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 Boston New Music Initiative
Summary:Call for Scores
Deadline: 31 October 2019
Date Posted: 19 September 2019
Details: Opens: September 15, 2019
Deadline: October 31, 2019

The Boston New Music Initiative is pleased to announce its Sixth Annual Commissioning Competition. The purpose of this competition is to further the mission of The Boston New Music Initiative to maintain an international network of composers, performers, conductors, directors, and champions of music in order to generate new music concerts, compositions, collaborations, and commissions. Incorporated in 2010, the organization aims to advance the careers of its members in the field of new music by serving as a resource for networking, professional development, commissioning, collaboration, and programming.

The 8th Annual Competition will be open to any representative work, however, composers are encouraged if at all possible to show their ability to write for the BNMI core ensemble (fl, cl, vn, vc, pf, perc) or a similar instrumentation. This sextet will be the ensemble of the commissioned work.

Any composer is eligible except composers currently or formerly on the staff of The Boston New Music Initiative and past commission winners are ineligible to apply. The competition will be adjudicated in a two-round process, with the winner(s) being selected by an external panel of composers and music professionals using a blind evaluation process. The winner of this competition will be awarded a grand prize of at least $1,000 USD, in addition to being engaged to compose a new 8-12 minute work for performance by The Boston New Music Initiative in a future concert season. Pending available budget, the organization may award up to three (3) additional winners from this competition to compose new works for performance by BNMI or select works for Honorable Mention. At least one winner will be named for this competition, and the winner will be strongly encouraged to be in attendance for the premiere performance.

Previous Winners:
2014 Panayiotis Kokoras - Ghost Notes
2015 Nicola Straffelini - Labyrinth Song
2016 Travis Alford - Altered States
2017 Lonnie Hevia - After the Rain
2018 Charles Peck - Kindling
2019 Alex Berko - Living in Color
2020 Andrew Davis

We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.

Details
1. Number of Entries. There is no limit on the number of works a composer may submit; however, each work should be submitted as a separate entry. Multi-movement works should be submitted as single entries, even if movements are in separate files. (The submission process allows for multiple files per entry.)
2. Anonymity. All submissions must be anonymous. Scores or other materials with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove all identifying marks from all materials (except the composer information page, see submission process below) before submitting. Please make sure no metadata including names or identifying marks remain in submitted files. Please do not use a pseudonym or code number, simply remove your name.
3. Membership. Composers wishing to submit scores must become members of BNMI; Associate Membership is free and Full Membership is $20 a year. Information on membership benefits can be found here.
4. File Formats. The only acceptable file formats are:
• For the score: .pdf
• For (optional) audio recordings: .mp3 or .m4a
• For video: .mov or .m4v
• All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf
5. Questions? Please address any questions to info@bostonnewmusic.org. Note: Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address as the materials cannot be submitted using this method. When submitting inquiries, please be as generic as possible, and do not include the title of your piece in the query in order to preserve anonymity.

Submission Process
Composers are asked to use our submission portal to upload the following materials (each as separate documents). If this is your first time submitting, please review our submission guide prior to starting the submission process.
1. An anonymous PDF file of the score.
2. A recording of the work (not required but encouraged)
3. For works using electronics, a detailed description of technical requirements and processes needed (i.e. a “tech rider”).
4. An entry fee for each submission. The entry fee for this competition is $20 for Associate Members, and $10 for Full Members. Membership information can be found here.
5. An information sheet containing the following:
a. Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, physical mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
b. Composer biography and program notes for the work (maximum 300 words each), to be used if the work is selected. BNMI reserves the right to truncate the program notes or composer biography if either exceeds the word limit.

To Apply:
Please click the submit button at the bottom of the page.

We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.

Helpful Hints:
1. Please note that new memberships may take up to 24 hours to be approved (although usually much less). Composers signing up as new members who wish to submit to this competition should be sure to allot enough time for the approval process to complete in order to meet the October 31 deadline.
2. The submission portal is not available without login credentials. Composers who are not existing BNMI members should not attempt to go to the submission portal without submitting a membership application first: http://www.bostonnewmusic.org/membership in order to create login credentials.
3. Once your files have been added for each work, be sure to complete your payment in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Full members must have dues paid in full in order to receive full membership benefits, including discounts on Calls for Scores and commissioning competitions. For those composers submitting more than one entry, payment should be made only after ALL entries have been completed.
4. More questions? Please see our submission guide.
Entry Fee:$20
Web Site:www.bostonnewmusic.org/commiss...

 Young Women's Composition Competition
Summary:Chamber competition for female composers
Deadline: 31 January 2020
Date Posted: 04 September 2019
Details: Open to young women ages 12-18 (as of January 1st, 2020) who reside in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, or Minnesota. Students of color are especially encouraged to apply. This call is open to all female-identified and non-binary students. Submissions are due by 5pm on January 31st, 2020.

Level 1: Ages 12-14
Level 2: Ages 15-18

Three cash prizes per level
Level 1
• 1st Prize - $350
• 2nd Prize - $250
• 3rd Prize - $150

Level 2
• 1st Prize - $450
• 2nd Prize - $350
• 3rd Prize - $250

Requirements:
Level 1
• Single movement for 2 to 5 players
• Duration: Up to 5’00”
• Instrumentation: Any combination of the following: piano, electronic sounds (computer generated or synthesized) and/or fixed media (pre-recorded sounds or tape, no video), any string, wind, or brass instrument. No voice or percussion (piano excepted).

Level 2
• Single movement for 2 to 5 players
• Duration: Up to 6’00”
• Instrumentation: Any combination of the following: piano, electronic sounds (computer generated or synthesized) and/or fixed media (pre-recorded sounds or tape, no video), any string, wind, or brass instrument. No voice or percussion (piano excepted).

Submissions should be in a PDF format with attached sound file or link (streaming sites such as Soundcloud or Youtube are also acceptable) and should be emailed to Rick Ferguson at rickfergusonmo@gmail.com by the due date. Midi files are also acceptable.

No handwritten or mailed hard copies will be accepted.

Winning submissions will be performed in concert as part of the Musical Offering's Music on Madison series in March of 2020. Winners will receive video recordings of their music.

The submission fee is $15, payable via the Musical Offering's PayPal. Please include your full name and the words "Young Women's Composition Competition" in the notes field of your payment.

Should the submission fee represent a financial hardship, please contact Rick Ferguson at rickfergusonmo@gmail.com. Any other questions about the competition can also be directed to Rick.

Good luck!

Entry Fee:$15
Web Site:www.themusicaloffering.org/ywc...

 MUSICA PROSPETTIVA 2019-20
Summary:Competition for 1–5 performers
Deadline: 20 November 2019
Date Posted: 06 August 2019
Details: Comune di Torrita di Siena (Italy), Fondazione Torrita Cultura and Pro Loco Torrita organize an International Call for Scores for selecting compositions to be performed during the Festival Musica Prospettiva 2019-20.

PRIZES

A NEW JURY will select compositions for:
1st Prize:
– accommodation for two nights at Torrita di Siena (Italy)
– € 250
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition

2nd Prize:
– € 100
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition

DUOroboros Special Prize
(to the best composition for the full DUOroboros’ instrumentation or any subset):
– € 150
– performance of the composition
– live audio recording of the composition
– composition added to the DUOroboros repertoire for possible future performances

Composers will keep performing rights.

ELIGIBILITY
The call is open to composers of any age and nationality, to music of any genre, style, difficulty.

INSTRUMENTATION

Compositions for 1 to 5 (any combination):
DUOroboros:
–Mezzo-soprano (1 performer)
–Cello (same performer)
–Percussion (1 performer*)
–Soprano (1 performer)
–Piano (preparation allowed, 1 performer)
Electronics and amplification are not allowed.

*available percussion instruments: Vibraphone, 2 Snare Drum, 2 Bass Drum, 3 Splash Cymbals, 2 Tambourines, Crash-Ride Cymbal, 2 Crash Cymbals, Small Cymbals, 2 Tam-tams, 2 Toms, Bongos, Claves, Castanets, 2 Triangles, Flexaton, Kou-Xian, Dan Moi, Granite Blocks, Wind Chimes, Jam Block, Vibraslap, Rattles, Caxixi, Groovy Shaker, Bell Chimes, 3 Hand Cymbals, 2 Singing bowls, 2 Cowbells, Toulouhou, Slapstick.

For further details, please contact musica.prospettiva@gmail.com

DURATION
1′-15′

DEADLINE
November 20th, 2019

SUBMISSION
Any compositions are allowed, either already performed/published/recorded/awarded or not.
Submissions do not need to be anonymous.

Please send to musica.prospettiva@gmail.com
– scores in PDF format
– MP3 or link to a live or midi recording (if available)
– contact info
– date of birth (for general stathistics, will not be published, will not affect the selection process)
– (optional) short bio, program notes and/or any useful info

SUBMISSION FEE
No limits to scores you may send.
A donation (we are a non-profit organization) of € 10 for each composition submitted has to be paid via PayPal
Entry Fee:€10
Web Site:musicaprospettiva.wordpress.co...

 Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition 2019
Summary:Chamber music competition
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Date Posted: 19 June 2019
Details: Nuova Consonanza announces the XXI edition of the Franco Evangelisti International Composition Competition. In partnership with Rai Radio 3, Edizioni Suvini Zerboni – Milano.

Rules:
Composers of any age and nationality are eligible.

The instrumentation includes:
Flute (also piccolo / one performer)
Clarinet (also bass clarinet / one performer)
Violin
Viola
Cello
Pianoforte

The composition may involve the whole ensemble or part of it, starting from a minimum of two players. Length of the composition must not exceed 12 minutes. Any candidate can compete anonymously with one or more works. It is possible to submit compositions that have already been played, as long as they are unpublished and have not been awarded any prize in other contests.


Entries:
Candidates are requested to submit scores (along with parts for a possible performance), by email only and in pdf format, to concorsoevangelisti@nuovaconsonanza.it

Scores and parts must be anonymous and marked with a motto.

Candidates are also requested to include in the same email:

- completed and signed registration form
- curriculum vitae;
- receipt of payment of the entry fee;
- identity document

Links to audio recordings or computer-generated audio files are welcome, but not required (please, do not attach audio files to email)
The above documents can be written in English, French or
The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2019 (23:59, Gmt +2).

A € 50 entry fee for each submitted score can be paid via wire transfer to Associazione Nuova Consonanza IBAN IT44X0200805108000010653285 – BIC SWIFT: UNCRITM1719
Entry Fee:€50
Web Site:www.nuovaconsonanza.it/index.p...

 4th COMPOSITION COMPETITION GMCL/JORGE PEIXINHO
Summary:Chamber competition with 2 categories
Deadline: 01 October 2019
Date Posted: 24 April 2019
Details: The 4th International Composition CompetitionGMCL/JorgePeixinho is organized by the Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa (Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon) and its main purposes are the encouragement of musical creation and his divulgation, thus contributing to the increase of the repertoire of chamber music.
Has a biennial periodicity.

Composition of the jury: Ivan Fedele (President), Gerhard Stabler, JoãoMadureira, João Pedro Oliveira, Jaime Reis and Jorge Sá Machado.
The art work and application form must be sent by registered mail, until the 1st October 2019, to the following address:

Concurso de Composição – GMCL
Rua do Varatojo, 50
2790-443 Queijas
PORTUGAL

There will be two categories within the formation of GMCL (mezzo-soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Percussion and Piano):

A – Music for the Ensemble (complete formation of the group)
B – Chamber Music (minimum of four performers).

In all categories electronics may be included.

Two prizes will be awarded in each category, 1st and 2nd prizes. The winning works will have the edition of the score and parts for AVA publisher and its presentation in concert with broadcast on national radio, Antena 2.

First awards (Categories A and B) will also be assigned € 2.000 prize money.<

Lisbon, April, 2019

Contacts: gmclconcursocomposicao@gmail.com
Entry Fee:€80.00
Web Site:www.gmcl.pt/concurso-de-compos...

 15th SUN RIVER PRIZE
Summary:Chamber Competition
Deadline: 20 October 2019
Date Posted: 11 April 2019
Details: ◆Sponsored by Sichuan Conservatory of Music
◆Organized by Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music
ISCM-Chengdu section
Research Institute of Composition Technique of Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Zhou Siyuan
President of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Jury
Prof. Peter Swinnen
Composer
President of International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)

◆Requirements
The competition of this year is chamber music, and the establishment of music instruments to be selected of 1-9 instrumentalists combined willingly and the same instrument is not more than 4. (Without any electronic instrument, equipment and computer)
The composition should be under 12 minutes.

Qualifications
1. All students. (No limitation on nationalities, regions and ages).
2. The composition should be written any style and in last three years.
3. The composition must be unpublished, and must not have been awarded in any other contest prizes.
4. Each candidate is allowed to offer only one piece for the competition and should not enter for the competition with others' name.

◆How to enter
Candidates should fill out the entry form (enclosed) and offer the copies of the ID and the Student ID card, as well as 7 copies of the composition score.
The composition should be delivered by the registered letter to the Competition Committee before the deadline.
The score of the computer file (PDF format) should be sent via email to sunriverprize2004@qq.com at same time.

◆Mailing Address
Committee of 15th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students' New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China

◆ Contact
Mr. Gou Yong
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
E-mail: sunriverprize2004@qq.com
Deadline: 20th October 2019
(Entries must be received before 20th October 2019)

◆ Website: http://www.sccm.cn/sunriver/index.html
http://www.iscm.org

We recommend the candidates to offer the CD record of the composition, but the audio files are not required.
All materials offered by the candidates (including scores and CD) will not be returned.

◆Award and Prizes
1st Prize (1): RMB ¥15,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
2nd Prize (2): RMB ¥10,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
3rd Prize (3): RMB ¥5,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
Honorable Mention (several): the certificate.

The juries have the rights to decide the prizes and the number of the vacant winners, and the jury's decision is final.

◆Additional Directions
1. During the selection of the competition, any prize-winning composition could be published and played permanently and freely by the sponsors.
2. Please do not write your name and any non-musical notes on the composition score, otherwise the candidates cannot enter for the selecting procedure.
3. The entry form is enclosed (copy is available), which should be posted after being filled out with the record and copies of the composition score.
Web Site:www.iscm.org/articles/15th-sun...

 EAMT New Music Ensemble UMA
Summary:Cal for Works (Students)
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 February 2019
Details: Additional Call for Works for composition students only!

EMTA UMA (New Music Ensemble of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT)

fl, cl, trp, vl, vc, pf,
sx (alto or baritone)

All possible combination from 4 to 7 instruments are welcome. With or without conductor.

Length: Up to 10' min.

Deadline:29 Feb 2019, 12 PM GMT.

About: UMA is New Music Ensemble of EAMT. UMA has been part of playing G. Grisey "Les espaces acoustiques" and have working together with K.Penderecki and L.Andriessen.

Supervisors are Taavi Kerikmäe (head of CoPeCo program in EAMT, member of ensemble U:) and Tarmo Johannes (Tarmo: member of ensemble U:).

For any additional information, please contact:

Call for works for EAMT New Music Ensemble UMA Coordinator

Karl Tipp

karl@worldmusicdays2019.ee

www.worldmusicdays2019.ee
Web Site:www.worldmusicdays2019.ee
Email:karl@worldmusicdays2019.ee

 11th Joan Guinjoan International Prize for Young Composers
Summary:Prize for ensemble
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 October 2012
Details: 1.The contest is open to composers of every nationality under the age of 35 at December 1st, 2012. Former winners of this award are not allowed to submit again.
2.Each participant may submit an unlimited number of works, which cannot previously have been published, premiered or commissioned. Works performed in the educational context of conservatories and schools of music will not be considered premieres.
3.The work, in a contemporary style, should be 10 to 15 minutes long.
4.The work must be written for an open formation of 6 to 15 instruments, with optional electronics, chosen from among those in an orchestra, piano, accordion, guitar, voice and typical jazz –electric guitar, bass and keyboards– instruments, “cobla” instruments, and instruments of early music: harpsichord, recorder, viola da gamba, cornet, sackbut, early bassoon and plucked string instruments. It is also possible to include a small choir of four voices (SATB, 4-4-4-4), which will be considered as four different instruments. There may not be more than two instruments the same, except for violins, for which there is a maximum of 10, violas and cellos, for which there is a maximum of 4.
5.The composer must submit six copies of the score and one registration form for each work presented. The work must be written and printed with a notation software which allows automatic extraction of parts, or the participants must commit to send the parts in case of being winners. Once the winner has been chosen, the composers may collect 5 copies of their works within one month from date of the award. One copy will remain in the archives of the School.
6.The amount of the award is 3.000 €. The chosen work will be premiered by the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with the option to be professionally recorded on CD by the School.
7.Apart from the winning work, the jury may decide to give honorific mentions to other works submitted which are considered of special interest. The works worthy of this distinction will be premiered together with the winning work.
8.The Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya will have publishing and distribution rights to the score, the CD or any other format of the winning work.
9.All written or audio-recorded editions of the winning work will be marked “Premi Joan Guinjoan de l’Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, 2012”.
10.The jury will be made up of five composers chosen from the Department of Theory and Composition of the School. The names of the members of the jury will be announced once the award decision has been made public. Their decision may not be appealed. The decision will be announced before January 10th, 2013.
11.The deadline for submitting scores is December 1st, 2012.
12.The works will be submitted under pseudonym.
2nd Prize:Euro 3000
Age Limit:35
Duration:6 to 15 minutes
Web Site:www.esmuc.cat/eng/Departments/...