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[Access Contemporary Music] Support Musical Creativity

ACM started our first program, Weekly Readings, in 2004 and we’ve been passionately committed to fostering musical creativity from that day forward.
Since then we’ve produced concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Lincoln Center, National Sawdust and Le Poisson Rouge among others, created the country’s only classical music street festival, opened music schools teaching creativity, produced the Sound of Silent Film Festival and much more.


We’re committed to amplifying this work and building our creative future together.  But we need your help.
Our end of year fundraiser is more than 70% of the way to its goal.  With your help we can get there!
Please consider making a donation in any amount to support our work


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Over the last few months, we imagined new ways to connect, create, learn, and present bold work.
We are invested in musical creativity. Thank you for your generous support of ACM.


Seth Boustead
Executive Director
Access Contemporary Music

2020 In Review
We moved 300 students to virtual lessons in a matter of days.  Teachers were trained, admin was reconfigured and, though our schools were empty, lessons continued.
We rented the Davis theater and recorded sixteen newly commissioned film scores, synced them to the films and presented our fifteenth annual Sound of Silent Film Festival virtually for 2,500 viewers internationally.
We commissioned composers Angelo Hart and Chiayu Hsu to write music inspired by two landmark Milwaukee locations: the Wisconsin Black Historical Society and the City Hall, pictured above.
We then filmed musicians performing the music in each space and combined that with interviews and stellar B-roll to create a mini documentary that was streamed as part of Doors Open Milwaukee.

We completely reinvented our Thirsty Ears street festival as a hybrid audio walking tour featuring music we commissioned inspired by ten historic and cultural sites in the Ravenswood neighborhood combined with limited live performances in the VIN312 parking lot.
And we’re completely remodeling our Wilson Ave. school to feature larger rooms, better airflow, rooms equipped for digital learning, a small performance space that doubles as a live stream studio and perhaps best of all, a coffee bar! 
We hope to do a soft open some time in March or April.  We envision this space as a vital hub of musical creativity.  With your help we can get there!
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