African Composers Edition is a South-African based company that publishes and promotes sheet music by composers from Africa in conjunction with copyright holders. ACE does not manage copyright, which resides in works and remains with composers. ACE retains copyright only over its published scores. Pricing is established with input from copyright holders, who receive 50% of income from sales. ACE’s mission is to give African composers a digital platform and render their music accessible worldwide by providing introductions to works and by translating texts into English.
ACE’s core function since 2012 has been to create complete editions by a few neglected composers. Its first two publications, of music by Joshua Pulumo Mohapeloa (1908-1982) and Michael Mosoeu Moerane (1904-1980) are complete digital scholarly editions created under the auspices of Stellenbosch University. To marks its 10th anniversary in 2022, ACE will complete a performing edition of music by Surendran Reddy (1962-2010) and will begin publishing selected works by more composers, making complete editions where feasible. The first of several selected works by Justinian Tamusuza (b.1951) has just been published. Composers who would like to be considered for publication are welcome to contact ACE via the Contact page.