August 3rd, 2015

New Music Detroit (NMD) is thrilled to announce the winner of our 2015 Call For Scores: “Gravity” by Iranian composer Mohammad ‘Hadi’ Ayanbod! 

NMD will present the North American premiere of “Gravity” at its annual Strange Beautiful Music festival in Detroit on September 19, at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.

NMD would like to profusely thank all the composers from all over the world who submitted their pieces… This was our first-ever open call for scores, and we were overwhelmed by the response to this project — nearly 300 submissions — and totally inspired by the quality of the music we heard.

Please stay tuned, as we look forward to performing many more works from this Call For Scores at future NMD shows. In the meantime, congratulations to Mohammad Ayanbod, our 2015 winner!

March 1st, 2015

New Music Detroit is announcing a Call For Scores! The winner will receive travel from a U.S. city and accommodation in Detroit and a performance of their work by New Music Detroit at its annual “Strange Beautiful Music” marathon in September 2015. There is no application fee for this call for scores, and only one work may be submitted per composer.  There are no eligibility requirements - all are welcome to submit!  For application materials and criteria, click here.

December 19, 2014

NMD is thrilled to receive $4500 in operational support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts!  Thank you MCACA and NEA!  



October 6th, 2014

New Music Detroit will expand “Strange Beautiful Music,” a daylong marathon concert in mid-September spotlighting challenging and dynamic new music from late 20th century through today, thanks to John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Read more here:


June 26, 2014         
We are excited to announce that NMD is a 2014 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship winner! Since 2009, the Kresge Foundation has played a vital role in nurturing artist talent in Detroit's community by giving $3 million in grants to over 100 local musicians, dancers, actors, sound artists, film-makers, writers and visual artists.  This year, 18 fellows in music, dance, theater and film were selected from 450 applicants by an internationally recognized panel of judges.  Read more here:


June 16th, 2014
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced 88 finalists from over 1,000 applicants in the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest in its second year of funding arts and cultural projects that engage and enrich Detroit. Stayed tuned for how you can help NMD win the People's Choice Award! Winners will be announced in October.  Read more about the Knight Arts Challenge finalists here.