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American Composers Forum

McKnight Visiting Composer Residencies

Location: MN — Twin Cities Metro
Type: Residency

Deadline: 12/01/2023

Other Criteria:
Open to artists nationally
Open to artists statewide
Paid opportunity (10,000)


The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2024 McKnight Visiting Composers Residency Program. This program is made possible by the generous support of The McKnight Foundation.

The Purpose of the ACF McKnight Visiting Composer Residencies

The intent of the McKnight Artist and Culture Programs is to recognize and support artists and culture bearers who are beyond emerging and have sustained experience in their area of practice. Visiting Composers demonstrate achievement, commitment, and high level proficiency in artistic and/or culture bearer practice. This program invites artists to respond to, or reflect on, the unique qualities of people and communities in Minnesota.


Two residencies of $10,000 will be awarded. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.

Funds are distributed directly to the music creator across four installments.

Consultation, time, and resources from ACF.


ONLINE APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 1, 2023 (11:59 PM Central)

Please note: 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.

To view the complete guidelines as a separate document, please go to


This program invites artists to respond to or reflect on the unique qualities of people and communities in our home state.

ACF will select two music creators for an artistic residency in Minnesota.

Artists will design and produce a residency that is integrated with the Minnesota community in a unique way.

Visiting composers spend approximately 30 days in Minnesota over an 18-month period, building relationships and working on projects.

New work may be part of the residency, but it is not required. The focus is on the exploration of an artist within a Minnesota community.


You live outside of Minnesota

You have a US Social Security Number or US Tax ID.

You are beyond early practice and have sustained experience in your discipline.

You demonstrate achievement, commitment, and high level proficiency in music creation practice.

You have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship or Residency within any artistic discipline in the last five award years. Recipients of 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 McKnight Fellowships in any discipline are not eligible. 2018 fellows are eligible to apply again for 2024 fellowship awards. Past fellows can search on the McKnight Artists Fellowship webpage ( to confirm their award year.

You are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners (including ACF). See the list of all partner organizations named above. The partners are also shown here:

You are not enrolled full-time in an academic program. (Low-Residency MFA students, and Ph.D. and DMA candidates who have completed all requirements except their dissertation, are not considered “full-time” students.)


The American Composers Forum encourages applicants to contact ACF staff to ask questions and discuss potential applications. For general questions regarding the McKnight Composer Fellowship program applications, please contact Oswald Huỳnh, Manager of Artist Support, at