ASU’s PRISMS Festival seeks pieces relating to our 2024 theme of Music and Utopia. One selected composer will receive a prize of $650, and their piece will be performed on October 5 or 6 in Tempe, AZ.  The concert will also be video-recorded and live-streamed on YouTube.

Pieces must be 15 minutes or less. Instrumentation may be any of the following:

  • String quartet (plus electronics if desired)
  • Saxophone quartet (plus electronics if desired)
  • Saxophone duo with electronics
  • Acousmatic or fixed-media works (audio and/or video)
  • Percussion ensemble (plus electronics if desired)

Electronics can use up to four channels of audio.

Composers must have the rights to use all materials in their pieces, including text, visuals, etc.  Submitted pieces may not be under an exclusive performance contract with any performer or ensemble.

Selected composers are required to attend the festival; PRISMS can offer lodging and local transportation. The winner will give a talk and may participate in a roundtable during the festival.

Airfare and food are not provided. PRISMS can provide a formal letter of invitation for anyone who requires a visa to enter the US.

Selection will be made by the PRISMS Committee. This competition has no entry fee, no age or geographic limit, and no restriction on whether pieces have been performed, published, or awarded in the past.  Composers are free to submit one piece per category.

If you have any questions, please email prisms@asu.edu

Deadline for application: July 15, 2024.

Winners will be announced August 19, 2024.

Please click here to apply.