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American Composers Forum

ACF | create

Location: National
Type: Grant / Fellowship / Award

Deadline: 04/12/2024

Other Criteria:
Open to artists statewide
Paid opportunity ($8,000-11,000)


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.

Program Description

ACF will select five early career music creators based in the state of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City to receive commissioning funding for the creation and presentation of a new work.
The work proposed for funding must be in early stages of development and must be completed (including a public presentation) within five years.
The music creator applies with a collaborative partner (such as a performing group or a presenter) who is committed to presenting the finished work. The collaborative partner can be based anywhere in the world.


Five artists will be awarded $11,000 to be allocated as follows:

$8,000.00 commission is paid directly to the artist across three installments for their time creating a new 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, outreach events, touring, publication, recording, and promotion costs.
In addition to funding support, awardees have access to exclusive ACF events, networking activities, and career development mentorship from ACF staff. They also have opportunities to be featured and promoted on ACF’s platforms, such as curating playlists for I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, being interviewed for artist profiles, and having their work shared in our newsletters (distributed to more than 9,000 recipients).

*A note to ensembles 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 an organization and/or performer(s) at the direction of the awarded artist.

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