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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Current Productions

ACM produces a variety of events and programs in Chicago, New York, Barcelona, Milwaukee and Mexico City each year that serve our mission of integrating musical creativity into everyday life.

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Sound of Silent Film Festival

The Sound of Silent Film Festival now happens in Chicago, New York and Mexico City, and features newly commissioned scores performed live to modern silent films.

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Late Night at National Sawdust

A quarterly series in Brooklyn’s hot new music venue that’s also broadcast live on Relevant Tones, the country’s only syndicated weekly contemporary music radio program.

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Open House

We work with Open House projects in Barcelona, Chicago and Milwaukee to commission composers to write new pieces inspired by architecture and perform them in the spaces.

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ACM School of Music

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

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Thirsty Ears Street Festival

Every summer we produce Chicago’s only classical music street festival, a two-day event featuring stellar performances, wine and beer, food trucks and more.

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Composer Alive

An international commissioning project in which a composer write a new piece to be publicly rehearsed and recorded in installments while it’s being written.

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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 some 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