ICE receives very cool $340,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation

Tue Jan 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Benjamin Newton.

The envelope-pushing International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has been awarded a $340,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will support ICElab, the ensemble’s program for developing and presenting new repertoire by emerging composers.

“We are thrilled by this landmark commitment from the Mellon Foundation, which will help ICE pioneer an artist-driven musical model that will shape the future of the art,” says Claire Chase, ICE executive director in a released statement. “We applaud the Foundation’s forward-thinking support of musical innovation, and we are deeply excited to bring these bold new projects to life over the next four years.”

The grant, the largest in ICE’s nine-year history, will support twenty-four world premieres in over sixty public performances in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis and elsewhere across the U.S. through 2015.

The money will help to underwrite artist fees, staff salaries and production expenses for ICElab. The innovative program pairs ICE’s young musicians with six emerging composers and multimedia artists per year, in projects designed to nurture closer composer-performer collaboration.

ICE’s next concert will take place 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Art Institute of Chicago with flutist Chase and pianist Jacob Greenberg in works of Bach, Donatoni, Ives, Boulez, and Augusta Read Thomas.

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