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ACF CONNECT

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.

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ACF Showcase

Annual Call for Scores for workshop and performance with rotating new music performers.

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BandQuest®

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.

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ChoralQuest®

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.

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Faith Partners (MN, WI, ND, & SD)

Celebrating 22 seasons, Faith Partners continues to invigorate sacred music and reintroduce composers into settings where they have historically flourished.

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Healing & Hope Through Song

Healing & Hope Through Song is a unique, collaborative program which brings together a composer, poet, health services organization, and a musical organization 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.

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In Common

This new collaborative residency gives communities the opportunity to explore and celebrate their unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new music.

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Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund)

The American Composers Forum (ACF) champions composers and other creative musicmakers, and boosts their careers with professional opportunities. Our Jerome Fund for New Music (Jfund) supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work.

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Landmark to Lowertown

Weekday concerts of new music held in the beautiful public spaces of downtown Saint Paul. L2L shows feature original music by up & coming artists in jazz/improvisation, electronic, and world music. All concerts in this series are free and open to the public.

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McKnight Composer Fellowships

The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2018 McKnight Fellowships for Composers. This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation. The online application process will open December 1, 2017.

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McKnight Visiting Composer Residencies

The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2017 McKnight Visiting Composers Residency Program. This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation.

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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.

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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.

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Minnesota Varsity

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.

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NextNotes Lab

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.

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NextNotes® High School Composition Awards

NextNotes High School Composition Awards is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music composition - in any genre! Students in grades 9-12 are invited to apply with a single composition in any genre or style.

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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.