American Composers Orchestra’s new solo commissioning initiative for composers and performers

Posted on: April 9, 2020

To address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on composers and performers, American Composers Orchestra has launched Connecting ACO Community, an initiative to commission short works for solo instrument or voice. Each composer will receive $500 to write a new work, and each performer will receive $500 to perform it, with the rights to stream online for six months. With these premieres, ACO aims to support artists who need financial assistance; to create new work that will live beyond this crisis; and to provide virtual, interactive performances to ACO’s supporters and the general public. Online world premieres of the works will be hosted on Zoom, with $5 tickets sold through Eventbrite and ticketholders receiving a private link to the performance. If the $5 entrance fee poses a barrier to participation, listeners will be asked to fill out an anonymous form at or email Aiden Feltkamp at to request a fee waiver. The first premiere, April 19 at 5 p.m. ET, will feature violinist Miranda Cuckson performing a new work by Ethan Iverson on Zoom. Subsequent performances will take place on April 26 and May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31. For more information visit American Composers Orchestra’s website.