Diverse Voices Collaborative Grant


The Composition Initiatives Standing Committee, in partnership with the Diversity Initiatives Standing Committee, inaugurated the Diverse Voices Collaborative Grant in 2018, awarding its first two grants in April 2019 to Andrea Clearfield, composer, in partnership with a consortium of choirs from Virginia and beyond including Radford University (Meredith Y. Bowen, conductor) and Brandon Waddles, composer, in partnership with SACRA/PROFANA (Juan Carlos Acosta, conductor). Each composer received $2,500 to be used toward the commissioning costs for their new works with their partner organizations. Learn more

The next call for submissions will be in fall 2020.

Choirs of all ages, sizes, and varieties (civic, school, church, professional, etc.) can submit submit a proposal for a commissioning project in partnership with a composer from an underrepresented minority, for the purpose of actively encouraging the creation of new music to benefit both their organization and ACDA.

Choirs are encouraged to submit a proposal with the following information:
  • Information about the composer:
    • Name, headshot, and short bio (200 words)
    • Two representative scores in PDF format (recordings not required, but encouraged) of the composer's recent (within five years) work for chorus
  • Information about the desired new commissioned work:
    • Performing forces desired (e.g., SATB a cappella, SSA & piano, etc.)
    • Desired length of piece
    • Statement from the composer outlining the scope of the commission, to include details such as text, theme, ideas, etc.
  • Statement from the organization about how the specific project will benefit the organization, community, and ACDA more broadly. Please reference your organization's mission, goals, or values as appropriate.
  • A signed letter from both conductor and composer stating that, should they be awarded the Diverse Voices Collaborative Grant, they agree to work together to create a new work, and that the full grant amount will go entirely toward the composer's commission fee.
The initial amount of the Diverse Voices Collaborative Grant will be $2,500. Multiple awards may be granted. Proposals will be judged by an anonymous jury of both conductors and composers.

Awarded organizations and composers will be recognized in Choral Journal and other ACDA communications. One year after receipt of the award, organizations are required to submit a one-page progress report to ACDA detailing the results of their project.