Following is a letter that co-founder Adam Fong sent to C4NM members this past weekend to announce his resignation. Our team at the Center is sad to see Adam go, and wish all the best in his next steps!

Dear C4NM community,

This summer, after six years as executive director, I will be resigning from my staff position at the Center for New Music. On August 1, our co-founder Brent Miller will take over the role of executive director.

I’ll be able to share more about my future plans later in the summer. For now, I want to emphasize my deep gratitude for your support of the Center and its mission. From our earliest conversations, Brent and I have viewed the Center as a service organization. Our hope was always to support artists, to serve their visions and their needs. In the past six years, I’ve been humbled at the magnitude of the opportunities to do just that. It was all made possible by the hundreds of supporters, and thousands of listeners, who’ve resonated with our service mindset. Thank you for your contributions to this community.

I want to especially thank my closest compatriot, Brent Miller. Brent: the journey of envisioning, launching, and nurturing the Center for New Music was only ever possible as a joint effort. Your loyalty to our vision has truly carried me from the start, and I have the utmost faith in you to lead the Center into the future.

Building community is a task that belongs to the many, rather than the few. I hope each of you will stay engaged with activities here on Taylor Street—not only does the Center need you; the community needs you.

My teacher James Tenney used to tell a fable: when aliens from a distant galaxy studied Earth, they watched us carefully, and understood all the ways our society worked, with one exception—every once in awhile the humans would get together and “shake the air.” Why do we do that!?

By its nature, our work is ephemeral, experimental, and at times esoteric. But I maintain my faith, as I hope you do, too, that the transformations we cause through our collective “shaking” are deserving of a home, hub, and advocate like the Center for New Music.

At your service I remain,
Adam Fong