Vanessa Rose

Opus 16 - Black Notes on White Pages

The American Composers Forum was founded in 1973, with the goal of making composers, and the music they create, a vibrant and integral part of human culture. These days, the ACF is working to broaden the way it defines “composer.” In this opus, Garrett and Scott talk with Vanessa Rose, the ACF’s president and CEO, about how the organization can play a role in the larger conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion. The three also tackle the subject of gender vs. racial equity, and preview an upcoming forum hosted by the ACF on the topic of diversity among composers and writers of creative music. In the prelude, Garrett and Scott talk about their visit to the Minnesota State Fair, and Scott reveals why he envies aspects of black history and culture.

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