In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, Aaron Copland created the Fund and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. The Fund was officially announced to the public in 1992. The Fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music. The fund operates three grant programs and also grants permission for the use of Copland’s music.
The Amphion Foundation, Inc., founded in 1987, was established to encourage the performance of contemporary concert music, particularly by American composers, through support to performing and presenting organizations that have demonstrated sustained artistic excellence, in addition to service organizations. The Foundation’s mission is carried out through its grant program, the deadline for which is March 31st of each year.
The Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc. was established as an expression of Dr. Koussevitzky’s gratitude to the creators to whom we owe our musical heritage and who are providing our legacy to the future. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Koussevitzky continued his broad international interest in contemporary music, and felt a special responsibility for American composers to whom he became friend, colleague and advisor.
The Koussevitzky Music Foundation, together with the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, considers applications from performing organizations from any country for the joint commissioning of composers of all nationalities.
The purpose of the Virgil Thomson Foundation is to further and promote the performance, preservation, dissemination and public appreciation of serious music in general and the music and writings of Virgil Thomson in particular.
Grants are awarded once per year to publicly supported non-profit organizations that have a history of substantial commitment to serious music. Applicants may request either general operating support or support for special projects.
The Charles Ives Society was activated in 1973. The aim of the Society has been to further and support the preparation along scholarly critical lines of performing editions, both new and revised, of the works of Ives. (It is not a membership-based organization.)
The Ives Society works in close cooperation with the Music Library of Yale University, which houses the Charles Ives Papers, and the publishers of Ives’s music (Associated Music Publishers, Inc., C. F. Peters Corporation, Helicon Music Corporation, MJQ Music, Inc., Mobart Music Publications, Peer International Corporation, and Theodore Presser Company).
The Executive Editor of the Society’s program is Ives scholar and conductor James B. Sinclair, who prepared this listing.