The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, founded by the late Paul Fromm in the fifties, has been located at Harvard University since 1972. Over the course of its existence, the Fromm Foundation has commissioned over 300 new compositions and their performances, and has sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series, among them Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music and the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard University. In 1992-1993, the Paul Fromm Composer-in-Residence program at the American Academy in Rome was founded, and the annual Fromm concert and Paul Fromm Award for Composition at Tanglewood were established.
More information about the Fromm and the official Press Release is below and can be found online here.
FROMM MUSIC FOUNDATION AT HARVARD ANNOUNCES 2011 COMMISSIONS
The Board of Directors of the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University is pleased to announce the names of twelve composers selected to receive 2011 Fromm commissions. These commissions represent one of the principal ways that the Fromm Music Foundation seeks to strengthen composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public. In addition to the commissioning fee, a subsidy is available for the ensemble performing the premiere of the commissioned work.
The composers who received commissions are: Marcos Balter, Chicago, IL; Armando Bayolo, Alexandria, VA; Richard Carrick, New York, NY; David Claman, Queens, NY; Kevin Ernste, Ithaca, NY; Ruby Fulton, Baltimore, MD; Lee Hyla, Chicago, IL; Amy Beth Kirsten, New Haven, CT; Felipe Lara, Jersey City, NJ; Jeremy Podgursky, Bloomington, IN; Neil Rolnick, New York, NY; and Laurie San Martin, Woodland, CA.
Founded by the patron of contemporary music, the late Paul Fromm, the Fromm Foundation is now in its fifty-sixth year, having been located at Harvard University for the past several decades. Since the 1950s, it has commissioned well over 300 new compositions and their performances, and has sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series. “I want to know you,” Igor Stravinsky once said to Fromm, “because contemporary music has many friends but only a few lovers.”
Among a number of other projects, the Fromm Music Foundation sponsors the annual Fromm Contemporary Music Series at Harvard.
Applications for commissions are reviewed on an annual basis. The annual deadline for proposals is June 1. Requests for guidelines should be sent to The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard, Department of Music, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.