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INNOVA RECORDINGS SPRING NATIONAL CALL

Innova Recordings serves artists in the entire creative process of making recordings. Wherever artists may be in that process, this program provides them with support and guidance. We require no application fee nor, if selected, an administrative fee for projects to be produced by innova.

We seek to foster an artist-centric cooperative model where both label and artist work closely to achieve the artist’s goals. We seek to support artists in their creative process as well as promoting their project. We facilitate a support network of selected artists to provide guidance and feedback to each other throughout the process. We are a collective of open-minded listeners who welcome all kinds of musical expression.  

We are grateful for our partnership with the Elizabeth and Michel Sorel Charitable Organization, whose mission is to expand opportunities and stretch the boundaries for women. Their generous funding will help us lift up artists who have been historically marginalized in the recording industry. 

For those who have not yet completed the recording project, a small grant from the Elizabeth and Michel Sorel Charitable Organization is available to work with a recording engineer or space owned/led by someone from an underrepresented gender*. 

In addition to the support from ACF’s annual fund, innova Recordings receives endowed support from The McKnight Foundation.

For more information about ACF’s equity commitment, please read ACF’s Statement of Commitment to Equity 

WHAT WE OFFER AT NO COST TO THE ARTIST

the following services are provided free to label artists

100% SALES AND RIGHTS STAY WITH YOU. ALWAYS.

You own what you make. You keep 100% of the sales profits. 

DISTRIBUTION TO DIGITAL SERVICE PROVIDERS

Your music worldwide, on all streaming services and available for download. Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Youtube, etc. via Naxos Distribution

SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTION

We’ll work with you to get the word out about your project on our social media as well as guide you in promoting yourself on social media and beyond. 

LICENSING

In addition to you keeping the rights and income, we’ll help negotiate licensing opportunities when they come through our door to put your music in Film, TV, and Commercials. Artists receive an upfront equitable cut of the licensing fee and keep the intellectual property going forward.

ARTIST COHORT

We facilitate conversations between our selected artists to form a supportive community to guide each other through the process.

 

NATIONAL NETWORK OF SERVICES AVAILABLE

We can connect you with the following available services at a reduced cost as part of our national network of connections and resources:

RECORDING STUDIO TIME

Connect you with recording studios to offer recording space and expertise.

POST PRODUCTION

We can assist you in finding engineers who can provide mixing and mastering assistance.

PR AND MARKETING

Engage PR professionals who can provide long-term traditional marketing campaigns

DESIGNERS

Everything from cover art design to multimedia content. Through our network we can connect you with designers to supply complimentary art to your project. 

PHYSICAL MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION

We offer assistance in getting CDs and Vinyl manufactured at discounted rates and distributed to physical retail

 

ELIGIBILITY

American Composers Forum encourages applicants of all racial and gender identities to apply. We will be holding space for women artists to be funded through the Sorel Organization. We invite artists from a full range of musical approaches and are committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists creating music today. For more information about ACF’s equity commitment, please read ACF’s Statement of Commitment to Equity. 

This opportunity is for U.S.-based artists, including composers, creators, and performers (as individuals or groups). 

HOW TO APPLY

Whether you have a fully finished album or even demo tracks [APPLY HERE] and tell us about your music. The application portal will be open April 25 and will close on May 27, 2022 at midnight.

We welcome applicants to discuss their projects and seek guidance on the application process or their projects in general. In addition, an information session about the application process will be held on May 10th at 2pm CT. You can register for the information session on zoom here. Closed captioning is available. A recording of the information session will be posted online for those not able to attend.

 

PANEL OF CURATORS

JOY GUIDRY

Photo credit: Shala Miller

Radical self-love, compassion, laughter, and the drive to amplify Black artmakers and noisemakers comprise the core of NYC-based bassoonist and composer Joy Guidry’s work. Their performances have been hailed by The San Diego Tribune as “lyrical and haunting…hair-raising and unsettling.” A versatile improviser and a composer of experimental, daring new works that embody a deep love of storytelling, Joy’s own music channels their inner child in honor of their ancestors and predecessors. Joy seeks to support, hire, and promote Black artists in every aspect of their practice. To this end, Joy has spearheaded Sounds of the African Diaspora, a competition and commissioning platform for composers from the African diaspora. This new initiative ensures that composers from the diaspora have access to the space, resources, and time necessary to foster new, innovative music.

 

SARA CONSTANT

Photo credit: Yannick Anton

Sara Constant is a musician and artist working in various forms of contemporary/experimental music and sound.

Sara’s practice is grounded in music and listening as forms of research, embodiment, and place/space-making. Trained as a flute player and active as a soloist, improviser, and ensemble musician, Sara has performed at festivals/series in Canada (Music Gallery, Innovations en concert, CMC Presents, Women From Space), Europe (Fylkingen, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Fondation Royaumont, Klangspuren Schwaz), and the United States (Oh My Ears, SPLICE). Current projects include collaborations with composers on new musical works, improvisations with instruments and electronics, installation work with loudspeakers, and curation work aimed at building community spaces for interdisciplinary music-making.

Sara is currently based in Tkaronto/Toronto, where they work as an artist, flutist, music writer (Musicworks), curator (Music Gallery), arts administrator (Venus Fest), and community organizer.

 

AMADEUS JULIAN REGUCERA

 

Photo credit: Francesco Passalacqua

The work of Amadeus Julian Regucera (b.1984) engages with the embodied and acoustical energy of sound and the erotics of its production through concert music, installation, performance art, and video. He has been commissioned by notable ensembles such as Ensemble Linea, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Intercontemporain, EXAUDI, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Eco Ensemble, Duo Cortona, Third Sound, and Splinter Reeds who have presented his works in venues and festivals around the world. Amadeus holds degrees in Music from the University of California, San Diego (B.A. 2006) and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD, 2016) where he lectures in the Department of Music.

 

 SHRUTHI RAJASEKAR

 

Shruthi Rajasekar is an Indian-American composer and vocalist exploring identity, community, and joy. Named by The Guardian as a composer "who will enrich your life,” Shruthi creates intersectional art reflecting her unique background in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical idioms.  Shruthi has been honored with the Global Women in Music Award from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights & Donne in Musica Fondazione Adkins Chiti. Her music is performed in venues across the world, including a recent premiere at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. Currently based in Minnesota, USA, Shruthi serves on the board of new music ensemble Zeitgeist. 

 

SOREL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

The Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization Inc. is a 501©(3) private foundation, established in 1996 by pianist Claudette Sorel and named for her parents. The mission of The Sorel Organization (www.SorelMusic.org) is to expand opportunities and stretch the boundaries for women musicians in the fields of conducting, composition, film scoring, performance, arts leadership, education, and scholarship.