Save a rising generation of artists.

Invest in American Voices, Emerging Composers & Students.

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Invest in American Voices, Emerging Composers & Students.


At this moment in time, we face the potential loss of a generation of rising artists. We have never faced a moment quite as daunting as this one. The pandemic has shown us how vulnerable our freelance composers, soloists and rostered musicians are. Even the most successful working artists have watched cancellation after cancellation throw their entire livelihood into uncertainty and chaos. From the beginning of the pandemic, ACO responded with the Connecting ACO Community initiative, commissioning composers and paying musicians to perform from their homes. When we needed work and hope that our careers would continue, ACO showed up.

I was fortunate to be one of the 19 composers selected to write a piece in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. My collaboration with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus proved to be so fruitful and meaningful. If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to watch our video performance below.

Our community needs ACO’s continued work in the 2020-21 season. Will you join me in supporting their work with a gift?" -Carlos Simon, composer


From now through October 28th, ACO is completing the Saving American Musical Voices campaign to ensure that ACO can keep moving forward and serve artists. At this moment of change, we are investing in three areas:

  • American Voices: ACO recently announced a new partnership with the Apollo Theater for a multidisciplinary event titled “The Gathering.” This project embodies ACO’s mission to champion new works that engage with socially relevant topics. Planned for Spring 2021, the event will include the New York debut performance of my piece AMEN! (also commissioned by the ACO). The final performance of Connecting ACO Community is planned for October 4th, and a new Composer to Composer Talk series, featuring major American composers in conversation with each other about their work and leading a creative life, begins on October 21st.
  • Emerging Composers: ACO will offer a series of twelve Professional Development Webinars from October through May. These panel discussions will feature esteemed professionals in the industry about topics including Entrepreneurship and Creating an Ensemble, Film Composition, Fundraising via Supportive Individuals, and more. Two EarShot Readings, orchestra readings like the one I joined in 2016, are planned for June 2021 including ACO musicians in NYC and the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, MD. Finally, the Pathways Pilot will provide a series of commissions and personalized mentorship to Anjna Swaminathan, a versatile artist in the field of South Indian Carnatic Violin.
  • Students: ACO Teaching Artists use composition as a platform to unlock students’ creativity, producing opportunities for achievement in the arts as well as academic and social advancement. Two composition classes will be conducted via remote learning, Sonic Spark Lab for middle schoolers and Compose Yourself! for high schoolers.