The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music has named ED HARSH to the newly created position of director of strategic initiatives. Harsh recently concluded an eleven-year tenure as president and CEO of New Music USA, including four years as president of Meet the Composer prior to the creation of New Music USA in 2011. He began his professional career in 1992 with an eight-year tenure as the inaugural managing editor of the Kurt Weill Edition. In his new role at the NYC-based foundation, which promotes the music and legacy of composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950), Harsh will oversee promotion, marketing, and branding, as well as the incubation of special projects and collaborative performances. Under his leadership, New Music USA initiated a complete overhaul of its grant-making process, and he was instrumental in growing Meet the Composer’s $3.5 million endowment at the beginning of his tenure to New Music USA’s balance of $16 million at the time of his departure. Previously, he served as director of development of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and managing director of Sequitur new music ensemble.

Posted November 14, 2018