Monday, August 9, 2010

Innovative Commissioning Effort

An innovative approach to commissioning a new orchestral work is now underway at Boulder’s Colorado Music Festival.

Anyone can vote (on-line) for one of four composers to create a work for the 2011 season. Each vote costs $10 and you can vote as many times as you want before the Aug. 15, 2010 deadline. All the income goes towards the $10,000 commission.

This approach seems unique, though of course it parallels micro-financed efforts at Kickstarter and Bang on a Can’s People’s Commissioning Fund.

Known for his commitment to new music, Music Director Michael Christie chose the four composers: Enrico Chapela, Jay Greenberg, Behzad Ranjbaran and Patrick Zimmerli. (These links have biographies and sound clips for the four composers.) In a Denver Post article, Christie remarks,
“It just occurred to me that in this era of micro-finance that we could create something where… anybody can participate, not just the most well-heeled or the people who are most used to giving. We’re all trying to engage people.”
Various perks include: all voters will have their name listed in the score; send in 10 votes to get invited a special pre-concert reception; and the highest voter over 100 votes will have the piece dedicated to them.

Read more at the Colorado Music Festival's website.

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