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.

Current Participants

 Leyna Marika Papach
Leyna Marika Papach
Carlisle Evans Peck
Carlisle Evans Peck
Anthony William
tony the scribe

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

Jen Bluhm
Jarrelle Barton
Alex Bissen

2017 MECA Recipients

Queen Drea
Queen Drea
Holly Hansen
Holly Hansen
Ian Vaver
Ian Vaver

2016 MECA Recipients

Lynn O'Brien
Lynn O’Brien
Jay Afrisando
Jay Afrisando
Zacc Harris Press Photo By Benny Moreno
Zacc Harris

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