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The winners of American Music Project grants for the 2016-17 season will be announced on the AMP website on October 4.

Please check back then to see if your ensemble or organization has been awarded an AMP grant for performances of American repertory for this season.

September 26, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson

"Music" by Thomas Eakins, 1904.
“Music” by Thomas Eakins, 1904.

The form and guidelines for submitting an AMP grant proposal for the 2016-17 season are now online.

The current application form will remain available on the site until August 31, 2016.  Grants will be awarded for performances taking place from October 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

Click here to apply.

June 8, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson


Aperio, Music of the Americas, brought a wide range of American art song to audiences in Houston, Texas. funded by a 2015 AMP grant. In the program, titled “Gilded Twilight: Evocations of America’s Victorian Age,” soprano Julia Fox and pianist Michael Zuraw performed songs of Charles Ives, Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, and Gabriel Kahane to audiences in several venues throughout Houston.



May 28, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson


Nicholas Phillips performed his “New Playlist” program in Chicago May 6 at PianoForte.

Phillips has been been performing the program of new American piano music on an extensive international tour, funded in part by an AMP grant. The project is a followup to his “American Vernacular” disc of keyboard works by homegrown composers.

Read a review of Phillips’ PianoForte recital here.


May 19, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson


Third Angle New Music presented an inventive program spotlighting music of John Cage and Morton Feldman March 11 in Portland, Oregon. This AMP-funded event was titled “Radio Happenings,” after the 1960s series of radio conversations between the two American composers.

The program also included works of Webern and Christian Wolff, as well as Feldman’s lost composition, The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar.

Read the comprehensive review of this concert at Oregon Arts Watch.

/ Lawrence A. Johnson


American Music Project grantee Nicholas Phillips is coming to Chicago Friday night.

Phillips earned widespread acclaim for “American Vernacular,” his 2014 recording of newish piano music by homegrown composers

The Wisconsin-based musician has embarked on a sequel to that admirable enterprise, titled “New Playlist,” with a follow-up tour of more American piano music, which will also be recorded. That tour, which is funded in part by a grant from the American Music Project, will bring him to PianoForte Studios tomorrow night.

Phillips will perform works of contemporary American composers, including Stacy Garrop, Doug Opel, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Joel Puckett, Judd Greenstein, Jonathan Pieslak, Mark Olivieri and Carter Pann. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. at PianoForte Studios.

May 5, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Max Anisimov
Photo: Max Anisimov

The Chicago premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet enjoyed great success at the American Music Project concert March 6 at Ganz Hall. Performed by JACK Quartet and Anthony McGill, the event encored the program performed by the same artists in New York last November, featuring works by Earle Brown, John Cage and John Luther Adams, as well as the AMP-commissioned Gordon quintet.

Writing in the Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein praised McGill’s “liquid grace and electric vitality” in the quintet as well as the New York-based quartet: “Bravo to the JACK ensemble for bringing these works our way, and for doing such a deft job of it.”

In Chicago Classical Review, John Y. Lawrence praised the “emotionally generous” Gordon quintet, stating, “If future performances of this piece bring the same energy and commitment, it should become a welcome addition to the clarinet quintet repertoire.”

Read both reviews below. (scroll to end)

March 23, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson


Tickets are on sale for the American Music Project concert March 6 in Chicago at Ganz Hall!

Come hear the program of American music that The New York Times called “a fascinating concert.”

Anthony McGill, the Chicago-born principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, will join the JACK Quartet for the Chicago premiere of Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet. At the world premiere of this second AMP commission by the same artists last November, the Times described  Gordon’s quintet as “darkly seductive” and “a colorful and atmospheric journey.”

The program will also feature JACK performing John Luther Adams’ haunting The Wind in High Places and two contrasted homegrown works of the 20th century: Earle Brown’s 1965 String Quartet and John Cage’s early Quartet in Four Parts.

Concert time is 2 p.m. Sunday March 6 at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall in downtown Chicago. Tickets are $25, $15 for students with I.D.

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January 21, 2016 / Lawrence A. Johnson


It’s been a big year for the American Music Project with its first concert in New York earning a rave review from The New York Times last month, and the first AMP funding grants supporting a wide-ranging variety of American classical music performances across the country.

Now that the American Music Project is an official IRS-approved public charity, please consider making a generous donation before the end of 2015. All money donated is 100% tax deductible and will help to fund events such as last month’s JACK Quartet concert in New York as well as its repeat performance in Chicago at Ganz Hall on March 6, 2016.

The American Music Project is a small and very tight ship with zero compensation or salary paid to staff and directors. Every penny goes to supporting American classical music through commissions, performances fees and grants to underwrite performances.

For more information, email [email protected]

December 14, 2015 / Lawrence A. Johnson

Anthony McGill (center) performs with the Jack Quartet (l to r) Christopher Otto (violin), Ari Streisfeld (violin), Kevin McFarland (cello) and John Pickford Richards (viola) in world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's Clarinet Quintet at Roulette, 11/20/15. Photo by Chris Lee
Photo by Chris Lee

Geoffrey Gordon’s Clarinet Quintet received a resounding world premiere Friday night by Anthony McGill and the JACK Quartet. This first American Music Project concert in New York featured the debut of Gordon’s Quintet, which the New York Times called “darkly seductive” and “a colorful and atmospheric journey.”

JACK also played music of Earle Brown, John Cage and John Luther Adams. The program will be repeated in Chicago March 6, 2016 at Ganz Hall.

Read reviews of this AMP concert from The New York Times and New York Classical Review.

November 23, 2015 / Lawrence A. Johnson