Access Contemporary Music


Access Contemporary Music exists to integrate musical creativity into everyday life through innovative collaborations, storefront music schools fostering musical creativity and high quality performances of the music of living composers.

ACM maintains a resident ensemble called Palomar that, led by our Artistic Director Francesco Milioto, gives four concerts each season and performs for ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival and Open House projects.

In addition to their Chicago season with ACM, Palomar has also performed at Stanford University, the Paris Conservatoire, UNAM in Mexico City, the Anthology in New York City and other festivals and venues around the world.   ACM’s global composer membership program is the only one of its kind with composer members belonging from 30+ countries around the world.  In addition, ACM currently has international partnerships with the Korean Composers Association, Suwon University, the SIRGA Festival in Barcelona and the Adam Mickiewicz Foundation in Warsaw.

1,001 Afternoons in Chicago, ACM’s first commercial CD release, came out in 2014 and is an original radio play featuring live music by Seth Boustead and Amos Gillespie inspired by stories by Ben Hecht voiced by actors from Strawdog Theater. 

Access Contemporary Music has been featured on Chicago Tonight and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio numerous times and has been written about in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Classical Review and the Chicago Reader.  ACM’s documentary film Eastern Expressions was shown on PBS national in 2008 and the film version of 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago is slated for WTTW broadcast in late 2015.

More information about ACM and the Palomar Ensemble can be found at