For its 2024 open call for scores, Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble is looking for 3 pieces between 5-7 minutes, scored for modern dancers and small mixed chamber ensemble. The music will reflect and draw inspiration from three paintings by Krista M. Jones, which will feature at the start of the concert with projections and a brief lecture. Art and artist statement are at the bottom of this page.

The selected scores which will be performed in Atlanta, GA in April 2024 as part of the SoundNOW music festival, performed by the Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble, professionally choreographed, recorded, and video-taped. Composers are not required to travel to attend the performance.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on October 1st 2024. Your application will remain anonymous throughout the adjudication procedure.  There is no age limit to apply, nor any restrictions on nationality/location.  Older pieces are welcome, we do not require original compositions. Email all applications to

You will need to submit:

1) Resume

2) Score in pdf format WITH YOUR NAME REMOVED OR BLOCKED OUT. One submission per composer. Older or previously performed pieces are welcome. Please no handwritten scores.

3) A recording of the piece (instrumental recording or piano reduction is preferred, midi is acceptable)

Because this is for mixed ensemble, music must be for at least three players and some combination of more than one of the following groups (for example, you could score for clarinet-violin-trap set or viola-cello-flute, but not all strings or all winds):

Strings: Violin, viola, ‘cello, bass

Winds: Flute, clarinet, saxophone

Percussion: trap set

Please keep in mind that ACE will have limited rehearsal time with the dancers, so while we want to see your best work, don’t send in anything that would require 100 hours of rehearsal time. We look forward to hearing from you!

For any questions please contact