The most current Call for the impuls Composition Competition is open for entries from May 31st to October 31st, 2024.

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impuls promotes and supports young composers not only within its Academy, but also through the international impuls Composition Competition.

impuls commissions new works for ensemble every second year from young composers selected by a jury. Subsequently these composers are invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz – where their new works are collectively rehearsed and discussed extensively with musicians of world-class ensembles such as Klangforum Wien – as well as to the premiere of their new pieces within the impuls Academy and Festival in Graz. impuls also intends to support the composers´ works beyond that point through recordings respectively broadcasting, music communication programs and additional concerts.

The most current Call for this Composition Competition is open for entries from May 31st to October 31st, 2024 and will lead to premieres in 2027.

The previous Call of the impuls Composition Competition ran from October 2022 to March 2023. More than 120 valid applications reached us from 48 nations and 6 continents. 36 applications hereby came from female and another 6 from non-binary composers. For more information on the composers selected, please have a look at Composers for 2025.

For information on former composers selected for this program, please have a look at Commissions.

Apart from commissions coming along with the competition, impuls commissions other young composers in the framework of projects such as Text im Klang and Ulysses or in the past also in cooperation with partners like the Ernst Krenek Institute. Further infos on these activities can be found under Commissions.

Composers are expected to attend the premiere performances of their commissioned works. See below for information on travel funding.

Composers retain all rights to their newly-composed works.

Conditions for the impuls Composition Competition, organised in 2024 and leading to premieres in 2027:

1.) The impuls Composition Competition is an international competition.

2.) Applying composers must not be born before 1990.

3.) Application starts on May 31st, 2024 and ends on October 31st, 2024 (as last day all material has to arrive at the address given – see Application infos).

4.) A jury consisting of composers, musicians respectively other experts will nominate 4-5 composers. The jury´s decision will be published by spring 2025 on this website and notification will be given also to applicants by then.

5.) As part of the impuls Composition Competition, impuls will then commission new works for ensemble (+-12 musicians chosen from a pool of musicians as given under Application). Expected length: approximately 15 minutes, score of new composition due to June 2026, parts of composition due to October 1st, 2026 after feedback by ensemble. Selected composers are also invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop, including extensive rehearsals, accompanying activities (such as composers’ talks, discussions, …) and to attend the premiere of their works with a first-class ensemble such as Klangforum Wien within the impuls Festival 2027.

6.) The selected composers will be offered by impuls:
a.) travel expenses (within Europe: economy flight or second-class rail ticket; from overseas: a contribution up to a maximum of € 600.-)

b.) living expenses: hotel (if needed) plus per diem of € 26,40.- (throughout the duration of the workshop and days of premiere and accompanying activities)
c.) At the latest upon delivery of the score and the complete musical material – by the deadlines given – the composers will receive a one-time payment of € 2.900.-. With this payment all rights concerning the public performance within impuls 2027, possible live-recording and broadcasting as well as the publishing of a CD are compensated.

7.) All entries must be made on cost of the composer (impuls will not cover any costs standing in connection with the application). impuls is entitled to store all material handed in and make it available to the ones involved in the handling of the competition (such as the jury).

8.) It will not be possible to appeal against the jury´s decision in a court of law. No correspondence will be conducted regarding the decision.

9.) In submitting their entries to impuls all applicants agree to abide by the conditions set out above. The selection is subject to the law of the Republic of Austria. Should any single condition of the proposed competition be invalid, no other condition shall be automatically invalidated (salvatory clause).