The As Music Heals fund was a response initiative of the Liturgical Composers Forum, begun in late March 2020, to address the problem of many church musicians losing their employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope was to help provide some financial support for what we regard as ‘essential workers’ without whom our churches will fall silent and our worship will be all the poorer. Church musicians are not wealthy, nor do they generally have great resources to fall back on during hard times. As Music Heals was our effort, as composers and church musicians, to do what we can to help ameliorate what is a historically difficult and tragic time for the Church and for the world.

During the pandemic, As Music Heals raised and distributed over $100,000 to musicians in need.

The Liturgical Composers Forum was founded in 1998 by Fr. John Foley, SJ. We are a fellowship of published composers who write music for the American Catholic Church. Once a year, those available gather in St. Louis from far and near for a few days of relaxation, reflection and the sharing of musical and intellectual gifts. From this gathering, a small faith community of composers (along with many fruitful musical collaborations) has emerged over the years, with a shared vision and hope for the future of liturgical song.

The Liturgical Composer Forum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in St. Louis MO, and is governed by a Board of Directors and a Steering Committee elected from among the membership.

Our Mission Statement

The Liturgical Composers Forum is an association of composers of liturgical music and texts whose mission is the development of liturgical song. We do this through mutual support, prayer, study, mentoring, and discernment.

2023-24 Steering Committee

Kathleen Basi
Jaime Cortez, Chair
Kathleen Demny
Feargal King
Steve Warner
Janèt Sullivan Whitaker


Board of Directors

Paul Hasser
S. Carol Marie Hemish SSND
S. Dawn Stringfield