American Music Center Gives Grants to Dance Companies for Live Music

Dance   American Music Center Gives Grants to Dance Companies for Live Music
The American Music Center has given 24 New York and New Jersey dance groups a total of $168,250 to support live musical accompaniment, AMC announced.

The funds are used to pay musicians, commission music, and copy sheet music.

Among the groups receiving grants are the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, which will perform Blind Date with live music by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and his group at the Lincoln Center Festival in July; the Mark Morris Dance Group, which will perform to live music during its 25th-anniversary performances at BAM in March; and the Stephen Petronio Company, which has commissioned music from singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright for its performances of Bloom at the Joyce Theater in April.

The Live Music for Dance program has made more than 400 grants, totaling $4.75 million, over the last two decades.

"Live Music for Dance is essential to the dance community," said AMC executive director Joanne Hubbard Cossa. "We are grateful to our consortium of funders who realize the importance of this unique program, and have made it a vital and growing resource for dance companies, composers, and musicians."

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