EMERGING COMPOSER COMPLETION GRANTS

San Francisco ARTZenter Institute in cooperation with The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players are pleased to announce the “Emerging Composer Completion Grants.”

These grants are designed to cultivate the creation of new works for chamber orchestra and will be awarded to emerging composers, for works-in-progress.

Our Emerging Composer Completion Grants are available to young composers across the United States currently enrolled in a degree-granting program of study in music composition.

ARTZenter will offer six individual Emerging Composer Completion Grants in two annual cycles, with each cycle consisting of two distinct phases:

Phase 1

ARTZenter will offer six individual Emerging Composer Completion Grants in two annual cycles, with each cycle consisting of two distinct phases:

ARTZenter will offer six individual Emerging Composer Completion Grants twice annually.
For each cycle, six winning composers will receive a $3,000 completion grant, as well as accommodations in San Francisco and a $600 travel allowance for airfare.

The six winning composers will be invited to participate in a 3-day open rehearsal workshop at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre, January 14-18, 2025. Over the course of this period, composers will participate in feedback sessions with the Contemporary Music Players and Artistic Director Eric Dudley.
The rehearsal workshops will culminate in a recorded “open work-in-progress rehearsal” of the six works at Herbst Theatre on January 17, 2025.

Phase 2

Based on the final readings, a select group from the six composers will receive an additional grant of $3,000, as well as funding to support travel and housing to attend an additional 5-day residency in San Francisco in June 2025. The Phase 2 residency will culminate in a premiere performance at Herbst Theatre by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.

To apply, each composer must submit:

  • The opening (minimum of 50 measures) of the applicable Work-in-Progress for chamber orchestra with the following instrumentation (no doublings in wind section with the exception of flute/piccolo): 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 1 – piano – harp – up to 3 perc – strings (4 3 3 3 1) or a subset thereof. A MIDI realization should also be submitted. Works that have already received a reading by a professional ensemble will not be considered.
  • One example of a completed 10-15 minute composition, along with an audio/video recording (if available – MIDI is acceptable).
  • A short essay describing the composer’s broad artistic vision (maximum 250 words).
  • A short description of the composer’s creative ambition in the proposed work as submitted (maximum 250 words).

In considering submissions the ARTZenter panel will employ a preference for works that:

  • Promote and advance the unique attributes of the applicable chamber orchestra instrumentation.
  • Are dramatically structured to engage the audience’s emotional experience.
  • DO NOT RELY extensively on the use of ‘extended’ instrumental techniques.
  • Utilize the strings as a SECTION, not as individual players.
  • Can be performed by a skilled ensemble within the planned rehearsal schedule (1.5 hrs. over 3 days).
  • Above all, the judges are seeking to identify a unique contemporary musical voice that engages an audience’s experience.

AVAILABLE PERCUSSION: marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, roto-toms (3) and a variety of other drums/non-pitched percussion instruments. DO NOT INCLUDE: timpani, xylophone, trap set, celesta.

ELIGIBILITY

Composers who are currently enrolled in an academic program of study in music composition in the United States.
Able to submit a final score by December 1, 2024
Available to attend the scheduled rehearsal workshop/open work-in-progress reading sessions prior to the scheduled performance.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

August 31, 2024 The initial six winning composers will be notified by September 30, 2024

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the application materials in a single email to submit@artzenter.org.
For file sharing, we recommend creating links with Google Drive, Dropbox, or any secure file-sharing platform. Please include in your application email:

  • The opening (minimum of 50 measures) of the applicable Work-in-Progress for chamber orchestra.
  • A MIDI realization of the Work-in-Progress.
  • A completed 10-15 minute composition, along with an audio/video recording.
  • A short essay describing the composer’s broad artistic vision (maximum 250 words).
  • A short description of the composer’s creative ambition in the proposed work as submitted (maximum 250 words).

ARTZenter INSTITUTE ORCHESTRA CATALOGUE

All works that receive grants will be included in a new catalogue of ARTZenter Institute Orchestral Works which will be promoted nationally to professional, university, conservatory, high school, and community orchestras (depending on level of difficulty) for the purpose of promoting new voices and new works for chamber orchestra. The works included in the catalogue will remain the property of the composers.

For questions about this application please contact Richard Aldag, SFCMP’s Executive Director at richard@artzenter.org

About ARTZenter and the SFCMP

ARTZenter is a newly established Composer’s Grant Program established to encourage the creation of new music by emerging composers that explores the power and grace of the traditional orchestral ensemble. The fund was created by Tony Magee, the founder of The Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma, CA, and is committed to creating orchestra-scale performance opportunities for the works of emerging composers. ARTZenter will award upwards of 24 individual grants for new compositions annually. Through the creation of a new catalogue of these works, ARTZenter hopes to bring these new voices to orchestral performance situations nationally while exposing performers and their leadership to the newest creative insights and never-before-experienced musical approaches.

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is the West Coast’s most longstanding and largest new music ensemble, comprised of twenty-two highly skilled musicians. For over 50 years, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players have created innovative and artistically excellent music and are one of the most active ensembles in the United States dedicated to contemporary music. The Contemporary Music Players nourish the creation and dissemination of new works through world-class performances, commissions, and community and education programs. The Players perform the music of composers from across cultures and stylistic traditions who are creating a vast and vital 21st-century musical language featuring the work of iconic and emerging composers while shining a spotlight on works for large ensemble and California artists.