ACF CONNECT w/ Roomful of Teeth

Launched in 2017 with the celebrated Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (PNME), the ACF CONNECT program was developed to partner with prominent, top-quality ensembles, offering better commission fees, more time to work with performers, and significant learning/networking opportunities with industry professionals. Consistent with our mission, the program will support meaningful, long-lasting connections between composers, performers, audiences, and the local community where the ensemble is based.

For the 2018/2019 ACF CONNECT program, we are partnering with the GRAMMY-winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth, dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. The ensemble has been hailed as “rigorously venturesome and thrillingly inventive” by The Nation and “Fiercely beautiful and bravely, utterly exposed.” by NPR.

Three selected composers that will represent diverse periods of an artistic life will have an opportunity to work with the ensemble over 16 months, culminating in a performance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in August 2019 during Roomful of Teeth’s 10th-anniversary celebration. Selected composers will meet with industry leaders, new music professionals, and network with other composers and performers to create even more opportunities.

The American Composers Forum encourages applicants from the full range of musical styles and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for our programs will represent, as far as possible, artists and projects that are diverse in genre, gender, race, ethnicity, and geography.

Three composers from the total applicant pool will be selected to participate in this highly engaging program. Each composer will receive a $7,500 commission to write a piece for Roomful of Teeth which will be work-shopped and performed by the ensemble in August 2019. Selected composers must be available in August 13 – 15, 2018 (August 12th & August 16th, 2018 are travel days) for introductory meetings to start working with Roomful of Teeth and August 2019 for workshops, rehearsals, and premiere performance.

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For more information and inquiries contact:

William J. Lackey, DMA
Vice President of Programs
American Composers Forum
Office Phone: 651.251.2833

15 Jan 2018