"It was easy to feel hopeful and excited that the evening’s richness and range would be a fixture of the city for many years to come."
- New York Times review of our first performance, SKYFUL
Help cement the Original Music Workshop (OMW) in the long line of ground-breaking music spaces, and more importantly, help secure a vibrant future for musicians for years to come. While our new home is currently under construction, we need you support to help OMW open its doors! All donations are tax deductible!
OMW is a Brooklyn based non-profit that provides state of the art facilities and support to a wide range of composers, musicians, and other artists, both emerging and established.
The unique artistic incubator, which is being constructed in a hundred-year-old former sawdust factory, will offer space and resources for the performance, rehearsal, recording, editing, and dissemination of music, spanning all genres. OMW will serve the 21st century artist, one who is primarily an artist but is often also part-entrepreneur, -educator and -activist.
Bureau V, in collaboration with Arup, have designed a distinctly 21st century venue within a piece of Williamsburg’s century-old industrial past. A dedicated team of individuals led by our Founder, Kevin Dolan, and our Creative Director, the composer Paola Prestini, continues to work together to bring the Original Music Workshop to fruition.
OMW has already supported countless artists in its two virtual seasons prior to opening, and has formed partnerships with organizations such as Carnegie Hall and Mass MoCA. Our In Situ series has documented artists in our raw space and has chronicled our construction progress. Our virtual seasons have been held at the Greene Space in partnerships with Q2, and the River to River Festival (LMCC).
This upcoming season we will repeat our successful Ex Situ (offsite) virtual season with the River to River festival and will partner with the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Once OMW opens we will have twelve groups in residence as part of our "Next Steps" program. These groups will help curate and define the mission of the institution, and will in turn have free rehearsal space, performance opportunities, marketing support, and subsidized recording rates. OMW will curate across styles and disciplines and will have a broad range of partners and curators, and will offer performances and other material available for online streaming.
Below you’ll find links to press coverage of OMW and its events, as well as photos from our past two seasons by our amazing photographers, Jill Steinberg and Harvey Mogenson.
With your donation, you can join a wonderfully diverse group of talented musicians at our Fall GALA (previous gala attendees and performers have included Bono, Netsayi and Black Pressure, Suzanne Vega and Laurie Anderson), attend our In Situ screenings, receive a DVD of In Situ and Ex Situ videos with special extra footage and receive customized merchandise, and more – but more importantly, you will be joining our community, and helping to build a home and resource for the future of music.
Please join our team!
Vocal Electrofolk-The New York Times
Brazilian Muralist Gives Us A Rundown of Williamsburg’s Newest Arts Hub -The Creator’s Project
"Ms. Prestini and her colleagues have already begun weaving themselves into the fabric of New York’s creative community with events in their unfinished headquarters and elsewhere around town." -The New York Times
"Original Music Workshop (OMW), an exciting Williamsburg arts incubator masterminded by composer and pan-disciplinary artist Paola Prestini, won't open its doors until 2014. But that hasn't prevented Prestini & Co. from causing a stir." -TimeOut NY
Risks and challenges
The team at OMW has successfully fundraised through an innovative fundraising plan (it's called philanthropic investment, and if you want to read more about it you can read about it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/12/arts/music/factory-conversion-moves-forward.html
We have an established board, an accomplished team, and, a solid business plan that relies on modest ticket sales, food/beverage income, recording income, foundation support and individual giving. Our business plan was designed in conjunction with established individuals in the field, and presided over by our General Manager, Ed Greer, who established and ran the Knitting Factory, and currently, City Winery. Creative Director Paola Prestini has run several education programs, and has successfully fundraised for the nonprofit she founded in 1999, VisionIntoArt.
OMW's success during our virtual seasons prior to opening has helped secure our place in the New York and the worldwide music arena.
Help OMW achieve its goals of supporting artists to become who they are meant to be.
Our amazing OMW board includes:
ADAM ABESHOUSE, Vice President
JEAN PIERRE CHESSE
DR. GLENN CORNETT, Treasurer
KEVIN DOLAN, PRESIDENT
RICHARD KESSLER, Advisory Board Chair
PETER ZUSPAN, Secretary
- (45 days)