Illuminate Women’s Music 2021 virtual concert series. The live-streamed performance will take place in Boston, MA on May 19, 2021. As Illuminate Women’s Music is based in the UK and features performers from both the UK and US.

2020 Guidelines for New York Women Composers Seed Money Grants Phase 2 – U.S. Applicants

Important Note: Due to the pandemic, we have divided our grants into two phases. These guidelines pertain to the second phase for live or virtual concert events by U.S. applicants.

2020 Guidelines for New York Women Composers Seed Money Grants:
Phase 2 – U.S. Applicants, Virtual and Live Concerts
 

Program description: The New York Women Composers’ annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members. (Note: This is not a commissioning grant.) Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles, or presenting organizations. The receipt deadline for all applications is February 15, 2021. Here are the current guidelines for Phase 2 – U.S. Applicants. Due to the pandemic, we have opened up this phase to include virtual concerts, as well as live concert performances. 

For Phase 2 – U.S. grant applications, we offer two possible formats: 

1) Focused concert: Presentation of a concert featuring the works of three or more composer-members of New York Women Composers for at least half of the project’s time-length. At least one of the NYWC composers chosen must be new to the performers. 

2) Disseminated performances: Performers or ensembles may instead choose to perform works by a minimum of five different NYWC members during their performance season, on two or more concerts. At least two of the NYWC composers must be new to the performers. 

Time period for performances: Concerts for this grant period must take place from March 2021 to June 2022.  

Choice of music for the concert: The music to be presented must be chosen, at least in part, from a call for scores circulated to NYWC members on behalf of the grant recipients. We require this in order to let performers explore new composers and new works. Although many composers do list works in the members' online catalog on NYWC website, please be aware that this list is not complete, so a general score/recording call is required (either physical scores or PDFs) rather than catalog-only selection. The concert organizers choose the music they wish to play according to their tastes. We ask that composers be consulted during rehearsals through email, Zoom or Skype sessions, or other virtual options, and that programs be provided with information on the composers and the pieces, and if vocal music, song texts.  

Applicant eligibility: Applicants do not need to be members of New York Women Composers or to be female, and the concert programs do not need to consist only of works by women composers. 

Finances and project completion: Seed Money Grant awards are $750. All concert programs and all publicity must acknowledge support from New York Women Composers, Inc. Any financial proceeds from the concert go directly to the organizers, not to New York Women Composers. The selected composers will not be asked to pay any money to the organizers for the performance of their works. New York Women Composers is not responsible for any additional monies needed to complete the projects. A concert program should be shared with NYWC after the concert has taken place, as well as any photos, videos, or musical recordings from the concert. The grant recipients will be asked to fill out a short "Concert Performance Details" form and write a brief testimonial about their grant experience, after which the payment will be provided. 

Application deadline and procedures: 2020 Receipt Deadline for grant applications is February 15, 2021. There is no application form. The applicant should submit a letter briefly outlining the proposed project, along with professional biographical and promotional materials, including a headshot, and a sample sound recording. We require electronic submissions so that all of the jury has immediate access.Applications will be judged by the following criteria: 

1) Project visibility
2) Instrumentation (the grant committee tries to balance the variety of instrumentation receiving awards each year.)
3) Quality of the performers, as evidenced by the selected sample
4) Concert length
5) Community outreach potential
6) New applicants will receive preference over those who have previously received New York Women Composers funding. No group or individual performer will be funded in two consecutive years. 

Please note: We encourage anyone not receiving a grant to re-apply, as the needs of the organization, the number of grants that it is possible to award, the instrumentation mix, the conditions of the grant, and the members of the jury change from year to year.  

Email materials or share Dropbox link by February 15, 2021 to: marilyn@marilynbliss.com  

For more information, contact: newyorkwomencomposers@gmail.com

RESULTS OF THE NYWC 2020 PHASE 1 SEED MONEY GRANTS

We are excited to present the winners of our Phase 1 Seed Money Grants, for international applicants who are able to present concerts in the near future. We have decided to award three grants for this group, reserving more grants for a later Phase 2, which will include applicants for concerts in the United States. 

NYWC 2020 SEED-MONEY GRANT PHASE 1 RECIPIENTS 

MoonkyungLee, violinist, and Jang Heum Bae, guitarist https://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6165/biographies---parts-to-play---moonkyung-lee.html
A concert to take place in Seoul, South Korea on March 8, celebrating International Women’s Day. 

Roger Morelló Ros, cellisthttp://rogermorelloros.com/
This is a disseminated proposal for multiple concerts. He is from Spain and will be performing both there and in Germany. 

Luca Quintavalle, harpsichordist https://www.lucaquintavalle.com
This concert will take place in Germany, in a location to be determined because of the pandemic.

2020 Guidelines for New York Women Composers Seed Money Grants Phase 1 – International Applicants

Important Note: Due to the pandemic, we have divided our grants into two phases. These guidelines pertain only to the first phase, for performances in countries that are or will be able to offer live concerts in late 2020 or 2021.

Program description: The New York Women Composers’ annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members. (Note: This is not a commissioning grant.) Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles, or presenting organizations. The receipt deadline for all applications is September 30, 2020.Here are the current guidelines for Phase 1 – International Applicants.

For Phase 1 – International live concert grant applications, we offer two possible formats:

1) Focused concert: Presentation of a concert featuring the works of three or more composer-members of New York Women Composers for at least half of the project’s time-length. At least one of the NYWC composers chosen must be new to the performers. 2) Disseminated performances: Performers or ensembles may instead choose to perform works by a minimum of five different NYWC members during their performance season, on two or more concerts. At least two of the NYWC composers must be new to the performers.

Time period for performances: Concerts for this grant period must take place from October 2020 to June 2022.

Choice of music for the concert: The music to be presented must be chosen, at least in part, from a call for scores circulated on behalf of the grant recipients by NYWC. We require this in order to let performers explore new composers and new works. Although many composers do list works in the members' online catalog on NYWC website, please be aware that this list is not complete, so a general score/recording call is required (either physical scores or PDFs) rather than catalog-only selection. The concert organizers choose the music they wish to play according to their tastes. We ask that composers be consulted during rehearsals through email, Zoom or Skype sessions, or other virtual options if the composer cannot attend in person, and that programs be provided with information on the composers and the pieces, and if vocal music, song texts.

Preference for grant selections will also be given for concerts that are covered by performance licenses from ASCAP and BMI (or their international affiliates) so that composers may earn performance royalties. Some concert halls carry blanket licenses, but other venues do not. NYWC will be happy to provide information on how to secure single-performance licenses for your concert if your concert is not free admission.

Applicant eligibility: Applicants do not need to be members of New York Women Composers or to be female, and the concert programs do not need to consist only of works by women composers.

Finances and project completion: Seed Money Grant awards are $750. All concert programs and all publicity must acknowledge support from New York Women Composers, Inc. Any financial proceeds from the concert go directly to the organizers, not to New York Women Composers. The selected composers will not be asked to pay any money to the organizers for the performance of their works. New York Women Composers is not responsible for any additional monies needed to complete the projects. A concert program should be shared with NYWC after the concert has taken place, as well as any photos, videos, or musical recordings from the concert. The grant recipients will be asked to fill out a short "Concert Performance Details" form and write a brief testimonial about their grant experience, after which the payment will be provided.

Application deadline and procedures: 2020 Receipt Deadline for grant applications is September 30. The applicant should submit a letter briefly outlining the proposed project, along with professional biographical and promotional materials, including a headshot, and a sample sound recording. We require electronic submissions so that all of the jury has immediate access. Applications will be judged by the following criteria:

1) Project visibility
2) Instrumentation (the grant committee tries to balance the variety of instrumentation receiving awards each year.)
3) Quality of the performers, as evidenced by the selected sample
4) Concert length
5) Performing Rights Organizations licensing coverage for paid-admission concerts
6) Community outreach potential
7) New applicants will receive preference over those who have previously received New York Women Composers funding. No group or individual performer will be funded in two consecutive years.

Please note: We encourage anyone not receiving a grant to re-apply, as the needs of the organization, the number of grants that it is possible to award, the instrumentation mix, and the members of the jury change from year to year.

Email materials or share Dropbox link by September 30 to: marilyn@marilynbliss.com

For more information, contact: newyorkwomencomposers@gmail.com

Update on 2020 New York Women Composers Seed Money Grants

Dear composers, performers, and friends of New York Women Composers,

We hope that you, your families, associates, friends, and neighbors are all in good health and coping with the unprecedented pandemic and the lockdown that has dealt a severe blow to our communities and to concert life.

We want to share the good news that we will be continuing our Seed Money grant program at least at its current level of funding. However, we realize that very few of you would be able to put together concrete proposals when there is such uncertainty as to when venues will reopen and under what conditions, so we don't want to put anyone in an uncomfortable position of trying to forecast the near future. Therefore, instead of an early summer application deadline as in previous years, we are postponing the receipt date for proposals until September 30. There will be also an extension of the completion date for the grants. In the meantime, we will review our guidelines in light of social circumstances and will share those with you in July.

We will be keeping a list of all who have already contacted NYWC about applying for a grant, and encourage you or people you know to consider applying if you have proposals for a project in one of these two formats:

1) Focused concert: Presentation of a concert featuring the works of three or more composer-members of New York Women Composers for at least half of the project’s time-length. At least one of the NYWC members chosen must be new to the performers.

2) Disseminated performances: Performers or ensembles may instead choose to perform works by a minimum of five different NYWC members during their performance season, on two or more concerts. At least two of the NYWC members must be new to the performers.

For more information, and to be added to the list for receiving the updated guidelines, contact: newyorkwomencomposers@gmail.com

2019 Seed Money Grant Recipients

RESULTS OF THE NYWC 2019 SEED MONEY GRANTS
We received several excellent applications for the Seed Money grants and regret that we cannot financially support many more of them. This year we will fund six projects, several of which combine music with other arts to attract new audiences and which approach the music in creative ways. The broad geographic scope will help to disseminate New York Women Composers members’ music and increase awareness about women’s music as more and more musicians around the world check out our website and database. The winners will each receive $750 for the coming season, four of which are Focused and two Disseminated grants.

The NYWC 2019 Seed Money Grant Program was supported in part by the Puffin Foundation West , Ltd.

Short profiles of the winning Seed Money grantees (in random order) are listed below.

SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS
1) Pianist Roberta Swedien will curate a program entitled Twelve Women One Piano, which combines storytelling, spoken word, poetry, and biographical descriptions in a historical journey of women composers. www.robertaswedien.com
2) Violinist Eva Ingolf, who is also an animator and composer, will perform a solo concert of mostly new music in Iceland that will include video elements. Instrumentation will be solo violin, and perhaps violin and voice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Ingolf
3) Pianist Max Lifchitz will perform a recital webcast to take place at the National Opera Center in Manhattan, where he will choose works by three members of New York Women Composers as well as perform NYWC co-founder Elizabeth Bell’s Piano Sonata No. 2 www.northsouthmusic.org
4) Pianist/conductor/organizer Alexander Wu’s project Women Trailblazers, Then & Now, will receive a disseminated grant with two or three events, with instrumentation including solo piano, piano four-hand, vocal-instrumental and multi-instrumental chamber ensemble. https://www.chamber-music.org/member/alexanderawu
5) Symphonic Society of Limeira, Brazil, Rafael Torralvo, director, will receive a disseminated grant for music to be featured in the Encontro Internacional de Cordas, a festival of classical string music. Two concerts are planned: One for string ensemble in combinations up to string chamber orchestra; and the other for standard symphony orchestra. www.sinfonicadelimeira.com.br
6) The Kaplan Duo, a four-hand piano team comprised of sisters Nanette Solomon and Iris Kaplan Rosenthal, plan a focused concert entitled “Fascinating Rhythms: A Program of Works for Piano Four-Hands.” The program will include a variety of living composers who have combined complex thematic and rhythmic treatments with either dance rhythms or jazz or rag-inspired elements. www.kaplanduo.com

2019 New Seed Money Grant Guidelines

Program description: The New York Women Composers’ annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members. (Note: This is not a commissioning grant, and not meant to highlight the works of one composer.) Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles or presenting organizations. The receipt deadline for all applications is May 1, 2019.
Here are the current guidelines.
For concert grant applications, we offer two possible formats:
1) Focused concert: Presentation of a concert featuring the works of three or more composer-members of New York Women Composers for at least half of the project’s time-length. At least one of the NYWC composers chosen must be new to the performers.
2) Disseminated performances: Performers or ensembles may instead choose to perform works by a minimum of five different NYWC members during their performance season, on two or more concerts. At least two of the NYWC composers must be new to the performers.

Time period for performances: Concerts for this grant period must take place from September 2019 to December 2020.

Choice of music for the concert(s): The music to be presented must be chosen, at least in part, from a call for scores circulated on behalf of the grant recipients by NYWC. We require this in order to let performers explore new composers and new works. Although many composers do list works in the members' online catalog on the NYWC website, please be aware that this list is not complete, so a general score/recording call is required (either physical scores or PDFs) rather than catalog-only selection. The concert organizers choose the music they wish to play according to their tastes. We ask 1) that composers receive notification of rehearsal schedules with the option to attend a rehearsal; and 2) that if at all possible, printed programs be provided with information on the composers and the pieces, and if vocal music, song texts.

Preference for grant selection will also be made for concerts that are covered by performance licenses from ASCAP and BMI, so that composers may be remunerated. Some concert halls carry blanket licenses, but other venues do not. NYWC will be happy to provide information on how to secure single-performance licenses for your concert if your concert is not free admission.

Applicant eligibility: Applicants do not need to be members of the New York Women Composers or to be female, and the concerts are not required to take place in New York State.

Finances and project completion: Seed Money Grant awards are $750, sent after proof is provided that the concert has taken place. All concert programs and all publicity must acknowledge support for the event from New York Women Composers, Inc. Any financial proceeds from the concert go directly to the organizers, not to New York Women Composers. The selected composers do not have to pay any money to the organizers for the performance of their works. New York Women Composers is not responsible for any additional monies needed to complete the projects. A concert program should be shared with NYWC after the concert has taken place, as well as any pertinent photos, videos, or musical recordings from the concert. The successful applicants will also fill out a short "Concert Performance Details" form that also includes a brief testimonial about the grant experience, after which the payment will be provided.

Application deadline and procedures: 2019 Receipt Deadline for grant applications is May 1. The applicant should submit a letter briefly outlining the proposed project, along with professional biographical and promotional materials, and a sample sound recording. We require electronic submissions so that all of the jury has immediate access. Applications will be judged by the following criteria:
1) Project visibility
2) Financial need
3) Instrumentation (Please note that the grant committee tries to balance the variety of instrumentation receiving awards each year.)
4) Quality of the performers, as evidenced by the sample sound recording (as an mp3 or a streaming link).
5) Concert length
6) Performing Rights Organizations licensing coverage for paid-admission concerts
7) Community outreach potential
8) New applicants will receive preference over those who have previously received New York Women Composers funding. No group or individual performer will be funded in two consecutive years.
Please note: We encourage previous applicants who have not received a grant to re-apply, as the needs of the organization, the number of grants possible to award, the instrumentation mix, and the members of the jury change from year to year.

E-mail materials or share Dropbox link by May 1 to: marilyn@marilynbliss.com
For more information, contact: newyorkwomencomposers@gmail.com

RESULTS OF THE NYWC 2018 SEED MONEY GRANTS

This year we received many excellent applications for the Seed Money grants from a wide geographical and musical range. As our organization revitalizes and gears up for a fund-raising initiative, this year we have decided to fund six projects of diverse instrumentation and aesthetics. The broad geographic scope will help to disseminate the music of and awareness about New York Women Composers and have a ripple effect as more and more musicians around the world check out our website and database. The winners will each receive $750 for the coming season, five of which are Focused grants, and one, a Disseminated grant.

Short profiles of the winning Seed Money grantees (in random order):

  1. The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble (www.boldcity.org) is a Jacksonville, Florida based chamber group. They will perform a concert featuring three or more works by NYWC members, probably at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, with the possibility of repeat performances in other locations as well as at universities where some of the performers have residencies.

  2. The eGALitarian brass ensemble, a NYC-based ensemble of women brass musicians that focuses on the music of women composers, will give a concert in New York City including at least three NYWC members.

  3. Anna Tonna and Isabel Pérez Dobarro will give two concerts on the theme "Music for a Sustainable Planet" in association with the United Nations, and with the Mujeres en la Música organization of Spain. The concerts will take place in Madrid and in New York City.

  4. Kinga Augustyn, violinist plans to give a concert in Wroclaw, Poland, in 2019, most probably for solo violin, although one of the three pieces she selects could include a soprano.

  5. Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras, pianist and artistic director of XOGA, will present several concerts in a disseminated format for two different instrumentations. The first concert will take place in Spain, December 2018 and the second in 2019.

  6. Julia Barry, composer and NYWC member, is putting together a multi-year project on the theme "Habitat: Home" and will be working with churches around New York City. She will put together a focused concert with music by NYWC members.

2017 SEED MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS

We received more applications than ever before this year for the Seed Money grants from a wide geographical range. The winners will each receive $750 each for the coming season, in a mixture of Focused and Disseminated grants.

1. Anna Cromwell, associate professor of violin and viola at Eastern Illinois University and a member of Duo XXI with cellist Mira Frisch, together with violist Lisa Nelson, will present two concerts which will take place this fall, one at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, and the other at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. A concert recording will be given to Albany Records to be considered for a CD.

2. Calliope Brass Quintet, an all-female brass quintet based in the Washington Heights neighborhood of northern Manhattan, will be present a concert of music in February or March 2018 at Fort Washington Collegiate Church. The group works extensively through the NYC school system, so there would be a possibility music could be used in educational settings as well.

3. Pianist Margaret Lucia will perform several concerts of women's music of which half will be NYWC composers and the other half music by composers from Madrid, Spain. Concerts will take place in Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, with subsequent concerts taking place in venues in Madrid, Spain, followed by more concerts in the fall of 2018 in Central Pennsylvania, including Gettysburg.

4. The InterXchange Ensemble, directed by Melanie Mitrano and Gerson Galante, a group based in São Paolo, Brazil, plays music in a wide variety of styles from classical to jazz, third-stream, and cross-genres. The concert will take place at the auditorium of the Centro Livre de Aprendizagem Musical (CLAM), one of the most highly esteemed music schools in Brazil. The current group is mostly wind, with piano, bass, drums, and female voice.

5. Violinist Karen Bentley Pollick will perform music for violin, and viola, including electronics and/or video elements. Ms. Pollick is currently dividing her time between Seattle, Washington, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and she additionally will be doing concerts at Stanford University and Brooklyn, New York.

6. Rafael Torralvo, Artistic Director of the Festival "Encontro Internacional de Cordas," will program five three concerts at this year's festival, which takes place in Limeira, Brazil, next spring. The festival will include: 1) a chamber concert; 2) string orchestra concert; and 3) a large symphonic work to be played by the Limeira Symphony Orchestra.

7. Clarinetist George Georgiou will be presenting a concert of music by NYWC composers and women composers from Cyprus in Limassol, Cyprus, December, 2017 at the Cyprus Wine Museum, which regularly hosts concerts.

8. Violinist Dmytro Lynnyk will perform three works by NYWC composers Elisenda Fábregas, Marilyn Bliss, and Ruth Schonthal at the International New Music Festival "2 Days and 2 Nights of New Music" in Odessa, Ukraine, next April. He will then record these three works, along with a work by Victoria Bond.

9. Elisabeth Blair of Compass New Music and Kristen Mather de Andrade of Vent Nouveau will present a concert of music during Women's History Month in New York City. Blair, besides being a composer herself and director of Compass New Music, also hosts the podcast called Listening to Ladies www.elisabethblair.net. Andrade is a clarinetist, and her organization Vent Nouveau brings together wind, brass, and percussion players to present underperformed repertoire.

10. Flannery Cunningham and the Unheard-of//Ensemble will present two concerts, one at the National Opera Center, New York and one in Philadelphia, of NYWC composers Eleanor Aversa, Marilyn Bliss, and Flannery Cunningham, all three of whom attended the University of Pennsylvania as composition students.

2016 NYWC Seed Money Grant Recipients Announced

The Seed Money Grant program is an important stimulus for performances of music by women composers, as well as the introduction of NYWC members' music to performers. The program has resulted in over 40 concert programs of contemporary music which have included a wide selection of works by NYWC members between a diverse representation of soloists, ensembles and presenters.

The 2016 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS are:

1) Anna Lorraine Tonna and Isabel Perez Dobarro of Spain have received a grant to perform two concerts with the same program in Madrid, Spain, and New York, in honor of the 500th year anniversaries of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare. The concert will feature works for mezzo-soprano and piano that set texts by Cervantes or Shakespeare, or are inspired by their works. The concert will be a joint venture with Mujeres en la Musica and the American Space at the American Culture Center in Madrid (which is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy). The Madrid concert is scheduled to take place in mid-May. Anna Tonna.

2) Ana Cervantes, pianist from Mexico, has received a grant to perform a recital in New York in the fall of 2017 and will also perform the concert in Guanajuato, Mexico, and possibly Mexico City. Ana Cervantes is a Yamaha Concert Artist. Ana Cervantes.

3) The Iktus Duo of flute and percussion has received a grant to do a concert as part of the Multicultural Sonic Evolution Festival at the Secret Theater in Long Island City, Queens, New York, November 2016. The concert will consist of pieces by New York Women Composers. Iktus Duo.

4) Trio Casals has received a grant for a concert in Syracuse, New York, hosted by the Syracuse Society for New Music. Trio Casals was formed in 1996 and has performed music by many women composers. Its members are Sylvia Ahramjian, violin, Ovidiu Marinescu, cello, and Anna Kislitsyna, piano. The Syracuse Society for New Music is in its 45th consecutive season, its advisor is Neva Pilgrim. Syracuse Society for New Music.

5) The Heartland Marimba Festival, based in Waterloo, Iowa, has received a Disseminated Performances category grant to perform works featuring marimba by NYWC composers throughout the grant cycle. Heartland Marimba Festival .

6) Paracademia Center has received a grant for a “Ladies First 2016: We’re All Immigrants” concert to take place at the Opera Center America Scorca Hall, New York City. Ladies First.

7) Miolina violin duo has received a grant to perform two concerts with the same program in Tokyo, Japan, and Scorca Hall in New York City. The Tokyo concert will be held in March 2017 to honor International Women’s Day. Miolina.

8) Composer Elizaveta Sanicheva has received a grant to curate a concert in Moscow, Russia, to include music by Russian-American NYWC composer-members. Ms. Sanicheva is currently pursuing her Ph.D. studies in Moscow. Elizaveta Sanicheva.

RESULTS OF THE NYWC 2015 SEED-MONEY GRANTS

This year, we had nine deserving proposals of very wide instrumentational and genre diversity. They will each receive $750 each for the coming season, in a mixture of Focused and Recording grants. Most have full or partial score calls, with the remainder having already selected their participants.

Score calls will be circulated as they become finalized.

2015 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS 1) A Focused Grant for The Boston New Music Initiative to present a minimum of three different NYWC members on a concert during either its seventh or eighth season.
www.bostonnewmusic.org.

2) A Focused Grant for ENSEMBLE MISE-EN to give a concert at its home base in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
www.mise-en.org

. 3) A Focused Concert by Carol Sudhalter, founder and director of the Astoria Big Band, of jazz or pop-adaptable pieces with improvisational elements for a combination including a vocalist, a rhythm section of piano, upright bass, and drums, and flute, tenor saxophone, or baritone saxophone (one person plays the wind instruments).
http://sudhalter.com/

4) A Focused Concert for Kindred Spirits, entitled “That ‘Certain Age’” – an evening of short operas celebrating aging with grace, courage and humor.
http://www.annephillips.com/KindredSpirits501c3.html.

5) A Focused Concert by Duo Montagnard, a saxophone and guitar duo.
www.duomontagnard.com/home.html
6) A Focused Concert by soprano Alla Borzova to present a concert of mixed solo and duo music in New York City.
https://soundcloud.com/borzova-tonnaduo

7) A Focused Concert for The Curiosity Cabinet, with the theme “The Sphere of Influence,” to take place at South Oxford Space in downtown Brooklyn.
www.the-curiosity-cabinet.com/#!ensemble-bio/cjg9

8) A Recording Grant to Parthenia Consort for “New Tales: 21st Century Music for Viol Consort,” to be released on the MSR Classics label.
http://parthenia.org

9) A Recording Grant for Ensemble “2 Flutes” (Laura Falzon and Pamela Sklar) to fund the recording and release of a digital recording featuring works by several NYWC composers.
www.2flutes.net.

New York Women Composers Announces 2014 Seed Money Grant Recipients

The New York Women Composers’ annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for Concerts or CD Recording projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members.

2014 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS

1) A Disseminated Grant for Ensemble “2 Flutes” (Laura Falzon and Pamela Sklar) with an instrumentation of flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, Native American flute, and piano on some occasions. They will program music by five NYWC members in New York City and Westchester County concerts. Websites for the two artists are: Laura Falzon: http://www.laurafalzon.com and Pamela Sklar: http://www.pamelasklar.com

2) A Focused Grant for Feminine Musique: a vocal duo comprised of Tammy Hensrud, Mezzo Soprano, and Korliss Uecker, Soprano, and piano accompaniment, with the sometime addition of an additional instrument. Their website is www.femininemusique.com. They have recital dates scheduled throughout the country.

3) A Disseminated Grant for Women Composers Festival of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut) www.womencomposersfestivalhartford.com. The Festival, which has been running now for several years, will take place March 4–8, 2015, and will program five works by NYWC members on its schedule. The available instrumentation will be solo piano, string quartet, or composer-provided performer(s).

4) A Focused Grant for Marie Incontrera and the Eco-Music Big Band (Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ecomusicbigband/info), for a special concert entitled MATRIARCH. The instrumentation of the Eco-Music Big Band is unique; featuring four saxophones (ATTB), four trumpets, two trombones (tenor and bass), violin, cello, piano, electric bass, and drums. Adding violin and cello to the traditional big band instrumentation provides a singular and unique sound, with opportunities for fusion between the expected big band sound and a more classical/Western flair.

5) A Focused Grant to Icelandic violinist Eva Ingolf, who will be performing the music of Joyce Hope Suskind, Rain Worthington, and Beth Anderson in a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a Wikipedia entry here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Ingolf and can be heard here in excerpts of several pieces https://soundcloud.com.

6) A Focused Grant to the violin duo Miolina (Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold), who will give a concert in New York City. Repertoire for this concert was selected from the NYWC online catalog, with music by Debra Kaye, Beata Moon, Chen Yi, Rain Worthington, and Max Lifchitz. For more information, their website is www.miolinanyc.wix.com/miolina

RESULTS OF THE NYWC 2013 SEED-MONEY GRANTS

The New York Women Composers has awarded nine 2013 Seed Money Grants for the coming season. One is a recording grant and the others are a mixture of focused and disseminated concerts.

2013 SEED-MONEY GRANT RECIPIENTS

1. Women Composers Festival of Hartford (Hartford, Connecticut). This year's festival will take place March 6-9, 2014

.2. The Orchestra da Camera of San Anselmo, California. The orchestra is an award-winning string ensemble of pre-professional members of the Virtuoso Program at San Domenico School, directed by Ann Krinitsky

3. Baritone singer Chai-Lun Yueh, a member of the college voice faculty at Trinity College and Wesleyan University

4. The Nouveau Classical Project, an all-female cutting-edge music ensemble that reimagines classical and new music through interdisciplinary projects and connects emerging composers with diverse audiences

5. The Borzova-Fousteris Vocal Duo, Alla Borzova (NYWC member composer and singer) and Helen Fousteris, are a soprano-mezzo soprano duo (accompanied by pianist Nataliya Medvedovskaya)

6. Ensemble Mise-En, an innovative and versatile New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha, will produce a festival June 6–8, 2014.

7. Nailah Nombeko (NYWC member composer) will curate two concerts for Vox Novus

8. Aviva Players, co-directors Mira Spektor and Dorothy Indenbaum, will present an evening of short mini-operas of 5 - 20 minutes for 2 to 4 singers and piano

9. Max Lifchitz, pianist, will record a CD that will include works of NYWC members Elizabeth Bell, Katherine Hoover, Nailah Nombeko, and Margarita Zelenaia, for North/South Recordings label.

 

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