Composition Department

Professional Resources

ACA - American Composers Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting contemporary music and a publisher-affiliate of BMI, archivist, and concert presenter.

ACF - American Composers Forum links communities with composers and performers, in the making, playing and enjoyment of new music.

AFTRA - American Federation of Television and Radio Arts is a national labor union representing over 70,000 performers, journalists and other artists working in the entertainment and news media.

AMC - American Music Center is dedicated to building a national community of artists, organizations, and audiences creating, performing, and enjoying new American music.

American Symphony Orchestra League leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform.

Art of the States (WGBH - Radio) is devoted to expanding audiences for United States-based composers and performers through its international radio music distribution service.

ASCAP is an organization owned and run by its members and is the leading U.S. Performing Rights organization representing over 400,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers.

Bang On A Can is an ensemble formed by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, and is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music.

Barlow Endowment for Music Composition was established in September of 1983 under the auspices of Milton A. and Gloria Barlow, who presented a substantial gift to Brigham Young University to engender and support excellence in musical composition.

BMI - Broadcast Music Incorporated collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.

Chamber Music America an information source and organization which supports the development and strengthening of an evolving chamber music community.

CISAC - International Confederation of Societes of Authors and Composers works towards increased recognition and protection of creators’ rights.

College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction.

Conductors Guild is the only music service organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art of conducting and to serving the artistic and professional needs of conductors.

Continental Harmony is the first nationwide commissioning program. Through composer residencies and community celebrations, Continental Harmony extends the reach of new music, builds civic pride in communities, and provides new makets and artistic challenges for composers.

Electronic Music Foundation is a New York State not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization with concert office and studios in New York City and a distribution, archival and administrative office in Albany.

Fromm Music Foundation has commissioned over 300 new compositions and their performances, and has sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series, among them Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music and the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard University.

Gaudeamus (Muziek Centrum Nederland) promotes Dutch contemporary music, compositions and musicians and ensembles, nationally and internationally.

IRCAM - Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique is one of the world’s largest public research centers dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.

The Koussevitzky Music Foundations consider applications from performing organizations from any country for the joint commissioning of composers of all nationalities.

Meet the Composer supports the creation of new musical work and the engagement of new work with people and communities throughout the United States.

Music Educators National Conference (MENC) is among the world's largest arts education organizations and marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. MENC serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school.

NACUSA - National Association of Composers USA is one of the oldest organizations devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music. NACUSA presents several chamber concerts each year that feature music by its members.

National Endowment for the Arts has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

NYFA - New York Foundation for the Arts serves individual artists by offering direct financial assistance, professional development and information and resources to artists and organizations that serve artists; supports arts programs in the community; and builds collaborative relationships with others who advocate for the arts in New York State and throughout the country.

PAA - Performing Arts Alliance is a national network of more than 18,000 organizational and individual members comprising the professional, nonprofit performing arts and presenting fields.

SEAMUS – Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States seeks to provide a broad forum for those involved or interested in electronic music. Through its journal, newsletter, national meetings, and its national archive at the University of Texas, SEAMUS seeks to increase communication among the diverse constituency of the relatively new music medium.

SESAC is a performing rights organization with headquarters in Nashville and offices in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and London.

Society Of Composers, Inc. is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition.