Radical Collaboration

The phrase “radical collaboration” has been more frequently used in projects aiming to protect nature and its scarce resources. At the Center for New Music, what we’re proposing is protection for a different kind of endangered species: the creative musician.

Dither Guitar Quartet rehearsing at Exapno in Brooklyn

I’ve been heartened to see that we’re not the only ones interested in deeper sharing, collectivizing, community support, and all of the other ways in which “working together to help each other” can be described. In New York, spaces like The Stone (artistic director John Zorn) and Lainie Fefferman’s Exapno (Brooklyn) have carved out both space and method to give musicians things they need: affordable space and time to create and show their work. In Chicago, the ensemble Eighth Blackbird recently announced a joint venture with a puppeteer and a dance company to help build their organizations.

Here in San Francisco, I’ve felt a strong need for all of the things these other projects offer: collaborative workspace, affordable rehearsal space, a small performance space for new music, and a platform for administrative support and collaboration.

About two years ago, I posed a simple question to my friend and fellow composer Brent Miller: What would we do if we had a space that was all about new music? We started asking other musicians and music presenters the same question. In the fall of 2012, the Center for New Music was born.

Bart Hopkin installing his exhibit of experimental musical instruments, curated by Thingamajigs
Bart Hopkin installing his exhibit of experimental musical instruments, curated by Thingamajigs

As a new non-profit with a street-level space and mighty-big windows, we’re asked almost daily, “so what is this place?” We usually talk about the daytime co-working, the rehearsal studio that’ll soon be built out, evening performances, and member workshops. We talk about the incredible display in the window of experimental musical instruments. We talk about being musicians and composers ourselves, about learning, and about sharing lives in music.

What I hope we convey, though, is that we are offering a space for radical collaboration. Why should there be barriers between organizations and individuals? Shouldn’t it be easy for a young performer to meet and learn from a more established one? How else can we possibly learn from each other? This is why our mission statement uses the words “efficiency,” “integration,” and “community.” Yes, what we do in here is about music, but our purpose does not stop there. Our purpose is to build and improve the system that makes the music possible.

The programs we’re implementing are intended to bring in a spectrum of users: we have curated concerts, but anyone can join as an individual member and put on a show. There are private offices for established organizations, but there’s also co-working options for part-timers, and drop-in benefits if you just need to have a meeting or work for a few hours near a bunch of other musicians and producers.

Over time I believe the ethos behind all of this will become more apparent. Our theory is that all of this sharing and collaboration will build a stronger and more inviting new music community, a stronger new music scene, and ultimately more opportunities for everyone.

If you want to participate, know that we are in the habit of saying “yes.” This is a community-oriented project, and it would most benefit from any or all of your support, your artistry, your time and expertise, and maybe some of your stuff. We have faith that by banding together, our resources won’t seem so scarce, and a life full of creative music will be a vision that’s within reach.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

48 12 blue pill what is generic for viagra boner dick prolixus male enhancement natural testosterone herbs penis enlargement pills gun buyback solution pictures of male best male enhancement device 2016 men enhancement products gym filled with huge penis growth scoolgirl futa cum hentai cg set cock physical donkey kong jr male enhancement enlarge my penis naturally watch theater version of sex drive how to get 100 mg viagra how to get an extremely high sex drive boys with big penis does masturbation affect your sex drive penis growth after cigarettes lost sex drive in relationship viagra reviews reddit sex toys adamo drive tampa new penis length thicker pills what president candidate was the first spokeperson for viagra supplement that works when ic viagra going genericpills that boost libido my boyfriend has a high sex drive but cant stay hard during sex viagra online reddit cost of 50mg viagra poppers erection penis anesthesia big penis pic how to reduce your sex drive can you buy viagra in canada over the counter prostate stimulation to increase penis size supplement pictures are there any penis enlargement pills that work purple rhino male enhancement customer service real penis growth pills difference between brahma male enhancement and viagra pump erectile dysfunction male enhancement cream viagra how to increase sex drive after complete male enhancement uses best ed pills with least side effects will male enhancement pills hurt you penile enlarge imperial male sexual enhancement pgr male enhancement top penis enlargement surgens near me how can i increase my penis size in usa blogs post comments on facebok and blogger penis enlargement trainer how to make ur penis larger pienus enlargment male penis pumps is it true that if u masturbate alot it will stunt your penis growth when you have a gf whose sex drive is higher than yours klonopin sex drive male ed pills that help with stamina metabolish lobido and testosterone i got a sex drive push to start song best topical for penis enlargement viagra alternative medicine hardcore penis pills how long will viagra work for vasodilation cream pics of what viagra can do for dicks