Arlene Sierra is named 2011 Classical Recording Foundation Composer of the Year
Classical Recording Foundation Awards are tied to a fund administered by the Foundation and the participating record company to accomplish the necessary tasks of recording and promoting, where the value of the dollar is maximized.
The Award selection process begins with nominations by internationally renowned artists/scholars. Nominees are considered by an anonymous Grant Award Committee, which annually decides on the recipients and Award amounts.
Criteria for Classical Recording Foundation Awards:
— Artistic merit;
— Historic significance;
— Commitment from a record label
About the Classical Recording Foundation:
The Classical Recording Foundation (CRF) was founded in 2002 to catalyze and stimulate the ailing classical music recording field by providing seed funding to record labels and artists of merit for recording projects.The projects are intended not only to enhance the classical catalog but to awaken both new and seasoned audiences to the joy of hearing great performances by committed and extraordinary artists.In the words of The New Yorker, "The Classical Recording Foundation (is) devoted to the proposition that posterity is despoiled when artists are denied the chance to record their own interpretations of certain repertoire."
Unlike major labels, which are profit driven and therefore can commit only to a limited number of artists and repertoire, CRF encourages artists to release performances of their choosing, of music about which they are passionate.
CRF provides state-of-the-art recording capabilities and customizes the recording environment, which results in capturing the best that the artist has to offer through a unique sound signature.
The result is a portfolio of recordings that represents the finest artists of our time — composers, soloists, vocalists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras — performing both masterworks and the music of today.