AACM Events

Check out AACM
Concerts, school,
workshops and fundraisers

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 9:00am
DuSable Museum
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 8:30pm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:00pm
The Promontory
Friday, April 24, 2015 - 8:30pm
International House, University of Chicago
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 7:00pm
Mandel Hall, University of Chicago
Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 8:30pm
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:30pm
Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 4:00pm
Space 1858
Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 4:00pm
Space 1858
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
Garfield Park Conservatory
Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 4:00pm
Space 1858

There are two
types of music. Good music
and the other kind.
Duke Ellington

About AACM

Internationally renowned for unparalleled contributions to modern music, the
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM) has been an inspirational leader within the cultural community since 1965

About AACM

Internationally renowned for unparalleled contributions to modern music, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM) has been an inspirational leader within the cultural community since 1965. A non-profit organization chartered by the State of Illinois , the AACM is a collective of musicians and composers dedicated to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music. This collective of dynamic and visionary artists formed the AACM to meet their emergent needs to expose and showcase their original compositions and to create an outlet for the development and performance of their music.

Since its inception, one mission of the AACM has been to provide an atmosphere conducive to the development of its member artists and to continue the AACM legacy of providing leadership and vision for the development of creative music. The AACM first coined the phrase Great Black Music to describe its unique direction in music. The AACM pays homage to the diverse styles of expression within the body of Black Music in the USA, Africa and throughout the world. This experience extends from the ancient musics of Africa to the music of the future.

The AACM may best be known for its leading-edge public concerts featuring some of the most accomplished, versatile and innovative musicians performing original creative music. The organization takes particular pride in developing new generations of talent through the free music training program conducted by members for city youth, the AACM School of Music. Another equally important aspect of AACM 's mission is the high moral standard members seek to provide in their capacities as performers, artists, teachers and role models.

The AACM has continuously achieved international recognition for its contributions in modern music. AACM groups have performed in Moscow, Japan, Europe, Africa, and the USA. Members are regularly awarded grants and commissions to compose music for solo instrument, small ensemble and full orchestra. In 1990, AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams was the recipient of the prestigious Jazzpar Award in Denmark to compose for the Danish Orchestra. AACM member Lester Bowie composed and performed the theme music for The Cosby Show seen on network television. In 1990 the City of Chicago saw fit to honor the AACM by dedicating an evening at the 1990 Chicago Jazz Festival to the music an members of the organization. AACM members Anthony Braxton and George Lewis were awarded Genius Grants from the MacArthur Foundation. AACM flutist Nicole Mitchell was recently awarded the prestigious Doris Duke Artists award.

With the aid of the MacArthur Foundation and Columbia College in Chicago, the AACM produced its 1990 25th Anniversary Festival, a three day celebration of music and lectures featuring musicians in various formats, from solo performance, to a 27 piece orchestra, to a presentation by the AACM School of Music Choir, made up of children from the school. Held at the Getz Theater of Columbia College, the festival was a popular and critical success, playing to standing room audiences each night. In addition to a celebration, the festival was acknowledging the dedication, perseverance, and artistry of its members. Subsequent have been produced annually with the golden 50th Anniversary in 2015. The AACM is now the oldest and most venerable organization of it s kind.

What we
play is life
Louis Armstrong

AACM School

Since its inception one mission of the AACM has been to conduct a free school for disadvantaged young people.

Do not fear
mistakes. There are none.
Miles Davis

AACM Members

Since 1965 AACM
members have changed the course of music history

Roscoe Mitchell

1965-2015 AACM
celebrates 50th Anniversary


In 2015 AACM
celebrates 50 years
of Great Black Music

AACM... Ancient
to the future