The American Composers Forum (ACF) champions composers and other creative music makers, and boosts their careers with professional opportunities. ACF | create is an evolution of the Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund), which started in 1979. Through this program, ACF has made hundreds of awards and has helped launch many careers. ACF | create supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. Five grants are available: up to $8,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $3,000 to help with production and promotion support. This program is for early career artists that reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City.

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 creative methodology, gender, race, ethnicity and geography.

Current Participants

The curators who selected this year’s awardees were Daniel de Jesús (Philadelphia, PA),  Mike Khoury  (Detroit, MI),  Amy Beth Kirsten (New Haven, CT), and Viola Yip (New York, NY).

Sonya Belaya
Pablo Chin
Renée Copeland
Vicente Hansen Atria
Alicia Waller
Sonya Belaya photo credit Alex Brown; Pablo Santiago Chin Photo credit Marc Perlish; Renée Copeland Photo credit Renée Copeland; Vicente Hansen Atria Photo credit Kyra Smith; Alicia Waller Photo by Shay Paresh

 

ACF | create supports the creation and presentation of new works and is an evolution of the Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund), which started in 1979. Through this program, ACF has supported the creation of hundreds of new works. This program is for music creators who are in the early stages of their creative development and are vocational artists that are residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City and have been residents for at least one year prior to application or program participation. Five commissions totaling $11,000.00 are available: for each award $8,000.00 is designated for the music creator’s time to create the work, and $3,000.00 is designated to help with production and promotion support. 

 

The application process for 2022 is now closed.

2022 ACF | create Commissioning Program Guidelines

ACF is intentional in its interchangeable use of the terms artist, music creator, and composer as we recognize not everyone identifies themselves by one of these terms.

ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 28, 2022 (11:59 PM Central)

Download a PDF of the complete guidelines, HERE.

ACF | create welcomes applicants from the whole range of musical paths and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists.

The music creator applying needs to be at the early stages of their creative development; have a focused direction and are actively creating new work; have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles, or public at large; are vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur, or educational) artists. The music creator applies with a collaborative partner (such as a performing group or a presenter) that is committed to presenting the finished work. The collaborative partner can be based anywhere in the world.

 The selection of music creators for this opportunity are curated by a committee of artists and arts leaders selected by ACF.

The curators will select projects that:

  • expand the aesthetic or social experience in music and/or revive traditional forms in original ways
  • are imaginative, rigorous, and well-executed
  • are technically proficient and exhibit a high level of craft
  • are compelling and have a distinctive vision and authentic voice
  • connect with intended audiences/participants
  • are engaging aesthetically and experientially
  • are bold and risk-taking

Awards

Five artists will be awarded the following:

  • $8,000.00 commission support paid directly to the artist* across three installments for their time to create a new work. Take the size of this fee into consideration in regards to the scope (length of the work, technical demands, and number of artists required for performance) of your proposed work.
  • $3,000.00 to help with the production or promotion of the new work.** These funds may be used before, during, or after the premiere. Scenarios might include: research, travel, consultation, preparation fees, equipment or software costs, rehearsals, workshops, space rental, collaboration costs, outreach events, touring, publication, recording, and promotion costs.

 ACF does not provide a standard fee schedule. These funds are taxable income.

 *A note to ensemble or organizations applying on behalf of the artist creating the work: all commission support is paid directly to the artist creating the work and is not distributed to the organization or ensemble applying on behalf of the artist.

**At the discretion of the artist creating the new work, production and promotion support funding can be paid directly to the artist or be paid to an organization and/or performer(s) at the direction of the awarded artist.

Eligibility 

Minnesota or Five Boroughs of New York City Residency

  • The music creator must be a resident of the state of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City and have been resident for at least one year prior to application. Applicants did (or will) file US federal taxes as a resident of either Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City. Selected artists will be required to provide proof of residency for either Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City before issuing an agreement. Applicants must have a US Social Security Number or US Tax ID. 

Collaborating Partner(s) may be based anywhere in the world.

Early Stage Artist:

Early stage artists have between 2 to 10 years of experience as music creators making new original work (excluding any time in a degree-granting programs; as a musician of non-original work created by others; or arranging or reviving the work of other music creators; or time away from working as an artist due to circumstances-e.g., having children, caring for family members, long-term illness, etc.). 

Music creators who have been generating new work for more than 10 years (excluding any time spent as a student) are generally not eligible, even if they feel under-recognized. Such artists with more than 10 years in the field who wish to discuss eligibility-based on circumstances (weather personal or geographic) or on specific creative practice consideration (i.e, the scale of work and/or extended creative cycles necessary to complete a single work)- should contact Billy Lackey, ACF Vice President of Artist Services before Monday, March 21, 2022 to discuss eligibility in advance of submitting an application. 

  • Have completed and publicly presented works. Works created and presented while in a degree-granting program are not eligible for meeting this requirement. 
  • Have at least 1 work on your resume that has been supported by a presenting organization (that is not your own organization, if applicable) or funder (for a project grant from either a foundation or a federal, state, or local arts agency). Self-presented work, or work created and presented while in a degree-granting program, is not eligible for meeting this requirement. 
  • Curators will rely on materials submitted in this application to assess the review criteria. 
  •  This opportunity is not for beginning artists who have never created music, whose generated new work has yet to be publicly shared, or who do not have  a sufficient body of completed work that a panel can use to assess your artistic development over time.
  • Age is not a factor in determining eligibility.
  • Artists who are mid-career or established are not eligible. 
  • Artist will be considered beyond early career and ineligible if they have:
    • Received consistent significant financial support for their artistic work from foundations and/or federal, state, or local arts agencies for multiple different projects. 
    • Considerable bodies of work and are consistently touring and being produced by organizations (not your own organization). 
    • Garnered significant regional or national prizes or awards in recognition or support of the creation and/or public presentation of multiply different works, including but not limited to: Grammy Awards, United States Artists Awards, Creative Capital Awards, MAP grants and/or Fulbright Fellowships, ASCAP Foundation or BMI Awards, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Chamber Music America Grants, New Music USA Awards, commission or touring grants from national or regional performance venues. Receipt of one of these grants and awards does not make an artist ineligible–it is the receipt of multiple grants and awards for multiple projects that, taken as a whole, move an artist to mid-career or beyond.
    • Received recognition in the form of awards, commissions, residencies or funding opportunities that are specifically categorized as mid-career. 
    • Received awards or prizes in recognition of significant cumulative career achievement (including but not limited to) the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, The American Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, or the MacArthur Fellowship.
    • Have a full-time tenured faculty position (or the equivalent). 

 Recognizing that different funders may define “mid-career” in different ways, artists who have received mid-career awards but consider themselves still in an early career stage should contact Billy Lackey, ACF Vice President of Artist Services before Monday, March 21, 2022 to discuss eligibility in advance of submitting an application.

Mid-career or established artists from fields other than music will not be considered early career. For example, a new media artist with a substantial career who is now moving into creating music will not be considered an early career for the purposes of this commission.   

Exclusive Application

  • Applicants (music creators and collaborators) may only be a part of one application. 

Sit Out Period:

  • Two Years (2019/2020 and 2020/2021 ACF | create music creators and their collaborators are ineligible).  
  • Any creators and their collaborators with in-progress projects awarded prior to 2019 by ACF with funding provided by the Jerome Foundation are ineligible.
  • ACF | create funds may not support costs or activities supporting the artist(s) through other Jerome Foundation-funded grants or programs. 

No Conflict of Interest

  • American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation administrative staff, board of directors, and their family members are ineligible.

Not enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-granting education program. 

  • Applicants cannot be enrolled full-time in any degree-granting programs (K-12, undergraduate, or graduate) in any field. Applicants who are or will be students enrolled full-time in a degree granting programs are ineligible. Ph.D. and DMA candidates who have completed all requirements except their dissertation may apply.   

Early Stage Works 

  • Proposed works should be at an early stage in their development, and must not be finished by the time of application. Works must be scheduled to premiere after September 30, 2022. Supported projects must be completed within five years of the award date. 

Selection Process

ACF staff reviews all applications for eligibility and completeness. A diverse committee of five curators familiar with a range of music will have access to all materials submitted. Curators convene via Zoom over a three-day period to make final determinations. Curators will remain anonymous until after the results are announced in July 2022.

Some of the past curators for ACF | create (formerly JFund) include Linda Antas, Nicolas Lell Benavides, Samantha Boshnack, Theron Brown, Lisa Renee Coons, Daniel de Jesús, Adam Fong, Vinny Golia, Eric Gould, Mike Khoury, Amy Beth Kirsten, Kristin Kuster, Mari Kimura, HyeKyung Lee, Shawn Okpebholo, Meg Okura, Ingrid Stӧlzel, Vid Smooke, Melinda Wagner, Michael Woods, and Viola Yip.

 The American Composers Forum staff who oversee ACF | create do not contribute to the decision-making process or the selection of the artists. The role of the staff is to provide clarity for the review process and ensure that the curator’s review and the discussions proceed in accordance with the program’s guidelines.

Key Evaluation Criteria

  • Sample materials are imaginative, compelling, and exhibit a high level of craft.
  • Connection of the primary artist and collaborator(s) with intended audiences/participants.
  • Bold and risk-taking plan for the commission that expands the aesthetic or social experience in music and/or revives traditional forms in original ways. The proposed commission is engaging aesthetically and experientially.
  • Level of commitment by the collaborator to supporting the authentic voice of the music creator by performing, presenting and furthering the commissioned work.
  • Relevance of the Production and Promotion Support Funds to deepen the work and further the artist’s work.
  • The final pool of curated artists will reflect a range of projects diverse in creative methodology, gender, race, and ethnicity.

Notification 

The curators’ decision is final and will be announced in July 2022. Results will be posted on ACF’s website and applicants will be notified by email. After the 2022 ACF | create commissioned artists and collaborating partners are announced, all applicants will have an opportunity to set up a phone appointment with ACF’s vice president of artist services for feedback from the curators.

Collaborating Partners

The Collaborating Partner is someone other than you; typically, a performer, ensemble, or presenter. Your Collaborating Partner can be located anywhere in the world. If you perform in your own work, then the Collaborating Partner needs to be a presenter or someone who will be producing the performance. This Collaborating Partner provides a Commitment Letter indicating enthusiasm to perform, present, and promote the proposed work. The letter of support should describe plans for the premiere and any additional activities that increase the visibility of the work and the artist. The Collaborating Partner can only be a part of one application and can’t partner with multiple music creator applicants. Make sure your Collaborating Partner has not agreed to be a part of another 2022 ACF | create application and are not partners of:

  • 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 ACF | create commissions
  • Any In-progress Projects Awarded Prior to 2019 by ACF with Funding Provided by the Jerome Foundation
  • ACF | create funds may not support costs or activities supporting the artist(s) through other Jerome Foundation-funded grants or programs. 

 If multiple Music Creator Applicants list the same Collaborating Partner, the first commitment letter received/submitted with the completed application will be accepted and all other subsequent applicants will be asked to find another Collaborating Partner.

How to Apply

Read complete guidelines HERE.

Additional Information

  • Entries must be submitted electronically via the SlideRoom application system on or before 11:59 PM Central on Monday, March 28, 2022.
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Entries submitted by mail or other than the provided online application process, excluding the project partner support letter, will not be eligible for consideration.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Billy Lackey, ACF Vice President of Artist Services, will conduct five 60-minute 2022  ACF | create Application Information Sessions online to go over the application process. During the information session, Billy will review all guidelines and walk through the application process in SlideRoom. Throughout these sessions there will be time to ask questions regarding the application process and its various components. These sessions will be offered online via Zoom.

 Video tutorials on how to use the Zoom online meeting system can be found here:

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials   

 2022 ACF | create Commissioning Program Information Session Dates and Times via Zoom

Thursday, January 27, 2022: 3:00 – 4:00 PM Central, Register HERE for this date

Saturday, February 12, 2022: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central, Register HERE for this date.

Friday, February 18, 2022: 4:00 – 5:00 PM Central, Register HERE for this date.

Saturday, March 5, 2022: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Central, Register HERE for this date.

Saturday, March 12, 2022: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central, Register HERE for this date.

 If you are not able to participate in one of the online sessions, you are welcome to schedule one-on-one via phone or Zoom with Billy Lackey, Vice President of Artist Services, about your application before completing it online. To schedule a meeting, please call 651.317.9441 or email [email protected]

2019/2020 Participants

The panelists for this grant round of ACF | create were composers Nicolas Lell Benavides (Los Angeles, CA), Theron Brown (Akron, OH), and Lisa Renée Coons (Kalamazoo, MI).

Michael Maiorana
Michael Maiorana
Anaïs Maviel
Anaïs Maviel
Mary Prescott
Mary Prescott
Richard Sears
Richard Sears
Sugar Vendil photo credit Michael Leviton
Sugar Vendil
Anaïs Maviel photo credit Dar Es Salaam Riser; Mary Prescott Photo credit Erika Kapin; Sugar Vendil photo credit Michael Leviton

 

2018 Participants

The panelists for this round of ACF | Create commissions were composers  HyeKyung Lee (Granville, OH), Ingrid Stölzel (Lawrence, KS), and Michael Woods (Clinton, NY).

David Adamcyk
David Adamcyk
PaviElle French
PaviElle French
Dana Lyn
Dana Lyn
Felipe Nieto Sachica
Felipe Nieto Sachica
Dameun Strange
Dameun Strange

Jerome Composers Commissioning Program/Jerome Fund for New Music Winners

2017 Participant

Lea Bertucci (Queens, NY)
Lea Bertucci
Queens, NY
Michael Betz (Minneapolis, MN)
Michael Betz
Minneapolis, MN
Will Healy (New York, NY)
Will Healy
New York, NY
Eric Mayson (Minneapolis, MN)
Eric Mayson
Minneapolis, MN
Joel Mellin (Brooklyn, NY)
Joel Mellin
Brooklyn, NY
Martin Nevin (Brooklyn, NY)
Martin Nevin
Brooklyn, NY
Lester St. Louis (Brooklyn, NY)
Lester St. Louis
Brooklyn, NY
Walken Schweigert (Saint Paul, MN)
Walken Schweigert
Saint Paul, MN
Shelley Washington (Brooklyn, NY)
Shelley Washington
Brooklyn, NY
Mark Yodice (New York, NY)
Mark Yodice
New York, NY

2016 Participant

Aleksandr Brusentsev
Aleksandr Brusentsev
Eagan, MN
Steph Chou photo by Emra Islek
Steph Chou
New York, NY
Asuka Kakitani
Asuka Kakitani
Northfield, MN
M. Lamar Portrait I By Serena Jara
M. Lamar
Brooklyn, NY
Brian Mark
Brian Mark
Brooklyn, NY
JP Merz
JP Merz
Minneapolis, MN
Brian Petuch
Brian Petuch
Brooklyn, NY
Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.
Joseph C. Phillips, Jr.
Brooklyn, NY
Leah Maria Villarreal
Leah Maria Villarreal
New York, NY

 

Sam Wells
Sam Wells
Brooklyn, NY

2015

New York

  • Saad Haddad (New York, NY) with the American Composers Orchestra
  • Sean Harold (New York, NY) with Suzanne Farrin
  • Clara Hunter Latham (New York, NY) with Peter Evans, Sam Pluta, Michael Weyandt, and Alice Teyssier
  • Remy Le Boeuf (Brooklyn, NY) with Bang on a Can
  • Shih-Wei Lo (New York, NY) with Nieuw Ensemble
  • Sky Macklay (New York, NY) with ICE
  • Anthony Vine (Brooklyn, NY) with Yarn/Wire

Minnesota

  • James G. Everest (St. Paul, MN) with Lake Joanna Interpretive Center
  • Yue Lor (Blaine, MN) with Blaine High School Band Program
  • Tiffany Skidmore (St. Paul, MN) with the Nautilus Music Theatre

Panelists

  • Meg Okura
  • David Smooke
  • Melinda Wagner

2014

New York

  • Justine F. Chen (New York, NY) with American Lyric Theatre
  • Jeff Fairbanks (Sunnyside, NY) with Gamin
  • Anne Goldberg (New York, NY) with Andrew Kozar
  • Molly Joyce (New York, NY) with Vicky Chow
  • Paul Kerekes (New York, NY) with Trevor Babb
  • Levy Lorenzo (Brooklyn, NY) with Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
  • Jessica Meyer (Bronx, NY) with The Colonials
  • Max Vernon (Brooklyn, NY) with Public Theatre
  • Tamara Yadao (Brooklyn, NY) with Cluster New Music and Integrated Arts Festival

Minnesota

  • Zack Baltich (Minneapolis, MN) with Fallout Music Co-op
  • Kari Musil (St. Paul, MN) with Pip Jazz Foundation
  • Natalie Nowytski (Minneapolis, MN) with Laurel Armstrong

Panelists

  • Kristin Kuster
  • Vinny Golia
  • Mari Kimura

2013

New York

  • Troy Herion (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Shawn Jaeger (New York, NY)
  • Jascha Narveson (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Gity Razaz (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Erin Rogers (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Conrad Winslow (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Gabriel Zucker (Brooklyn, NY)

Minnesota

  • Greg Brosofske (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Alexei Casselle (Minneapolis, MN)
  • John Keston (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Kathy McTavish (Duluth, MN)

Panelists

  • Dorothy Hindman
  • Suphala
  • Darryl Brenzel

2012

New York

  • Jeremy Howard Beck (New York, NY)
  • Chris Cresswell (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Masatora Goya (Rego Park, NY)
  • David Hertzberg (New York, NY)
  • Eric Nathan (New York, NY)
  • Danielle Schwob (New York, NY)

Minnesota

  • Christopher Danforth (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Alex Freeman (Northfield, MN)
  • Asako Hirabayashi (Falcon Heights, MN)
  • Heath Mathews (Farmington, MN)

Panelists

  • Paul Elwood
  • Asha Srinivasan
  • Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate

2011

New York

  • Olga Bell
  • Daniel Blake
  • Ryan Carter
  • Christopher Cerrone
  • Trevor Gureckis
  • Mary Kouyoumdjian
  • Ruben Naeff
  • Christopher Trapani

Minnesota

  • Joshua Clausen
  • Noah Keesecker
  • Joshua Musikantow
  • Tiffany Skidmore

Panelists

  • Anthony Curtis Davis
  • Don Davis
  • Anna E. Hinkle-Turner

2010

New York

  • Michael Gilberston
  • Joel Harrison
  • Matthew Steckler
  • Max Duykers
  • Joe Diebes
  • Christopher Jentsch

Minnesota

  • Joshua Bauder
  • Linda Kachelmeier
  • Tim Donahue
  • Jeff Johnson

Panelists

  • Neil Leonard
  • Jovino Dos Santos Neto
  • Jeannine Wagar

2009

New York

  • Darcy James Argue
  • Elizabeth Hoffman
  • Neel Murgai
  • Dafna Naphtali
  • Gregory Spears
  • Daniel Wohl

Minnesota

  • Benjamin Broening
  • Christopher Danforth
  • Kathleen McTavish
  • Chris Thomson

Panelists

  • Madelyn Byrne
  • P.Q. Phan
  • Bill Ryan

2008

New York

  • Patricia Alesandrini
  • Matthew Barnson
  • Philippe Bodin
  • Sidiki Conde
  • Judd Greenstein
  • Yotam Haber
  • Ha-Yang Kim
  • Keith Moore
  • Jeff Myers
  • Hans Tammen
  • Eric Wubbles

Minnesota

  • Elizabeth Alexander
  • Kirsten Broberg
  • George Cartwright
  • Jocelyn Hagen
  • Jeff Herriott
  • John Mallia
  • Ann Millikan
  • Nirmala Rajasekar

Panelists

  • Sarah Cahill
  • Ernest Dawkins
  • James Dillon

2007

New York

  • Nathan Davis
  • Ryan Francis
  • Joel Harrison
  • Huck Hodge
  • Kristin Kuster
  • Missy Mazzoli
  • Tamar Muskal
  • Aaron Siegel

Minnesota

  • Abbie Betinis
  • Howard Collins
  • Paul Elwood
  • Douglas Geers
  • Margaret Griebling-Haigh
  • Art Lee
  • J. David Moore
  • Peter O’Gorman

Panelists

  • Ken Field
  • Amy X Neuberg
  • Reza Vali

2006

New York

  • William Brittelle
  • Corey Dargel
  • Michael Dellaira
  • Bryce Dessner
  • Kristin Norderval
  • Meg Okura
  • Rob Reddy

Minnesota

  • Jeffrey Brooks
  • Edie Hill
  • Linda Kachelmeier
  • Heath Mathews
  • Rachel Matthews
  • Mankwe Ndosi
  • Doug Opel
  • David Wolff

Panelists

  • Lauri desMarais
  • Odean Pope
  • Phillip Schroeder

2005

New York

  • Kati Agocs
  • Annie Gosfield
  • Vijay Iyer
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Hiroya Miura
  • Sam Newsome
  • Sean Noonan

Minnesota

  • Marita Bolles
  • Michael Croswell
  • Michelle Kinney
  • Ann Millikan
  • Yotam Rosenbaum

Panelists

  • Daniel Godfrey
  • James Newton
  • Dorothy Stone

2004

New York

  • Glen Cortese
  • Antonio Carlos DeFeo
  • Vivian Fung
  • Shafer Mahoney
  • Robert Paterson
  • Bobby Previte
  • Huang Ruo
  • David Weiss

Minnesota

  • Shawn Allison
  • Elizabeth Alexander
  • Eric Barnum
  • Howard Collins
  • Peter O’Gorman
  • Lisa Ragsdale
  • Nirmala Rajasekar
  • Changiun Xu

Panelists

  • David Crumb
  • Marjorie Merryman
  • Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng

2003

New York

  • Joshua Fried
  • Michelle Nagai
  • Moto Osada
  • Lu Pei
  • Jonathan Pieslak
  • Spencer Schedler
  • Du Yun

Minnesota

  • Maura Bosch
  • Geoffrey Gordon
  • Michael Karmon
  • Andrew Lafkas
  • Dean Magraw
  • Paul Rudy
  • Ethan Wickman

Panelists

  • Joan LaBarbara
  • Zhou Long
  • Yehuda Yannay

2002

  • Marc Anderson
  • Scott Miller
  • James Syler
  • Casey Hale
  • Christopher Jentsch
  • Basya Schechter
  • Sarah Snider
  • Lev Zhurbin

2001

  • Doug Little
  • Charlottemarie
  • William Beckstrand
  • John Morton
  • Mark Zanter
  • Todd Reynolds
  • Douglas Geers
  • Hayes Biggs
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa
  • Christian Amigo
  • Yuanlin Chen

2000

  • Ron George
  • James Harley
  • Brian Heller
  • Michael Karmon
  • Dan Trueman
  • Preston Wright
  • Steven Bryant
  • Judy Dunaway
  • Phil Kline
  • Harold Meltzer
  • Hollis Taylor
  • Ushio Torikai

1999

  • Mark Engebretson
  • Edie Hill
  • Igor Komeitchouk
  • Dale McGowan
  • Lior Navok
  • Carl Witt
  • Constance Cooper
  • Gisburg
  • Wang Guowei
  • Jose Halac
  • Dafna Naphtali
  • Patrick Zimmerli

1998

  • Linda Dusman
  • Frank Ferko
  • Anthony Gatto
  • Bruce Hamilton
  • John Morrison
  • John Fitz Rogers
  • Derek Bermel
  • Chen Yuanlin
  • Chien-Yin Chen
  • Marilyn Kimura
  • Jerome Kitzke
  • Rob Reddy
  • David Simmons

1997

  • Ellen Band
  • Gao Hong and Paul Dice
  • David Reville
  • Joko Sutrisno
  • Vera Stanojevic
  • Carei Thomas
  • Tom Trenka
  • Ben Allison
  • Wendy-Mae Chambers
  • David Claman
  • Sonia Jacobsen
  • Kevin James

1996

  • Maura Bosch
  • Sherri Flagg-McHugh
  • Michael Fiday
  • Phillip Fried
  • Paul Higham
  • Todd Winkler
  • Wang Zheng-Ting
  • Lisa Bielawa
  • Charles Coleman
  • Jonathan Elliott
  • Zeena Parkins
  • Behzad Ranjbaran
  • Tim Rowe
  • Ken Valitsky
  • Terry Winters-Owens

1995

  • Brent Michael Davids
  • John Devine
  • Linda Tutas Haugen
  • Craig Harris
  • Mark Hellem
  • Homer Lambrecht
  • Emanuel Rodriguez
  • Ying Zhang
  • Nick Didkovsky
  • Joe Gallant
  • Kitty Brazelton
  • Joshua Fried
  • Annie Gosfield
  • Mary Jane Leach
  • Gene Pritsker
  • Qu Xiao-song

1994

  • Michael Croswell
  • Colin Franey
  • Jennifer Higdon
  • Bun Ching Lam
  • Susan Parenti
  • Russell Platt
  • Chris Preissing

1993

  • John Luther Adams
  • Paul Dice
  • Douglas Ewart
  • Randall Woolf

1992

  • Mark Applebaum
  • Ted Fitch
  • Marjorie Hess
  • Joseph Klein
  • Paul Siskind
  • Bernadette Speach

1991

  • William Lang
  • Rose Brzezinski
  • Nathaniel Haynes
  • Judith Sainte Croix
  • Bunita Marcus

1990

  • Conrad DeJong
  • Carl Voss
  • Wes York

1989

  • John Baboukis
  • Bradley Bombardier
  • Tina Davidson
  • Greg Fish
  • Miriam Gerberg
  • Vinny Golia
  • Charles Hoag
  • Arthur Jarvinen

1988

  • Michael Daugherty
  • Linda Haugen
  • Jennifer Holt
  • Leo Kraft
  • David Lang
  • Steve Tibbetts
  • Donald Washington

1987

  • Elizabeth Clark
  • Michael Gordon
  • Matthew Harris
  • Henry Holoien
  • Michele Kinney
  • Ellen Lease
  • James Lovendusky

1986

  • John King
  • Monica Maye
  • Roscoe Mitchell
  • Richard Paske
  • Frederick Tillis

1985

  • Henry Gwiazda
  • David Kechley
  • Alex Lubet
  • Charles McHugh
  • David John Olsen
  • Dan Strum
  • Wendy Ultan
  • Jack Vees

1984

  • John Einweck
  • Paul Goldstaub
  • Robert Maderich
  • Charlie Maguire
  • Steve Rydberg
  • Jeffery Vandervelde
  • Thomas Wegren
  • Zeitgeist

1983

  • Michael Aubart
  • Carl Bergmann
  • Henry Brant
  • Mary Ellen Childs
  • Janet Gilbert
  • Michael Halstenson
  • Stephen Paulus
  • Marjorie Rusche
  • Paul Schoenfield
  • Dale Warland

1982

  • Dominick Argento
  • Dan Breedon
  • Elizabeth Breenan
  • Jeffery Brooks
  • David Edminster
  • Tristan Fuentes
  • Leland Sateren
  • Daniel Sturm
  • Steve Barnett

1981

  • Earl Buys
  • Ralph Johnson
  • Libby Larsen
  • David Means
  • Kim Sherman
  • Lloyd Ultan
  • John Watson
  • Robert Wetzler

1980

  • William Englund
  • Paul Fetler
  • Robert Hanson
  • Carolyn Jennings
  • Alvin King
  • Alex Lubet
  • Carleton Macy
  • Dale Newton
  • Janika Vandervelde

1979

  • Carol Barnett
  • Dan Breedon
  • James Callahan
  • Randall Davidson
  • Marilyn Grobel
  • Eleanor Hovda
  • William Kempe
  • Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
  • Eric Stokes