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 underrepresented in classical music—from accessing opportunities to build their professional creative practice. ICEcommons Artists-In-Residence are made possible with leadership support from the Jerome Foundation.