Songs About Buildings and Moods

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8.15.21

Thirsty Ears Festival

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10.15.21

Relevant Tones Festival 2021

FEATURED PRODUCTION
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9/8

Launch and Release Party

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We celebrate the release of our new album Composer Alive in collaboration with the Ravenswood Art Walk’s Launch Party

EXPERIENCE

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festivals / concerts

We produce a variety of festivals and concerts throughout the year designed to serve our mission of bringing musical creativity to life.

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School of music
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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

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.

Get To Know Us

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

News

NEWS

We Need Volunteers for Thirsty Ears

Chicago’s only classical music street festival returns to Ravenswood on August 13 and 14 but we need your help!  We’re looking for volunteers to help us at the entrances, in…Read More »We Need Volunteers for Thirsty Ears

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Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Opera La Jetée

Chicago Fringe Opera, Lux Cantorum Chicago and Access Contemporary Music are teaming up to produce an operatic adaptation of Chris Marker’s classic film La Jetée which has inspired countless artists,…Read More »Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Opera La Jetée

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6.21.22

We Need Volunteers for Thirsty Ears

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7.22.22

Now Available On All Platforms!

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7.18.22

Relevant Tones: Cross Roads

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