American Composers Forum

in the key of now

aka ACF   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  www.composersforum.org

Mission

The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of music.

Ruling year info

1976

Principal Officer

Mr. Vanessa Rose

Main address

75 5th Street W, Suite 522

Saint Paul, MN 55102 USA

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EIN

23-7452688

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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

Commissioning and Residency

ACF administers several commissioning and residency programs in Minnesota and across the US.

Population(s) Served

ACF's programs that focus on readings and performances take place throughout the country and in Minnesota.

Population(s) Served

ACF's education programs include BandQuest, ChoralQuest, NextNotes, and NextNotes Lab.

Population(s) Served

ACF counts 2,000 members from all 50 states and several other countries.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The American Composers Forum facilitates an ecosystem of creativity through music. Our goal is to make composers, and the music they create, a vibrant and integral part of our culture. Programs reflect the diversity of our world, and we partner with a variety of ensembles and organizations to create new opportunities for new work to flourish.

Over the course of four decades, ACF has nurtured the work of thousands of composers. The innova recording label has released over 500 titles, and our BandQuest® and ChoralQuest® series for middle level students has reached over half million students. New programs like ACF CONNECT offer direct connections and commissions with leading national ensembles. The organization has a rich history of granting programs, readings, salons, conferences and residencies that support the creation of new work and connect composers to communities.

Today, ACF has about 2,000 members in all 50 states, including composers, performers, schools and conservatories. Members come from both urban and rural areas; they work in virtually every musical genre, including orchestral and chamber music, “world" music, opera and music theater, jazz and improvisational music, electronic and electro-acoustic music, and sound art. In addition to the tangible benefits of membership (newsletters, invitations to events, and access to grant, fellowship, and residency opportunities), members are part of a national community of artists who share common concerns, aspirations, and goals.

Financials

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Operations

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American Composers Forum

Board of directors
as of 6/6/2019
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Board chair

Anne LeBaron

Mary Ellen Childs

Sam Hseng-Hung Hsu

David Myers

J. Anthony Allen

Melitta Drechsler

Delta David Gier

Nancy Huart

Jeffrey Cadwell

Vivian Fung

Jeff Graves

Anne LeBaron

Evans Mirageas

Alfred Moore

Joseph Ohrt

Bill Sands

Deborah Kermeen

Michelle Kinney

Sarah Lutman

Stephen Miles

Chris Osgood

Asha Srinivasan

Janis Lane-Ewart

Andrew Paulus

Stephen Usery

Stanford Thompson

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? No