The Flute New Music Consortium is an organization with the shared mission of promoting new music for the flute by commissioning works and organizing simultaneous premieres. FNMC hosts its annual Composition Competition to connect members of the flute new music community to new works by talented composers. There are no restrictions on the age, nationality or location of applicants. Semi-finalists are selected by blind-round judges; winners are heard and selected by FNMC member vote. Winning composers receive a cash prize and many finalists find that their works receive more attention from the greater flute community. FNMC is proud of the performances and commissions it has had the honor to organize – but even more proud of the collaborations that have evolved between its members and its composers.
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- Submission deadline: June 1, 2023. 11:59 p.m. CST
- Works in this category must feature flute alone.
- Instruments in the classical flute family (piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, etc.) will be accepted. Baroque flutes are accepted, but most of FNMC’s membership play modern flutes.
- Works for flute and electronics are not appropriate for this category.
- Works may be previously performed.
- Entries must use the flute in some capacity. There is no age limit, and composers are permitted to submit up to three works per category
- Suggested Length: 5-12 minutes
Submission of Materials:
- Online application and entry fee ($15 per score). Scores should not contain identifying markings. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names.
- Multiple Entries: Composers may submit no more than three entries per competition category.
- The winning composer from each competition category will receive a $500 (USD) prize.
All entries must include:
- Scores with no identifying markings in either the file or the file name. This includes pseudonyms, dedications, and commissioner names. Program notes, if relevant, are permitted.
- Scores must be created in Finale, Sibelius, or some other type of music entry software program
- All score submissions must be in PDF file format
- Live or MIDI recordings of each entry in its entirety, with no identifying markings. This includes names of performers and composers in the file name as well as the metadata.
- All recordings should be submitted as mp3 files.
- Application information: name of composer, contact information, title of piece, instrumentation of piece, composer website (if available)
- Payment confirmation/order number
- Multiple movement scores should be submitted as a single PDF file
- Multiple movement works should be submitted as a single mp3 file
An entry confirmation will appear at the time of submission. An email confirmation will not be sent.
Selected winners give FNMC members rights to perform their works for one year and record their works for up to six years without further compensation. These rights are not exclusive and composers are encouraged to continue arranging performances and recordings of their work during this period. Selected winners consent to one video interview to be shared with FNMC members and in FNMC marketing materials.
Incomplete applications or applications with identifying markings will be disqualified. Entries submitted without the payment confirmation number will be disqualified. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries which do not include an audio file in mp3 format will be disqualified. Previously winning pieces are not eligible for re-entry. All application fees are non-refundable.
Winning scores will be provided to current FNMC Commissioning and Performing Level members. FNMC makes every effort to program winning and finalist works at regional flute fairs, and sometimes even the CMS or National Flute Association Conventions.
Please note that because your work will be distributed, if you reference the creative or intellectual property of another person (poetry text, visual art, or extended quotation of another work), you must have the secured the legal rights to distribute the work before entering the competition. We are a U.S. based organization and will adhere to U.S. copyright standards.