ACF CONNECT

The American Composers Forum encourages applicants from the full range of musical styles, and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for our programs will represent, as far as possible, artists and projects that are diverse in genre, gender, race, ethnicity, and geography.

Current Participants

David Biedenbender
David Biedenbender
Rufus Reid
Rufus Reid
Jung Yoon Wie
Jung Yoon Wie

 

The ACF CONNECT program is launching in 2017 with the celebrated Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME), Kevin Noe, Artistic Director. Long recognized for its world-class performances and commitment to new work beyond the premiere, PNME is a perfect match for the ACF CONNECT program. Selected participants will have an opportunity to work with the ensemble over 18 months, culminating in a highly produced performance in July 2018. They will meet with industry leaders, new music professionals, and network with other composers and performers to create even more opportunities.

Three composers from the total applicant pool will be selected to participate in this highly engaging program. Each composer will receive a $7,500 commission to write a piece for PNME which will be workshopped and performed by the ensemble in July 2018. Selected composers must be available in July 2017 for introductory meetings and to start working with PNME as well July 2018 for workshops, rehearsals, and premiere performance.

  • Entries must be submitted electronically via the link below on or before 11:59 pm (Central) on January 18, 2017.
    • Entries submitted by mail or means other than electronically will not be eligible for consideration.
  • The names of the winning composers will be announced by April 17, 2017.
  • Each will receive a $7,500 commission to write short work (final length to be discussed and determined with the Artistic Director of PNME), scored for an instrumentation unique to PNME that draws from within this complement of instruments: (Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, 1 Percussionist, Soprano, Bass-Baritone- final instrumentation to be discussed and determined with the Artistic Director of PNME.)
    • Score and parts will be due on or before March 15, 2018
      • Scores/parts created with music notation software are mandatory (no handwritten materials are acceptable);
      • Pieces using graphic notation are acceptable.
  • The PNME introduction workshop will be held in July 2017 and the public performance (which will be recorded for archival purposes), workshops with ACF and PNME, and rehearsals will take place in July 2018. NOTE: participation in the workshop/performance is mandatory for the three composers in July 2017 & July 2018.