The Cedar Commissions is our flagship program for emerging artists made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation. Since its launch in 2011, The Cedar has commissioned and showcased new work by more than 35 local, emerging composers and musicians. The Cedar Commissions is known for supporting an eclectic range of musical artists and styles, making it, according to Noah Keesecker, Program Director of Artist Development at Springboard for the Arts and a Cedar Commissioned artist, “…one of the most impressive and progressive commissioning programs in the Midwest.”
The Cedar commissions six artists each year. Artists receive a commission fee and production stipend to create and perform their work. Applications are accepted each spring and reviewed by a diverse committee of music industry professionals and artists.