The American Composers Forum is seeking to expand our reach by identifying and supporting artists who typically operate outside our known circles. The Minnesota Emerging Composer Awards (MECA) were created with the following goals in mind:
- To engage Minnesota-based makers of original music who otherwise might not apply to ACF programs.
- To provide these artists with funds to support a project that promises to have a significant boost to their career.
- To send a message to a broader section of local music creators that ACF is interested in their work, and to see how ACF might support their needs as artists.
- To encourage risk-taking and support the creation of quality new music.
MECA supports individuals working in a variety of non-commercial genres, including electronic, improvised, jazz, experimental, traditional, and world musics.
The nomination process is simple: go to the weblink provided in the Nominate Here tab above and point us to a variety of work samples and background information on the artist, along with your endorsement. We will take it from there.
2020 Guidelines will be posted at a later date.
2018 MECA Recipients
2017 MECA Recipients
2016 MECA Recipients
2015 MECA Recipients
2014 MECA Recipients
2013 MECA Recipients
2012 MECA Recipients
2011 MECA Recipients
2010 MECA Recipients
2009 MECA Recipients
- James P. Hungelmann
- Kevin Washington
- Yilma Woldemedhen