An update from Innova

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Program Expansion and Staff Changes at the longtime Label of ACF

Leading into its 50th anniversary in 2025, American Composers Forum (ACF) has developed a new strategic plan. Key aspects of the Board-approved plan and its new direction will be shared over the next few weeks. Highlights were discussed earlier in a video with the President & CEO, Vanessa Rose, and Board Co-Chairs Nirmala Rajasekar and Stephen Miles. The plan includes a central commitment to racial equity; a statement outlining this commitment is on the website here and is open for public feedback.

As part of the plan, ACF is expanding opportunities for diverse artists to find a “go-to space” that provides information, support, and community. This expansion will bring  changes to the business model of ACF’s longtime in-house recording label, innova Recordings. A varied “menu” of options will include releasing single digital tracks, promoting full albums, and offering advice on self-releases and use of digital platforms. In addition to offering different cost options, we are building a national network of resources to assist artists in the production of their recordings, as well as creating an equitable panel process to help in selecting artists for the label.

Chris Campbell, currently Director of Operations of innova Recordings and an ACF staff member since 2003, will assume the title of Director of Recordings, and Tim Igel, currently publicist for innova, will be Manager of Recordings & Advertising, both effective October 1. We look forward to sharing more about this expanded programming and the strategic plan in the coming weeks.