Composers take center stage at ACF Artist Equity Summit
Prior to beginning my role as Executive Director at the American Composers Forum (ACF) in January 2019, the organization noted how our various art industry conferences rarely included, let alone amplified, discussion points. view of living composers. And there were few opportunities for historically excluded artists to be able to lead conversations and showcase their experiences. This led us to lead a rally in September 2019 who did just that, the planning of which guided our own (ongoing) internal transformation to become a racially equitable organization. We have continued to hold such a gathering every year since 2019. Now called our Artist Equity Summit, the annual event brings together music creators and examines equity-related themes impacting the field and beyond.
On Saturday September 17We invite you to join us for our 2022 summit as we focus on “Lifting Up our Youth” through music, dialogue and community.
In addition to composers, we partner with community and arts organizations and engage a national audience of artists, presenters, funders, teachers, community leaders and members of the public on music-related topics. equity and the arts. We hope everyone walks away with new artists to connect with, ideas to try in their own ecosystem, and examples of more equitable ways to engage with today’s music makers.
The Artist Equity Summit 2022 is the culmination of artist residency PaviElle French with six St. Paul-based arts organizations working together as a group for the first time. Release! Raising our youth is French’s vision, and stems from our collective need and responsibility to empower our youth and give them a platform. At the top, students from purple playground and TruArtSpeaks will perform original works created in workshops with French and foreign collaborators.
We are thrilled to have one of the residency partners hosting this event in person and livestreamed! Walker West Academy of Musicis to create a music learning community rooted in the African American cultural experience. Claim our space produces the event for us.
We will share more information about our new intergenerational commissioning partnership with the Juilliard School Pre-College and the New York Philharmonic – Compose Include – along with other examples of uplifting our youth through the creative process with the composer Jessica Mayartistic manager Stanford Thompsonand French PaviElle.
This event is also an opportunity for ACF to submit our annual “report card” on how we are progressing, to learn from our failures or oversights, and to invite you, our community, to hold us accountable. Garrett McQueen, Chairman of ACF’s Equity Committee and member of the Board of Directors, will join me for the presentation. (See last year’s report here.)
Finally, we’ll give you a preview of what to expect next year! We hope you will join us in person at Walker West in St. Paul or online. Registration is free for all participants. Take a few minutes to Register now!
About the American Composers Forum
ACF envisions a world where living music creators are celebrated as essential to human culture. Through our national platform and networks, ACF amplifies the inspiring artists and artistic work happening in our community and connects them with others. Learn more on our website.
Thank you to our funders
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This activity is made possible by Minnesota voters through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through a Legislative Appropriation of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Generous support was also provided by Bill and Susan Sands, the IA O’Shaughnessy Foundation, and the Lillian Wright and C. Emil Berglund Foundation.
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