Keep Our Artists Working
The COVID-19 crisis has turned the music world upside down leaving our artists in an extremely vulnerable position. Performance venues have closed, forcing musicians to reimagine their work lives with an unprecedented immediacy. At Young Concert Artists, we are determined to help our musicians make the most of this extraordinarily difficult time. Until we can get them back on stage, we must Keep Our Artists Working!
In the early stages of the crisis, YCA was able to redirect a small amount of the current budget and offer emergency relief grants for those artists most in need. Since then, we have started new online performance spaces to replace the many traditional venues that previously provided our artists with income. We are excited by the results so far and look forward to developing our initiatives more fully in the months ahead.
The Keep Our Artists Working Fund supports this next wave of innovative music-making. Our artists are getting creative with new collaborations, new models for interactive educational residencies, performance videos, interviews, and more. We want to challenge them to keep working through project grants, mentorship, technology support, and studio time.
We are pleased to report that we have raised $110,000 of the $150,000 we need to sustain the fund through August. And thanks to a generous gift from Katharine Rayner in memory of YCA’s devoted Board member, Alexis Gregory, we feel sure we can reach our goal. From now until the end of August, your contribution of any amount (up to $20,000) will be matched dollar for dollar. Please give what you can today and double the impact of your donation.
Young Concert Artists has been there for each new generation of brilliant young musicians for the past 60 years. Join us with a donation of any amount to The YCA Keep Our Artists Working Fund.
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YCA is thrilled with the results so far! Your support has made projects like this possible:
From cellist Jonathan Swensen: a chamber music festival called Festival & Friends was created with the intention of bringing together some of Jonathan’s closest friends and colleagues in the wake of COVID-19 to gift music to the community of Copenhagen when all other live events were cancelled. Ten socially-distanced concerts of 30-50 people were held over the course of five days in July, with performances of works by Schubert, Debussy, Beethoven, Dvořak, and more. Jonathan partnered with various media outlets to broadcast the performances world-wide. The Violin Channel recorded one of the performances on July 13, which may be viewed here.
YCA is excited about the future! Your support will make more projects like these possible:
- From composer Chris Rogerson: a new set of twelve piano etudes to be premiered virtually by 12 different YCA alumni and current artists. This project grew out of a short piano piece Chris wrote for Maxim Lando as one of the first YCA sponsored Living Room concerts.
- From saxophonist Steven Banks: a new Vlog series called Curious Dyads. Steven has begun digital musical collaborations with his fellow YCA artists. As part of the collaborations he will produce interviews with his partners and share their music.
- From violinist Bella Hristova: the commission of a new work for solo violin by a woman who has been described as “A Poet of Sound”, violist/composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama (YCA 1994), to receive its world premiere via YouTube and subsequently recorded for commercial use.
- From pianist Martin James Bartlett (with tenor Ben Johnson): Symphony of Flavours: a new webisode series featuring musical performances interspersed with entertaining cooking. Martin’s menu includes Noel Coward’s morning cocktail, Benjamin Britten’s jelly recipe and French chef Auguste Escoffier’s famous Oeufs Verdi and Peach Melba.
- From Omer Quartet: a subscription series featuring one recorded concert per month, a behind-the-scenes look at the ensemble’s daily life, audience Q&A, and related educational materials.
- From pianist Aristo Sham: An Overview of Chopin’s Major Works: six online livestream performances, spanning a survey of the bulk of Chopin’s oeuvre for piano – one of the most celebrated bodies of work in the piano repertoire.