Ed Harsh Director of Strategic Initiatives and Vice President of the Foundation
Ed Harsh was the founding President and CEO of New Music USA, a national organization supporting and advocating on behalf of American new music. He led its formation through the 2011 merger of the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, having previously served as Vice President and then President of MTC. Mr. Harsh began his career as the Managing Editor of the Kurt Weill Edition, later joining the Editorial Board. From 2010 until 2018 he served as well as a Kurt Weill Foundation Trustee and eventually as Chair of the Board. In the late 1990s he prepared a reconstructed edition of Weill’s The Eternal Road, leading to its first production since its premiere in 1937. In 2012, he prepared an oratorio version of the work, premiered in 2013 in German under the title Die Verheißung and in English at Carnegie Hall as The Road of Promise. His professional background includes over twenty-five years of experience in the arts as program director, development officer, composer, teacher, and writer. He is currently working on a book that looks to Kurt Weill as inspiration for music-theater of the future.