An artist-led, state-of-the-art home for new music of all kinds
Non-profit performance and recording venue
Opening October 2015 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
National Sawdust (NS), an unparalleled, artist-led, non-profit venue, will be a place for exploration and discovery. A place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike.
In a city teeming with venues, NS is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres a home in which they can flourish, a setting where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work.
Designed by Brooklyn’s Bureau V, National Sawdust is housed and constructed within the preserved shell of a century-old sawdust factory. It preserves the authenticity of Williamsburg’s century-old industrial past while providing a refined and intimate setting for the exploration of new music. At its core: a flexible chamber hall, acoustically designed by renowned engineering firm ARUP to provide the highest-quality experience of both unamplified and amplified music.
World-class artists and curators will collaborate with Creative & Executive Director Paola Prestini. Innovative programming will encourage and showcase discovery across styles.
National Sawdust aims to support the community of musicians, providing a bridge into professional life. It will:
NS will be a resource for audiences in search of remarkable musical experiences. For the local community, this non-profit venue will offer educational initiatives and progressive public programs including talks and publications.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kevin Dolan (Founder), Rick D’Avino (President), Paola Prestini (Creative & Executive Director) Adam Abeshouse, Dan Breen, Courtenay Casey, Jean Pierre Chesse, Valerie Dillon, Randy Ezratty, Chris Grymes, Richard Kessler, Roger Krulak, Harvey Mogenson, Michelle Nakash, Natalia Schwien, R. Adam Smith, Jill Steinberg, Jeremy Turner, and Peter Zuspan
Laurie Anderson, Helena Christensen, Jennifer Frommer, Philip Glass, Richard Kessler (Chair), Nico Muhly, James Murphy, Elena Park, Terry Riley, Limor Tomer, Suzanne Vega and Karen Wong