I recently was accepted into the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fiscal sponsorship program. Fiscal sponsorship allows me to apply for grants from foundation that would normally only give to non-profits. Since only a handful of grantors give to individuals this really widens the playing field to receive grant money for project/artist support. Now I just have to get off my butt and start writing grant applications! The fiscal sponsorshiop program is project-based, and the project that I’m getting underway is still in the embryonic stages of development, but it’s very encouraging to have been accepted by this reputable organization.
The project in question is entitled “The Pilgrimage Project,” and it is a collaboration between myself and photodocumentarian Kevin Bubriski. I’m composing a 60 minute piece for jazz octet to accompany Kevin’s photodocumentary “Pilgrimage: Looking at Ground Zero.” This collection consists of about 80 black and white photos of people looking at the World Trade Center disaster site in the months following the 9/11 attacks. These photographs capture the feelings of grief if the face of tragedy in a very unique and personal way (you can see some of the photos on Kevin’s site). I’m planning to create a musical context for audiences for audiences to experience a presentation of these photos, to be debuted somewhere in New York City in September 2011 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. I’ll keep you posted!