Ten Bay Area nonprofit organizations, including Mountain View's Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), will receive grants of $150,000 to commission new musical compositions in genres including chamber, electronic, jazz, opera, and hip hop, the Menlo Park based William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced this week.
CSMA will commission jazz pianist, GRAMMY nominee and CSMA alumnus Taylor Eigsti’s "Imagine Our Future," a jazz composition for piano and ensemble which will crowdsource elements from local students. He will also hold masterclasses at CSMA in 2019 and work with student videographers to create a documentary about the project. The completed work is scheduled to premiere in April 2020.
"As a composer, there is no greater joy than to discover a piece as it takes shape organically, and I've never been more excited for a compositional adventure. I am also thrilled to be working with CSMA, an organization that has helped guide me musically in various ways over the course of 27 years," Eigsti stated in a press release.
The full list of awardees can be found online. Awardees were chosen based on four selection criteria: artistic excellence, community engagement, collaboration and leadership and financial capacity.