ABOUT ACM

                In this video ACM’s founder and Executive Director Seth Boustead lays out our ambitious mission.

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Featured Project

Sound of Silent Film Festival – April 22

The Sound of Silent Film Festival returns for its 12th year at the Music Box Theater on April 22nd.  Get tickets now!  

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Our commissions

ACM works with musicians and ensembles in cities around the world to provide commissioning opportunities for composers.  Here are the composers we've worked with and a sample of their projects.

Xiaogang Ye

China

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Assimilate and Instigate

Jonathan Hannau

United States of America

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Music as a life force

Nadav Amir-Himmel

Israel

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Composer Alive Commission with Agnieszka Stulginska

Final performance of Agnieszka Stulginska's 2014 piece Dance With My Breath

Our Programs

ACM has a variety of progams to serve our mission of integrating musical creativity into everyday life. Click the box to learn more.

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ACM School of Music

With five locations and counting, the ACM School of Music brings musical creativity into communities throughout Chicago.

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Composer Alive

Our international commissioning program allows a composer to write a new piece in installments and hear it performed as she writes it.  Each installment is rehearsed and recorded in front of a live audience and […]

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Music in Spaces

We frequently commission composers to write music inspired by buildings around the world and then place musicians in the spaces to perform the music for tours of people.

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Sound of Silent Film

Featuring newly composed scores by our member composers performed live to modern silent films, the Sound of Silent Film Festival has become one of our most acclaimed and popular events.

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Live Concerts

We partner frequently with other artists to create multi-disciplinary works and to provide opportunities for our composer members to collaborate with artists around the world.

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Global Connections

A growing global network of composers, ensembles and music festivals around the world who share our goal of bringing contemporary classical music to new audiences.

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