Setting Up an Affordable Home Composition Studio


James Patrick from Slam Academy leads this free webinar with advice for how to set up an affordable home composition studio. He'll cover the topics of: Hardware and software; recommended configurations for a musician or music producer/engineer to operate a functional home studio on a budget; interfaces; microphones; mixers; sound treatment, and basic recording techniques. […]


Setting Up a Podcast


Kyle King from Slam Academy leads this free webinar with practical tips for anyone interested in launching a podcast. It will focus on getting professional sounding podcasts with the smallest amount of gear needed! Just a smartphone, and a computer with some free tools is all you'll need to learn along the way. Register This […]


Music Production 101


James Patrick from Slam Academy leads this free intro to music production webinar, which will walk you through how to compose a piece of music within your digital audio workstation, focusing mostly on Ableton Live, an engaging, user-friendly, free software (free for 90 days). Register This webinar is part of the Stay Plugged In series, co-sponsored […]


Creating & Monetizing a Livestream Performance


Hosted by Matt "Nur-D" Allen. Matt will take your questions and talk about concert streaming, which services you can use and their different qualities, a few technical options to increase quality, and a few ways to set your concert apart from other streaming events. He shares, I have have been doing Hip-Hop in the Twin […]


Music Creator Meet-Up


About: In keeping with our mission to nurture the creative spirit of music creators and communities, American Composers Forum and New Music Gathering are partnering to host a weekly Music Creator Meet-Up. In these sessions, we will check-in with each other to see how we are doing, review creation in progress by one of our peers, and stay […]

ACF Monthly Book Club – July


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 […]


ACF’s January Study Group: Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates

ACF's Study Group opens our staff and board conversations and anti-racism training to our colleagues and friends. For our January study group, we will be discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. Praised by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” the book is a personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the most important essayist in a […]

ACF | connect presents AACM at 55: the Great Black Music Ensemble in Concert

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St., Chicago

The American Composers Forum (ACF) is proud to announce the culminating event of its two-year partnership with the Chicago-based, internationally-renowned Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and its Great Black Music Ensemble: a concert celebrating the 55th anniversary of AACM, taking place at AACM's long-time partner, the Reva and David Logan Center for […]

Artist Equity Summit 2022: Lifting Up our Youth

Walker West Music Academy 760 Selby Avenue, St. Paul, MN

  ACF’s annual Artist Equity Summit centers music creators and examines themes related to equity that impact the field and beyond. This September 17, we invite you to join us for music, dialogue, and community as we focus on “Lifting Up our Youth.”  REGISTER HERE. Highlights: * Learn about the residency Liberation! Lifting up our […]

NEA Big Read Study Group no. 1

East Side Freedom Library 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN

Immigration, Identity and the Arts The Library’s Executive Director, Saengmany Ratsabout, hosts this discussion group on the oral tradition themes in Thi Bui’s book, The Best We Could Do, and the different forms of art seen as “oral” tradition and history-making. Joining him will be ACF composer and Thai-American, Mary Prescott, Hta Thi, and members […]

NEA Big Read Study Group no. 2

Auditorium at the Landmark Center 75 W 5th St, St. Paul, MN

Immigration, Identity and the Arts Presented with the Ramsey County Historical Society, Historic Saint Paul and the Minnesota Opera, this event will feature Minnesota author and Hmong-American Kao Kalia Yang to discuss her book, The Song Poet, and her collaboration with Jocelyn Hagen about their opera presented by Minnesota Opera this Spring. For more information about this series, click here. […]

Artist talk: Ben Frost at The Great Northern

Minneapolis Club 729 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

On Feb. 1, American Composers Forum and the Twin Cities-based festival The Great Northern co-present a talk by Ben Frost. The acclaimed Australian-born/Iceland-based artist will discuss his process of translating J.A. Baker's classic novel The Peregrine into the opera Cold Air Rises, the first part of which will be premiered by the Minneapolis choral ensemble MPLS (imPulse) on […]