The NCA was formed under this premise: original music thrives in a community that gives it a chance to be heard. In today’s highly competitive marketplace, a composer whose works are performed in many places and media, has a greater chance to garner work than a composer whose work is hidden away from the general public. It is the goal of the NCA to benefit the Nashville-middle Tennessee community by offering it chances to hear and meet its local composers. And by so doing, it gives both communities a chance to win: composers have their music heard, and the community hears new music that is locally grown. It is also the desire of the NCA to enhance Nashville-middle Tennessee composers’ reputation nationally and internationally.