Music Academy of the West’s 2021 Alumni Enterprise Awards

Posted on: January 25, 2021

California’s Music Academy of the West has announced winners of its 2021 Alumni Enterprise Awards, which fund innovative ideas in areas including artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice, and technology. Awards granted to Academy alumni range from $2,500 to $20,000 based on scope and scale. The winners will be mentored individually on their projects and receive coaching on their business plans. Projects include Camila Barrientos Ossio and Bruno Luiz Lourensetto’s “Musica para Respirar 24/7,” launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis last August in Latin America, with musicians performing online for COVID-19 patients, their relatives, health care professionals, seniors, children, and others; Adanya Dunn’s socially distanced pop-up concerts and concert tour in Amsterdam’s Red Light District; Rich Coburn’s “BIPOC Voices” online library with orchestrated vocal works by Black, Indigenous, and other Composers of Color; and Cristina Cutts Dougherty’s “Resilience Project,” highlighting fourteen trailblazing women in brass through a book of biographies, pedagogies, and testimonies with supplemental online resources. Award recipients receive coaching from Music Academy Chief Advancement Officer Jonathan Bishop on raising funds and cultivating investors. The program has disbursed $305,000 to 27 award winners over the past four years. For more information, visit