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The Artists Fund


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The Artists Fund


 

launching the careers and passions of outstanding composers and musicians

In 2011, The June Wu Artists Fund was established to honor the vision of Metropolis Ensemble board member June Wu and her passionate dedication to our community of young composers and artists. The Artists Fund helped Metropolis launch our Resident Artist Series, among other artist-led creative and career-building endeavors, to more fully engage our mission to emerge the next generation of outstanding composers and musicians.

Please consider making a generous commitment to The Artists Fund with a tax-deductible contribution online now in honor of June Wu and the work she so strongly champions. Thank you for supporting the community of young artists that make up Metropolis Ensemble!

 
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Award Recipients


Award Recipients


 

Meet the Artists Fund Award recipients

Here are the incredible artists who have received The Artists Fund Award since 2011. Artists honored with this award are selected by their extraordinary talent, promise, and potential to make a contribution to our art-form. Awardees then partner with Metropolis Ensemble in creating new concert experiences and projects, commissions, and recordings.

 
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Kristin Lee

pianist and curator of Double Helix (2014)

“I was inspired with Double Helix to tell diverse musical stories with the composers I admire and an incredible ensemble of friends and colleagues. The Artist Fund helped make this wild dream come true! The opportunity to weave together these stories and talented artists was an unforgettable experience that I was humbled to produce.”

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Brad Balliett

bassonist and curator of Multiphonics (2015)

“The bassoon is so often a forgotten and misunderstood instrument, but it’s my first love. So I wanted to create an environment for it to truly shine in the craziest sonic situations, ranging from chamber concerto to song cycle. Metropolis Ensemble and The Artist Fund took this idea seriously and six months later we had a sold-out concert.”

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Bridget Kibbey

harpist and curator of Music Box (2012)

“My Irish roots and the folk idioms I grew up with were the inspiration for Music Box, the inaugural Metropolis Ensemble Resident Artist Series concert. I was thrilled to receive this award that allowed me to gather my favorite composers from around the world to shine a spotlight on their own countries of origin and help tell their personal narratives!”

 
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Ricardo Romaneiro

composer / electronic artist and curator of Scar Arias (2014)

“While I was the composer fellow at the American Irish Historical Society, I dreamed of hosting an evening of mind-bending music, experimental food, and multi-sensory lighting inside this stunning Beaux Arts building… truly a beautiful crazy collision of worlds. The Fund helped this project soar to new experiential heights.”

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Ashely Bathgate

cellist and curator of Bach Unwound (2016)

“I remember asking Andrew Cyr of Metropolis Ensemble what it would take to reinvent and reimagine a series of cello suites for a modern audience. And he not only helped secure the funding and composer collective Sleeping Giant for this massively complex task, but spoke vision and encouragement into the project, every step of the way.”

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David Kaplan

pianist and curator of New Dances of the League of David (2015)

“Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze is a huge undertaking for any pianist, but to make things more interesting, I employed my Artist Fund Award to commission sixteen phenomenal composers to bring this mighty work, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Amazingly, it really worked and the end result was such an honor to perform.”

 
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Paula Matthusen

composer / sound artist and curator of Musicircus (2016)

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Gabriel Cabezas

cellist and curator of Waypoints (2019)

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Ian Rosenbaum

percussionist and curator of Memory Palace (2017)

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Our Funding Initiatives


Our Funding Initiatives


 

providing critical underwriting for the next generation of artists

The Artists Fund's annual activity also provides critical underwriting for other artist-led projects such as our innovative concert series for Resident Artists and Composers and studio recording projects, all with the aim of investing in the careers of young artists right when they need it the most.

 

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Resident Artist Series

The Resident Artist Series offers a platform for Metropolis Ensemble's emerging generation of performing artists and composers to initiate and realize commissioning projects, produce concerts and musical events, and create platforms for collaborations they have always dreamed of.


Resident Artist Series Concerts


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Curatorial Residencies

In 2017, Metropolis Ensemble began a bold new experiment by operating a pop-up event space entitled 1 Rivington, named after its address. The loft, a former art gallery, has been home to over 50 chamber music concerts to date ranging from a Fraser episode set to music by Doug Balliett, residencies featuring award-winning string quartets such a as MIVOS, Argus, Aizuri quartets, collaborations with new composer collectives like Kinds of Kings, 2 piano festivals, and dozens of composer and performer-curated experiments and new music projects.


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Studio Recordings

Metropolis Ensemble fosters the creation of outstanding new music by providing vital support to leading young composers and soloists by facilitating a work's performance, recording, streaming, and digital distribution. The Artists Fund is a pivotal resource to make these initiatives possible.

Metropolis Ensemble’s studio recordings have garnered national (2010 Grammy-Award Nomination (Avi Avital, mandolin/Andrew Cyr, conductor/Metropolis Ensemble, orchestra)), international recognition (winning Canada’s Juno Award for Best Classical Composition (with Vivian Fung, composer/Kristin Lee, solo violin (2013)) and wide-ranging critical acclaim.


Artists Fund Supported Albums

William Brittelle: Spiritual America (2019)

William Brittelle: Spiritual America (2019)

Emily Wells: This World Is Too ____ For You (2019)

Emily Wells: This World Is Too ____ For You (2019)

Timo Andres: Home Stretch (2013)

Timo Andres: Home Stretch (2013)

Vivian Fung: Dreamscapes (2012)

Vivian Fung: Dreamscapes (2012)

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Make a Donation


Make a Donation


 

Invest in the Future of Classical Music

Please consider making a generous commitment to The Artists Fund with a tax-deductible contribution online now in honor of June Wu and the work she so strongly champions. Thank you for supporting the community of young artists that make up Metropolis Ensemble!

Questions? Please feel free to contact us.