As an organization dedicated to living musical creators and cultivating a community for their work to thrive in, ACF strives to be diverse, inclusive, and equitable like many in our shared ecosystem. To do so, however, we must acknowledge the historical exclusion of non-white artists in the musical world – particularly Western European-based classical music – and provide a platform to the very artists we seek to support. On Saturday, September 7, 2019 we invited artists, partners, colleagues, and leaders to join us in listening, learning, and discovering tangible ideas to activate more racially inclusive and equitable opportunities for creative musical artists today.

We wanted to continue the conversation and began hosting monthly book club meetings and when we decided to add different media we introduced our monthly Equity Study Groups. These gatherings are a space of learning no matter what your experience with equity and inclusion is. Please join us as we continue to expand our circle for music creators!


  • Join our Monthly Study Group!  We’ll meet on Zoom each month. Look for registration links in our calendarCurious listeners looking to learn together, please.
  • Sign up for our mailing list to learn about future programs and gatherings.
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  • Representatives experiencing, working in, and/or seeking to participate in building diversity and greater representation of non-white artists in musical presentations (artists, artistic administrators, music/artistic directors, executive directors, producers)
  • Artists and advocates seeking a forum for listening, learning, and connection about Racial Equity and Inclusion
  • Community members who want to participate/engage in ACF’s efforts to assess and revise our programs

    The Racial Equity and Inclusion Forum was generously supported by an investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Special thanks to the Twin Cities PBS for their support of this event.