True Concord Voices & Orchestra Stephen Paulus Young Composers Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: February 1, 2021 · Posted: January 22, 2021

True Concord Voices & Orchestra invites American composers age 18-40 (as of February 1) to submit a 5-6′ SATB setting (piano and/or single obbligato instrument optional) of one of 4 poems by prominent Suffragists (see call for details). Selected composer will receive $1,500, a performance by true Concord in 3 Spring 2021 concerts in Tuscon, and a $500 travel stipend to attend the concerts.


Opera America New Works Exploration Grants

Fee: $75 · Deadline: February 10, 2021 · Posted: January 22, 2021

Composers and librettists are invited to apply to Opera America’s New Works Exploration Grants, which have been reimagined in 2021. Each selected composer or librettist will receive $1,000 to develop a five-minute video preview showcasing a new work; each video will be presented at a New Works Forum session in March 2021. Applicants must be individual members of Opera America; membership fee is $75/year.


Screen Music Program

Fee: $0 · Deadline: March 22, 2021 · Posted: January 21, 2021

The Screen Music Program is now accepting applications from composers looking to improve their craft snd work in thee field of screen and videogame music. From July 22-31 2021, selected participants will attend online lectures and masterclasses, present their work at the Screen Music Colloquium, have individual online scoring lessons, and have string quartets professionally recorded by mdi ensemble. Participation fee is 899 EUR (~$1,094).


ICEBERG New Music 2021 Composition Institute

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 1, 2021 · Posted: January 21, 2021

ICEBERG New Music is now accepting auditors for its 2021 virtual Composition Institute, taking place from July 19-30. Auditors will participate in all masterclasses, seminars, and social events. Fee to participate as an auditor is 150 EUR (~$183).


North Dakota State University J. Samuel Pilafian Composition Contest

Fee: $30 · Deadline: February 28, 2021 · Posted: January 21, 2021

NDSU seeks composers of all ages and backgrounds to submit representative works from the last years for the J. Samuel Pilafian Composition Contest. The selected composer will receive $3,000 to write for tuba with keyboard accompaniment; the winning composition will be performed at NDSU in the spring of 2022.


KLKNEWMUSIC Sacrarium Competition 2021

Fee: $0 · Deadline: April 3, 2021 · Posted: January 21, 2021

Composers of all ages and nationalities are invited to submit <12' scores in 2 categories: soprano or mezzo soprano and symphonic orchestra, or soprano or mezzo soprano, chamber choir, and symphonic orchestra (see call for full instrumentation); sacred text must be chosen from the Old and New Testament in Latin or English. Up to 12 composers will be chosen to participate in a 3-day International Composers' Competition in Lviv, Ukraine; the event will include seminars on contemporary sacred music and will culminate in a performance of the works, which will be recorded. Participation fee is 1200 EURO and does not include food, accommodation, or travel.


Syacuse University 2021 Commission Competition for Solo Organ

Fee: $0 · Deadline: March 15, 2021 · Posted: January 21, 2021

Composers of all ages and nationalities are invited to apply to Hendricks Chapel’s first-ever commission competition for a new work for solo organ. The 5-10′ work must be playable on the 1952 Holtkamp Organ (see call for specifications) and should be appropriate for Hendricks Chapel’s Music and Message series, which features music and spoken reflection from a diversity of religious and spiritual perspectives. Selected composer will receive $1,500, an invitation to attend the world premiere in fall of 2021 (travel expenses covered); the premiere will be recorded.


Impulse New Music Festival

Fee: $0 · Deadline: February 1, 2021 · Posted: January 20, 2021

Impulse New Music Festival seeks <10' solo or chamber works for violin, viola, cello, and piano (conductor available; solo repertoire preferred) from composers under 30 years of age. The selected composition will be performed by INMF Faculty as part of INMF's Spring concert. The selected composer(s) will also receive an invitation to participate in INMF's composition program in August 2021.


Impulse New Music Festival: INMF New Voices Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: February 1, 2021 · Posted: January 20, 2021

Impulse New Music Festival seeks <10' works for solo cello by female-identifying artists under 30. The selected composition will be performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic principal cellist Robert deMaine as part of INMF's spring concert; the winner will also receive an invitation to participate in INMF's composition program in August 2021. Unselected applications will automatically be considered for INMF's Open Call for Scores.


Connecting Perspectives: A Cross-Border Art Initiative

Fee: $0 · Deadline: January 22, 2021 · Posted: January 14, 2021

Connecting Perspectives, Canada’s collaborative, interdisciplinary series presented by the Social Distancing Festival, seeks applications from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists, choreographers, composer/musicians, and spoken word artists living in the United States and Canada. Artists must be over 18 and must have a minimum of 2 years of professional experience. 26 selected artists (13 from the US and 13 from Canada) will be paired up with an artist in the other country to create a brand-new artistic work; each artist will receive $1,000 USD, as well as $200 USD for expenses.


Fresh Inc Festival 2021

Fee: $25 · Deadline: February 1, 2021 · Posted: January 8, 2021

Emerging composers, performers, composer-performers, and pre-formed ensembles ages 18+ and from any musical tradition are invited to apply to Fresh Inc., a festival designed by Fifth House Ensemble to help artists launch their own authentic careers in music. Participants will take part in the remote festival from June 7-20, attending workshops, creating a new work to be premiered at the festival, and receiving one-on-one mentorship and instruction with the instrumental and composition faculty. Festival tuition is $700. All applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships as part of the application process, and Fresh Inc.’s Fresh Voices program offers dedicated support to participants who are female, artists of color, and/or LGBTQ-identified. 6 composers of color will be selected to attend tuition-free as Fromm Foundation Fellows.


Fresh Squeezed Opera

Fee: $0 · Deadline: February 5, 2021 · Posted: December 28, 2020

Composers of all ages, nationalities, education levels, races, genders, and backgrounds are invited to apply with 1-2 representative works to participate in the virtual vocal lab. This lab will give composers an opportunity to work with the renowned vocalists of Fresh Squeezed Opera to develop a new or workshop an old piece for voice and will take place Friday, July 9 – Sunday, July 11 and Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25. Workshop tuition is $700.


New York Women Composers Grants

Fee: $0 · Deadline: February 15, 2021 · Posted: December 28, 2020

The New York Women Composers’ annual Seed Money Grant Program awards grants of $750 each for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to the performance of music by NYWC members. Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles, or presenting organizations, and virtual performances are permitted. Applications will be judged according to project visibility, instrumentation, quality of the performers as evidenced by the selected sample, concert length, and community outreach potential.


MPLS (imPulse)

Fee: $0 · Deadline: January 22, 2021 · Posted: December 28, 2020

MPLS (imPulse) seeks to commission three songwriters (formal training in music or music engraving not required) with an interest in contributing to the MPLS (imPulse) 2020-2021 Songbook. To apply, submit a brief statement of interest and at least one (but up to five) examples of work. The selected composers will write a 2-4 minute piece and will receive $500.


Heartland Marimba Composer Laboratory and Festival

Fee: $0 · Deadline: January 25, 2021 · Posted: December 28, 2020

All composers who have previous experience writing music and are interested in learning to write for the keyboard percussion instruments are invited to attend a series of workshops, lessons, and concerts this winter with composer Jenni Brandon and Heartland Marimba. Participants will have the opportunity to write a new work which will be premiered in a virtual concert at the end of the series. The cost of the program is $850 with a $100 deposit upon application.


New Music on the Bluff

Fee: $0 · Deadline: January 31, 2021 · Posted: December 28, 2020

High school and two-year college composers are invited to submit scores for performance at an online composition festival, New Music on the Bluff 21, at Loyola Marymount University. The eight selected finalists will receive performances of their pieces on April 17th, 2021, will meet on Zoom with a faculty composer for an individual private lesson, and will participate in master classes with festival faculty. Works can be scored for violin and piano, a selection of solo instruments, or can be fixed media electroacoustic or electronic pieces in any style.


Jessie S. Yee Memorial Commission

Fee: $0 · Deadline: February 1, 2021 · Posted: December 28, 2020

Composers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to apply for a commission on the theme “grief” for the ensemble listed inside. Applicants should submit a representative score and audio as well as a description of their proposed piece. The winning composer will have their work premiered and recorded in the 2020-21 season, and will receive $3,000.


Emerging Black Composers Project

Fee: $0 · Deadline: February 1, 2021 · Posted: December 13, 2020

Black American composers (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) who have completed a degree program in composition or music performance, or have equivalent experience, are encouraged to apply for a commission from the San Fransisco Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Symphony. Applications should include 3 representative works (scores and recordings) from the last 5 years, a resume, and a short brief about the composer’s sound and approach. Over the next ten years, ten composers will be selected for a $15,000 commission and premiere by the SFS.


a very small Consortium

Fee: $0 · Deadline: February 12, 2021 · Posted: December 13, 2020

All composers are invited to submit a “miniature” work (instrumentation inside), defined as either a work lasting less than 60 seconds, or a work of any duration using less than 100 notes. Composers should limit the size of the ensemble to 4 or fewer musicians, and graphic scores, text-based scores, works that include fixed-media playback, and scores with open/flexible instrumentation will be considered. The selected works will be performed and recorded at a streamed concert at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in spring 2021.


The Valley Winds Composition Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: May 31, 2021 · Posted: December 13, 2020

The Valley Winds seeks compositions for concert band (instrumentation details inside) from composers of any age or nationality. Compositions should not have been performed, must not exceed 10 minutes, and must include a MIDI recording in the application. Several works will be selected for world premiere by the professional ensemble, and those selected composers will receive up to $5,000 in prize money.