The American Composers Forum is a non-profit service organization forcomposers, founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1975. The organization beganthrough the efforts of University of Minnesota graduate students in music,including Libby Larsen and Stephen Paulus, and was originally funded throughuniversity student activity funds. The organization became formallyincorporated as the Minnesota Composers Forum in 1975, and in 1977 movedoperations to office space in the Landmark Center in Saint Paul,Minnesota.
By 1996, a majority of Minnesota Composers Forum members wereliving outside of Minnesota. To reflect their changing constituency, theorganization changed its name to the American Composers Forum, and chapterorganizations were established in New York, Boston, San Francisco, WashingtonDC, and Philadelphia between 1995-2000.
The American Composers Forumcontinues to offer support to emerging and established composers across theUnited States. They remain headquarted in the Saint Paul Landmark Center, andcontinue to partner with performing ensembles and other service organizationsat both the local and national level.