MATA Festival

Presenter / New York City, New York, USA

Du Yun, artistic director

MATA is a not-for-profit organization that commissions, presents, and supports the music of a wide array of young composers from around the globe. MATA’s directors are motivated by a desire to create community among composers in the early stages of their careers, especially those whose work does not fit into existing institutions. Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa in 1996, MATA presents a week-long festival of music by composers under age forty each spring in New York City. Each festival presents up to thirty works by young composers, at least three to four of which are newly commissioned. To date, MATA has commissioned seventy works, and has presented over three-hundred performances of pieces by young composers. In 2010 MATA received the prestigious Aaron Copland Award from the ASCAP Foundation, in recognition of its outstanding commitment to young composers.


  • Founded: 1996
  • Number of events per year: 7