American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter

aka ACF Philadelphia   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  www.acfphiladelphia.org

Mission

Who We Are
Founded in 1997, the American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter (ACF Philadelphia) supports local composers and communities. Practically every Philadelphia-based composer who has been featured on a concert program in Philadelphia has either been a member of ACF Philadelphia or worked with the Chapter on a particular program or project. To support local composers, we provide career development opportunities via grants, performances, and special projects. We offer these opportunities to composers in all stages of their careers and in all genres of music. To support local communities, we challenge our composers to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds through music. Through their efforts, Philadelphians all over the city can connect to music in meaningful ways that impact their lives in profound ways. As a direct result of these efforts, ACF Philadelphia helps to develop the next generation of composers, musicians, and music audiences.

What We Do
In many ways, ACF Philadelphia has been an agent for bringing a diversity of people and organizations together. Our Community Partners program, where composers directly involve community members in some aspect of the composition process, has impacted different neighborhoods and groups throughout Philadelphia for nearly 14 years. Through this program alone, our composer members have engaged every demographic in over 80 separate projects, involving more than 115 organizations, community centers, or schools within that time. This connection between audiences and music is of central importance to ACF.

We contribute to the artistic and career development of composers through a robust re-granting program called Subito. Since its inception in 2004, Subito awards have funded 123 projects affecting 99 unique composer applicants (not counting other composers involved in those projects) and hundreds of musicians. The projects we have funded enrich the music community immediately (through concerts, recordings, workshops, multimedia presentations, cross disciplinary collaborations with every artistic medium) and in the long term (through investments in the composer's artistic and professional development - i.e. learning opportunities).

ACF Philadelphia also produces workshops, masterclasses, moderated Q and A sessions, and networking events for composers to help further their craft and career. We also produce special concert opportunities. Our latest endeavor was a collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program on a project titled “If You Could Hear These Walls" (HearTheseWalls.acfphiladelphia.org). The project, which featured concerts next to outdoor murals within neighborhoods, illustrates just how much composers can grow and in turn impact the growth of communities. Through non-traditional concert presentations, we aim to bring new music outside of the traditional concert hall and into places where Philadelphians are more likely to pay attention and be challenged.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

James Falconi

Main address

20 North 3rd Street, Unit 201

Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

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EIN

30-0126180

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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Community Partners

Community Partners funds connects composers with a wide range of community, cultural and educational organizations for the purpose of impacting quality of life and improving education in the arts via composition.

Population(s) Served

We establish residency opportunities for composers at local institutions to both inspire composers to write new music and introduce them to a new audience. Working with local institutions helps composers to re-contextualize their roles as composers in the community at large by providing unique insight into a community, collection of artworks, local history, current events, and much more.

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American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter

Board of directors
as of 1/12/2016
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Board chair

Chuck Butler

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Chuck Butler

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Stanford Thompson Executive Director

Play On, Philly!

Cynthia Tjoa Financial Reporting and Risk Control Manager

SL Industries

John Nuechterlein President and CEO

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Jay Krush Tubist, composer, conductor educator

Temple University

Richard Brodhead Composer and Educator

Temple University