Madison New Music Festival

    Bringing Madison Together Through the Music of Our Lifetimes

    Madison New Music Festival 2017

    Celebrating classical music of our lifetimes throughout Madison, WI in an annual, weekend-long festival, coming this August!

     Madison, WI, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Our Story:

    Started in 2016 by Juilliard-graduated composer and Madison native Zachary Green, the Madison New Music Festival aims to strengthen Madison’s cultural vitality through the celebration of contemporary works. The festival presents brand new pieces by the world’s leading and emerging composers, shares underplayed classics of the contemporary repertoire, and shines a spotlight on new music created here in Wisconsin.  After a highly successful inaugural concert in August 2016 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the MNMF is expanding this year to feature four exciting concerts throughout the city of Madison over the weekend of Thursday, August 10- Saturday 12, 2017.  The festival will feature over 15 different performers and ensembles, playing works by living composers from around the world, as well as from right here in Wisconsin-- all for ticket prices of just $10.  To make this possible, we are seeking $2000 to cover our remaining costs.  

    This Year's Concerts:

    On Thursday, August 10 at 8PM, the Festival returns to its partnership with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for a concert of politically active visual art and music together in the same space.  It will feature works from John Luther Adams, Alvin Singleton, John Cage, and others, with musicians including bassoonist Midori Samson, pianist Satoko Hayami, clarinetist Kristina Teuschler, and a newly-formed percussion quartet.  Concertgoers will have the opportunity to grab a drink and walk around the exhibits after listening to the music! ($10/$5 student/free for MMoCA members). 

    On Friday, August 11th at 8PM, the Festival moves to Bethel Lutheran Church and will feature sets from Chicago-based new music ensemble Chartreuse, a vocal set from frequent Madison Opera star Emily Birsan and pianist/composer Scott Gendel, and a new work from festival director Zachary Green honoring the memory of local violinist Brittany Musumeci.  It will feature a diverse range of works sometimes beautiful, sometimes intriguing, and always new, from recently departed composer Pauline Oliveros to a work by Romanian composer Doina Rotaru, performed by flutist Iva Ugrčić and local percussionists. ($10/$5 student)

    On Saturday, August 12 at 3 PM, the Festival goes to the Memorial Union Terrace to feature local new music wind quintet Black Marigold, who will play works such as "Beer Music" by Brian DuFord, inspired by different kinds of beer-- and you can sip as you listen!  The concert will also feature local percussionist Garrett Mendelow and another set from Chartreuse, who will this time play a work by emerging composer Andy Akiho and an interactive chance-based treatment of very old music from Orlande de Lassus.  Free admission!

    Finally, on Saturday, August 12 at 8 PM, composer/trombonist/UW Professor Mark Hetzler will present an eclectic, head-banging new work for mixed ensemble, along with a set from local cross-genre string quartet Echelon String Quartet, at a local venue (more details to be announced shortly).  ($10/$5 student).

    What We Need: 

    This year, we are hoping to raise just $2000 more to round out our 2017 budget.  We have already raised over $2250 thanks to grants from The Juilliard School, sponsorships from local companies such as Culver's- Todd Drive, generous partnerships with the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and UW-Madison Student Union, and generous contributions from individual donors received after last year's festival.  

    To make a festival like this happen, we need help covering the following costs: 
    • Artist Fees (approx. $2300)
    • Travel Costs (approx. $350)
    • Piano Rental ($350)
    • Venue fees, including security and catering fees (approx. $550)
    • Printing costs for programs (approx. $300)
    • Video/Recording/Photography costs (approx. $500)
    and various other costs of production.  

    Any extra funds will be applied to our artist fees fund for 2018, so we can bring more nationally acclaimed artists and ensembles to the Madison community while still keeping our ticket prices affordable. 

    What You Get:

    All of our perks come with some form of complementary tickets, and all donations are tax deductible.  At the $25 level, you'll get to rep the festival all year round with our beautiful branded organic cotton tote bag, featuring our logo generously created by local graphic designer Haley Grow.  At the $50 level, you'll have the advantage of having a seat reserved at every concert, so you never have to worry about finding a good spot.  And at $100 and above, you receive perks like a signed tote by all of our 2017 performers, and even more V.I.P. treatment.  But above all, at any level, you'll receive our immense gratitude, and the knowledge that you're helping to support local musicians in their quest to bring high quality new music to the people of Madison.

    Looking Forward:

    The MNMF plans to continue to grow over the next few years.  In 2018, the Festival plans to commission new pieces from emerging composers and premiere them with Madison-based ensembles.  The festival also plans bring more nationally renowned out-of-state performers to Madison, and create educational workshop opportunities for high-school aged Wisconsin composers.  Finally, central to our mission is our continued effort to serve a broader range of Madison communities, and we hope to participate in collaborative partnerships with local community organizations to create more inclusive concert experiences. 

    Other Ways You Can Help:

    In addition to donating, you can help us immensely in the following ways:
    • Tell your friends!  Like our Facebook page, tell your friends about our concerts, and share this campaign on your social media site of choice!  Our goal is to bring this music to as many people as possible.
    • Sign up to volunteer!  We need help staffing and ushering at our concerts, as well as handing out flyers and putting up posters.  Sign up here to help in any way you can.

    Thank you so much for considering helping us achieve our goals, and hope to see you at the concerts!

    Madison New Music Festival is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Madison New Music Festival must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.



    Tote Bag + Comp Ticket

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount over $15.00 is tax-deductible.

    Get a lovely organic cotton tote with our wonderful logo on it (designed by graphic designer Haley Grow, as well as a complementary ticket to a MNMF concert of your choice this season.

    Premium Subscriber

    Donate $60.00 or more

    Amount over $35.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive a complimentary VIP reserved seat to all four of our shows!  No need to worry about showing up early to get a good seat-- your reserved seat will be held until 5 minutes before performance time, and will be in the first 3 rows so you can see the action up close!  

    V.I.P. Subscriber

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $65.00 is tax-deductible.

    In addition to a V.I.P. front-row seat at every show for you (and an optional guest), you will receive a V.I.P. tote bag signed by all 15+ performers at the 2017 festival!  

    Sponsor a Featured Act

    Donate $350.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    A gift of $350 covers the average cost of featuring a 30-minute set of music from one of our ensembles.  Claim this gift and have your name listed in the program as the sponsor of the act of your choice.

    Sponsor Our Piano

    Donate $350.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    $350 is what it costs for us to rent our piano at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.   Cover this cost, and your generous sponsorship of our piano will be noted in the program.

    Sponsor a 2018 Commission

    Donate $1,000.00 or more

    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    For $1000, you will underwrite a short commission from a young composer (to be determined) to be premiered at next year's festival.