The 11 grants range from $3,000 to $20,000. Nearly all of them will help American groups present new French music, with the exception of a $5,000 award to France's Ensemble Fa, which is recording and performing music by the American composer Joshua Fineberg.
Other recipients include the Chicago Symphony, which will receive $20,000 to support concerts marking the 80th birthday of conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, and Northwestern University, which will get $3,000 for a festival of contemporary French music.
The French-American Fund grew out of Sounds French, a festival of new music held in New York last year. Sponsored by the American music publisher BMG and its French counterpart SACEM, the Fund was created by the French Embassy in the United States, the Assocation Fran‹aise d'Action Artistique, and the French American Cultural Exchange.
The grant recipients were selected by a committee of arts administrators, including Laurent Bayle, the executive director of Paris's Cit_ de la Musique; Ara Guzelimian, senior director and artistic advisor at Carnegie Hall; and George Steel, director of the Miller Theater at Columbia University.