Composition Department

The American Music Center and American Composers Forum
School Membership Program

In 2007, Indiana University's Composition Department took part in an unprecedented school membership pilot program with two national organizations known for promoting new music. Through this program, every faculty member and student within IU's Composition Department, joined two vibrant communities of artists and professionals that provides their members with a wide range of significant benefits and essential services of each organization. This program will serve as a vital link between academic life and a career in music connecting schools and students with composers, performers, educators, industry professionals, and patrons. Upon enrollment into IU's Composition program, each new and current student will automatically have complete access to all the membership benefits these two organizations offer!

How students and faculty can get the most out of their AMC/ACF memberships

American Music Center:

Read NewMusicBox and put it to use. 
NewMusicBox ( is the only online magazine exclusively covering new American music. If you teach, assign NewMusicBox articles as reading material for your students. Post an ad for your concert at the member-discounted rate. Possibilities abound!

Listen to Counterstream Radio. Counterstream Radio is a 24/7 showcase for new music by United States composers. The only principle that defines the music we broadcast is that it's never about following the rules - this is music created without regard for anyone who says, "You can't do that!" Tune in at and explore the sound of music without limits!

Apply for AMC’s grantmaking programs. The Composer Assistance Program (CAP) offers direct assistance for the preparation costs for premiere performances. Ensembles can apply to the Copland Performing Ensembles programLive Music for Dancethe Copland Recording Program, and provide additional avenues of support for composers, performers, and other professional artists.

Upload your works to AMC’s Online Library in Explore American Music (formerly known as NewMusicJukebox). AMC’s Online Library represents our vision for the future of marketing and disseminating music. Be a part of the most comprehensive compendium of new American music. To learn more and to register, please contact

If you are involved in primary education, the New American Music for Young Audiences catalog will help you find new works. We continuously add items to the catalog so be sure to visit regularly to see what's new.

Read Opportunity Update and respond to the listings. AMC’s monthly Opportunity Update is the most complete resource for competitions, calls for scores, grant programs, and residencies around. It also contains important announcements from the Center. Don’t miss out!

Take advantage of discounts on AMC workshops and free access to AMC publications. Members are eligible for discounts on AMC’s popular Tuning Up Your Career and Nuts & Bolts workshops about aspects of the music business. To get free subscriptions to our online publications, Contemporary Ensembles Directory and Opportunities in New Music, please contact
Confirm your subscription to AMC eNotesAs an AMC member, you will automatically be subscribed to AMC’s email newsletter, AMC eNotes. Be sure to respond to the confirmation message that you will receive within a month of joining!

Come to AMC’s Annual Award Ceremony. This free special event each May features an impressive roster of awardees and affords members an opportunity for networking, refreshment, and fun.

American Composers Forum:

Post your new music events to our events listing page. Concerts, salons, premieres, conferences, podcasts, radio shows – post anything you’d like people to know about and take part in!

Check out the opportunities listings frequently. We receive notices of competitions, awards, calls for proposals, and residencies daily so the list is always changing. If you have your own opportunity you’d like us to advertise for you, contact John Michel at

Read through our program offerings on and find out how ACF can help you! With dozens of programs operating across the country, it’s certain you’ll find something that can help you along in your new music career.

Read Sounding Board. Our bi-monthly newsletter Sounding Board will be delivered to your campus. You can pick up your copy from your campus liaison.Sounding Board is full of news about the world of new music – you’ll find features on composers and performers, reports on ACF’s latest projects, and news from our chapters. It’s a great way to get to know ACF.

Connect to your peers with Composer to Composer Bulletin Board. ACF and Make Music Inc. (the makers of Finale Notation Software) have put together a place in cyberspace for composers to come together to chat, ask questions, and share their music. Composer to Composer is an active site with over 350 members all talking about new music. If you have a question about composing as a career, want to talk about a new recording, or get feedback on your work, Composer to Composer is the place to go. Join the conversation at

Check out our Broadcast media.  ACF has produced a number of broadcast shows, including the podcasts Measure for Measure and Alive and ComposingMeasure for Measure is an interview show featuring composers across a broad spectrum of genres. Guests talk about their careers, their history, and what they see as the future of new music. You can find episodes at and Composing: The Wonderful World of innova Recordings features interviews with artists and music from the innova catalog. For more information on Alive and Composing, go to

Explore innova Recordings. As a program participant, you are eligible to purchase innova CD’s, DVD’s, and videos at a 15% discount. As one of the most eclectic recording labels in existence, innova features music and artists from around the world that will open your mind to the limitless variety of music just waiting to be heard. Start your journey at Instructions on how to order are included on a separate sheet.