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Created in 2004, the New Music Fund (formerly Fund for Contemporary Music) was initiated by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to encourage new commissions, residencies, masterclasses, performances and tours involving contemporary composers, musicians and ensembles. Conceived in partnership with Institut français, French Ministry of Culture, SACEM and Florence Gould Foundation, the fund also fosters co-creations between French and American composers.

Since 2011, the fund has granted 800,000 dollars to more than 80 projects, including 15 commissions, 2 residencies and 8 tours in the United States, for more than 58 ensembles and a total of 200 concerts and recitals.

The program has supported the work of contemporary artists based both in France and in the United States, including prestigious commissions such as the ensemble Talea to Fabien Levy and Roman Lazkano, the Saint-Louis Orchestra to Philippe Manoury and major U.S. tours for ensembles Linea, Court-Circuit and Grame.

In 2018, FACE is conducting an evaluation of the fund since its inception. New strategies and guidelines will be defined for 2019. The program will also support U.S. professionals to travel to France upon decision of the steering committee.

Grantees 2018

FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy are pleased to announce the 2018 Grantees.


Sponsors & Partners

New Music Fund is made possible through the generosity of:

— Florence Gould Foundation
Fondation CHANEL
Institut français
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique

Cultural Services of the French Embassy



Application Deadline: SPRING 2019.
To Be Announced.



Suzanne Buracas
Program Officer



FACE Foundation

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