Songs About Buildings and Moods


Thirsty Ears Festival


Relevant Tones Festival 2021

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LIVE 4/4/2024

Sound of Silent Film Festival

Newly composed scores performed live to short modern silent films at the gorgeous Music Box Theater.


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The ACM School of Music teaches musical creativity along with fundamentals to students age 4 through adult in three locations in Chicago and virtually.

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About ACM

ACM or Access Contemporary Music is a non-profit organization with the mission of bringing musical creativity to life every day. We do this through our award-winning podcast Relevant Tones, by producing concerts of music by diverse living composers, by teaching musical creativity in our ACM School of Music, through exciting multi-disciplinary festivals like Sound of Silent Film and Thirsty Ears, the Sonic Walkabout musical audio walking tours, process-based innovative collaborations like Composer Alive and digital media productions like Songs About Buildings and Moods. We commission new music for each of these programs and work with our talented musicians to bring it to life.

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We commission dozens of composers every year
We produce events in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee and Mexico City
We teach musical creativity to more than 300 students


  • Tickets Now on Sale for the Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago

    ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival celebrates its 18th year with an all-new program of modern silent films with scores we commissioned performed live. One night only!  Wednesday, April… Read More »Tickets Now on Sale for the Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago

    Practice-o-thon begins January 17th!

    ACM students will be participating in the first ever ACM Practice-o-thon! We’ll be getting into good habits while raising money for the ACM Scholarship Fund! Students will pledge to practice… Read More »Practice-o-thon begins January 17th!

    Tickets Now on Sale for the Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago

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