Award Recipients 2016

Award Recipients 2016

A combination of unrestricted grants, commissioning grants, residency programs, cash awards, and various honors, the following list includes important recognitions awarded to composers and musicians in 2016. While the list is lengthy, it is not exhaustive, so if you feel we missed something or someone, feel free to comment and let us know what or who we should include.

Many of these awards are by nomination only, however there are a plethora of opportunities that you can actively apply to. Knowing what to apply to can be intimidating, but as a member of the Center for New Music you get regular curated content through membership resources regarding opportunities that are relevant to you, so stay tuned! Also, helpful opportunity lists include the Composer’s Forum, Composer’s Site, and Musical America, the latter two including opportunities for both composers and performers.  


MacArthur Grant


Julia Wolfe


The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. The Foundation does not require or expect specific products or reports from MacArthur Fellows and does not evaluate recipients’ creativity during the term of the fellowship. The MacArthur Fellowship is a “no strings attached” award in support of people, not projects. Each fellowship comes with a stipend paid our in equal quarterly installments over five years.



$43,200 (Average)

Jonathan Berger

Edmund Campion

Anthony Cheung

Neil Feather

David Fulmer

Bryan Jacobs

Andrew Norman

Adam Roberts

Laurie San Martin

Juri Seo

Wayne Shorter

Dalit Hadass Warshaw

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely.


Herb Alpert Award in the Arts


Dohee Lee


The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is an unrestricted prize of given annually to five risk-taking mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts. The prize was initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and has been administered by California Institute of the Arts since 1994. The Herb Alpert Award honors and supports artists respected for their creativity, ingenuity, and bodies of work, at a moment in their lives when they are poised to propel their art in new and unpredictable directions. The Herb Alpert Award recognizes experimenters who are making something that matters within and beyond their field.




In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill (Pi Recordings)


Recording released on May 26, 2015 by Zooid, a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.



Musical Theater Album


Instrumental Composition

“The Afro Latin Jazz Suite,” Arturo O’Farrill (Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, featuring Rudresh Mahanthappa)

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

“Birdman,” Antonio Sanchez, composer

Engineered Album, Classical

“Ask Your Mama,” Leslie Ann Jones, John Kilgore, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum and Justin Merrill, engineers; Patricia Sullivan, mastering engineer (George Manahan and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical

Judith Sherman

Orchestral Performance

“Shostakovich: Under Stalin’s Shadow — Symphony No. 10,” Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Opera Recording

“Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade,” Seiji Ozawa, conductor; Isabel Leonard; Dominic Fyfe, producer (Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus and SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus)

Choral Performance

“Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil,” Charles Bruffy, conductor (Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor & Joseph Warner; Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Chorale)

Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

“Filament,” Eighth Blackbird

Classical Instrumental Solo

“Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes,” Augustin Hadelich; Ludovic Morlot, conductor (Seattle Symphony)

Classical Solo Vocal Album

“Joyce & Tony — Live From Wigmore Hall,” Joyce DiDonato; Antonio Pappano, accompanist

Classical Compendium

“Paulus: Three Places of Enlightenment; Veil of Tears & Grand Concerto,” Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Contemporary Classical Composition

“Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances,” Stephen Paulus, composer (Eric Holtan, True Concord Voices & Orchestra)


Koussevitzky Music Foundation

$12,500 – $20,000

David Fulmer

Alexandre Lunsqui

Zosha Di Castri

Amy Williams

The Foundation considers applications from performing organizations from any country for the joint commissioning of composers of all nationalities. This commissioning program is designed primarily for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music.

Grawemeyer Award


Hans Abrahamsen

The Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition honors those who bring beauty and inspiration into the world. The University of Louisville offers an international prize in recognition of outstanding achievement by a living composer in a large musical genre: choral, orchestral, chamber, electronic, song-cycle, dance, opera, musical theater, extended solo work and more. The award will be granted for a work premiered during the five-year period prior.


Kravis Prize


Louis Andriessen

The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music at the New York Philharmonic is awarded to a composer for extraordinary artistic endeavor in the field of new music. One of the world’s largest new-music prizes, the Kravis Prize for New Music is awarded every two seasons, and a commission to write a work for the New York Philharmonic. In alternating seasons, when no prize is given, the Orchestra names the Kravis Emerging Composer, who receives a $50,000 stipend and a commission.


Jerome Fund


Fabian Almazan

Imani Uzuri

Shai Maestro

Linda May Han Oh

Joshua Clausen

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.


Rome Prize

$16,000 – $28,000 (plus room and board)

Christopher Trapani

Jonathan Berger

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Rome Prize Fellowships include a stipend, room and board, and individual work space at AAR’s eleven-acre campus in Rome.


Berlin Prize

$5,000 (per month of residency)

David Behrman

The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Around two dozen Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others.


NEA Jazz Masters



Dee Dee Bridgewater

Ira Gitler

Dave Holland

Dick Hyman

Dr. Lonnie Smith


Gary Burton

Wendy Oxenhorn

Pharoah Sanders

Archie Shepp

The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists. Each year since 1982, the program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.


Gaudeamus Award

€ 5000

Anthony Vine  

The annual Gaudeamus Muziekweek focuses on music by young composers. Although the first Gaudeamus Muziekweek, staged shortly after World War II, was devoted to Dutch composers only, the Muziekweek was soon open to composers worldwide. Each year new works by composers are presented, with emphasis on young composers and music pioneers. The Gaudeamus Award was first awarded in 1957 to Peter Schat. The Gaudeamus Award, as of 2015 is a commission of € 5000 for new work, meant as a help in the career of the composer. This commissioned work will premiere during Gaudeamus Muziekweek. Since 2014 the Muziekweek is preceded by the Gaudeamus Muziekweek Academy.


John Cage Award


Joan La Barbara

The award is made biennially in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts for work that reflects the spirit of John Cage. Selections are made from invited nominations.


Doris Duke Artist Award

$225,000 – $250,000

Kyle Abraham

Dave Douglas

Fred Hersch

Wayne Horvitz

Jen Shyu

Wadada Leo Smith

Henry Threadgill

Matana Roberts

Jason Moran

The Doris Duke Artist Awards invested in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theatre, and related interdisciplinary work who had proven their artistic vitality and commitment to their field. The Doris Duke Artist Award was not a lifetime achievement award, nor a “genius” grant. The Award was a deeper investment in the potential of dedicated artists, empowering them through the freedom of unrestricted support while celebrating past achievement.


Creative Capital

up to $50,000

Ligia Bouton, Matt Donovan and Lei Liang

Jim Findlay

Sean Graney

Brian Harnetty

Pegasus Warning (Guillermo E. Brown)

Graham Reynolds

The artistic disciplines being funded this year are: Literature, Performing Arts and Emerging Fields. Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists’ projects that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions and build sustainable careers. The 2016 Creative Capital awardees are an incredible group of creative thinkers, representing 63 artists at all stages of their careers with an age range of 28 to 65 years old. More than half are women; and more than half identify as people of color. Each funded project will receives direct funding, additional resources, and advisory services.


Morton Gould Young Composer Award

$45,000 shared between winners

Daniel Allas smear’d

Ermir Bejo Opus 4

Trevor Bumgarner Everything Went Quiet

Thérèse-Marie Chaix Strange Bird

Natalie Dietterich Conversations with Strangers

Tommy Dougherty Quartets  

Sky Macklay Many Many Cadences

David Clay Mettens Sleeping I am Carried….

All Can Puskulcu Broken

Marco-Adrián Ramos Jarochito or Caprice

Jake Runestad Dreams of the Fallen

Barry Sharp Raw

Alyssa Weinburg in somnis

Jesse Larsen Piano Concerto No. 2

Paris Lavidis Dinner for Eight

Open to all composers of Original Concert Music (classical), The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers. This program selects several young composer recipients each year to receive the cash awards. It is named in memory of eminent composer and conductor Morton Gould who was ASCAP’s President from 1986 to 1994, as well as The ASCAP Foundation’s President.


SF Friends of Chamber Music Musical Grant Program

$3,000 – $4,000

African American Composer Initiative

Berkeley Choro Ensemble

Ryan Brown

Sheldon Brown Ensemble

Ian Carey’s Wood/ Metal/ Plastic

Carlos Henrique Pereira Trio

Ben Goldberg

Phillip Greenlief

Jon Jang

The Living Earth Show

Lisa Mezzacappa

Molina/ Ackamoor Duet

Music at the Mission

Noe Valley Chamber Music

One Great City Duo

Outsound Presents

Jim Santi Owen

Rent Romus

Redwood Tango Ensemble

Pamela Rose

Splinter Reeds

Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival

Trois Bois

Wooden Fish Ensemble

The Musical Grant Program acts as a catalyst for creative musical projects, raises the profile of local artists and creates opportunities for audiences to experience the rich diversity of music in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.


Zellerbach Community Arts

$1,500 – $7,500

Awesome Orchestra Collective

Berkeley Old Time Music Convention

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Black Box Baroque

Del Sol Performing Arts Organization

Cypress Performing Arts Organization

Ensemble for These Times

Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Friction Quartet

Golden Gate Men’s Chorus

Hip Hop for Change Inc.

Jazz in the Neighborhood

Mercury Soul


Musical Traditions/ The Paul Dresher Ensemble Inc.

Noe Valley Chamber Music

Old First Center for the Arts

Outsound Presents

Pamela Rose Wild Women of Song

Point Richmond Jazz

Red Poppy Art House

Rova Arts

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music

San Francisco Live Arts

Sonic Harvest

Switchboard Music


Voci Womens Vocal Ensemble  


Wild Rumpus

Womens Audio Mission

The Community Arts Program provides project support to small and mid-sized arts organizations and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new and innovative work that is representative of the diverse cultures and communities of the Bay Area.


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