The American Composers Forum has developed key partnerships with leading programs and organizations to better serve its members and the new music community.
Now in its 40th season, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers.
ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. ACO also serves as an incubator of ideas, research, and talent; as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras; and as an advocate for American composers and their music. To date, ACO has performed music by nearly 800 American composers, including more than 350 world premieres and newly commissioned works.
The Music Publishing Podcast, hosted by composer/entrepreneur Dennis Tobenski, is a weekly, hour-long program dedicated to teaching concert music composers more about the business and practical aspects of their careers. Each week, Dennis invites music professionals to join him for an informal conversation about different elements of a composer’s career, tackling such topics as copyright and fair use, different forms of commissioning, score production, effective marketing, and issues of race and gender in the concert music world. Available on iTunes, Stitcher, and all major podcast apps and services.
The Portfolio Composer exists to help composers with the business end of writing music through mindset, marketing, and business skills. TPC believes that composer are self-employed small-business owners and that in order to succeed in getting our music in front of people who are interested in hearing it we need to know essential business skills such as marketing and networking. Building a successful career as a freelance composer is possible and thinking like an entrepreneur will help composers make a living writing music. Available on iTunes and Stitcher.
The Portfolio Composer Events: “Adding Value Through Skype Rehearsals” will take place on August 10, 2017 at 7pm Central. It is free. Interested people can register for the webinar here.
The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, co-presented each season by the Minnesota Orchestra and American Composers Forum and directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts, provides the opportunity for emerging symphonic composers from across the nation to participate in an intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra.