First Grants Awarded by the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music
Jean-René Gehan, the cultural counselor of the French Embassy in the United States, has announced the first grants awarded by the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music. One French and 11 American institutions—including the Chicago and Cleveland Symphony Orchestras, the Seattle Chamber Players, and Mannes College of Music—will receive grants ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 to help them realize ambitious projects that will enhance musical creation in France and the United States. The fund—a direct outgrowth of Sounds French, a festival of contemporary French music held in March 2003 in New York City—was launched in February 2004 with a private concert and reception in New York attended by Pierre Boulez (shown here) and Elliott Carter. The fund supports contemporary music projects that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States, particularly nonprofit institutions celebrating the work of living composers in both countries. Collaborations combining new French and American works are especially encouraged.