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8.15.21

Thirsty Ears Festival

LIVE
10.15.21

Relevant Tones Festival 2021

Songs About Buildings and Moods

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5.14.22

Composer alive: third installment

Composer Alive gives an audience the chance to peek into a composer’s creative process by performing installments of a new piece as he writes it.

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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
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We teach musical creativity to more than 300 students

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  • Apply to Perform on the Thirsty Ears Festival

    ACM’s Thirsty Ears Festival will be held on August 13 and 14 this year.  The event is Chicago’s only classical music street festival and combines performances by our resident Palomar… Read More »Apply to Perform on the Thirsty Ears Festival

    Early Bird Vendor Registration for 2022 Thirsty Ears Festival

    Access Contemporary Music has been bringing ground-breaking, innovative programming to audiences for over a decade. With a focus on introducing new audiences to bold modern music in uniquely approachable settings,… Read More »Early Bird Vendor Registration for 2022 Thirsty Ears Festival

    Relevant Tones: Classical Next 2022 Part I

    Classical:NEXT is the global networking and exchange hub dedicated exclusively to classical and art music, for all professionals – artists, managers, presenters, orchestras, labels, educators, press, media, publishers and more.… Read More »Relevant Tones: Classical Next 2022 Part I

    Apply to Perform on the Thirsty Ears Festival

    Early Bird Vendor Registration for 2022 Thirsty Ears Festival

    Relevant Tones: Annika Socolofsky

    Composer Alive: Third Installment Performance