Exploring the Metropolis (EtM) Announces New Brooklyn Partner For 2017-18 Con Edison Composer Residencies

David Johnston

First Partnership with Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

NEW YORK, NY, March 7, 2017 – Exploring the Metropolis (EtM), the only nonprofit organization dedicated to analyzing and resolving the workspace needs of performing artists in New York City, announced its new partnership with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. This landmark Victorian music school, founded in 1897, and located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is one of the host facilities for the ninth cycle of the EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies.

EtM Executive Director David Johnston said, “We are happy to continue our partnerships with Flushing Town Hall, Bloomingdale School of Music, the Queens Museum and Turtle Bay Music School. And we are delighted this year to offer a new host facility, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.  Brooklyn Conservatory has beautiful sunny practice rooms and we are excited to be able to offer them to a selected composer.”

“The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is honored to be a host site for Exploring the Metropolis’s composer residency,” said Chad Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.  “We are thrilled to support the creation of new music in any way we can. Helping artists flourish and fostering creativity in our community is exactly in line with our mission.”

Applications will be available the second week of March for interested composers residing in New York City.  For more information, visit www.etm.wpengine.com

Since 2009, EtM has administered the EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies, a program which grew out of their 2008 study, Where Can We Work? A Report on Workspace Availability for New York City Musicians. Their research revealed that many cultural facilities—particularly music schools—have underutilized studio space available in the daytime hours before their after-school classes begin.  The Residency program matches a composer with a facility, giving the composer up to 25 hours of free rehearsal and workspace per week. The program, funded in part by Consolidated Edison, Inc. is open to composers at any stage of their career. Residents are chosen based on the artistic merit and the quality of their proposal with a particular emphasis on a demonstrated need for workspace outside of their home. At the end of the residency, each composer, in collaboration with the host facility, presents a program that is free and open to the public.

The EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies program is funded by Consolidated Edison, the George L. Shields Foundation, AOH Foundation, The Reed Foundation and individuals. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

EtM is grateful for the support of the New York State Regional Economic Development Council.



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