Newport Contemporary Arts Incorporated is a Rhode Island based non-profit organization (501c3), founded by native Rhode Islander, Paul Van Anglen. Having studied composition and performance in France, Paul is very active in today’s contemporary music scene. His vision for his newly established organization is to revitalize the Newport, and Rhode Island’s arts community through its inaugural event, the Newport Contemporary Music Series.

In today’s world where the arts budgets are being slashed in the public schools, it is our goal that art be preserved in the community, and that people of all ages and backgrounds have easy and affordable access to performances and programs.

The series goal is to further the creation of contemporary music through innovative concerts and events that incorporate all music that is considered contemporary, ranging from Pierre Boulez, Andre Previn, The Beatles, Jazz, Film Music, and everything in between. We also aim to commission a wide variety of composers and create an education program that provides students with hands on experiences with world class visiting artists.

The Newport Contemporary Music Series will invite the world’s most experienced and renowned musicians, and students should have access to them, free of charge. The students will have master classes with visiting composers and musicians, small seminars on how to go about choosing higher level education, and smaller courses on copyright laws, marketing and networking. In addition, the resident festival ensemble would be comprised of professionals and students, exposing the students to a professional atmosphere, connections and experience playing a vast repertoire of music, motivating them to pursue their professional careers in Rhode Island.