Tania León, founding and artistic director of Composers Now, has served as guest conductor throughout Europe. In 2013 she was the recipient of the prestigious 2013 ASCAP Victor Herbert Award and in 2012 received both a Grammy nomination and a Latin Grammy nomination. Among her numerous awards are a Pulitzer Prize nomination for Ácana, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Fromm Music Foundation and Koussevitsky Foundation commissions. Awards for her compositions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, NYSCA, the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer, among others. She was named Distinguished Professor of the City University of New York in 2006. She received "La Distinción de Honor de la Rosa Blanca" from the Patronato José Martí for her contribution to Cuban culture in the field of music in 2008. She was a Pew Fellowships panelist at the Center in 2010.