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Dorian Tabb, Composers Now First Commission composer, is a recipient of the 2023 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

Composers Now congratulates Dorian Tabb on the 2023 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award received for the work Hymn for a Forgotten People commissioned for the Composers Now First Commision and premiered at the 2023 Festival Opening Event.

Congratulations also to awardee Alyssa Regent (2023 Cheswatyr Commissions) and Yaz Lancaster (composer featured on IMPACT), who received an Honorable Mention.

The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and The ASCAP Foundation's former president Morton Gould. This award recognizes young music creators (between the age of 13 and 30) at the earliest stages of their careers.

Composers Now announces Year II of Cheswatyr Commissions


For Year II of this collaborative commissioning, mentorship and professional development initiative, underwritten by the Cheswatyr Foundation, composer Alyssa Regent will write a chamber work which will receive its world premiere by the Harlem Chamber Players . Alyssa will be mentored by composer Bora Yoon.

The premiere will take place at a Harlem venue in October of this year
(further details tba)

Alyssa Regent Bora Yoon

Composers Now congratulates Henry Threadgill on the release of his autobiography Easily Slip into Another World: A Life in Music, written in collaboration with scholar Brent Hayes Edwards.

Composers Now congratulates composer and multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill, a member of the Composers Now board of directors, on the release of his autobiography Easily Slip into Another World: A Life in Music, written in collaboration with scholar Brent Hayes Edwards.

The launch of the book is on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - 6:30 pm, at The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1 of MoMA, 303 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036.

The evening will feature a tribute performance of Threadgill compositions by pianist David Virelles, bassist Ben Street, and drummer Andrew Cyrille. After a reading of selections from the book, Threadgill and Edwards will be joined in discussion by critic Nate Chinen. A book signing will follow.

June IMPACT Sessions

SugarVendil Sebastian Zubieta

Sugar Vendil

June 15
7pm (EST)

Sebastián Zubieta

June 29
7pm (EST)

All IMPACT events are FREE
Watch HERE
Composers Now launched IMPACT in December 2020. Each installment in this series offers a composer the opportunity to reflect on one's creativity, influences, pathways, and responsibility as a living artist in our ever-changing world. Designed for the virtual space, every session shares a composer's essential thoughts directly with you, the audience, in the safety and comfort of your own place.
These commentaries, interwoven with performance videos and other materials, articulate a creator's IMPACT.

Composers Now expresses its gratitude to The Mellon Foundation, the nation's largest supporter of the arts and humanities, for its recognition of our organization with a significant grant.

"Since 1969, the Foundation has been guided by its core belief that the humanities and the arts are essential to human understanding.  The Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity and that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom that can be found there. Through our grants we seek to build just communities enriched by meaning and empowered by critical thinking, where ideas and imagination can thrive." Learn more at

Tania León To Hold Carnegie Hall's 2023-24
Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair

Since 1995, the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair has appointed exceptional artists to create some of the season's most exciting series of events. Each chair is a captivating creator with a strong musical point of view, and each residency introduces audiences to a wide range of music that reflects the chair's unique artistry, inspirations, and influences.

Tania León