March 08, 2012

Pauline Oliveros Wins John Cage Award

Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has named ASCAP Member Pauline Oliveros the winner of the John Cage Award for 2012. Every two years, the $50,000 prize is made in recognition of outstanding achievement in the arts for work that reflects the spirit of John Cage, who was also an ASCAP Member. The John Cage Award was established in 1992 in honor of the late composer, who was one of Foundation for Contemporary Art’s founders. Oliveros is the founder of the Deep Listening Institute. Since the 1960s, she has worked with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth, and ritual. Oliveros represented the U.S. at the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan, and was honored in 1985 with a retrospective at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She is a distinguished research professor of music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Darius Milhaud composer-in-residence at Mills College in Oakland, California.