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INNOVA RECORDINGS 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. Decidedly anti-disciplinary, we are a collective of open-minded listeners who welcome all kinds of musical expression.  

If you are not able to apply for this round, there will be a subsequent call in the coming months. Stay tuned to our website and social media for future dates.  

We frame our work with a focus on racial equity and include within that scope, but do not limit it to, diverse gender identities, musical languages and styles, genres, ages, abilities, cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and the many definitions of being “American.”

Artists selected who identify as an underrepresented gender* will have their recordings supported, in part, by a grant from the Elizabeth and Michel Sorel Charitable Organization. Applicants are eligible for a supplemental grant to work with an underrepresented gender service provider or owned business to complete their recording project.

*Examples of Underrepresented genders: People who identify as cis women, trans women, trans men, two-spirit, non-binary, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer among other gender identities.

Please note: This national call is open to artists of all gender identities. The gender identity of applicants, while requested and optional, will not preclude them from being selected. Successful projects that are led by/feature underrepresented genders will be supported by a different grant source.

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

Read our press release.

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

The American Composers Forum encourages applicants from the full range of musical approaches and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists creating today.

Artists applying may be creators, performers, and may be U.S. based individuals or groups

Applicants are invited to submit projects representing a variety of musical approaches and at various stages of recording. innova Recordings welcomes applicants to discuss their projects and seek guidance on the application process or their projects in general. An information session about the application process will be held on Dec 14th at 2pm CT. You can register for the information session here. For those unable to apply at this time, a second call will open in April 2022. 

 

HOW TO APPLY

Whether you have a fully finished album or even demo tracks [APPLY HERE] and tell us about your music. Applications will be accepted December 2nd through January 7th. 

 

PANEL OF CURATORS

Olivia Shortt

(They/Them: Anishinaabe, Nipissing First Nation) Olivia Shortt is a Tkarón:to-based trans-disciplinary performing artist. They are a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, noisemaker, improviser, composer, sound designer, curator, administrator, and producer. Highlights include their Lincoln Center (NYC) debut performing with the International Contemporary Ensemble, their film debut performing in Atom Egoyan’s 2019 film ‘Guest of Honour’, as well as recording an album two kilometres underground in the SnoLAB (Neutrino Lab in Sudbury, Canada) and recent commissions include Long Beach Opera (Songbook 2020), the JACK Quartet (JACK Studio) and Arraymusic (Toronto, 2022). Most recently, they were awarded and named one of the 2020 Buddies in Bad Times’ Emerging Queer Artists and was featured in the Musicworks Magazine Winter 2020 edition.

 

Nina Shekhar

Nina Shekhar explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter to create bold and intensely personal works.  Described as “vivid” (Washington Post) and “surprises and delights aplenty” (LA Times), her music has been performed by Eighth Blackbird, International Contemporary Ensemble, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Albany Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Crossing, and Alarm Will Sound.  Her work has been featured by Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Library of Congress. Current projects include performances by the New York Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and Grand Rapids Symphony.  She is currently serving as Composer-in-Residence of Young Concert Artists.

 

Darian Donovan Thomas

Darian Donovan Thomas is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist interested in the intersections of medium, genre, and audience. He uses violin, electronics, and extra-musical materials in his works to discuss matters of racism in the US, uphold ancient indigenous stories, and create abstract nature-scapes. Darian is currently touring with Moses Sumney and Balùn, and is a Bang on a Can Summer Festival Composition Fellow, Sō Percussion Summer Institute Fellow, and New Amsterdam Records Composer Lab Fellow.

 

Sarah Hennies

Sarah Hennies(b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer and percussionist based in upstate New York whose work is concerned with a variety of musical, sociopolitical, and psychological issues including queer & trans identity, psychoacoustics, and the social and neurological conditions underlying creative thought. She is primarily a composer of acoustic chamber music, but is also active in improvisation, film, and performance art. She is the recipient of a 2019 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award and a 2016 fellowship in music/sound from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Bard College.

 

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.