is for the people. For all of us, the dumb, the deaf, the
dogs and jays, the quick, handclappers, dancing moon watchers,
brainy puzzlers, abstracted whistlers, fingersnapping time
keepers, crazy, weak, hurt, weed keepers, the strays. The
land of music is everyones nation - her tune, his beat,
your drum - one song, one vote."
Eric Stokes (1930-1999),
composer, teacher, and former American Composers Forum board
Welcome! On the following pages you'll learn how your organization
can commission a new musical work, and how you can get the
greatest benefit from the experience of working with a composer.
This toolkit represents what the American Composers Forum
has learned in creating and leading community-based commissioning
programs since 1973.
If you have any questions related to the contents of this
toolkit, please contact:
332 Minnesota St., E-145
St. Paul, MN 55101
Designing Your Project
Finding a Composer
Residency Activity Check-list
Sample Letter of Agreement