Composition Department

The 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 - the American Music Center and the American Composers Forum. 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 serves as a vital link between academic life and a career in music connecting schools and students with composers, performers, educators, industry professionals, and patrons. In 2011 AMC merged with Meet The Composer to form New Music USA, but this school membership program continues today with the ACF. Upon enrollment into IU's Composition program, each new and current student automatically has complete access to all the membership benefits offered.

How students and faculty can get the most out of their American Composers Forum memberships

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.

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.