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Community Partners (community project grants for Philadelphia area composers)

American Composers Forum, Philadelphia

Monday, September 17, 2012; ends at 11:55 PM

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Community Partners Grant (Fall 2012) Ended Free  

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Introduction and Purpose

Community Partners grants support composer residencies with a wide range of community, cultural and educational organizations. The residencies challenge composers to create and perform new works that respond to the heritage, culture, and interests of the community, while engaging communities in the creative process of composition. The “community partner” in the project could range from a neighborhood organization/club to public or private school to a community center or religious congregation to an arts and culture organization. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach “underserved” or “non-traditional” audiences for new music.

All projects should involve the creation and public performance of a new work and all projects should include some form of community engagement (educational workshops, lectures, etc.). There is no "typical" Community Partners project; each is tailored to the needs, interests and resources of the participating composer, the partner organizations, and their respective constituencies.


Individual composers in the Philadelphia region are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be members of the American Composers Forum to apply; however, artists whose projects are funded must become ACF members and remain ACF members for the duration of the project. To join ACF online, visit the website.

Composers are encouraged to work closely with community partner(s) in the project planning and application process. However, the composer must submit the application and if awarded, the composer, not the community partner, will receive the grant award. 

In order to encourage greater access to and broader distribution of the resources available, ACF Philadelphia will fund only one Community Partners project per year for the same applicant. Composers who receive a Community Partners grant must sit out one round before applying again. Grants will be made for projects occurring in the following six counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties in PA and Camden County in NJ.

For more details and to download the applicaton and guidelines, visit 

Have questions about Community Partners (community project grants for Philadelphia area composers)? Contact American Composers Forum, Philadelphia


American Composers Forum, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum (ACF Philadelphia) is committed to supporting local composers and developing new markets for their music. Through granting, commissioning, and performance programs, ACF Philadelphia provides composers at all stages of their careers with valuable resources for professional and artistic development. By linking communities with composers and performers, ACF Philadelphia fosters a demand for new music, enriches communities, and helps develop the next generation of composers, musicians, and music patrons.

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