The Fromm Music Foundation was founded by the late Paul Fromm in 1952. Since 1972, it has been located at Harvard University, where it has operated in partnership with the Harvard University Music Department. Over the course of its existence, the Fromm Foundation has commissioned over 400 new compositions and their performances. The Fromm Foundation has also sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series, among them Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music, American Composers Orchestra, and the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard University. The foundation has also supported a Fromm Visiting Professorship for established composers in the Department of Music, and the Paul Fromm Composer-in-Residence program at the American Academy in Rome.
The Fromm Music Foundation Prize is given annually at the discretion of the Fromm Foundation Board; there is no application process. Recipients of the Prize may use the grant for any purpose of their choosing. Current recipients of the Fromm Music Foundation Prize include Castle of our Skins and Imani Winds.