Dear Friends of BNMI,
On Sunday, April 30, The Boston New Music Initiative will be participating in the 14th Annual Walk for Music and Arts
for our eighth consecutive year. In our first seven years of participation, we had been able to raise over $15,000 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 for this year is to raise over $2,000 to support our concerts and activities for Season 9, which will begin in the fall of 2017. Over the course of its first eight 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. This past season, we added to this aspect of our mission by re-launching our professional development workshop program; in January, four member composers participated in a reading session with BNMI core flutist Deirdre Viau to receive readings and feedback on their recent projects. We expect to regularly host such workshops in future seasons in order to assist in the career development of our members. In addition, BNMI has produced a 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 performed three commissioned works to date by internationally-acclaimed composers, winners of our annual commissioning competition: Ghost Notes, by Panayiotis Kokoras; Labyrinth Song, by Nicola Straffelini; and Altered States, by Travis Alford. On April 22, 2017, BNMI will premiere its fourth commissioned work, After the Rain, by Lonnie Hevia, and Charles Peck, the recently-announced winner of the fifth annual competition, will write a work to be premiered in April 2018 as part of BNMI's ninth season. 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 2013 and 2014, and in the Westfield Festival of New Music in March 2014 at Westfield State University. BNMI seeks to continue expanding its mission and activities to new audiences throughout the region and beyond. As part of its April 22, 2017 concert, 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. Next season, BNMI is excited to collaborate with Boston Opera Collaborative on BOC's annual "Opera Bites" program, as well as participating in the first annual Boston New Music Festival. BNMI's aim is to collaborate each season 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 is currently hosting its third annual Young Composers Competition, with the winning work to be selected later this spring and performed during our ninth 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 45252
Salem, Massachusetts 02145
The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.