McKnight Visiting Composer Residencies

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McKnight Visiting Composer Residencies


The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the 2023 McKnight Visiting Composers Residency Program.


  • ACF will select two music creators for an artistic residency in Minnesota.
  • Artists work with the ACF team to design and produce a residency that integrates with the Minnesota community in a unique way.
  • Visiting composers spend approximately 30 days in Minnesota over an 18-month period, building relationships and working on projects.
  • New work may be part of the residency, but the focus is on the exploration of an artist within a Minnesota community. ACF believes in the power of music creators to be storytellers, connectors, or catalysts through their art. This program invites artists to respond to or reflect on the unique qualities of people and communities in our home state.


  • Up to two residencies of $10,000 will be awarded. All funds are distributed directly to the selected music creator across four installments. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.
  • Consultation, time, and resources from the ACF.


  • Music creators working in any style are encouraged to apply.
  • You must be living outside Minnesota.
  • You must have a US Social Security Number or US Tax ID.
  • You are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or Fellowship administrative partners. The administrative partners are Minnesota Center for Books, Northern Clay Center, The Cowles Center, American Composers Forum, Pillsbury House Theatre, Indigenous Roots,Textile Center, FILMN°RTH, MacPhail Center for Music, The Playwrights’ Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and The Loft.
  • Recipients of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 McKnight Visiting Composer Residency and/or McKnight Fellowships in any discipline are not eligible.