The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music is a national center devoted to the study, performance, creative work and promotion of contemporary music within the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. The mission of the center is to bring the local, state, national, and international musical communities together through research, performances, compositions, lectures and outreach programs.
A director, an operations coordinator and an electronic technician/recording engineer are the Center’s permanent staff. Outstanding music faculty at BGSU complement the efforts of the staff with performance and scholarship. A national advisory board assists with policy and artistic direction; the current board includes Ara Guzelimian (Dean and Provost, Juilliard School), Ralph Jackson (President, BMI Foundation), Marilyn Nonken (pianist; Director of Piano Studies, NYU-Steinhardt Department of Music and co-founder of Ensemble 21), Claire Chase (flutist; Executive Director, International Contemporary Ensemble), Dan Lippel (guitarist; member of Flexible Music) and George Steel (Artistic Director and General Manager, New York City Opera).

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, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Karel Husa, Paul Lansky, Pauline Oliveros, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower and more than 400 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.