MOVEMENT RESEARCH, New York City, received a two-year grant of $50,000 in support of the participation of emerging New York City choreographers in the creation and development of new works through the Artist-in-Residence Program. As a laboratory for the investigation of dance and movement-based forms, Movement Research values individual artists, their creative process, and their vital role within society. It offers programs that nurture and instigate discourse and experimentation. The Artist-in-Residence Program provides year-long commissions, rehearsal space, performance, and related opportunities designed to support the individualized creative process of movement-based artists, who are selected by a rotating peer artist panel.
THE AMERICAN BRASS CHAMBER MUSIC ASSOCIATION, New York City, received a two-year grant of $28,000 to support four commissions awarded to emerging composers, based in New York City and/or Minnesota, for new works to be performed by the American Brass Quintet. The works will receive initial premieres at the Aspen Music Festival and Lincoln Center, after which they will be toured domestically and internationally. Emphasis will be placed on emerging composers creating experimental work. Founded in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has commissioned approximately 140 works, of which a significant number have become repertoire staples for brass quintets.
Writer Davida Adedjouma was awarded a grant to spend two months in Australia and surrounding islands. Adedjouma seeks a cultural exchange with black Australian women writers with whom she's been networking for the past two years. She plans to initiate collaborative writing and video projects with those artists.
ENSEMBLE STUDIO THEATRE (EST), New York City, received $14,700 in support of the Youngblood Program. Founded in 1972, Ensemble Studio Theatre is dedicated to creating a vibrant community for the creation, development and production of new works to replenish the American theatre repertoire. EST maintains a program for talented New York City-based playwrights under 30 years of age, which it has offered for the past 15 years. Titled Youngblood, the program currently serves a roster of 18 playwright members, selected through a competitive process. Membership in the group lasts until each writer turns 30. Youngblood offers an array of opportunities designed to stimulate the creation of new works in a supportive peer environment, sustained by participation in a large and active membership theatre. Youngblood encompasses peer meetings, productions, readings, workshops and retreats.
PERFORMANCE SPACE 122, New York City, received $43,000 in support of 2014-15 Performance Commissions for emerging New York City-based artists. PS 122 provides incomparable experiences for audiences by presenting and commissioning artists whose work challenges boundaries of live performance. It is dedicated to supporting creative risks taken by artists from diverse genres, cultures, and perspectives. Jerome-supported commissions will be given to emerging artists to develop new work, enabling them to take risks, hone their skills, create thoughtful work, and develop audiences for their work. Commissioning new works by artists who have not yet received wide recognition supports the development of their practices and enriches the cultural petri dish that is New York City. Some of these works will be presented during the COIL Festival and some in the RAMP series.