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What Does AACM Stand For?

AACM, The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, is a non-profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1965 the association is a collective of African American musicians and composers. The members are dedicated to creating serious, original music. When the organization was founded, there were not many outlets for showcasing their work. They decided to create their own outlets. The association also established a school of music which offers free music training for city youth. The members, some of whom learned their craft at the school, teach there.

What Does AACM Stand For?

The association’s founders included pianist/composer Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist Jodie Christian, drummer Steve McCall and composer Phil Cohran. Widely recognized as being in the forefront of experimental jazz, the work of each musician member stands on its own. As a collective, the members continue to pursue the goals of the organization.