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KcEMA Awarded Aaron Copland Fund for Music Grant

About the Conservatory

KcEMA, which was started in 2007 by UMKC Composition students, was just awarded a 2010-11 Aaron Copland Fund for Music Inc. Supplemental Grant for general operating support. The grant was awarded “in recognition of KcEMA’s contribution to furthering public interest in, and appreciation of, contemporary American music.” The grant will allow KcEMA to continue to produce, present, and enhance its highly acclaimed concert series of new electroacoustic music and electronic art. Their current Board of Directors consists of UMKC Conservatory alumni, current students, and Conservatory faculty.

In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, Aaron Copland created the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. The Fund was officially announced to the public in 1992. The Fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music. The fund operates three grant programs and also grants permission for the use of Copland’s music.

The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) was founded in 2007 to encourage and develop understanding and appreciation of electronic music and to create an expansive sense of community for electronic musicians and other artists in the Kansas City Area. KcEMA organizes concerts of electronic music and collaborative projects with generative and performing artists. KcEMA provides a forum for electronic musicians and artists in other media to collaborate, exchange ideas, and grow as an interactive, supportive community.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu