San Columbano International Competition

Fee: $30.48 · Deadline: September 10, 2021 · Posted: June 7, 2021

San Colombano Competition seeks <8' contemporary arias setting a sacred text in English or Italian from composers of all nationalities age 18+. Any stylistic form, and any vocal register (bass, baritone, tenor, contralto, mezzo-soprano, soprano, countertenor) is welcome. The winner of the selected composition will receive a prize of 300 EUR, and the work will be performed in a concert during the San Colombano 2022 music festival


University of North Georgia Research on Contemporary Composition Conference

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 25, 2021 · Posted: June 7, 2021

UNG is now accepting proposals for performances and presentations of research focused on music composed within the past 15 years. ROCC invites 30′ presentations on all topics related to composition, performance, and teaching of recently composed music. Proposals for performances of recently-composed works are also welcome; composers may submit proposals for conference recitalists (see call for available instruments) or bring their own performers; proposals for performances in off-site, outdoor spaces during the concert are also accepted. Invited participants will be required to register and attend the conference, taking place at the University of North Georgia, October 30 and 31, 2021.


Student Symphony Orchestra of USC Call for Scores

Fee: $10 · Deadline: September 1, 2021 · Posted: June 7, 2021

The Student Symphony Orchestra of USC seeks works from solo instruments to full orchestra written at the difficulty of the orchestra (see call for full instrumentation available); there is no strict duration limit of the work, but past works that have been selected have been under 20′ with the majority being 3-10′ long. Half of the $10 entry fee will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and half will be dedicated to programming and performing works by AAPI composers. You may request a fee waiver due to financial hardship. Selected works will be performed by the SSO during its 2021-22 season, and composers will receive a recording of the performance.


NYC Contemporary Music Symposium: Solo Timpani/Percussion Call for Submissions

Fee: $15 · Deadline: November 1, 2021 · Posted: June 7, 2021

NYC Contemporary Music Symposium seeks <10' works scored for solo timpani and/or other single-player configurations of available percussion instruments (see call for full list). This call is open to composers of all musical aesthetics, and works do not need to be premieres or composed for this specific project. 4-8 winners will receive a performance by award-winning percussionist Jeffery Kautz and professional audio and video recordings of the performance.


New York Dance & Arts Innovations: 4th International “New Vision” Composition Competition

Fee: $20 · Deadline: September 1, 2021 · Posted: June 7, 2021

NYDAI seeks <8' string quartet works from composers in the early to middle stages of their career. A jury will choose First, Second and Third Prizes and possible honorable mentions. The First Prize work will be performed by Argus Quartet during the 23rd Chopin and Friends Festival in NYC on 11/19/2021 at the Polish Consulate in NYC; the winner will be awarded $400.


Kyle Pearl 2nd Annual Call for Scores

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 1, 2021 · Posted: June 7, 2021

Cellist Kyle Pearl is seeking <10' works for solo cello or solo cello with fixed media from composers of any age, nationality, and background. 8-12 composers will receive a performance of their work at a hall on the University of Miami campus, and will receive a live recording of their work.


East Chamber Music Inc. Emerging Composer Festival

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 30, 2021 · Posted: June 3, 2021

East Coast Chamber Inc. seeks applications for its weeklong summer festival. Six emerging composers will be selected to attend the weeklong festival, which includes workshops, lectures, and meetings with the ensemble-in-residence, and will create new works for piano and theremin, which will be performed with an online video streaming premiere by Thorwald Jørgensen and pianist Kamilla Bystrova. Tuition for the virtual festival is $495.


ETHEL’s HomeBaked Round V: Composers Open Call

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 1, 2021 · Posted: June 3, 2021

ETHEL and collaborator Allison Loggins-Hull seek proposals from early-career music creators working in any musical practice for round V of the HomeBaked commissioning initiative. Selected music creators will receive a $4,000 to create a 10-12′ work for string quartet and flute; the final works will be considered for inclusion in the HomeBaked touring program, which will also feature a new piece by Loggins-Hull, and will be performed for multiple seasons.


Creative Response Funds for Community-Based Artists

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 30, 2021 · Posted: June 3, 2021

The Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy invites applications from Minnesota resident community-based artists working teams in 2021 for projects that provide creative healing and support to Minneapolis communities who continue to be directly impacted and affected by the stress and trauma of the past year. 13 projects will be selected to receive Creative Response Fund grants of up to $15,000 to fund projects that employ the unique and specialized skills of artists to engage with and expand the impact of healing and community supportive efforts in one of the city’s 7 designated cultural districts.


Zeitgeist Sounding Ground Composer Residencies

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 21, 2021 · Posted: June 3, 2021

Zeitgeist seeks applications from composers who are legal residents of Minnesota and have 2-10 years of experience as a generative artist for its new Sounding Ground residency. Selected composers will take part in a residency from September 2021 through June 2022, and will receive financial compensation of $4,000, development workshops and production support, rehearsals and premiere performances during Zeitgeist’s 2021/2022 season.


Kennett Symphony Composition Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: September 1, 2021 · Posted: June 3, 2021

The Kennett Symphony is now accepting submissions of 6-12′ orchestral works from composers of all backgrounds and stages of creative life for its inaugural composition competition. Applicants must presently reside in Pennsylvania, New York State, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. The winning composer will receive a $1,000 monetary prize; a premiere performance by the Kennett Symphony; media coverage and appearances at community-related events; and round trip transportation to Kennett Square, accommodations, ground transport, and per diem.


Call for Compositions: Society for Music Theory Podcast

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 31, 2021 · Posted: June 3, 2021

The Society for Music Theory seeks submissions of original compositions in any style and genre to be showcased in its podcast, SMT-Pod. Selected submissions will be used as theme music (15-30 seconds in duration) and bumpers (5-10 seconds in duration) across various episodes, with the composers receiving credit in the episode and on the SMT-Pod website. Submissions of completed and excerpted pieces as well as MIDI mockups are also welcomed; those submitting MIDI mockups are encouraged to submit a PDF of the score as well as a date when final audio may be expected.


Juventas New Music Ensemble Call for Scores

Fee: $10 · Deadline: July 11, 2021 · Posted: June 2, 2021

Juventas New Music Ensemble seeks chamber music and art songs (see call for available instrumentation) from emerging composers of all ages, nationalities, races, faiths and gender identities. Works may related to any of the following themes: the COVID-19 pandemic, the attacks on 9/11/2001, or honoring personal or community loss. Selected works will be performed in person or online on September 11, 2001; composers will receive a studio-quality recording of the live performance.


Call for Artists: The 2021-2022 Cedar Commissions

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 30, 2021 · Posted: June 2, 2021

The Cedar Cultural Center is now accepting applications for its 2021-22 Cedar Commissions from early career/emerging Minnesotan composers and musicians of all musical styles and genres. Six selected artists will receive $4,000 in September 2021 (and will also have access to an additional $500 stipend to be used for additional tech and performance expenses) to create 30+ minutes of new music, which will be performed at The Cedar in February 2022.


Sinfonietta Cracovia International Composition Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 20, 2021 · Posted: May 24, 2021

Composers under 40 are invited to submit original 7-12′ pieces for string orchestra and theremin for Sinfonietta Cravovia’s 2021 composition competition. Pieces must be inspired by the 7th Sinfonietta Festival’s theme, “Science & Fiction.” The selected work will be premiered during the 7th Sinfonietta Festival in Krakow, Poland in July 2021. The composer will receive an audiovisual recording of the performance.


2021 Fromm Commission Application

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 30, 2021 · Posted: May 24, 2021

The Fromm Commission is now accepting applications for composers writing in any idiom, instrumentation, style, or use of technology. Awardees will receive a $12,000 commission to compose a new work; awardees will receive an advance payment of $6,000 at commissioning, and completed scores are requested within three years of award date.


Argus Quartet Composers Institute

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 15, 2021 · Posted: May 24, 2021

Composers ages 13-18 who identify as BIPOC are invited to apply to the Argus Quartet Composers Institute, taking place virtually from September 13-October 12, 2021. Over the course of 5 online sessions, composers will attend workshops with faculty composers and Argus while completing a piece for string quartet or instrumentation within string quartet. The <7' work will be premiered by the Argus Quartet in October 2021. There is no tuition fee for the Composers Institute.


Hillcrest Wind Ensemble – Prospectus: 2021 Composition Contest

Fee: $20 · Deadline: September 27, 2021 · Posted: May 21, 2021

Hillcrest Wind Ensemble seeks 4-10′ works written for HWE’s instrumentation from composers of any age, nationality, and experience level. Works should be previously unperformed, and should be written for medium to advanced-level players (Grade 3 to 5). A $500 and $250 award will be given to the first and second-place winners, respectively, and winning pieces will be performed as allowed given the COVID-19 pandemic; a recording of the piece will be available for the composers.


Sonus International Music Festival – Carlos Guastavino Composition Competition

Fee: $50 · Deadline: June 30, 2021 · Posted: May 17, 2021

The 2021 Carlos Guastavino International Composition Competition invites submissions of 4-10′ works inspired by folk and national traditions. Works must be written for for solo piano, voice and piano, for classical acoustic instrument. Submissions from composers of all ages and nationalities are welcome. A minimum of three works will be featured on the 2021 SONUS International Music Festival; the top three finalists will be awarded $1,000, $250, and $150, respectively.


Cosmopolis Festival

Fee: $35 · Deadline: September 1, 2021 · Posted: May 17, 2021

Kavala Tango Days is now accepting 3-5′ works in a tango style (tango, tango vals, milonga, tango nuevo, etc.) written for 4-6 instruments from composers of any age and nationality. The top 3 works will be performed live at Kavala Tango Days on November 6, 2021 in Greece; the 3 selected composers will receive 750 EUR, 500 EUR, and 250 EUR, respectively.