The Festival is supported by the Contemporary Music Forum, a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations made to the John Cage Centennial Festival are tax-deductible.

To make a donation, please send a check made payable to: "Contemporary Music Forum" with “John Cage Festival” on the memo line. Mail to:


John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC
c/o Steve Antosca
University of California, Washington Center
1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW
3rd Floor

Washington, DC 20036


National Gallery of Art
La Maison Française and the Embassy of France in Washington, DC
University of California, Washington Center
The Phillips Collection
American University, College of Arts and Sciences
The Kreeger Museum
Freer Gallery of Art
Library of Congress
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Corcoran Gallery of Art


Contemporary Music Forum
Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund of Washington, DC
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts


Aaron Copland Fund

The Contemporary Music Forum of Washington, DC was founded in 1973 by professional performers and composers in order to encourage the composition and performance of the music of our time. The oldest contemporary music organization in Washington, cmf held its first series of performances, free to the public, at the Washington Ethical Society. Since 1977, cmf has held a subscription series at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. In 2007, VERGE ensemble was formed as the Forum’s performance and education component.

Throughout its existence, cmf has championed performances that combine art and technology, partnering with esteemed local venues including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum and American Indian Museum, the Library of Congress, and La Maison Française/Embassy of France, in addition to the Corcoran Gallery. Its innovative concerts feature new and recent works by both emerging and well-established American and international composers.

In the past decade, cmf, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has supported such notable projects as the premiere of Roger Reynolds’s Sanctuary, a festival of American and French music in Washington and Paris, the 3gen Festival celebrating the centennials of Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen, the CHANGES:seasons project at the National Gallery of Art, and When Kandinsky Met Schönberg at the NGA and La Maison Française. Currently, cmf is facilitating the John Cage Centennial Festival Washington, DC.

cmf’s significance has been recognized by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Cafritz and the Kiplinger foundations, among others. It has also enjoyed critical acclaim from The Washington Post, which wrote about the Forum: “It is no small achievement for a group uncompromisingly dedicated to contemporary chamber music to achieve such longevity.” [April 21, 2004] and “The Contemporary Music Forum puts modern classical music in front of the public with more dedication and skill than any other group in Washington.” [October 31, 2007].