The Cedar Commissions

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 1, 2024 · Posted: June 14, 2024

Seeks project proposals from early-career artists of any background or style, living in Minnesota. Six artists will each receive $4500 to create 30 minutes of new music to be performed at The Cedar Cultural Center, plus a $350 production stipend. Artists receive professional development, administrative and marketing support from Cedar staff, artist photos, and mentorship from an artist-determined individual. Performances include a tech rehearsal, high-quality professional photos, an unmixed multi-track recording, and single-camera video documentation.


Program Manager, American Composers Orchestra

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 30, 2024 · Posted: June 14, 2024

Seeks applications to full-time position providing providing administrative, logistical, and record keeping support for American Composers Orchestra’s New York City-based artistic activities and EarShot programs. The salary range is $58,000-60,000, and health coverage and visa sponsorship are available. Applicants based in NYC are preferred. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


National Young Composers Challenge

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 1, 2024 · Posted: June 12, 2024

Seeks chamber or orchestral scores up to 5 minutes in length, from composers ages 13-18 living in the US. Selected composers will receive $500-1000 cash prizes and performances April 13, 2025 in Orlando, Florida. Composers are required to attend the performance.


Earplay Vibrant Shores Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 30, 2024 · Posted: June 12, 2024

Seeks works written in the past 10 years, up to 10 minutes long, for 2-6 instruments (available instruments within), from composers of color who are eligible to receive income in the US. One winner will receive a $1000 prize, a spring 2025 performance, and a live recording.


Perception-Based Orchestration for Composer-Performers Workshop

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 15, 2024 · Posted: June 11, 2024

Seeks participants for intensive online workshop Aug 19-23, 2024 on research in music perception and cognition relevant to orchestration and composition, including lectures and critique of one another’s works. Tuition is $300 and registration is open until filled.


Miclot Chamber Music Society Call for Scores

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 19, 2024 · Posted: June 11, 2024

Seeks 5-10 minute chamber works for piano, viola, flute and cello, from Asian American and Pacific Islander composers residing in the US. One winner will receive a $500 cash award and a performance October 11, 2024 in Boston.


One Voice Queer Composers Commission Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: November 1, 2024 · Posted: June 6, 2024

Seeks work samples from LGBTQIA+/queer composers of any age or nationality. One winner will receive $2000 to compose a 4-6 minute work for SATB choir, which will be premiered in Charlotte, North Carolina in December 2025.


Lowell National Historic Park Call for Composers

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 25, 2024 · Posted: June 6, 2024

Seeks proposals for 3-5 minute pieces for up to six instruments and fixed media, inspired by the forms of labor present during a specific period of the history of Lowell National Historic Park (Massachusetts). Applicants must be eligible to receive income in the US, and preference will be given to those with connections to the greater Lowell, Massachusetts area. Selected composers will each receive $1500 to write their proposed work, and will attend in-person workshops with musicians. Recordings of the new works will be made available as part of National Historic Park exhibits and apps.


Klexoslab Composition Workshop

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 20, 2024 · Posted: June 6, 2024

Seeks work samples and proposals for new work from any composers. Selected composers will attend festival July 22-27, 2024 in Plasencia, Spain, including two reading sessions, two lessons, premiere of a new work, and participation in concerts and roundtables. Tuition is 200 Euros, and hostel accommodation with full board is available for an additional 195 Euros.


impuls Composition Competition

Fee: $0 · Deadline: October 31, 2024 · Posted: June 4, 2024

Seeks work samples and proposals for new 15-minute works for 12 musicians, from composers born 1990 or after. 4-5 selected composers will each receive 2900 Euros to compose their proposed pieces, which will be performed at the impuls Festival in Graz, Austria in 2027. Composers are expected to attend the performance and will receive 600 Euros to offset travel expenses, hotel lodging, and a per diem of 26.40 Euros.


Pierluigi Billone International Composition Masterclass – Reggio Emilia

Fee: $0 · Deadline: August 4, 2024 · Posted: June 4, 2024

Seeks applications from any composers, for masterclass in Reggio Emilia, Italy, October 14-18, 2024, including two hour-long composition lessons and 40 minutes of workshop time for a new piece for 1-8 performers. Pieces composed as part of the masterclass will also be performed in early 2025. The participation fee is 280 Euros, and does not include lodging, food or travel.


Hanns Eisler Scholarship

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 1, 2024 · Posted: June 4, 2024

Seeks proposals for works for up to eight players, from any composers not enrolled in degree-granting programs. One winner will receive a rent-free five-month stay at Hanns Eisler House in Leipzig, May-October 2025, including a monthly allowance of 1200 Euros, culminating in a premiere of their new work by Ensemble Avantgarde.


Experiments in Opera Writers’ Room

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 3, 2024 · Posted: May 31, 2024

Seeks applications from writers and composers interested in opera, who are not enrolled in degree-granting programs. A group of composers and writers will be selected to participate in a program fall 2024 through spring 2026, partly online with in-person portions in New York City. Participants will create individual 2-5 minute works, then develop a new opera collaboratively as a group. Each participant will receive $3500.


line upon line percussion Winter Composer Festival

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 19, 2024 · Posted: May 29, 2024

Seeks graduate students and professional composers ages 21+. Eight selected composers will attend festival in Austin, Texas, January 4-11, 2025, where they will receive housing in Austin, two 90-minute workshops with line upon line percussion, a three-hour recording block, the premiere of a 8-10 minute new work by line upon line percussion, and the opportunity to perform a 10 minute set and give a 30 minute presentation. Graduate students will receive $250 and professionals will receive $1000. Alumni of past festivals can also apply to receive recording and performance opportunities and a $500 honorarium. Participants are responsible for their own travel to, from and within Austin.


Indiana State University Music Now Contest

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 30, 2024 · Posted: May 29, 2024

Seeks compositions written since 2009, up to 15 minutes long, for any 1-6 performers, from US citizens or residents. Selected works will be performed at Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Indiana) on October 25, 2024. Composers are required to attend the performance, and will each receive $200 to offset travel expenses. Composers should secure their own performers if at all possible.


You(th) Can Compose! Summer Workshop

Fee: $0 · Deadline: June 24, 2024 · Posted: May 28, 2024

Seeks children ages 10-18, with at least one year of experience studying music and knowledge of reading music. 10 enrolled students will participate in online program from July 1-19, 2024, including classes for two hours a day on weekdays, culminating in performance by students of original music written during program. Tuition is $675, with a $100 discount if students enroll before June 5, and one-on-one lessons are also available for an additional $125-455.


Additional Openings, Summer Composition Intensive at Saint Mary’s College

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 14, 2024 · Posted: May 22, 2024

Seeks applications from composers ages 18+ for program at St Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, July 15-27, 2024, featuring lessons, classes and workshops. The priority application deadline has passed, but two more spots are open until filled. The instructional fee is $825, homestays are available for $150, dorm rooms are available for ca. $35/night, and composers are responsible for their own food.


Boston New Music Initiative Historically Excluded Composers Competition

Fee: $5 · Deadline: June 20, 2024 · Posted: May 21, 2024

Seeks composers of historically excluded genders, races/ethnicities, or circumstances (see more details within), who are members of Boston New Music Initiative (the lowest tier of membership is free). Composers may submit works of any duration for one or more instruments from BNMI’s instrumentation (within), or acousmatic works. The winner in each category of this competition may have their work considered for inclusion in BNMI’s 2024-2025 season.


SoundChain International Composition Competition

Fee: $21.96 · Deadline: September 30, 2024 · Posted: May 21, 2024

Seeks 7-20 minute stereo and multichannel acousmatic compositions from any composers ages 40 or younger, which have not been presented publicly outside an academic context. One winner will receive CZK 20,000 and a MaxMSP subscription. Up to six selected pieces will be performed in Brno, Czechia in November.


Songs for Sacred Lands Playlist

Fee: $0 · Deadline: July 1, 2024 · Posted: May 21, 2024

Seeks original song submissions around the theme of “Sacred Land,” especially shorter songs that are easily learned in groups. Songs will be included on a playlist as an educational resource on the website for the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery.