Solo Double Bass Pieces by Black Composers Fund

As you may already be aware, the solo (and otherwise) literature for the double bass has very few pieces written by people of color and more specifically, by Black composers. If we consider the systemic economical barriers that Black people have faced in this country, it is no surprise that they have had a disproportionately harder time gaining access to the education, funding and support than their white colleagues. I am a member of a group that is working to amend this disparity. We are forming a network of bass players who will initially crowdsource funds from other bass players in order to commission new works for the double bass by Black composers. Eventually, we hope to grow into a larger organization that can allot greater funding, but for now we are relying on grassroots fundraising to front the fees for the composers.

With your support, we have raised over $2,500 as of 6/16 and have commissioned Nick Dunston, Darian Donovan Thomas and Yaz Lancaster to write new pieces which are being premiered on upcoming live-streamed concerts. We have many more composers that we hope to commission and we have raised our goal to $10,000 so that we can start to do so and make sure that we can adequately pay the composers for their work.

While I realize that there are so many meaningful and important places to donate, as well as black owned businesses that you can support right now, I hope that as a bassist or fan of music you will recognize this hole in our collective bass repertoire that we believe must be rectified. Considering the unequivocal contributions and innovations made by black bass players over the years, we have an obligation as fellow bassists to make sure our repertoire is reflective of its technical pioneers and progenitors from the African diaspora. 

Black Lives Matter, and it is our duty now more than ever to make sure that when we program recitals, suggest pieces for our students to learn, and engage with our communities, that we do not simply condone the current western art canon that has disproportionately excluded black composers. To do so would reinforce the white supremacy that this canon has established and upheld. I hope you will consider joining us in raising funds so that we can reach out to larger organizations and grant giving foundations in the future, and invest money in our black community of composers, starting today. 

We appreciate every share and donation that you can make!

Thank you,

Ross, Sam and Will

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  • Nicholas Fazzino 
    • $15 
    • 17 hrs
  • Nicholas Serrambana 
    • $20 
    • 23 hrs
  • Ted Botsford 
    • $75 
    • 1 d
  • Jonathan L Reed  
    • $50 
    • 1 d
  • Lynn Hannings 
    • $20 
    • 1 d
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Fundraising team: Ross W, Sam Z and Will Y (3)

Ross Wightman 
Raised $897 from 19 donations
New Haven, CT
Will Yager 
Team member
Raised $1,321 from 27 donations
Samuel Zagnit 
Team member
Raised $790 from 17 donations
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