New Amsterdam Presents–the newly formed national non-profit presenting and artist service organization of which New Amsterdam Records is a subsidiary–is launching its new fund drive in a big way by giving away 5 albums in 5 days Dec. 5th through Dec. 9th. Each morning at 10AM, a new free album–and possibly a second bonus album–from some of New Amsterdam Presents’ best-selling artists will be revealed on its fundraising page, kicking off Monday with Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Penelope ft. Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Signal, which has been acclaimed by The New York Times, NPR, Pitchfork, and many more. Free tickets to next year’s MATA and Ecstatic Music Festival will also be given away throughout the week via Twitter and Facebook, thanks to the fundraiser’s co-sponsors The Ecstatic Music Festival, MATA and The Believer Magazine.
Knowing it’s hard to support music without having a chance to hear it first, the generous giveaway is a way to give curious listeners full access to New Amsterdam Presents, which was created this fall to help support the public’s engagement with live performances of new music by composers and performers whose work is the product of an openness to all their influences, regardless of genre or style. New Amsterdam Records will continue to do this through the recorded experience as it has since its formation in 2008 by co-directors William Brittelle, Judd Greenstein, and Sarah Kirkland Snider.
Those who contribute can choose from a wide range of exclusive offerings, including signed copies of albums from New Amsterdam Presents co-directors, signed copies of The Believer Music Issue in which numerous Presents artists are featured, a VIP subscription to New Amsterdam Presents’ 2012 performance season, and even a private performance by a New Amsterdam Presents artist. Check out the full details of donor prize packages on the New Amsterdam Presents Fundraising Page.
About New Amsterdam Presents:
New Amsterdam Presents is a non-profit presenting and artist service organization of which New Amsterdam Records is a subsidiary. Our mission is to support the public’s engagement with new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres. Our label’s diverse catalogue and presenting history reflects New Amsterdam’s commitment to supporting and nurturing projects that wholly fulfill the intent of their creators, resulting in music without walls, without an agenda, and without a central organizing principle. Since the our organization’s inception, New Amsterdam and its artists have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, and Studio 360, in prominent print publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Alarm Press, the Village Voice, and Time Out New York, and in online outlets such as Pitchfork, The Awl, PopMatters, and BlackBook.
New Amsterdam has presented or co-presented over 60 concerts of groundbreaking new music over the past four years. Highlights include 2009’s Undiscovered Islands series, the 2009-10 Archipelago chamber music series, and 2011’s Ecstatic Music Festival (presented in association with Kaufman Center). As part of its ongoing programming, New Amsterdam has made a priority of forming partnerships with other like-minded organizations, including Cantaloupe Records, MATA, Galapagos Art Space, Minneapolis’s Southern Theater, Nonclassical (UK), the Manhattan New Music Project, Search and Restore, Kaufman Center, and AMC’s Counterstream Radio. Learn more at www.newamsterdampresents.com.