Deadline Extended to February 1, 2021!

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), in partnership with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and SFCM President’s Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion, has extended the deadline for application to its newly created Emerging Black Composers Project to February 1, 2021.

The Emerging Black Composers Project, which will spotlight new music from early-career Black American composers, will commission ten new works over the next ten years. Each winning composer will receive a commissioning fee of $15,000 and artistic mentorship from Oakland Symphony Music Director and SFCM faculty member Michael Morgan, SFCM Music Director Edwin Outwater, and San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen. All applications will go through an anonymous review process by a committee led by Morgan, Outwater, and Salonen and including industry leaders John Adams, Elinor Armer, Carmen Bradford, Anthony Davis, Germaine Franco, and Joseph Young. The first commission will be announced in spring 2021, with the world premiere scheduled during the 2021-22 season.

How to Apply:


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.


The deadline to apply is February 1, 2021.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • 3 representative works, scores and recordings. All scores must be properly engraved and submitted as PDFs.
    Recordings of samples are strongly preferred, but MIDI realizations are acceptable. Work samples should be composed within the last 5 years.
  • resume
  • short paragraph to describe composer’s sound and approach


  • Total duration must be indicated on each score, either on the inside cover, or after the final bar.
  • Indicate on the first page of the score if it is “Transposed” or “In C”
  • IMPORTANT: All identifying marks should be removed, including any names, organizations, and publishers. Do not submit any file names that include your name.
  • Scores are expected to be fully engraved, legible, and clearly convey your musical ideas

For further information or to apply, click here.