ACA is a nonprofit organization that publishes, distributes, and licenses uses of music from its catalog.
It is a service for composers to join the collective catalog, and promote their works to reach a wider audience,
including international distributors of contemporary music and the general public.
The ACA catalog is curated by professors and leaders in the field of classical music. We add over 100 new works every year.
ACA does not require assignment of copyright by the composer, though certain aspects of copyright must be exclusively licensed to ACA in order for ACA to manage and administer services for your music. The ACA agreement is a revocable Grant of Rights that allows ACA to register as the publisher and be the exclusive administrator for sales, rentals, and other licensed uses of your music. Management of mechanical rights is also offered to affiliated composers.
Annual sales of BMI-affiliated music from the ACA catalog have increased five fold since 2008. Performance royalties for the ACA catalog have tripled since 2008. Mechanical and streaming royalties on recordings have also increased substantially. Composers share in the sales & licensing income through royalties paid annually. Earn more benefit by joining a publishing and administration collective such as ACA, or create your own!
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.
The application process for affiliating with ACA 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 (audio or video links, or via Dropbox or box.com), a current complete list of works with instrumentation, duration and detailed premiere info, and resume/bio/or CV that contains recent performances listed for the past 3 years.
There are no stylistic requirements for the music published with American Composers Edition. Composers should be writing contemporary concert music - chamber, orchestral, or choral, at a professional level.
To start the application process, please send materials by email, direct links, and drop box type services.
If using Email to send, please use this address: [email protected]
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