Six composers have been selected as the inaugural cohort of ICEcommons Artists-In-Residence. Represented by
a diversity of backgrounds and musical styles, the cohort was selected by a panel of Ensemble musicians and
outside experts who, over the course of six weeks, became familiar with more than 700 composers who submitted
their creative work for consideration via a new “call for scores” on the ICEcommons web portal. ICECommons Artists-
in-Residence will receive a paid commission, collaborative workshop opportunities, promotional support, and world
premiere and repeat performances, as well as video and audio documentation throughout the entire creative process.
Launched in 2017, ICEcommons is the Ensemble’s new tool for discovering composers and their works. It is free and
open to everyone: a crowdsourced, searchable database of information about musical compositions. ICEcommons
connects composers and performers to spark new collaborations, reducing obstacles like economic advantage and
academic pedigree, which have historically disadvantaged many composers—especially those from groups underrep-
resented in classical music—from accessing opportunities to build their professional creative practice.