BRAVE NEW WORKS OBTAINS NOT-FOR-PROFIT STATUS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Ann Arbor, MI - November 3, 2003
Brave New Works, an ensemble of 10 musicians that has been performing
contemporary music since 1997, announces its recognition by the Internal
Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization. The not-for-profit status
under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code now permits Brave
New Works to accept tax deductible grants, gifts, endowments, and other
donations to support its mission to engage, enrich, and educate through
the medium of contemporary music.
"This comes at such an opportune time, since Brave New Works has been
gaining much notice in the past year," says President Katri Ervamaa.
"Achieving non-profit status means we will finally be able to tap into a
wide variety of funding sources to support current and future projects."
Brave New Works appeared as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Bowling
Green New Music Festival in October 2003, and returns to Tufts
University in Boston in May 2004 for its second annual "Bounding Board"
project, which helps support the commissioning of new works. Artistic
Director Chris Kim explains, "We have long wanted to commission some of
the world's leading composers to write new works for our ensemble and to
expand the contemporary classical music repertoire as a whole. I am very
excited about the prospect of seeing these dreams realized thanks to the
financial support we are now able to receive with non-profit status."
Chris Kim, along with Chris Froh and Eli Shapiro, founded Brave New
Works at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Its musicians have
performed in many countries, including [list a few exotic ones] and have
collaborated with influential composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
In addition, Brave New Works has commissioned and premiered numerous
works for its unique instrumentation of string quartet, piano, flute,
harp, clarinet, and soprano. Brave New Works serves its educational
mission through several college and university residences across the
United States, offering workshops and performing the new music of
faculty and advanced students, some written specifically for Brave New
Famed composer Leslie Bassett, a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for
music, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, says of
Brave New Works: "New efforts growing from a culture can bring
heightened meaning, unexpected insights, new beauty. Such works must be
heard, beautifully performed, become known, loved and cherished. Brave
New Works is an ensemble committed to such a goal."