The Forum partners with active chapter organizations that offer specific programs tailored to the local community. Currently there are two chapters, in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. They are independently managed and led by local boards, sharing the ACF name and mission through a charter agreement with the national office. Specific information on each of these is shown below.
Los Angeles Chapter
The Mission of ACF-LA is to support the artistic and professional growth of composers and to expand the markets for new music through audience building, advocacy, community educational programs, visibility, workshops, composer residencies, and grants for new music projects. Currently ACF-LA uses a Yahoo groups message board to post concert announcements by members as well as other important information. Join us here to submit and receive announcements about new music in the Los Angeles.
ACF Philadelphia was established in 1997, one of 10 regional Chapters established across the nation by the Minnesota-based national office of the American Composers Forum. The Forum recognized that local Chapters could engage artists and communities in metropolitan areas more directly, vitally and efficiently than a distant, national entity could. Using this approach, the ACF Philadelphia engages composers and local residents with a wide range of creative, educational, and performance activities tailored to needs and circumstances specific to the city, its neighborhoods, and the artists who live and work here. ACF Philadelphia was incorporated in 1999 and obtained tax-exempt status in the state of Pennsylvania in December of 2002.
Please note that due to funding restrictions, only members residing in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties (in Pennsylvania) and Camden County (in New Jersey) may be eligible for some specific Philadelphia Chapter programs or grants.