I am humbled and excited to announce that as of September 1st, I begin my term as the next President of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles. In addition, Alicia Byer begins serving as ACF-LA Secretary and Treasurer. She steps into this leadership position having most recently run ACF-LA’s music education program. We join Jason Heath, who will continue as the ACF-LA Vice President.

I’m honored by the unanimous vote of approval by the board of directors and am especially grateful to Jack Van Zandt, who has served as ACF-LA President for the past three years. As the ACF-LA Administrative Director during his term, I found Jack to be someone who fosters good and benefits others and know he will continue to do so as an important voice. The dedication and work of James Camp, who served as Treasure, has been invaluable to ACF-LA. We owe these two so much.

Jack says, “It has been a great honor and pleasure to serve as ACF-LA President through a period of rebuilding and renewed dedication to our mission to promote the interests of our composer, performer, and presenter members and to support the creation and performance of new music within the context of our greater LA music community.”

Together, the ACF-LA board, Jack, and myself have worked to build ACF-LA alongside the growing and vibrant new music community that we saw was developing in LA and Southern California. While working for ACF-LA over the past years, I’ve been part of its leadership to develop new programs and partnerships and will continue to do so. I’ve written a number of grants and have helped ACF-LA develop a voice in the new music community, receiving support from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation, the LA County Arts Commission, the City of Pasadena, and the LA Department of Cultural Affairs.

I have watched with satisfaction as ACF-LA has been supported by you, our members, and our growing community of new music supporters in Southern California.

I look forward to leading ACF-LA in the years ahead. I want to help ACF-LA reflect the diverse communities of Southern California and am particularly excited as I look toward possible festivals we are developing, all to connect composers in community.

Steven Homestead
American Composers Forum of Los Angeles