Music Alive

A partnership program of the League and New Music USA, Music Alive creates opportunities for composers to be in residence with orchestras and encourages the commissioning and performance of today’s music. Since its inception in 1999, Music Alive has supported 71 residencies with 69 composers and 54 orchestras.

By providing critical support to orchestras seeking to expand their connections to living composers and new music, the program fosters a greater understanding and appreciation for contemporary classical music. The participating orchestras have reflected a broad geographic and budget range. Similarity, the chosen composers have ranged from young, emerging talents to established Pulitzer Prize winners.

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Winners of the 2013 Music Alive residencies have been announced! Read the release from the League or find out more on


Lead funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund