Music Alive

Music Alive, a joint program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras, invites orchestras to submit Letters of Intent for three-year composer-orchestra residencies beginning during the 2016-17 season through the 2018-19 season. More than $1 million will be awarded to support and develop a total of five residency pairings, each between an orchestra and a single lead composer.

In this new iteration of Music Alive, the program prioritizes collaborative work and immersive experiences for composers, orchestras' musicians and artistic leadership, and their community members. The program seeks to harness the desire and potential in the field for in-depth, multifaceted relationships between composers, orchestras, and communities through transformative residencies. Programs and activities will be developed through a cohort-based planning process with a centrally embedded and engaged composer-in-residence.

Materials must be received by 5 p.m. (EDT) on September 30, 2016.

For instructions and guidelines, please click here.

Launched in 1999 as a joint program between Meet The Composer (now New Music USA) and the League of American Orchestras, Music Alive has been a steward and partner in a multitude of projects that foster strong working relationships between American orchestras and accomplished composers across the country. In its seventeen years, the program has supported 110 composers, 76 orchestras, and 114 distinct residencies.

Lead funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund