2021 Recipients

April 2021

Ingrid Laubrock

$10,000 Composition Commission / Tuition Assistance

Toward a masters degree in music composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Website: Ingrid Laubrock


April 2021

Sun Ra House

$6,500 Repairs / Restoration

The Sun Ra Arkestra house in Philadelphia is getting a second life after partially collapsing. The Robert D. Bielecki Foundation’s support (in conjunction with Ars Nova Workshop, PA) is helping to save the house as well as the Sun Ra legacy. Read the story.

“It is sad and outrageous that Marshall Allen and some Arkestra members are living in these conditions. Sun Ra’s legacy, the Arkestra, and the house are American Treasures and deserve to be treated as such.”

— Robert D. Bielecki


April 2021

Bang on a Can

$8,000 in Commissions to Bang on a Can

• Matana Roberts
• Rudresh Mahanthappa
• Fred Frith (2 compositions 2021/2022)

Website: Bang on a Can Marathon


April 2021

Yarn / Wire

$7,000 Recording and Performance Fees

Support for the forthcoming Black Truffle release of Annea Lockwood’s “Into the Vanishing Point” / Nate Wooley’s “Becoming Air.”

Website: Yarn / Wire


April 2021

Louth Contemporary Music Society

$5,250 Underwriting Support

In support of the forthcoming release:
Jürg Frey’s I Listened to the Wind Again (2016/2017)
Soprano, clarinet, string trio, percussion
Hélène Fauchère, Carol Robinson, Sylvian Lemêtre, Agnès Vesterman, Garth Knox

Website: Louth Contemporary Music Society
Website: Jürg Frey


April 2021

Covid Grants

$1,000 Unrestricted Grant to Birdland

Save Birdland, “The Jazz Corner of the World.’ Part of RDBF support to organizations and individuals in the time of Covid.