New Music USA Announces Solidarity Fund for Performers

By David Salazar

New Music USA has announced the New Music Solidary Fund which will offer $500 in emergency grants to performers of music by living composers who have been impacted by cancelations brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Per a public announcement, the fund has received over $130,000 in pledges from over 100 artists, arts leaders, and professors in the field.

Applicants can send in submissions starting on March 31, 2020 with the final day to apply falling on April 30, 2020. Grants will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while the funds remain available.

“Supporting a thriving and interconnected ecosystem for new music is at the heart of everything we do at New Music USA,” stated Vanessa Reed, New Music USA CEO & President, in a press release. “Independent performers are amongst the first to be immediately impacted by COVID-19 so we have gladly stepped in to help out with this artist-led response. It is our goal to be a steady and consistent resource for our community during a time of great uncertainty. This means that we will continue to review needs over the next few months as we learn more about the ongoing impact of this unprecedented situation. Please get in touch to share your thoughts on what’s needed by emailing us at [email protected].”

The New Music Solidarity Fund was made possible due to the combined efforts of Marcos Balter, Julia Bullock, Claire Chase, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Du Yun, Judd Greenstein, Reena Esmail (New Music USA Trustee), Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, Christian Reif, Christopher Rountree, Caroline Shaw, Conrad Tao, and Seth Parker Woods.