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Contemporary Music Project records

 Collection 0046-SCPA
The Contemporary Music Project (CMP) spanned a fourteen-year period from 1959 to 1973. Originally named the The Young Composers Project (YCP), the CMP consisted of three programs: Professionals-in-Residence to Communities, the Teaching of Comprehensive Musicianship, and Complementary Activities. The CMP records consist of approximately twenty-five linear feet of documents; scores donated by the young composers, taped performances of CMP compositions, video tapes of the Eastman workshops; the recording "Comprehensive Musicianship Training" and the film "What is Music"; microfilm used by University Microfilms to produce the CMP Library, and the CMP Library itself. The records have been housed in the MENC Historical Center at the University of Maryland since the conclusion of the project in June 1973. A browsable listing of scores in the collection can be found at the SCPA Scores Database. The processing of this collection was supported by the Rose Marie Grentzer Fund.

Dates

  • 1957-1973
  • Majority of material found within 1959-1973

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

25.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Contemporary Music Project records cover the period from 1959 until 2003; the bulk of materials date from 1964-1973. The records consist of administrative documents for the project, composer biographies, workshop information, scores written for the project, recordings of performances, video tapes, publications, the recording "Comprehensive Musicianship Training," and the film, "What is Music?" All materials are related to the Music Educators National Conference's program entitled "The Contemporary Music Project."

Administrative History

The Contemporary Music Project (CMP) spanned a fourteen-year period from 1959 to 1973. The Young Composers Project (YCP), the result of a proposal made by Norman Dello Joio in 1957, marked its genesis. Initiated in 1959, the project was funded by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Music Council. Mr. Dello Joio served as director and chairman of the Project Policy Committee.

In 1962, the YCP was elevated in status from a pilot program to one of the ten major programs of the Ford Foundation. In 1964, the YCP became the Contemporary Music Project for Creativity in Music Education (CMP). Under this new title, the project was expanded to include seminars and workshops at major universities focusing on the teaching of comprehensive musicianship, and pilot projects focused on the musical creativity of young students. Music Educators National Conference (MENC) (now the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)) supplemented a continuing grant from the Ford Foundation and administered such Project activities as the CMP Library and the founding of Institutes for Creativity in Music Education. The Project also awarded grants to university teachers to develop comprehensive musicianship curricula.

In 1968, the Ford Foundation gave MENC a grant to administer the CMP for an additional five years. From 1968 to 1973, the CMP consisted of three programs: Professionals-in-Residence to Communities (formerly YCP), the Teaching of Comprehensive Musicianship, and Complementary Activities. The dual function of sponsoring musicians and the teaching of musicianship was continued by CMP until its termination in 1973.

The CMP Archives consists of approximately twenty-five linear feet of documents; scores donated by the young composers, taped performances of CMP compositions, video tapes of the Eastman workshops; the recording "Comprehensive Musicianship Training" and the film, "What is Music"; microfilm used by University Microfilms to produce the CMP Library, and the CMP Library itself. The Archives have been housed in the NAfME Historical Center at the University of Maryland since the conclusion of the project in June 1973.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into eight series:
  1. Series 1: Administrative Files
  2. Series 2: Composers in Public Schools and Professionals in Residence Programs
  3. Series 3: Seminars, Workshops, and Other Projects
  4. Series 4: Teaching of Comprehensive Musicianship and Complementary Activities
  5. Series 5: Publications and Related Studies
  6. Series 6: Audio-Visual Materials
  7. Series 7: CMP/UM History
  8. Series 8: CMP Library

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The collection was gifted to the MENC Historical Center at the University of Maryland by the Music Educators National Conference upon the conclusion of the project in June 1973.

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Processing Information

Processing supported by the Rose Marie Grentzer Fund.
Title
Contemporary Music Project records
Status
Completed
Author
Sharon O'Rourke, Stephanie Keller, Vin Novara, Alex Boatright
Date
2013-02-28
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
Sponsor
Processing supported by the Rose Marie Grentzer Fund.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States