Bowling Green State University is home to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, an award-winning organization devoted to the study and promotion of contemporary music and technology.
Founded in 1987 with funding from an Ohio Board of Regents Academic Challenge Grant, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM) builds on the strong and internationally-recognized activities of the College of Musical Arts, presenting concerts and symposia, disseminating information, sponsoring research and collecting archival materials.
MACCM enriches the lives of northwest Ohio residents and assists music professionals throughout the United States. As a result of these activities, the Center received the 1992 and 1998 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
At the heart of the Center’s activities is the renowned New Music Festival. This annual event celebrates the contemporary arts through concerts, panels, art exhibitions, seminars, master classes and papers. Begun in 1980, the festival has hosted John Adams, Milton Babbit, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Chen Yi, and more than 350 other guests and artists.
The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music also sponsors a variety of ongoing services and events including the yearly Music at the Forefront concert series, a showcase for new and exciting performers of contemporary music.