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 Composition Competition for schools
Summary:Schools' Composition Competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: We’re excited to launch a Shakespeare-inspired Composition Competition for all registered schools, and the good news is that you don’t have to be a musical maestro to take part!

Pupils can create a soundscape for the Forest of Arden, a lullaby inspired by the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream or a magical melody for Macbeth’s witches – in any musical style or genre. Specially commissioned resources from Birmingham Conservatoire will get you started on your musical masterpieces.

Five winning entries will be chosen to work with vocal leader Daniel Galbreath and will have the opportunity to perform a specially arranged version of their composition alongside musicians from Birmingham Conservatoire at a Celebration Concert in June.

For more information:


 5th Annual Jazz Composition Contest for Women Composers
Summary:Competition for female composers
Deadline: 18 June 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: Format/Instrumentation

• Entries must be original, unpublished compositions by women composers for large jazz ensemble featuring a drum solo. Entrants must submit a transposed score and parts for full jazz ensemble in PDF format utilizing the following instrumentation:

5 saxophones, AATTB. Any/all woodwind doubling or soprano saxophone parts are fine, but must be optional. The chart must be playable without the doubles. Non-doubling parts must also be provided.

4 trombones (3 tenor + 1 bass trombone). Tuba may be used in place of bass trombone, but the chart must be playable with bass trombone instead of tuba.

4 Bb trumpets or flugelhorns. Common mutes (plunger, straight, cup, or harmon) are usable. The 1st trumpet range should go no higher than a written D above the staff (indicate optional higher notes) to maximize playability for younger bands.

Rhythm section of piano, acoustic bass and drum set. Any auxiliary percussion part must be optional.

Although the drummer is the primary soloist, other members of the jazz ensemble may be given solos.

The featured drum part/portions may be orchestrated to be in unison, counterpoint, or "trading" with other soloists or groups within in the ensemble. Creativity in this regard is encouraged.

• No transcriptions or arrangements (except arrangements of the composer's own works) will be eligible.

• The composition may already have been performed, but shall have been written in the past three years of the contest deadline and must be unpublished.

• Entries shall be no longer than 10 minutes in length.

• Evaluation

• The purpose of the prize is to encourage the composition and performance of the highest possible quality jazz ensemble literature written by women. Therefore, the composition should be conceived and constructed to ensure an effective performance by high school honors jazz ensembles.

• Compositions will be judged on:

Overall musical quality
Playability/appropriateness for high school, college and professional bands alike
Proper/professional notation
Attention to detail on all rules and guidelines

• The winning composition will be selected by a panel of three judges. Composers will be notified by July 31, 2017.

• The Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra has the option of withholding the awards if no entries are found to be suitable.


• The winning composer will receive a $400 honorarium. The honorable mention composer will receive a $100 honorarium. Winner and Honoralbe Mention composers will receive a live concert recording of her composition performed by SWOJO with a guest artist as part of the 2017 Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, Washington. The winner is strongly encouraged to attend the performance. Travel is at the composer's own expense.

• The winning composer must provide print-ready parts in PDF form for SWOJO in order for us to publish the piece by September 5, 2017. The composer agrees that the piece shall bear the subtitle "Winner of the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra 2017 Composition Contest."

• Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra will either publish the winning composition or secure another publishing company to publish the winning piece at SWOJO's sole discretion.

• The composer must permit Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra to keep the submitted composition for consideration of future performance, recording, and publishing.

• In the unlikely event that an unforeseen situation prevents the guest artist from performing, the piece will still be recorded, but with a different soloist.

How To Apply

• All materials should be submitted electronically.

• The submission must be anonymous. Therefore, the composer's name must not appear on score, parts, or mp3 recording, nor be audible on the mp3 recording. If the composer's name is announced at the recorded performance, that portion should be edited out.

• Upon submission of the application form and payment, please send a zip file or link to a folder with your score, parts, and recording to You are strongly encouraged to use Dropbox, Google Drive, or other free cloud storage for your contest materials as they may be too large to send as attachments in email.

• Complete the composition contest application online and pay the entry fee through PayPal as provided below. Entry fees will not be returned for any reason.

• Composers may submit as many pieces as she wishes, but each chart must be submitted separately with its own application form, entry fee, and email with link to all composition materials.

• If you must send contest materials by mail, send a single package containing score, parts, CD recording, printout of the entry form, and entry fee of $20 USD check or money order payable to SWOJO.
Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra
Jazz Composition Contest
PO Box 31611
Seattle, WA 98103 USA

• Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra's Board of Directors, Executive Director, Musical Directors, and band members are not eligible to enter the contest.

Composers must not attempt to contact any of the members of the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra or SWOJO Board to exert influence over the outcome of the contest. Any attempt to do so will immediately disqualify the composer and all her submissions from the contest.

 Mission Viejo Film Music Competition
Summary:Film Music Competition
Deadline: 01 April 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: MVFCC is an opportunity for composers and videographers in and around the Southern Orange County area. All submission will be reviewed and those passing the preliminary round will move on to the final public round taking place on April 29, 2017 at 7pm as part of Mission Viejo's ArtsAlive. All music for the final rounds will be played by a live orchestra and all finalists will be invited to this concert/film event FREE. Judges the day of will choose the winners. Hundreds in cash prizes!

Film scores for three (3) films wil be reviewed and the finalists will hear their music played live! Judges will choose the winners the day of this public event.

Videos will be submitted to one of three corresponding film scores. The finalists will see their projects shown publically with live music accompanying. Judges will decide the winners the day of this public event.

 FilmScore Competition 2017
Summary:Film Music Competition
Deadline: 01 May 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017
Details: The eagerly anticipated FilmScore Competition is LIVE and this year. we're animated.

This competition is for 14 - 19 year olds to write a score for a short film. We have selected 4 shot, animated films (2 are available now, 2 more will be online soon).

Simply sign up for the competition here and follow the instructions in the email.

New this year - we are thrilled to be working with Wiltshire Music Centre, to offer new expertise and exposure to the competition.

Do please share this with 14 - 19 year olds, secondary schools, teachers, music teachers, parents, we would love your help in spreading the word.

FilmScore 2017 opens on 6th February 2017

The deadline for submissions is 1st May 2017

The shortlist will be announced on 22nd May 2017

Grand final will be held in mid-June 2017


 113 Composers' Collective
Summary:Competition with 3 Categories
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Date Posted: 22 February 2017

113 is accepting scores for their 2017-18 concert season. Selected scores may be programmed at any point during the season. Composers who are accepted are encouraged (but not required) to attend. Composers of any age or nationality may apply. We are accepting scores in three categories:

1. Solo works for any instrument or voice type

2. Duos for saxophone with piano

3. Works for 1-4 Female Vocalists (2 Soprani and 2 Mezzo-Soprani)

Submissions may include electronics or improvisation.


Scores should be submitted electronically to with the subject heading, “113 Call for Scores.” Please attach a PDF of the score and include the link to an mp3 recording (if available). Composers may submit multiple scores, but please note that there is a $ 5.00 fee for each score submission. Submission fees will be accepted through Paypal.

 BBC Proms Inspire
Summary:Young Composers' Competition
Deadline: 25 May 2017
Date Posted: 10 January 2017
Details: Now in its nineteenth year, the BBC Proms Inspire scheme provides 12-18 year olds with a friendly environment to share ideas, meet like-minded composers and develop their musical creativity, while working alongside some of the UK’s top composers and musicians. If you are 12-18 years old and want to make your own music, read on to find out how to join the BBC Proms Inspire scheme and enter the BBC Proms Inspire Competition.

"BBC Proms Inspire shines a light on new and emerging talent among our youngest composers. Last year, I and my fellow-judges were amazed and inspired by the quality of work by young teenagers, and I can’t wait to hear what the next competition reveals!" Jonathan Dove, Inspire Competition judge 2016

What is the BBC Proms Inspire Competition 2017?

"The BBC's long-established and justly celebrated Inspire Competition is the UK's leading event for young composers – and a wonderful opportunity for musically curious people aged 12 to 18.” Judith Weir, Inspire Competition judge 2016

The BBC Proms Inspire Competition continues to provide what most composers only dream of; the chance to have your music performed by professional musicians at the BBC Proms and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Not only this, winners also receive a BBC commission for a high-profile performance and are mentored throughout the process by a professional composer.

We are looking for music that is original, unique and inspiring. It can be completely innovative or can use the music and ideas of the past to inspire new and exciting pieces of music. There are no restrictions on the type of music you can enter – whatever your style and inspiration, we want to hear it!

What is the prize?

Winners will be given the opportunity to have their work performed at the BBC Proms by professional musicians and broadcast on Radio 3.
Winners will also receive a BBC commission.
Please read the terms and conditions for full details.

Who are the judges?

Entries will be judged by a panel of leading composers and music industry professionals who are passionate about finding and developing young talent. This year’s judges include composers Mark-Anthony Turnage, Charlotte Bray, Fraser Trainer, Kerry Andrew, Hannah Kendall and Director of the BBC Proms, David Pickard.

What are the rules?

It's very important that you read the full terms and conditions for the competition, for full rules and details on how to submit your entry. You are advised to read these carefully as invalid entries will be disqualified. If you’re aged 12 to 16, ask a parent or guardian to read these too as they will need to give their consent for you to enter. The closing date for entries is Thursday 25 May 2017.

How to enter

Please refer to the terms and conditions for full details on how to submit a valid entry. If you need any further information or require clarification of the meaning of any of the terms and conditions, please contact a member of the Proms Learning team by emailing

Download, print and complete an Entry Form. If you’re aged 12 to 16 make sure a parent or guardian reads and completes the bottom section of the form to give their consent for you to enter.

Send your complete entry by post only to: BBC Proms Inspire Young Composers’ Competition, PO Box 7905, London, W1A 1UL. (Please note that this facility cannot accept any mail from carriers other than Royal Mail. The PO Box facility will terminate at close of business on 25 May 2017 and any late entries will not be accepted. In the event of a prolonged postal strike, the period for submission will be extended as appropriate. Entries delivered in person will not be accepted.)
The closing date for entries is Thursday 25 May 2017. Any entries received after this date will not be entered in the competition.

 Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts
Summary:Perfomance Opportunity
Deadline: 01 May 2017
Date Posted: 10 January 2017
Details: The MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts announces a call for works to be considered for performance on the 38th Annual Bowling Green New Music Festival, to be held October 18-21, 2017. The festival will feature the music of guest composers Steven Mackey and Sarah Kirkland Snider and others, performed by BGSU faculty, students and featured guest ensemble Latitude 49.

This year, we are seeking works for the following instrumentation:

Works for solo flute, unaccompanied or with piano
Works for solo trumpet unaccompanied or with piano
Works for solo piano
Works for flute and percussion duo
Works for brass quintet (2 trumpets, trombone, horn, tuba)

1.) Composers of any age, nationality or institutional affiliation, except those currently enrolled at or employed by Bowling Green State University, are eligible to submit scores.

1.) All submissions should be made electronically, and should include the following:
a.) Full score in PDF format
b.) If available, a recording (MP3 or WAV format) or link to a recording (via your own personal web site, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc) that can be streamed or downloaded online.
c.) Contact information including name, address, email, and a short bio or resume.

Submissions via email ( are preferred. Submissions via DropBox, WeTransfer, or other file-sharing service will also be accepted.

Only one submission per composer will be considered for inclusion on the festival.

Exceptions to the electronic submission rule will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please forward any questions or concerns to MACCM Director Kurt Doles (

2.) Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 15th 2017 to be considered for performance.

3.) Composers selected to participate must provide scores, parts and other performance materials at their own expense. Attendance at the festival is required; a small honorarium of $200 is offered to help offset travel costs.

4.) Composers whose pieces have been selected for performance will be notified via email before May 1, 2017.

 Liberal Judaism Music Composition Competition
Summary:Competition with sacred theme
Deadline: 11 May 2017
Date Posted: 04 January 2017
Details: Are you a musician in a Liberal Jewish community? Have you ever composed music for use in your place of worship? If you have, then keep reading – if you haven’t, then this is your chance!

We are extremely lucky to have a growing number of keen and dedicated musicians in our communities, and over the next six months we will be running the Liberal Judaism Music Composition Competition to showcase the best new, home-grown, music.

All entries will be judged by a cross-communal panel, with a select few awarded a prize and performed at next year’s Day of Celebration. Where possible, all other entries will be recorded and made available to Liberal Jewish congregations. The entry requirements are:

• Must have Jewish content, for example an adaptation of a current prayer or text, or be inspired by Jewish tradition.

• Must be between one and five minutes.

• Must be submitted in full musical notation, with a recording if possible (we can help with this).

• Must be accompanied by no more than 300 words describing the inspiration behind the composition.

• Does not necessarily have to use a voice, but please consider the practical ‘performability’ of the piece.

• The composer must be a member of a Liberal Jewish community.

Please send competition entries, along with any questions you may have, to before 11 May 2017.

 International Composition Competition
Summary:International Percussion Competition
Deadline: 15 May 2017
Date Posted: 02 November 2016
Details: Preface
Please find enclosed the official regulations and registration form of the Composition Competition for percussion duo organised by the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg.

You are kindly requested to read carefully the following paragraphs and in case of interest, to fill in the registration form and to send it to the Office of the Competition.

Please keep your correspondences in the official languages of the Competition: French, German or English.

The subject of the Composition Competition of the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg ( IPCL ) is a work for percussion duo.

Duration: 7-8 minutes

Suggested instruments:
• Marimbas, xylophones, vibraphones, glockenspiels, timpani • Snare drums, bongos, tomtoms, bass drums
• Templeblocks, woodblocks, claves
• Suspended Cymbals, hihat, 1-2 tamtams/gongs, triangles

The use of electronics is not permitted.
In June 2017, the jury of the Competition will select the prize-winning work, which will be the setpiece for the 1st round of the Percussion-Duo Competition 2018 organised by the International Percussion Competition Luxembourg and taking place from 10th until 18th February 2018.

 Ablaze Records
Summary:Multiple Opportunities
Deadline: 01 April 2017
Date Posted: 19 October 2016
Details: Hong Kong New Music Ensemble—LIVE FROM PRAGUE-ECHOFLUXX 17 Festival—Live recording Opportunity
Calling for Scores for Violins (2), viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, zheng, conductor for a concert performance and live recording in Prague, Czech Republic as part of the ECHOFLUXX 17 Festival.
CLOSING DATE: February 1, 2017

Orchestral Masters, Vol. 5
Calling for Orchestral Scores for our Fifth Volume of Orchestral Masters to be recorded in Brno, Czech Republic with the Brno Philharmonic in summer of 2017.
CLOSING DATE: February 1, 2017

New Choral Voices, Vol. 3
Calling for Choral Scores (up to 16 voices divisi, a cappella) for our third volume of New Choral Voices CD to be recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio with the excellent Ablaze Records Choir Coro Volante directed by maestro Brett Scott in winter, 2017/18.
CLOSING DATE: April 1, 2017

Electronic Masters, Vol. 6
Calling for new recordings of Electronic or Electroacoustic works for our sixth volume of Electronic Masters.
CLOSING DATE: April 1, 2017

Millennial Masters, Vol. 8
Calling for new recordings of Chamber music works for our eighth volume of Millennial Masters.
CLOSING DATE: April 1, 2017

Stage and Screen Series, Vol. 2
Calling for new scores of music written for stage or screen to be recorded by full professional symphony orchestra in 2016.
CLOSING DATE: February 1, 2017

Pierrot Ensemble Series, Vol. 2
Named after the ensemble created by Schoenberg for his landmark work Pierrot Lunaire, this is a call for scores for Pierrot ensemble (flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello) but without voice and with the possible addition of one percussionist and/or fixed format electronics to be recorded by principal players of the stunning Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.
CLOSING DATE: February 1, 2017

Sinfonia Series, Vol. 2
This is a call for scores for Brno Philharmonic Ensemble, a large 15 member group consisting of one of each orchestral instrument (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, piano, percussion (1), 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass) to be recorded the stunning Brno Philharmonic Ensemble.
CLOSING DATE: February 1, 2017

Composer Monograph CD—APPLY
Ongoing, submit your proposal anytime.

Performer Portrait CD—APPLY
Ongoing, submit your proposal anytime.

 New York Composers Circle
Summary:Call wth no deadline
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 October 2016
Details: New York Composers Circle’s Monthly Salon Call for New Works No Deadline, No Fee

Invitation to NYCC Salons

The New York Composers Circle (NYCC) invites composers in the New York metropolitan area to its monthly salons to audition either completed works or works-in-progress for constructive commentary and attentive listening. This opportunity to share your works and commingle with your peers is especially valuable for composers recently out of school, working outside the music field and those simply hungry for a fresh perspective given in a warm, welcoming environment.

Guests are invited to bring their works, complete or not, to monthly salons. However, space and time are limited, so only those first five respondents who can arrange either a live performance or provide a recording (live performance preferable though a “good” MIDI realization is acceptable) and score (traditional, graphic, etc.) will be invited to one of the monthly salons. If invited, prepare a few introductory remarks and short commentary about your work to the assembled gathering. The remarks need only to be a quick summation of the impetus for the work or a short summary of its technical aspects. Guests who have presented at salons may be invited to join NYCC and have their works performed at one of its concerts.

Duration of presented works should not exceed 15 minutes and commentary on your work no longer than 5 minutes. We welcome printed handouts if you wish to share more about your work process and inspiration which members and guests can read at their leisure.

About Us
NYCC is a New York City composers’ collective founded in 2002 with over 60 members consisting of composers and performers. Members come from many walks of life and share a passion and deep knowledge about the complex process of composing a work and having it performed publicly. All are devoted to the core mission of promoting public awareness and appreciation of contemporary music through concerts, salons, and other events in the New York metropolitan area. As part of its fulfillment of this mission, the collective produces four concerts every year featuring its members' chamber works at such venues as Symphony Space, St. Peter’s Church and Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater.

Submission Information
If you are interested, please write to Hubert Howe at the email
listed below with a description of the piece you will be bringing - its
title, instrumentation, duration, and the particulars of its
performance, and include some information about your musical background.

For general information about the New York Composers Circle, please
visit the website below.
Contact: Hubert Howe

 NBA Young Composers Jazz Composition Contest
Summary:Jazz Competition
Deadline: 01 July 2017
Date Posted: 27 September 2016
Details: The contest seeks to recognize and encourage young jazz composers to submit their works for the prize. Composers must be 39 years of age or younger by July 1 of each year. In addition, the work submitted must be for jazz ensemble with no restrictions as to style, form or length.

Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2017. For additional information, visit

 School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music
Summary:High School Competition
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 11 March 2015
Details: This High School Composition Contest is offered jointly by the School of Music of Azusa Pacific University and J.W.Pepper Music. It’s intent is to encourage the composition by high school students of high quality music that is accessible to reasonably well-developed high school music ensembles and performers. While this is the first year of the Contest, it is intended that it be an annual event.

The prizes for the winning composition in each category are:

1) $1000 cash

2) Public performance and recording by the appropriate Azusa Pacific University music ensemble.

3) Consideration for publication by J.W.Peppers publishing arm, Wingert-Jones Publications.

4) A complimentary subscription for J.W.Pepper’s My Score® self-publishing platform, valued at $99.

There are five categories of music being sought for the Contest. They are listed below, along with the length limitations for each category.

1) Orchestra 5 to 8 minutes

2) Choral 4 to 6 minutes

3) Wind Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

4) Jazz Ensemble 5 to 8 minutes

5) Chamber 5 to 8 minutes

Plan to submit a properly notated score and demo recording. The winner in any category will be expected to provide clear, readable parts for the appropriate ensemble. Details are at the “How to Enter” tab above.

The choral composition may be accompanied or unaccompanied. It can be for mixed chorus, women’s choir, or men’s choir. Any accompaniment should be limited to piano and/or no more than two other common instruments.

The chamber composition may be for string quartet, string quintet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, piano trio, piano quintet, guitar ensemble, guitar with bowed strings, or any common solo instrument. Other small groupings may be considered. If you would like to compose for a non-standard chamber group, it is suggested that you send email to with a description of the ensemble to get approval of the ensemble for which you wish to compose.

Instrumentation for the other ensembles follows.


Wind Ensemble:

Jazz Ensemble (big band):

Please see the “Contest Rules” tab above for further details, and the “How to Enter” tab for instructions about how to apply for the contest and submit your composition(s).

The contest is not yet “live.” It will be opened on April 1, 2015. After that time, questions not answered at the Contest Rules and How to Enter tabs may be directed to
Web Site:

 Flexible Persona
Summary:Journal seeks compositions
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 13 August 2014
Details: The Flexible Persona, a literary journal, is looking for the work of minimalist composers for our audio issues. We would feature a 10–20 second clip of your work before the story is read and then a work up to five minutes in length at the end of the broadcast with credit to you and link to your website/work. For questions or to submit links to your work, please e-mail us at: Please do not send audio attachments.