A year ago, we launched the Matt Marks Impact Fund as a memorial to our friend and founding member who died suddenly in May 2018. The Fund’s goal is to support new work that may not otherwise receive funding because of systemic barriers to unconventional work or under-represented artists. We want to expand the stylistic and demographic diversity of our work and working relationships because we believe that art remains relevant when it reflects the society in which we live and that it makes a difference when it transforms how we experience the world.
Our call for proposals in the fall was answered by nearly 50 applicants. We chose Allison Loggins-Hull and Alyssa Pyper because their work speaks so eloquently and powerfully about their own experiences. Allison’s project, made in collaboration with Toshi Reagon, is based on letters written by African-American parents to their children throughout history. Alyssa’s work is based on her coming-out experience as part of Mormon society.
Over the past year, we raised over $92,000 for the Fund. This allows the projects to be developed through several workshops, a critically important process for work that is unconventional. We have held, and will continue to hold workshops in New York and St. Louis with Allison, Toshi, and Alyssa that will lead to premieres and record releases in 2020.
Your donation to the Matt Marks Impact Fund will result in the development of other exciting, ambitious projects that have potential to make significant cultural and social impact. These new works and the Fund itself are a living memorial that embodies Matt’s values and continues to push Alarm Will Sound — and the entire field of classical music — to be more innovative, diverse, and inclusive.
Pacific Harmony Foundation
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
The Ditson Fund
The Cheswatyr Foundation
Arlene and Larry Dunn*
Barry Hoggard and James Wagner*
Bonnie and Frank Orlando
Bruce and Kathy Gordon*
Dale and Karen Stimpert
Don and Sandra Freund*
Edward and Elaine Pierson*
Eileen Shin and Roger Chen*
Frederick and Odile Tompkins*
Howard and Marianna Price*
Jeffrey and Leslie Zacks
John and Karen Fifer Ferry
John E. Parker
Jon Patrick Walker*
Mont and Karen Levy*
Peggy Monastra and Steve Osgood*
Skookie and Sandy Bernsen*
As of August 24, 2018 (* indicates a donor to the Matt Marks Impact Fund)
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