About ACA - Music Administration and Score catalog

American Composers Alliance (ACA) strives to encourage performances of American concert music by keeping the music in print and easily available for the long term future. In accordance with the original goals of the organization in the 1930s, ACA believes that composers should receive credit and payment when their music is used. We make the process easier for performing artists who need to obtain this music, and we encourage professional courtesy and respect for the creators of this music.

  • ACA works with composers, estates, libraries, performers, ensembles, recording projects, and distributors of classical music from around the world.
  • ACA provides a professional structure for composers to reach new audiences and patrons, and to earn income from their music through commissions on sales and other income streams managed and collected by ACA on behalf of their music.
  • Affiliated publishing imprints are American Composers Edition (BMI), Composers Facsimile Edition (BMI) and American Concert Editions (ASCAP).
  • The catalog contains over 13,330 titles and represents a broad view of musical expression in the U.S. from 1900 to the present day.
  • Support services by ACA are provided for composers at a professional level writing chamber music, choral music, new music, arrangements, opera, dramatic, theatrical, electronic, film, and orchestral music.
  • ACA is a publishing administrator and distribution agent for scores and performance sets in both print and digital format.
  • ACA sells, rents, donates, and licenses music, including rights for recordings, website audio and video streaming, documentary films; dance and dramatic uses, chamber and orchestra performances; school classroom uses; audio and video recordings; textbook and article reprints, arrangements, and new editions of music from the past.
  • ACA is funded by the generous contributions of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, affiliated composers, Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, earned income from its catalog, and many organizations and individuals who support and contribute to preserve American music.

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ACA Board and Staff

American Composers Alliance
Composers' Catalog and Archives
PO Box 1108
New York, NY 10040
(212) 837-8082
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