Dear Friends of BNMI,
This November, The Boston New Music Initiative will be participating in the Giving Tuesday movement for our third consecutive year. We have been able to raise over $3,000 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 11, which will begin in the fall of 2019. Over the course of its first ten 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 season, we have expanded our professional development workshop program; in January, invited composers will participate in a workshop with all BNMI core members 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.
- Commissioning: BNMI has performed six commissioned works to date by internationally-acclaimed composers, winners of our annual commissioning competition: Ghost Notes, by Panayiotis Kokoras; Labyrinth Song, by Nicola Straffelini; Altered States, by Travis Alford; After the Rain, by Lonnie Hevia; Kindling by Charles Peck; and Living in Color by Alex Berko. The recently-announced winner of the seventh annual competition, Andrew Davis, will write a work to be premiered in May 2020 as part of BNMI's collaborative concert with the Cambridge Chamber Singers. 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 2019.
- 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. In the past BNMI has collaborated with Luminarium Dance Company, Boston Opera Collaborative, and New England based visual artists. We also participated in the first two Boston New Music Festivals. BNMI's aim is to collaborate each season with groups across disciplines for future seasons, including dance, film, theatre and opera.
- Programming: Entering our eleventh concert season, we have programmed the works of over 240 different living composers, including 50 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 8th Annual Commissioning Competition, with the winning composer selected to write a work for our Twelfth Concert Season.
Our ambitious plans for future seasons are entirely dependent upon our success with fundraising events 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
Somerville, MA 02145
The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to support general operating expenses and performer stipends for future concerts.