NewMusicUSA invests in our local musicians

One of the nation’s biggest proponents of new classical music runs many helpful programs to help composers and presenters of new stuff in our field. They have also, however, developed a reputation over the years for being highly biased toward NYC-based recipients. Whether or not that reputation is deserved, it’s nice to have an excuse to cheer on the Southern California organizations who received a grant this year:

SoCal recipients of awards from the 2022 Organizational Development Fund

  • Angel City Arts — Claremont, CA
  • Brightwork newmusic — Pasadena, CA
  • Impulse New Music Festival — North Hollywood, CA
  • Leela Institute — West Hills, CA
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra — Los Angeles, CA
  • Piano Spheres — Los Angeles, CA
  • The Industry — Los Angeles, CA

Read the announcement

Learn more about the awardees and the program


And while we’re at it, let’s applaud the composers and other creators who received other funding from NMUSA this year. Particular kudos go to composers Juhi Bansal and Daniel Corral, who have worked with many of our Listers over the years:

Local awardees of the 2022 Creator Development Fund (announced in May)

  • Brandon Rolle — Los Angeles, CA
  • Daniel Corral — South Pasadena, CA
  • Gabriel Brenner — Norwalk, CA
  • Joshua Hill — Glendale, CA
  • Joyce Kwon — Glendale, CA
  • JP Merz — Los Angeles, CA
  • Juhi Bansal — Altadena, CA
  • Kahlil Cummings — Los Angeles, CA
  • Meghan Bennett — Fresno, CA
  • Michael Echaniz — Santa Clarita, CA
  • Nicolas Benavides — Los Angeles, CA
  • Sakari Vanderveer — Redlands, CA
  • Yongyun Zhang — La Jolla, CA
  • Yozmit Kwon — Carson, CA

Learn more about the awardees and the program


We’ll be watching to see what beautiful things come of this new funding opportunity. Congratulations, all — keep up the good work!

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