Apply for Administrative and Publishing Services through American Composers Edition

ACA publishes sheet music and licenses uses of music from its catalogs.

It is a service for self-published pieces that deserve to reach a wider audience and be made available to international distributors of contemporary music and to the public.

Our catalog is curated by professors and leaders in the field of classical music. We add over 100 new works every year.

Our annual sales of BMI-affiliated music have increased over 500% since 2008. We share sales & licensing income annually with affiliated music creators. Any U.S. citizen or permanent resident composer can apply for publishing services through ACA.

You must first be affiliated with BMI or ASCAP before applying to ACA.
ACA is a nonprofit organization that publishes and distributes the music of its composers. The application process and notifications can take 2 to 6 months from the time the composer's application materials are received at ACA.

The composer should submit electronically - a minimum of two recent scores in PDF format, two live or studio recordings (Dropbox or, a current complete list of works with instrumentation, duration and premiere info, and resume/bio/or CV that contains recent performances listed for the past 3 years. Upon reviewing the materials the Publication Committee will make their recommendation to the Board of Governors.  At the following Board meeting or via online voting, the Board votes to accept or decline the recommendation of the publishing committee.

There are no stylistic requirements for the composer to be published with American Composers Edition, other than he or she should be writing contemporary concert music at a professional level.

Note:  For newly affiliated composers, ACA does not require assignment of any copyright by the composer. The ACA agreement is a revocable Grant of Rights that allows ACA to register as the publisher of record for performing rights royalties and to be the exclusive print and/or electronic score distributor for the sales, rentals, and other licensed uses of music scores, only for the pieces covered in the Grant of Rights. All other aspects of copyright are nonexclusive and shared.

To start the application process, please send materials by mail or email.
If using Email to send, please use this address: [email protected] You will be notified of the decision within 3 months or sooner.
If you have further questions, please read the various information pages on this website or contact us:
Phone: 212 568 0036 General Email: [email protected]
American Composers Alliance  PO Box 1108 New York, NY 10040