AMERICAN CONFERENCE OF CANTORS INC

Sacred music. Spiritual leadership. Jewish life.

aka Transcontinental Music Publications   |   Schaumburg, IL   |  www.accantors.org

Mission

The American Conference of Cantors supports its members in their sacred calling as emissaries for Judaism and for Jewish music. ACC leadership draw upon the energies and aspirations of its individual members, while responding to the expressed needs of the larger membership and the Reform Movement. The Conference inspires its members to embrace a shared dynamic vision of the cantorate. This vision is realized through the programs and initiatives that will ensure a strong and successful organization. Each such effort is conceived according to carefully determined goals and criteria. Through our members we provide our communities with a compelling experience of text, music, learning, relationship to one another and connectedness to God.

Ruling year info

1971

President

Cantor Claire Franco

Executive Diretor

Rachel Roth

Main address

1375 Remington Road Suite M

Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA

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Formerly known as

American Conference of Certified Cantors

Transcontinental Music Publications

EIN

13-2666627

NTEE code info

Jewish (X30)

Professional Societies, Associations (X03)

Music (A68)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The ACC, through its support for and cultivation of excellence among cantors, strengthens Reform Jewish life in North America. ACC cantors are equipped to be attentive to the joys and challenges that members within a congregation face over the course of their lives, using both their unique calling to music and prayer and their shared responsibilities for offering spiritual leadership to congregations. ACC members also can help lead their congregations and by extension, the Reform Jewish movement in North America, to a bright future.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Operations

Continuing Education: The ACC provides professional development and educational resources through regional meetings, seminars and national conventions.

Cantorial Advocacy: We provide support around an unprecedent array of workplace challenges associated with the transformation of the worship environment and the comprehensive demands of congregational life

Representation: Our organization represents and advocates for the Cantorate and our mission throughout an intricate matrix of relationships in the Reform movement and the greater Jewish community

Pension and Insurance: The ACC provides and manages a retirement and life insurance plan for members of the ACC

Certification: With Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Relgion the ACC manages the educational and business aspects of the Certification process which enables non-graduates to become invested cantors. As of 10/08/06, we have 12 students in the program.

Placement: The ACC administers and supports the placement process for cantors seeking employment. We have between 25-60 cantors in placement at a time.

Population(s) Served

Here is an example of the programming for an annual convention: praying in the congregation of cantors at t’filah, to learning with high level scholars, and to getting a supercharge of inspiration for the coming program year. I’m guessing that it is the same for many of you – and I promise you that this year’s convention in Florida will deliver all of that and more.

The program for Florida is exciting. We have some great headliners with Rabbis Aaron Panken, Peter Rubinstein, Steve Fox, and Richie Address. We will celebrate the fantastic achievement that is Shirei Mishkan HaNefesh with performances of many of the brand new pieces commissioned by the ACC and dialog with the composers. We have a schedule of workshops that is truly excellent – making it hard to choose between fabulous learning opportunities. And then, of course, there is the dance party…

This year, as program chair, I am working on a new initiative, and I need you to help me succeed. The programming at convention has always been of the highest quality, but it has also been generally self-contained. This year, I want to encourage all of our participants to start their convention experience long before they get to the hotel in Ft Lauderdale –and here are three ways we are going to do it.

First: for each of the 16 (or so) workshops planned I have asked the presenters to submit articles or exercises that will allow us to come in prepared. All of the workshop descriptions and preparatory materials will be posted to the convention website ready for your perusal. I ask you to please dedicate some time to making your choices and taking this preparation seriously. Our learning will benefit immeasurably from this new process and it depends on each of us taking personal responsibility. I know that this is new –and I hope that you will share with me how it affects your experience of convention.

Second: on Monday morning of convention, we will have a unique panel of leaders representing the breadth of our movement. Rabbi Aaron Panken (HUC), Rabbi Esther Lederman (URJ), Rabbi Steve Fox (CCAR), Cantor Mark Goldman (ACC) and Rabbi Peter Rubinstein will offer their thoughts on the future of Reform Judaism, our congregations, and our organizations. For this panel, we will be soliciting questions from you, our membership, whether or not you are attending convention. You will receive an email in the coming month or so asking for your questions in a variety of subjects. Please take some time to respond! We want to make sure that this panel responds to the essential questions that are of mutual concern and curiosity to the membership of the ACC.

Finally: Wednesday of convention is largely dedicated to our new machzor, Mishkan HaNefesh. While we know that not all of our members’ congregations are making the move this year, we do know that all of us have work to do in keeping our High Holy Day services meaningful.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ACC is a clergy organization created and maintained to support the needs of fully ordained and certified cantors and the staffing needs of Reform congregations. We serve as a central resource to help make our members cherished clergy partners and ambassadors for all who want to discover and share in the emotions of our spiritual tradition. We also provide resources to Reform congregations by access to ordained (credentialed) professionals with the leadership and musical abilities to help congregants experience the uplifting music, meditation, teaching and acts of loving kindness that build dynamic and caring communities.

The ACC engages our members to be active participants in the Jewish Community and in the ACC. Through numerous committees and task forces, ACC members touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals in the Jewish Community.

With over 500 members, the ACC serves over 300 congregations in North America. As new cantors join the ACC, our reach continues to expand.

The ACC is going through a strategic planning process and we are in the midst of recreating our brand and identity.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN CONFERENCE OF CANTORS INC

Board of directors
as of 9/9/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Claire Franco

Community Synagogue

Term: 2019 - 2022

Claire Franco

Seth Warner

Erin Frankel

Joshua Breitzer

Deborrah Cannizarro

Jamie Marx

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/09/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Disability

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