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Brooklyn Academy of MusicDiminished support for cultural institutions – from both government and private funding sources – has made it a challenge for many cultural organizations around the country to sustain their momentum and focus on producing and presenting creative work.

Through unique programs and partnerships, Bloomberg Philanthropies is helping arts and cultural organizations learn vital strategies to better manage their operations and access new funding sources.

Among the various Bloomberg Philanthropies’ initiatives and partnerships, the organization has long supported the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York.  For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

BAM also places a special emphasis on its commitment to the community. From discounted tickets and transportation for special needs groups to opportunities for local arts organizations and businesses, BAM is committed to strengthening its various business and cultural partnerships–and the BAM Cultural District and Brooklyn overall.

BAM’s Next Wave Festival has permanently changed the artistic landscape, featuring breakout performances and landmark productions. Using a name that plays on the New Wave in French cinema, BAM president and executive producer Harvey Lichtenstein launched a series entitled “The Next Wave/New Masters” in November 1981 with four productions: three dance works, plus Philip Glass’ new opera Satyagraha. A more ambitious program followed in 1982, including a two-evening performance work by Laurie Anderson entitled United States: Parts I-IV.

Currently, BAM has announced its 2015 Next Wave Festival which showcases the very best in contemporary performance, plus artist talks, storytelling, visual art, and film.  The 2015 festival features 32 dance, music, opera, performance art, and theater engagements from Sept 16—Dec 20.

Click here for more information on the 2015 Next Wave Festival.