Call for Articles: New Series on “Invisible Inequities” in Arts Spaces

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN and American Composers Forum are launching a new 10-month initiative entitled “Casting Light,” a series of commissioned essays dedicated to the often invisible inequities in the contemporary arts. Racial equity, gender equity, and the ways in which they intersect have recently become more prominent in arts organizations and the broader social landscape. However, many perspectives are still missing or underrepresented in our public discourse.

So what are the conversations that we need to be having more openly and transparently in order to build diverse, inclusive, and equitable artistic communities? Possible topics might include, but are not limited to: disability, accessibility, mental health, trans representation, neurodivergence, chronic illness, or wealth disparity.

Essays of 1,200-1,500 words will be published monthly, and authors will be paid an honorarium of $500. Please submit proposals of no more than 300 words to [email protected] by 11:59pm PDT on Friday, April 2, 2021.

While we envision that “Casting Light” will primarily consist of written essays, we recognize that this medium of expression might create a barrier to participation for some. If you are interested in contributing but unable to commit to writing an essay, please note in your proposal that you would like to explore an alternate contribution to this series. Possible alternatives could include a short audio/video essay or a curated playlist that reflects one of the themes listed above.

We are committed to commissioning essays that resonate with our racial equity goals and offer diverse perspectives. BIPOC writers are especially encouraged to submit a proposal. Read ACF’s published Statement of Commitment to Racial Equity–which includes ICIYL.

The most exciting contributors often do not apply for various reasons, so we strongly encourage submissions from individuals who might be unsure if this is for them. (We might have other opportunities down the road, too, and either way, we want to meet you!)

Amanda Cook
Vanessa Rose
President & CEO
American Composers Forum