In 1994 Innova opened its doors to artists with a finished master tape wanting access to its established distribution network. Under this scheme, the Recording Assistance Program, Innova expanded its catalog considerably and now produces more than 25 CDs per year.
Several projects have brought national attention to the label: Philip Blackburn’s field recordings from Vietnam (Stilling Time) and his 7-part archival series of the works of Harry Partch. Other Innova releases have earned awards and nominations for Grammy, Emmy, and Pulitzer prizes, while numerous titles have received wide acclaim.
Innova is a wing of the St. Paul-based American Composers Forum, the nation’s largest composer service organization. We occupy a niche in the world of non-profits that allows us to act as part service, part business. With the aid of our $1 million endowment from the McKnight Foundation we plan to be around a while.
Innova is supported by an endowment from the McKnight Foundation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.