ACF Composer Residency: Bay Area
In keeping with our mission to nurture the creative spirit of composers and communities, ACF is pleased to offer this $10,000 grant for a Bay Area music creator to develop and lead a community residency project.
The American Composers Forum has offered a National Composition Contest in partnership with prominent American ensembles since 2010. We are pleased to announce the launch of a new, enhanced version of this program called ACF | connect.
The American Composers Forum (ACF) champions composers and other creative musicmakers, and boosts their careers with professional opportunities. Our ACF | Create formerly known as the Jerome Fund for New Music (Jfund) supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. This program is for early career composers that reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City.
BandQuest®, an exciting series of new music and accompanying curricula for band, is a program published by the American Composers Forum. The series was started as a response to feedback from music educators that there is a pressing need for new, fresh band music.
ChoralQuest® is an exciting series of new music and accompanying curricula for middle-level choir, is a program published by the American Composers Forum. The series was started as a response to feedback from music educators that there is a pressing need for new, fresh choral music.
From 1992-2018 Faith Partners inspired communities across the country, invigorated sacred music, and introduced more than 50 composers into congregations large and small, urban and rural. See the catalog of over 200 accessible, liturgical works created during 26 residency seasons!
Funded by the Otto Bremer Trust, this 2018-19 composer residency in Willmar, MN supported the creation and performance of new, community-inspired music, and brought diverse people together to discover what they have In Common.
Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund)
ACF | CREATE is an evolution of the Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund), which started in 1979 and made hundreds of awards and helped launch many careers. Starting in August 2018, please visit the ACF | CREATE webpage for our Jerome Foundation funded program.
Landmark to Lowertown
Weekday performances of new music held in the beautiful public spaces of downtown Saint Paul. L2L shows feature original music by winners of the MN Emerging Composer Award (MECA). All concerts in this series are free and open to the public.
McKnight Composer Fellowships
The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2020 McKnight Fellowships for Composers. This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation.
McKnight Visiting Composer Residencies
The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2020 McKnight Visiting Composers Residency Program. This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation.
Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA)
As a complement to our long-running Jerome Fund for New Music ACF is seeking to expand our reach by identifying and supporting artists who typically operate outside our known circles.
Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute offers a unique week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Under the guidance of composer and Institute Director, Kevin Puts, up to seven composers will have orchestral works rehearsed and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra.
Minnesota Varsity showcases the top high-school musical talent from Classical Minnesota Public Radio's terrestrial broadcast area. ACF is proud to coordinate the composer category, which provides high school students with workshop, mentoring, and performance opportunities.
NextNotes Lab is a student-driven offshoot of the flagship NextNotes® High School Composition Awards program. Whereas NextNotes is nationwide, NextNotes Lab focuses on the Twin Cities community of young composers.
NextNotes® High School Music Creator Awards
NextNotes High School Music Creator Awards is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music - in any genre! Students in grades 9-12 are invited to apply with a single piece in any genre or style.
Racial Equity for Artists: Musical Creators Leading Change
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. We invite our community of 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.
Story & Song
A unique collaboration which brings together a composer, lyricist, human services organization, and a community choir to illuminate an issue facing members of our community, and to celebrate the strength of the human spirit through a new work of text and music.
Welcome Christmas Carol Contest
The custom of singing Christmas carols brings joy to the holiday season unlike any other tradition. And every December VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum celebrate this tradition in their own unique way: championing today’s composers, exploring new works, and rediscovering lesser-known works of the past.