Dear Friends of BNMI,
On Sunday, May 15, The Boston New Music Initiative participated in the 13th Annual Walk for Music and Arts
for our seventh consecutive year. In our first six years of participation, we had been able to raise over $14,000 for BNMI, and it has continued to represent our largest and most successful fundraising activity that we undertake each year. 100% of all donations directly support BNMI's program of activities.
Our goal had been to raise over $2,000 for this year to support our concerts and activities for Season 8, which will begin in the fall of 2016. However, we were not able to reach that goal through the Walk for Music alone, and are seeking for a final push before the end of our fiscal year on July 31 to hit this goal in order to fund our plans for next season.
Over the course of its first seven seasons, BNMI has grown into an international force in fostering the creation and performance of contemporary concert music. It maintains a comprehensive focus on improving the industry by actively promoting musicians and composers at all stages of their careers and reaching new and broader audiences who can discover the vast array of interesting, innovative new works being created by today’s living composers and realized by a collection of exceptionally fearless, talented performers.
BNMI’s mission encompasses four primary activities:
- Networking and Professional Development: We hold networking and membership events a few times per year within the Boston area. In addition, since 2013, BNMI has produced a quarterly podcast series for our members on relevant industry trends and topics. The complete archive of our podcasts produced to date is available to full members on our website's members-only portal.
- Commissioning: BNMI has now performed three commissioned works by internationally-acclaimed composers, winners of our annual commissioning competition. Ghost Notes, by Panayiotis Kokoras, was performed in April 2013 under the direction of guest conductor Steven Lipsitt, and Labyrinth Song, by Italian composer Nicola Straffelini, was premiered in April 2015 under the direction of Artistic Director Patrick Valentino. In April 2016, Patrick led the BNMI core ensemble in the world premiere of Altered States, by American composer and Brandeis University alumnus Travis Alford. This month, BNMI will announce the winner of the fourth annual competition, with the world premiere performance of the work scheduled for the spring of 2017. BNMI is committed to continuing the tradition of commissioning composers as part of its ongoing activities, and its next competition will be held in the fall of 2017.
- Collaboration: In addition to working with many talented individual performers and ensembles as part of BNMI’s concert series, the organization’s scope has extended throughout New England through its participation in events outside of the concert series. BNMI’s core ensemble performed and participated in the PARMA Music Festival held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in each of the past two seasons, and in the Westfield Festival of New Music in March 2014 at Westfield State University. Plans for participation in upcoming and future festivals and residencies are already underway, as BNMI seeks to continue expanding its mission and activities to new audiences throughout the region and beyond. In Season 8, BNMI will be collaborating on a performance with Luminarium Dance Company to set selected works from BNMI's Season 8 rep to choreography in live performance. BNMI is also working to continue to collaborate with groups across disciplines for future seasons, including dance, film, theatre and opera, and visual arts.
- Programming: Entering our eighth concert season, we have programmed the works of over 130 different living composers, including 18 world premiere performances, in venues ranging from jazz clubs and art galleries to large concert halls. BNMI features a core ensemble, as well as a significant list of guest artists, consisting of some of today’s most exciting young performers within the Boston area. One of our ongoing goals is to compensate these highly talented and dedicated musicians with rates on par with their abilities. BNMI also held its inaugural Young Composers Competition last spring, and the work by the winning composer (Trey Makler, University of Missouri) was performed at our April 2016 concert at the Arlington Center for the Arts. The next YCC is currently taking place, with the winning work to be selected this fall and performed during our eighth concert season.
Our ambitious plans for next season are entirely dependent upon our success with fundraising events such as the Walk for Music, and we rely on public support in order for that to happen! If you would like to help us meet our goal, you may mail a check to the address below. We also gladly accept online donations, and you may also support BNMI by shopping online through Amazon.com's Smile program (see below for details).
The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.
P.O. Box 4541
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.