The American Composers Forum has announced that Kristopher Kohl Miner has been selected as the first director of the First Nations Composer Initiative (FNCI), a program of ACF dedicated to the encouragement and propagation of American Indian music and musical traditions. Kohl Miner, a playwright and actor who is a native of the Ho-Chunk Nation, previously served as director of development for the Seattle-based performance space On The Boards; the Progressive Animal Welfare Society; and Safehouse, a program that provides housing to homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS. FNCI has been a program of American Composers Forum since 2004. American Composers Forum, based in St. Paul, Minneapolis, supports composers and develops new markets for their work. More information on FNCI and ACF can be found at and

Posted November 4, 2009