Frederick Loewe Symposium in American Music

October 26-30, 2015

Composer in Residence: Libby Larsen
Scholar in Residence: Patrick Warfield

Who Pays? Who Plays?—Patronage and Entrepreneurship in American Music

For the 2015 Loewe Symposium in American Music we welcome papers that address the challenges of advocacy, funding, and performance of new music in the Americas, past and present. Inspired by Composer in Residence Libby Larsen—co-founder of the American Composer’s Forum and a highly collaborative and widely-recorded artist—we turn to questions of how American artists have sought support for the process of creating new music and how they have found audiences for its performance. How do the priorities and politics of private patrons, governmental organizations, or commissioning institutions influence (or at least attempt to influence) the creation of music? And how do composers negotiate the intersection of their own ideas and the values or requirements of others? How have conductors, composer’s groups, or performing ensembles and individuals, influenced the way we create and hear American music? What new ways of creating and presenting new music have American musicians pioneered?

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Include your contact information and any technology requirements with the abstract. Submissions are due by May 22, 2015. Participants will be notified in early June.

Conference presenters may also submit an article-length version of their paper to be considered for inclusion in a planned special issue of American Music. The deadline for submission of those articles will be in March 2016.

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