Now encompassing all of the American Composers Orchestra’s composer advancement initiatives, EarShot is the first ongoing, systematic program for developing relationships between composers and orchestras on the national level. Through EarShot Readings, CoLABoratory fellowships, consortium commissions, and professional development, EarShot ensures a vibrant musical future by investing in creativity today.
The goal of EarShot: Advancing Equity through Publishing & Repertoire Development is to measurably increase the percentage of Black and Latine composers with ongoing sustainable careers in the American orchestral field. American Composers Orchestra creates multifaceted strategies that amplify the work of Black/Latine composers by publishing works featured through ACO's EarShot Readings and CoLABoratory Fellowships, leveraging ACO’s national orchestral network to facilitate repeat performances of those works, commissioning new works for youth/school orchestras, and creating education modules that place composer teaching artists within youth/school orchestras for one semester in connection to those composer’s ACO commissions. From 2023-2025, American Composers Orchestra will publish the works of 16 composers, commissioning 8 new works for youth/school orchestras, and creating 16 education modules that place Black/Latine composer teaching artists within youth/school orchestras for one semester. EarShot: Advancing Equity through Publishing & Repertoire Development is made possible by a generous grant from Sphinx through the Sphinx Venture Fund.