Keeping in mind the health and safety of our community, all in-person events at C4NM are canceled until further notice. However, our staff is still available by email, and all events are now hosted online. From our blog: Resources for Artists During the COVID-19 Outbreak
During these extraordinary times, donations are critically important to the continued survival of arts organizations.

Fiscal Sponsorship

Center for New Music programs connect listeners, musicians, ensembles, and institutions. The Center serves as an incubator, a facilitator, and a catalyst for people and groups working in new music. We connect music people — not only locally, but regionally — so that the entire new music community can work more effectively and creatively. Our Fiscal Sponsor program provides accessibility and efficiency. We work with a variety of individual musicians and organizations to provide education and support for raising funds.

There is a passionate community of philanthropic individuals, charitable foundations, and government institutions devoted to funding the arts. The catch is that many independent artists and small companies lack the 501(c)(3) tax status that makes them eligible to apply for grants and incentivizes individual gifts. With fiscal sponsorship, you can solicit tax-deductible donations and apply for grants without going through the process of launching a 501(c)(3). The sponsored “project” might be a one-time collaboration or an independent artist or even an arts organization that does not have its own 501(c)(3) status.

Membership in C4NM is required for fiscal sponsorship. To apply for fiscal sponsorship, e-mail Brent Miller with the following information:

  • Contact Information
  • A brief description of your project
  • Timeline (may be ongoing)
  • Approx. budget size (annual, for ongoing projects)
  • Proposed budget

Our current fiscally sponsored members/projects are:

Sunset Piano

Sunset Piano is the collaboration of two multi-disciplinary artists who are promoting piano culture and other good things in an increasingly complex world, Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell. Together they have brought pianos to the cliffs of the California coast, the streets of San Francisco, and the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park, for their premiere event, Flower Piano. Sunset Piano hosts amazing local musicians and also invites the public to play their pianos under the open sky. Website Facebook Group

Lisa B (Lisa Bernstein) and Band: “Reverberant: Poems & Music”

Join in funding Lisa B's seventh album, “Reverberant: Poems & Music,” scheduled for an October 2019 release on her Piece of Pie Records, and a series of concerts in 2019 and 2020 showcasing the new music. “Reverberant” joins the two strands of Lisa B's work, vocal jazz and poetry, in exciting new ways. Lisa B's previous albums feature her jazz vocals in original songs and standards, frequently embedded with original spoken verse that melds influences from literature to contemporary rap. The new release, in contrast, presents her free-verse poems, with occasional singing, in dynamic compositions created with diverse musicians in duo and trio settings. A single from the album, “I Am an Orchestra: A Tribute to Cecil Taylor,” was released in March 2019, attracting press from major jazz sites Jazz Times, Jazziz, All About Jazz, L.A. Jazz Scene, and others, along with thousands of listens. The 10 pieces in “Reverberant” are linked by the theme of reverberation, literal and metaphorical. They fall into two categories, with much overlap: jazz portraits and spiritual self-realization. Many of the poems appeared in esteemed literary journals (Kenyon Review, Lilith, Brilliant Corners, Sequestrum, Caliban). “Reverberant” speaks to both jazz and poetry audiences, fostering appreciation of one art form to fans of the other The masterful, inventive performers joining Lisa are engineer/multi-instrumentalist James Gardiner, pianist Scott R. Looney, keyboardist Ben Flint, drummer Jeff Marrs, and bassist Marcus Shelby. They each contribute not only virtuosity but an empathetic response to language and excitement about realizing these poems in music. Your 100% tax-deductible donation will help fund completion and release of the recording, performances in 2019 and 2020, and getting the word out to audiences and listeners. Learn more at: