Take a look back. Only you can guarantee another great year of music.



2017 was an exciting year for all of us at New Amsterdam Records. While continuing our mission of releasing albums and presenting concerts at the highest level, we also became a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, giving us new capacity to perform that work. Take a look back at our 2017 releases and see what critics have been saying about our artists' albums. Then, please help us guarantee another year of visionary music by making an end of year donation now.

For New Amsterdam Records to continue helping to build the projects and careers of some of todays most innovative and engaging musicians, we need to raise $13,000 towards our operations. If we don’t reach our goal by the end of December, our 2018 programs will be substantially impaired. We hope you will consider a contribution in any amount to help us support the work of visionary composers and performers, bringing their art to your ears, and the world's. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and will directly support our artists' records and performances.

Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of
Sound Orchestra: 
Not Two 

"Not Two works as a towering statement of purpose—wise to many traditions, even while it remains accessible to anyone." 
- Seth Colter Walls, Pitchfork


Brooklyn Youth Chorus:
Black Mountain Songs

"This is an expertly-crafted 21st century collage from a vibrant youth choir, an album that celebrates modernist innovation birthed in rural hills deep in flyover country." 
- Katy Henriksen, Bandcamp



Unlike the traditional label model, NewAm allows artists to retain full ownership of their recordings and pays 100% of sales directly to the artists in exchange for an administrative fee. By forgoing any incentivized income, we are able to develop, distribute, and publicize our albums as a non-profit organization. This configuration allows us to operate as a 360º artist service organization, with support extending past album production and presentation into artist branding and broader career development. In order to build grassroots support for our world of music across the globe, we recently created a direct audience-to-artist onsite fundraising platform, which, in four short months, has raised over $15,000 for artists' projects.

Emily Pinkerton and Patrick Burke with NOW Ensemble:
Rounder Songs

"Folk singer-songwriter Emily Pinkerton and her classical composer husband Patrick Burke meet in the middle on 'Rounder Songs,' stunning new song cycle with a murderous ring..." - Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette


Jasper String Quartet: Unbound
(co-release with Sono Luminus)

"Wonderful moments and dramatic tours de force abound..." 
- Laurence Vittes, Gramophone



In the ten years since we launched New Amsterdam, we've seen incredible changes in the music industry. In 2008, 80% of album sales were from physical CD purchases, and 20% were from online downloads. That split soon reversed, and over the past few years, digital downloads have plummeted. Streaming traffic has continued to grow, but with streaming royalty rates so infinitesimally meager, streaming income accounts for only a small fraction of the income earned by physical and digital sales in previous years. After a near-decade of supporting over eighty-five uncompromising, unclassifiable, award-winning albums in a rapidly changing marketplace, it became clear to us that public support is essential for this music to survive. With recorded-music revenue for all but the most visible popular music disappearing, composers and performers of adventurous music need a different mechanism to receive support from their fans. New Amsterdam Records provides that mechanism via our appeal to you, the generous admirers and supporters of their visionary music.

Molly Joyce:
Lean Back and Release

"intense, acerbic...all the more impressive considering that this is Joyce's debut release."
 - Delarue, New York Music Daily


Nick Photinos: Petits Artéfacts

"a diverse array... Photinos commandingly makes them his own." 
- Peter Margasak, Bandcamp


Steven Mackey & Jason Treuting: Orpheus Unsung

"Mackey and Treuting are in sync throughout, their interplay enhanced by the fact that with only two parties involved each can focus intensely on his interactions with the other...anyone with an appetite for intricate, guitar-heavy instrumentals should derive many hours of pleasure from the recording."
- Ron Schepper, Textura


Your generous support of New Amsterdam makes it possible for us to serve our artists and the listeners who love them.

We cannot do it without you.  

With deepest gratitude,
Bill, Sarah, Judd, Michael, Jill, Erika, Curt, Molly,
and the rest of the NewAm staff

Molly Joyce