Louisville Orchestra adds “Creators Corp” of paid composer residencies

Posted on: March 24, 2022

“Calling it a ‘grand experiment,’ Music Director Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra have announced a new project they hope will elevate Louisville as a global center of creative music-making,” writes Kirby Adams in Wednesday’s (3/23) Louisville Courier-Journal (KY). “The Louisville Orchestra Creators Corps will employ and house multiple full-time composers … to represent all musical genres [and] present new music for both the Louisville Orchestra and the community.… Each year, the orchestra will select three creators to move to Louisville … for at least 30 weeks, serving as staff members with an annual salary of $40,000…. Creators will receive health insurance, housing, and a custom-built studio workspace…. Abrams … said the Louisville Orchestra Creators Corps is the most ambitious large-scale project the orchestra has undertaken since he arrived in Louisville…. An Advisory and Selection Committee will determine each year’s three finalists… The committee will search for creators … who have distinctive artistic voices…. Applications are due by May 2, and the three finalists will be publicly announced in mid-June. The residency begins on Sept. 1…. The program has been funded by a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and individual donors.” More details at louisvilleorchestra.org/creators-corps.