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Micro-Commissions Opportunity!

A N N O U N C E M E N T !





for proposals to create a new work to be recorded and released by NYNME’s socially distant performers using home technology


Four (4) composers/creators


with NYNME to create a new work that is specifically written to be recorded remotely


NYNME will record, mix, master, and release each selected commission



American composers with an adventurous appetite for creating new audio/video work in a non-traditional performance setting as NYNME’s socially distant members remotely record select works.


Each of the four (4) selected composers will receive a $500 commissioning fee. While micro-works can be a few minutes long, there are no duration restrictions. All commissioned works will be remotely recorded and released by NYNME at no expense to the composer.


For more than 40 years, NYNME has proudly commissioned new music from composers/creators with whom we have developed long-term, meaningful relationships. We miss getting to do just that during this time of social distancing! To remain thoughtfully engaged with our core mission, NYNME has created a way to collaborate with each other, and with the composers who write the music we love to perform.


In addition to general household items, NYNME’s members can offer:..

DAN DRUCKMAN (PERCUSSION) currently located in New York, New York

Tech: Iphone 7, Ipad pro 2nd generation, Macbook pro

Audio: Blue Yeti external usb mic

Instruments: many percussion instruments- please ask

Other: NYC urban wonderland

EMI FERGUSON (FLUTE) currently located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Tech: iphone Xs, iPad pro 1st generation, MacBook pro

Audio: R88 microphone, apogee Duet 2 interface

Instruments: Flutes: C Flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, baroque flute (415), french baroque flute (392), classical flute (430). Other: Piano, Melodica (very bad at both)

Other: dog barks, sounds of waves, chainsaw, power-washer

CHRIS FINCKEL (VIOLONCELLO) currently located in Yonkers, New York

Tech: 2015 Mac Book Air Iphone 8

Audio: Nakamichi CM 100 mics, M Audio MobilePre USB

Instruments: 3 Cellos (available for scordatura or other preparation?)

STEVE GOSLING (PIANO) currently located in Germantown, New York

Tech: 2015 Mac Book Pro, iphone 6s

Audio: Shure sm 58 dynamic microphone

Instruments: piano, 4-octave midi keyboard

EDUARDO LEANDRO (CONDUCTOR) currently located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Tech: Canon 90D dslr, Canon 60D, Canon Vixia 4K camcorder

Audio: 4 condenser mics, RME UFX interface, Bricasti reverb

Instruments: 5 octave marimba, midi controllers

Other: lots of nature around PA, including black bears


  1. Composers must identify as American Citizens - either born or naturalized in the U.S.

  2. Composers must be available to work within the proposed timeline

  3. Composers must have an internet connection that supports working remotely with NYNME’s team

  4. Preference may be given to projects that utilize all 5 NYNME performers and stay within the items/instruments offered

  5. We highly encourage applications from:

  • Composers who have not worked with NYNME in the past

  • Lesser known composers who have not yet received significant recognition

  • Applicants from populations under-represented in the music composition world


Commissioning funds will be paid out: 50% upon signing of commission contract (mid June), with the remaining 50% upon completion of the work’s recording (mid August).

June 5, 2020 Proposal deadline

June 12, 2020 Announcement of commissionees

June 12 - July 31, 2020 Composition creation/workshop/collaboration

August 1 - August 31, 2020 Record

September 1, 2020 Post production

October 1, 2020 Recordings Released


Please send a one-page maximum commission proposal to with the subject:

[Name] Micro-Commission Proposal that includes the following:

  1. Contact Information, isolation location and institutional affiliation, if any

  2. Project description (including proposed timing of piece)

  3. What instruments/materials do you intend to write for

  4. How you intend for your proposal to be recorded remotely

  5. Short bio - tell us about you!

  6. Samples of your previous work if available (audio, video, pdf, other, all accepted).

Please try to send as links, not email attachments.

Applicants should prioritize work that relates to your ability to respond to this particular proposal call.

  1. Proof of American citizenship in the form of U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, Board of Elections registration card, green card, or other valid USCIS document [NOT driver's licenses or Social Security card]

  1. Anything else you’d like us to know about you/your proposal.


New York New Music Ensemble

Patricia Leonard, Managing Director


Board of Directors

Jonathan Dawe, Chair

Sheree Clement
Stephen Dembski
David Felder

in memoriam, Mario Davidovsky

Richard Hennessy

Jayn Rosenfeld

Mary Richie Smith

Howard Stokar

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