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The American Composers Forum (ACF) champions composers and other creative musicmakers, and boosts their careers with professional opportunities. Our Jerome Fund for New Music (Jfund) supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. About 10 grants are available: up to $7,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $1,500 to help make it happen and further its potential.

Jfund welcomes applicants from the whole range of musical paths and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists.

Current Participant

Aleksandr Brusentsev
Aleksandr Brusentsev
Eagan, MN
Steph Chou photo by Emra Islek
Steph Chou
New York, NY
Asuka Kakitani
Asuka Kakitani
Northfield, MN
M. Lamar Portrait I By Serena Jara
M. Lamar
Brooklyn, NY
Brian Mark
Brian Mark
Brooklyn, NY
JP Merz
JP Merz
Minneapolis, MN
Brian Petuch
Brian Petuch
Brooklyn, NY
Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.
Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.
Brooklyn, NY
Leah Maria Villarreal
Leah Maria Villarreal
New York, NY

 

Sam Wells
Sam Wells
Brooklyn, NY

 

The primary artist (not limited to those who self-identify as a “composer” but eligible to all kinds of artists who create original music such as improvisers) applies with a third party (such as a performing group or a presenter who commits to producing the finished work). The primary artist needs to be at an “emerging” level in her/his career: neither a student (except in certain circumstances) nor an established professional. The proposed project should be a significant artistic and professional leap: a risky but logical next step that will mark a new level of accomplishment. The Jerome Foundation’s definition of an emerging artist can be found here: https://www.jeromefdn.org/apply/composer-soundartist/definition-emerging-artist.

Awards – judged by a panel of artists – are competitive and based on outstanding quality of work, personal musical voice, and exceptional potential to make a career difference. Since its founding in 1979 the program, funded by the Jerome Foundation, has made hundreds of awards and helped launch many careers.

Eligibility

  • Open to emerging artists who are just starting out in their career, under-recognized, with no national reputation, few professional accolades, and no more than a handful of paid commissions.
  • Primary artist (creator of original music) must reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City at the time of application. Project partners may be based anywhere in the world.
  • Applicants (primary or partners) may only be a part of one application.
  • Previous winners of JFund (formerly JCCP) awards may apply as long as they were more than two years ago and final reports have been submitted.
  • The composer applicant can’t be a current recipient of a Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship. A composer or sound artist may not receive a fellowship and other Jerome Foundation support for the same work(s).
  • Students may apply if their samples and proposal are beyond the scope of accredited course work.
  • Projects may take place in a worship setting but not be premiered during a religious service.
  • JFund administrative staff members are ineligible.
  • ACF membership is not required for JFund applicants, but is strongly encouraged in order to keep informed about future opportunities.
  • Proposed works should be at an early stage in their development, and must not be finished by the time of application. Works must be scheduled to premiere after December 31, 2017. Supported projects must be completed within five years of the award date.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of musical materials, showing singular artistic voice and vision.
  • Significance of the project to the primary artist’s career.
  • Well articulated compositional planning and overall thoroughness of project.
  • Level of commitment by project partners to performing, presenting and furthering the work.
  • Relevance of the Enhancement Funds to deepen the work and further the artist’s career.
  • The final pool will reflect a range of artists and projects, diverse in genre, gender, and racial origin.

Award Requests

Primary artists request funds to cover their compositional time: a commission fee. The size of this fee is proportional to the scope of the work and may reflect the duration of the work and the number of participants. Panelists may change the amount of the award up or down based on comparable projects. ACF does not provide a standard fee schedule.

Enhancement Funds

In addition to the commission fee, artists may request up to $1,500 for out of pocket expenses that will magnify the impact of the work and advance the artist’s career. These funds may be used before, during, or after the premiere. Scenarios might include: research, travel, consultation, preparation fees, equipment or software costs, rehearsals, workshops, space rental, collaboration costs, outreach events, touring, publication, recording or promotion costs.

The Project Partner is someone other than you; typically a performer or ensemble. If you perform in your own work then the Project Partner needs to be a presenter or someone who will be producing the performance. This Partner provides a Commitment Letter indicating enthusiasm to perform, present, and promote the proposed work. Describe plans for the premiere and any additional activities that increase the visibility of the work and the artist. The Project Partner can only be a part of one application and can’t partner with multiple Primary Artists (composers). Make sure your Project Partner has not agreed to be a part of another 2017 Jerome Fund for New Music application and is not part of an awarded Jfund project in the last two years. If multiple Primary Artists (composers) list the same Project Partner, the first commitment letter received/submitted with the completed application will be accepted and all other subsequent applicants will be asked to find another Project Partner.

How to Apply

The primary artist (creator of original music) completes or uploads the following in the Online Application Form:

  1. Primary Artist’s Personal Information (Questions 1 – 13):
    Name, Address, Phone, Email Address, Website Link, Demographic Information
  2. Web Links to Two Musical Work Samples (Questions 14 – 28): Provide web links to your musical work samples (SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.). Make sure the web links you provide in this application remain active until December 31, 2017. If you do not wish for your work samples to be public please make them unlisted so the committee will still have access.i. Work Sample 1 makes the most critical impression on the panelists, and should represent your most distinctive and compelling musical example. Panelists will listen to four minutes of this work in the first round. If you wish them to start at a cue point other than the beginning, please indicate the start time for the cue in Question 15 Works Sample 1 – Cue Start Time.ii. Work Sample 2 should be a complementary complete work.Together the work samples should demonstrate the relevance of – and the artist’s ability to carry out – the proposed new work. (30 minutes max for both complete works) For each work sample you will be asked to provide the Title, Duration, Year of Completion, Ensemble/Performers’ Name(s) (Character Limit: 1,000), Instrumentation (Character Limit: 600), Brief Description of the Work (Character Limit: 750).Additional Musical Materials (Questions 29 – 32): Such as scores, charts, or information that give context for listening to these works. If your work involves improvisation, describe the role you played in creating the piece. You have the option of uploading two PDFs (up to 10MB each) or providing a web link to your additional materials. Panelist will not have access to music notation, electronic music, graphic, video, or other specialized software.
  3. Primary Artist’s Personal Statement (Question 33): A personal statement articulating the development and direction of your music, aesthetic position, and the significance of this project to you at this time. State why you consider yourself “emerging”. You will type directly into the application, or copy and paste it from another word processing document. (Character Limit: 3,500)
  4. Upload an Artist Resume or current bio (Question 34): (two pages max – PDF only – up to 10MB)
  5. Project Partner Information (Questions 35 – 44):
    Name/organization, Address, Phone Number, Email, Website
  6. Upload the Project Partner Commitment Letter (Question 45): Make sure your Project Partner has not agreed to be a part of another 2017 Jerome Fund for New Music application and is not part of an awarded JFund project in the last two years. It is highly recommended that you upload the Commitment Letter as part of your online application. If needed, the Project Partner can email the commitment letter directly to Billy Lackey, VP of Programs (wlackey@composersforum.org). If emailed, in the subject line use the following format: Composer’s First and Last Name – JFund Commitment Letter. The letter must be received by 4:30 PM (Central) Monday, August 21, 2017. If multiple Primary Artists (composers) list the same Project Partner, the first commitment letter received/submitted with the completed application will be accepted and all other subsequent applicants will be asked to find another Project Partner.
  7. Proposed Work Information (Questions 46 – 48):
    Title, Duration, and Number of Performers
  8. A Description of the Proposed Work (Question 49): (Character Limit: 3,500)
  9. Requested Commission Fee (Question 50):  Up to $7,000.00 maximum request.
  10. A description of how you would use the Enhancement Funds (Question 51): Itemize the activities, their purpose, approximate costs, and give a timeline. (Character Limit: 4,000)
  11. Requested Enhancement Amount (Question 52): Up to $1,500.00 maximum request.
  12. Electronic Signature (Question 53): I have carefully reviewed the 2017 Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund) guidelines and it contains all of the necessary information. I understand that my application must be completed by the online application deadline of Monday, August 21, 2017 4:30 PM (Central). The American Composers Forum / Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund) program take no responsibility for applications that are not in Submitted status at the deadline. I certify that the statements in this application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. If I am selected for the 2017 JFund program offered by the American Composers Forum, I agree to abide by the policies of the Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund) program.

Selection Process

ACF staff reviews all applications for eligibility and completeness. A diverse panel of artists familiar with a range of contemporary music will have access to all materials submitted. Each applicant’s complete recordings are listened to by at least one panelist. Panelists convene in St. Paul to make final determinations. Panelists remain anonymous until after the results are announced in late November.

Jerome Composers Commissioning Program/Jerome Fund for New Music Winners

2016

New York

  • Stephanie Chou (New York,NY) with the China Institute in America
  • M. Lamar (Brooklyn, NY) with The Living Earth Show
  • Brian Mark (Brooklyn, NY) with Kathleen Supové and Isabelle O’Connell
  • Brian Petuch (Brooklyn, NY) with Echo Chamber
  • Joseph C. Phillips Jr. (Brooklyn, NY) with Roulette Intermedium
  • Leaha Maria Villarreal (New York, NY) with Hotel Elefant
  • Sam Wells (Brooklyn, NY) with HOCKET

Minnesota

  • Aleksandr Brusentsev (Eagan, MN) with Imogen Hancock
  • Asuka Kakitani (Northfield, MN) with David Hagedorn
  • JP Merz (Minneapolis, MN) with Paul Smirl

Panelists

  • Linda Antas
  • Adam Fong
  • Eric Gould

2015

New York

  • Saad Haddad (New York, NY) with the American Composers Orchestra
  • Sean Harold (New York, NY) with Suzanne Farrin
  • Clara Hunter Latham (New York, NY) with Peter Evans, Sam Pluta, Michael Weyandt, and Alice Teyssier
  • Remy Le Boeuf (Brooklyn, NY) with Bang on a Can
  • Shih-Wei Lo (New York, NY) with Nieuw Ensemble
  • Sky Macklay (New York, NY) with ICE
  • Anthony Vine (Brooklyn, NY) with Yarn/Wire

Minnesota

  • James G. Everest (St. Paul, MN) with Lake Joanna Interpretive Center
  • Yue Lor (Blaine, MN) with Blaine High School Band Program
  • Tiffany Skidmore (St. Paul, MN) with the Nautilus Music Theatre

Panelists

  • Meg Okura
  • David Smooke
  • Melinda Wagner

2014

New York

  • Justine F. Chen (New York, NY) with American Lyric Theatre
  • Jeff Fairbanks (Sunnyside, NY) with Gamin
  • Anne Goldberg (New York, NY) with Andrew Kozar
  • Molly Joyce (New York, NY) with Vicky Chow
  • Paul Kerekes (New York, NY) with Trevor Babb
  • Levy Lorenzo (Brooklyn, NY) with Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
  • Jessica Meyer (Bronx, NY) with The Colonials
  • Max Vernon (Brooklyn, NY) with Public Theatre
  • Tamara Yadao (Brooklyn, NY) with Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival

Minnesota

  • Zack Baltich (Minneapolis, MN) with Fallout Music Co-op
  • Kari Musil (St. Paul, MN) with Pip Jazz Foundation
  • Natalie Nowytski (Minneapolis, MN) with Laurel Armstrong

Panelists

  • Kristin Kuster
  • Vinny Golia
  • Mari Kimura

2013

New York

  • Troy Herion (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Shawn Jaeger (New York, NY)
  • Jascha Narveson (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Gity Razaz (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Erin Rogers (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Conrad Winslow (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Gabriel Zucker (Brooklyn, NY)

Minnesota

  • Greg Brosofske (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Alexei Casselle (Minneapolis, MN)
  • John Keston (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Kathy McTavish (Duluth, MN)

Panelists

  • Dorothy Hindman
  • Suphala
  • Darryl Brenzel

2012

New York

  • Jeremy Howard Beck (New York, NY)
  • Chris Cresswell (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Masatora Goya (Rego Park, NY)
  • David Hertzberg (New York, NY)
  • Eric Nathan (New York, NY)
  • Danielle Schwob (New York, NY)

Minnesota

  • Christopher Danforth (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Alex Freeman (Northfield, MN)
  • Asako Hirabayashi (Falcon Heights, MN)
  • Heath Mathews (Farmington, MN)

Panelists

  • Paul Elwood
  • Asha Srinivasan
  • Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate

2011

New York

  • Olga Bell
  • Daniel Blake
  • Ryan Carter
  • Christopher Cerrone
  • Trevor Gureckis
  • Mary Kouyoumdjian
  • Ruben Naeff
  • Christopher Trapani

Minnesota

  • Joshua Clausen
  • Noah Keesecker
  • Joshua Musikantow
  • Tiffany Skidmore

Panelists

  • Anthony Curtis Davis
  • Don Davis
  • Anna E. Hinkle-Turner

2010

New York

  • Michael Gilberston
  • Joel Harrison
  • Matthew Steckler
  • Max Duykers
  • Joe Diebes
  • Christopher Jentsch

Minnesota

  • Joshua Bauder
  • Linda Kachelmeier
  • Tim Donahue
  • Jeff Johnson

Panelists

  • Neil Leonard
  • Jovino Dos Santos Neto
  • Jeannine Wagar

2009

New York

  • Darcy James Argue
  • Elizabeth Hoffman
  • Neel Murgai
  • Dafna Naphtali
  • Gregory Spears
  • Daniel Wohl

Minnesota

  • Benjamin Broening
  • Christopher Danforth
  • Kathleen McTavish
  • Chris Thomson

Panelists

  • Madelyn Byrne
  • P.Q. Phan
  • Bill Ryan

2008

New York

  • Patricia Alesandrini
  • Matthew Barnson
  • Philippe Bodin
  • Sidiki Conde
  • Judd Greenstein
  • Yotam Haber
  • Ha-Yang Kim
  • Keith Moore
  • Jeff Myers
  • Hans Tammen
  • Eric Wubbles

Minnesota

  • Elizabeth Alexander
  • Kirsten Broberg
  • George Cartwright
  • Jocelyn Hagen
  • Jeff Herriott
  • John Mallia
  • Ann Millikan
  • Nirmala Rajasekar

Panelists

  • Sarah Cahill
  • Ernest Dawkins
  • James Dillon

2007

New York

  • Nathan Davis
  • Ryan Francis
  • Joel Harrison
  • Huck Hodge
  • Kristin Kuster
  • Missy Mazzoli
  • Tamar Muskal
  • Aaron Siegel

Minnesota

  • Abbie Betinis
  • Howard Collins
  • Paul Elwood
  • Douglas Geers
  • Margaret Griebling-Haigh
  • Art Lee
  • J. David Moore
  • Peter O’Gorman

Panelists

  • Ken Field
  • Amy X Neuberg
  • Reza Vali

2006

New York

  • William Brittelle
  • Corey Dargel
  • Michael Dellaira
  • Bryce Dessner
  • Kristin Norderval
  • Meg Okura
  • Rob Reddy

Minnesota

  • Jeffrey Brooks
  • Edie Hill
  • Linda Kachelmeier
  • Heath Mathews
  • Rachel Matthews
  • Mankwe Ndosi
  • Doug Opel
  • David Wolff

Panelists

  • Lauri desMarais
  • Odean Pope
  • Phillip Schroeder

2005

New York

  • Kati Agocs
  • Annie Gosfield
  • Vijay Iyer
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Hiroya Miura
  • Sam Newsome
  • Sean Noonan

Minnesota

  • Marita Bolles
  • Michael Croswell
  • Michelle Kinney
  • Ann Millikan
  • Yotam Rosenbaum

Panelists

  • Daniel Godfrey
  • James Newton
  • Dorothy Stone

2004

New York

  • Glen Cortese
  • Antonio Carlos DeFeo
  • Vivian Fung
  • Shafer Mahoney
  • Robert Paterson
  • Bobby Previte
  • Huang Ruo
  • David Weiss

Minnesota

  • Shawn Allison
  • Elizabeth Alexander
  • Eric Barnum
  • Howard Collins
  • Peter O’Gorman
  • Lisa Ragsdale
  • Nirmala Rajasekar
  • Changiun Xu

Panelists

  • David Crumb
  • Marjorie Merryman
  • Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng

2003

New York

  • Joshua Fried
  • Michelle Nagai
  • Moto Osada
  • Lu Pei
  • Jonathan Pieslak
  • Spencer Schedler
  • Du Yun

Minnesota

  • Maura Bosch
  • Geoffrey Gordon
  • Michael Karmon
  • Andrew Lafkas
  • Dean Magraw
  • Paul Rudy
  • Ethan Wickman

Panelists

  • Joan LaBarbara
  • Zhou Long
  • Yehuda Yannay

2002

  • Marc Anderson
  • Scott Miller
  • James Syler
  • Casey Hale
  • Christopher Jentsch
  • Basya Schechter
  • Sarah Snider
  • Lev Zhurbin

2001

  • Doug Little
  • Charlottemarie
  • William Beckstrand
  • John Morton
  • Mark Zanter
  • Todd Reynolds
  • Douglas Geers
  • Hayes Biggs
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Christian Amigo
  • Yuanlin Chen

2000

  • Ron George
  • James Harley
  • Brian Heller
  • Michael Karmon
  • Dan Trueman
  • Preston Wright
  • Steven Bryant
  • Judy Dunaway
  • Phil Kline
  • Harold Meltzer
  • Hollis Taylor
  • Ushio Torikai

1999

  • Mark Engebretson
  • Edie Hill
  • Igor Komeitchouk
  • Dale McGowan
  • Lior Navok
  • Carl Witt
  • Constance Cooper
  • Gisburg
  • Wang Guowei
  • Jose Halac
  • Dafna Naphtali
  • Patrick Zimmerli

1998

  • Linda Dusman
  • Frank Ferko
  • Anthony Gatto
  • Bruce Hamilton
  • John Morrison
  • John Fitz Rogers
  • Derek Bermel
  • Chen Yuanlin
  • Chien-Yin Chen
  • Marilyn Kimura
  • Jerome Kitzke
  • Rob Reddy
  • David Simmons

1997

  • Ellen Band
  • Gao Hong and Paul Dice
  • David Reville
  • Joko Sutrisno
  • Vera Stanojevic
  • Carei Thomas
  • Tom Trenka
  • Ben Allison
  • Wendy-Mae Chambers
  • David Claman
  • Sonia Jacobsen
  • Kevin James

1996

  • Maura Bosch
  • Sherri Flagg-McHugh
  • Michael Fiday
  • Phillip Fried
  • Paul Higham
  • Todd Winkler
  • Wang Zheng-Ting
  • Lisa Bielawa
  • Charles Coleman
  • Jonathan Elliott
  • Zeena Parkins
  • Behzad Ranjbaran
  • Tim Rowe
  • Ken Valitsky
  • Terry Winters-Owens

1995

  • Brent Michael Davids
  • John Devine
  • Linda Tutas Haugen
  • Craig Harris
  • Mark Hellem
  • Homer Lambrecht
  • Emanuel Rodriguez
  • Ying Zhang
  • Nick Didkovsky
  • Joe Gallant
  • Kitty Brazelton
  • Joshua Fried
  • Annie Gosfield
  • Mary Jane Leach
  • Gene Pritsker
  • Qu Xiao-song

1994

  • Michael Croswell
  • Colin Franey
  • Jennifer Higdon
  • Bun Ching Lam
  • Susan Parenti
  • Russell Platt
  • Chris Preissing

1993

  • John Luther Adams
  • Paul Dice
  • Douglas Ewart
  • Randall Woolf

1992

  • Mark Applebaum
  • Ted Fitch
  • Marjorie Hess
  • Joseph Klein
  • Paul Siskind
  • Bernadette Speach

1991

  • William Lang
  • Rose Brzezinski
  • Nathaniel Haynes
  • Judith Sainte Croix
  • Bunita Marcus

1990

  • Conrad DeJong
  • Carl Voss
  • Wes York

1989

  • John Baboukis
  • Bradley Bombardier
  • Tina Davidson
  • Greg Fish
  • Miriam Gerberg
  • Vinny Golia
  • Charles Hoag
  • Arthur Jarvinen

1988

  • Michael Daugherty
  • Linda Haugen
  • Jennifer Holt
  • Leo Kraft
  • David Lang
  • Steve Tibbetts
  • Donald Washington

1987

  • Elizabeth Clark
  • Michael Gordon
  • Matthew Harris
  • Henry Holoien
  • Michele Kinney
  • Ellen Lease
  • James Lovendusky

1986

  • John King
  • Monica Maye
  • Roscoe Mitchell
  • Richard Paske
  • Frederick Tillis

1985

  • Henry Gwiazda
  • David Kechley
  • Alex Lubet
  • Charles McHugh
  • David John Olsen
  • Dan Strum
  • Wendy Ultan
  • Jack Vees

1984

  • John Einweck
  • Paul Goldstaub
  • Robert Maderich
  • Charlie Maguire
  • Steve Rydberg
  • Jeffery Vandervelde
  • Thomas Wegren
  • Zeitgeist

1983

  • Michael Aubart
  • Carl Bergmann
  • Henry Brant
  • Mary Ellen Childs
  • Janet Gilbert
  • Michael Halstenson
  • Stephen Paulus
  • Marjorie Rusche
  • Paul Schoenfield
  • Dale Warland

1982

  • Dominick Argento
  • Dan Breedon
  • Elizabeth Breenan
  • Jeffery Brooks
  • David Edminster
  • Tristan Fuentes
  • Leland Sateren
  • Daniel Sturm
  • Steve Barnett

1981

  • Earl Buys
  • Ralph Johnson
  • Libby Larsen
  • David Means
  • Kim Sherman
  • Lloyd Ultan
  • John Watson
  • Robert Wetzler

1980

  • William Englund
  • Paul Fetler
  • Robert Hanson
  • Carolyn Jennings
  • Alvin King
  • Alex Lubet
  • Carleton Macy
  • Dale Newton
  • Janika Vandervelde

1979

  • Carol Barnett
  • Dan Breedon
  • James Callahan
  • Randall Davidson
  • Marilyn Grobel
  • Eleanor Hovda
  • William Kempe
  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  • Eric Stokes