The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum 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.


Our Goals

  1. Maintain program commitment to support composers’ artistic development and cultivate new markets for their music

  2. Provide an organizational structure to support quality programs and services

  3. Build capacity to sustain and grow the range of Chapter activities

  4. Provide arts education for its members and the general population through its programming



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American Composers Forum, Philadelphia thanks the following funders for their generous support: The Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Philadelphia Music Project, Samuel S. Fels Fund and William Penn Foundation.



Years Serving philadelphia arts communities

Founded in 1997, the Philadelphia Chapter of the nationally renowned American Composers Forum has been enriching the careers of composers at all stages of their development by connecting composers with new communities and supporting the creation of their new works.



children Impacted

Through direct outreach and teaching opportunities with Community Partners and Composer Residency programs. ACF Philadelphia has enriched the lives of thousands of young minds on their own path to musical and artists exploration.


Our Partners


Our Current Programs

Since its inception, ACF Philadelphia has had an wide array of programs to help support composers at various points in their careers. Our current support program is built around the concept of composer residencies with Philadelphia institutions like Village of Arts of Humanities, Mural Arts Philadelphia and The Society Hill Synagogue and pairing composers with world renowned musicians like Marilyn Nonken, Nicholas Isherwood and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Through these residencies composers work with individuals and institutions to further their own work as well as make life long connections with new communities and audiences.

Click 'Learn More' to find out more about this current focus as well as previous ACF Philadelphia programs like Subito, Community Partners and SoundExchange.


Get Involved

Are you a Philadelphia-area composer looking to connect and explore new opportunities for your music? Consider becoming a member of American Composer Forum. Also please join our mailing list to find out more about our community through our monthly newsletter.  Also please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to American Composers Forum!




ACF Philadelphia is one of three active chapters of the American Composers Forum (the Forum), a national membership organization based in Minnesota. No matter where you live, there are many benefits of being an ACF member. Visit the ACF National website for membership rates and/or to become a member of the American Composers Forum. Student rates are available!


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Donors like you make our work possible! When you contribute to the ACF, you make an immediate impact. Your gift not only supports the creation of new music but also helps us connect composers in meaningful ways to performers, audiences, and communities.


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