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 New York Women Composers – 2017 Seed Money Grant Guidelines
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: 05 July 2017
Date Posted: 31 May 2017
Details: The New York Women Composers offers annual Seed Money Grants of $750 for concert projects that include a substantial commitment to music by NYWC members.

Applicants may be solo performers, ensembles or presenting organizations.
This is not a commissioning grant, nor to fund a program of the work of one composer only. There is no stipulation that the program consists of music by women composers only.

Grant recipients select the music they want to perform, with a significant representation by works by NYWC members.

There is no application fee, applicants do not need to be members of the NYWC organization, and concerts may be presented in any geographic location.
The 2017 receipt deadline for all applications is July 5th.

For a copy of the application details, please contact us at:

 Berkeley Symphony/Music Alive Composer Residency
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 30 June 2017
Date Posted: 10 May 2017
Details: Program
Berkeley Symphony, Music Director Joana Carneiro, and Music Alive composer-in-residence Anna Clyne invite applications for the Berkeley Symphony/Music Alive Composer Residency. Three emerging composers will be selected from a national candidate pool to participate in mentorship sessions over two seasons while developing two compositions to be performed by Berkeley Symphony.

In the first season (2017/18), each participating composer will develop a new work for chamber ensemble, while in the second season (2018/19) they will produce a new work for chamber orchestra. Each season culminates in a public reading session as part of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) Full series, where the composers will have their music rehearsed, performed, and professionally recorded for personal, archival and non-commercial use. Composers will receive mentorship from Music Alive composer-in-residence Anna Clyne while developing their compositions, as well as artistic and career guidance from the Symphony artistic staff, orchestra musicians, and renowned mentor-composers and industry professionals to further develop professional skills. The goal for participating composers is to develop a composition style that is deeply personal and artistically true, yet designed to enter the standard orchestra repertory. Domestic travel and accommodations for participants from outside of the San Francisco Bay Area will be provided.

2017/18 Timeline – First season (Subject to change)
• June 30, 2017: Application deadline
• August 1, 2017: Composer notification
• October 2-5, 2017: Participating composers meet in Berkeley with Anna Clyne for Berkeley Symphony’s Opening Night Concert and visit BAMPFA to select a contemporary artwork to inspire their composition.
• Four Skype mentor lessons with Anna Clyne to be scheduled on/around November 12, 2017, December 17, 2017, January 28, 2018, and March 11, 2018.
• March 25, 2018: Score Due
• April 8, 2018: Parts due
• April 29, 2018: Performance at BAMPFA

How to Apply
• Open to U.S. citizens or noncitizens lawfully and permanently residing, or studying full-time, in the United States. There are no other geographic restrictions; however, San Francisco Bay Area composers are encouraged to apply.
• Applicants should be composers at the early stages of their professional careers. Composers must not have had a work performed (other than a reading) by a Bay Area professional orchestra, nor have had a substantial history of works performed by professional orchestras at large. There are no age restrictions.

Work Samples
• The quality of the score submitted is the primary evaluation criterion. It is therefore in the applicant’s best interest that the score be clear, accurate, and the best representation of the composer’s work. The additional background and educational information is for eligibility and documentation purposes; these materials are not considered in the general review of scores.
• Each composer must submit two (2) representative compositions for consideration:
• one for chamber ensemble (3-9 instruments)
• one for chamber orchestra (minimum single winds, single brass, percussion and strings)
• Work samples may optionally include electronics.
• Only works completed after January 1, 2010, will be considered.
• Recordings, including MIDI recordings, up to 10 minutes total length for both samples, may be submitted but are not required.
• Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will not be considered.

Click here to access the online application.
There is no application fee. You will be asked to upload the following information:
• PDF of each score clearly labeled with composer’s name, title of the work, and date of completion on the cover page.
• Current resume of educational background, major teachers, awards, and professional affiliations.
• List of works, including title, year composed, instrumentation, duration, and performance history.
• Two letters of recommendation from established composers or other music professionals, attesting to the applicant’s accomplishments and potential as an orchestral composer. Recommendations must be on letterhead and must include a signature. Recommendations may be scanned and uploaded, or mailed under separate cover to the Berkeley Symphony office (1942 University Ave. Ste. 207, Berkeley, CA 94704).

If Selected
• Composers will be notified by August 1, 2018.
• Composers must provide professional, legible orchestral parts and scores prepared according to the Major Orchestral Librarians Association guidelines and the above deadlines.
• Composers agree to: submit photos and sound clips for web use and a short biography for media purposes; to be videotaped/recorded for archival and promotional purposes; and to have their music recorded for archival and study purposes.

For questions, contact Sarah Thomas, Director of Operations, at 510.841.2800 x307 or


Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: 21 August 2017
Date Posted: 26 April 2017
Details: JFUND for New Music

DEADLINE: Monday, August 21, 2017 4:30 PM (Central)

The American Composers Forum (ACF) champions composers and other creative musicmakers, and boosts their careers with professional opportunities. Our Jerome Fund for New Music (Jfund) supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. About 10 grants are available: up to $7,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $1,500 to help make it happen and further its potential.

Jfund welcomes applicants from the whole range of musical paths and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists.

The American Composers Forum encourages applicants from the full range of musical styles, and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists whose work demonstrates strong artistic merit. Accordingly, awards for our programs will represent, as far as possible, artists and projects that are diverse in genre, gender, race, ethnicity and geography.

The primary artist (not limited to those who self-identify as a “composer” but eligible to all kinds of artists who create original music such as improvisers) applies with a third party (such as a performing group or a presenter who commits to producing the finished work). The primary artist needs to be at an “emerging” level in her/his career: neither a student (except in certain circumstances) nor an established professional. The proposed project should be a significant artistic and professional leap: a risky but logical next step that will mark a new level of accomplishment. The Jerome Foundation’s definition of an emerging artist can be found here:
Awards – judged by a panel of artists – are competitive and based on outstanding quality of work, personal musical voice, and exceptional potential to make a career difference. Since its founding in 1979 the program, funded by the Jerome Foundation, has made hundreds of awards and helped launch many careers.

• Open to emerging artists who are just starting out in their career, under-recognized, with no national reputation, few professional accolades, and no more than a handful of paid commissions.
• Primary artist (creator of original music) must reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City at the time of application. Project partners may be based anywhere in the world.
• Applicants (primary or partners) may only be a part of one application.
• Previous winners of JFund (formerly JCCP) awards may apply as long as they were more than two years ago and final reports have been submitted.
· The composer applicant can’t be a current recipient of a Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship. A composer or sound artist may not receive a fellowship and other Jerome Foundation support for the same work(s).
• Students may apply if their samples and proposal are beyond the scope of accredited course work.
• Projects may take place in a worship setting but not be premiered during a religious service.
• JFund administrative staff members are ineligible.
• ACF membership is not required for JFund applicants, but is strongly encouraged in order to keep informed about future opportunities.
• Proposed works should be at an early stage in their development, and must not be finished by the time of application. Works must be scheduled to premiere after December 31, 2017. Supported projects must be completed within five years of the award date.


• Quality of musical materials, showing singular artistic voice and vision.
• Significance of the project to the primary artist’s career.
• Well articulated compositional planning and overall thoroughness of project.
• Level of commitment by project partners to performing, presenting and furthering the work.
• Relevance of the Enhancement Funds to deepen the work and further the artist’s career.
• The final pool will reflect a range of artists and projects, diverse in genre, gender, and racial origin.


ACF staff reviews all applications for eligibility and completeness. A diverse panel of artists familiar with a range of contemporary music will have access to all materials submitted. Each applicant’s complete recordings are listened to by at least one panelist. Panelists convene in St. Paul to make final determinations. Panelists remain anonymous until after the results are announced in late November.

Jerome Foundation
Contact Person:
William J. Lackey

 San Marino
Summary:New Music Project
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 13 March 2017
Details: A new summer course for contemporary music is born!
Join world renowned experts from each group of instruments and make music in beautiful San Marino.

In addition to the usual lessons, there will be a focus on improvisation, music theater and composer-performers in daily afternoon classes taught by faculty. Students will not only work with the expert in their chosen discipline, but will have the opportunity to study with ALL of our faculty. Cash prize in performance and composition will give the winner a chance to perform a solo recital and write a piece for faculty to be presented in the 2017 New Music Project. Instead of sight read performances, student and faculty will present carefully prepared pieces in quality evenings.

The narrow aesthetic preferences defended by some will be replaced by an open minded perspective embracing all forward looking tendencies in new music.

M° Nicholas Isherwood
Artistic Director of New Music Project

Summary:Multiple Opportunities
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: From Beethoven to Carter, forging relationships with composers and commissioning new music has been at the heart of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s work since 1813.

We believe that encouraging creativity is an essential part of live music making. Since 1813 our commissions have included masterworks such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and Dvorak’s 7th Symphony. Today we continue to thrill and challenge audiences with the new and have commissioned over 60 composers in the last 10 years.

Our current commissioning programme includes:

Chamber Music

An ongoing partnership with BBC Radio 3 has created a series of over 30 new chamber works for the outstanding talents of the BBC New Generation Artists.

RPS Composition Prizes

The RPS offers pportunities for emerging composers and composers age 18 and under to take part in workshops and to write for high profile professional performances, while the Elgar Bursary recognises that older composers may also benefit from support to write an orchestral work with a guaranteed performance and broadcast.

RPS Drummond Fund

Commissioning new music for dance.

RPS Bicentenary Commissions

Over 20 new commissions were at the heart of our Bicentenary celebrations in 2013, from major international figures to those just entering the profession. Read about our Bicentenary Commissions.

For more information:

 New Music Message Board
Summary:Opportunity to connect with performers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: This is a new group dedicated to connecting composers of new works with performers of new music. Composers can post whatever they feel comfortable. Performers can search for the desired instrumentation with the search tool, and hopefully curate some performances. Please don't hesitate to post as many works as you would like.

The group is in the formative stages, and will hopefully grow from a Facebook group to a professional website and online community. So, please share the group with anyone who may be interested from anywhere in the world!!

 Resonance Extra
Summary:Broadcast Call
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Date Posted: 25 August 2016
Details: Resonance Extra is a 24/7 broadcast platform based at Resonance FM’s London Bridge studios. Dedicated to supporting experimental musicians and sound artists, the station broadcasts online via its website and on Small Scale DAB Digital Radio in Brighton & Hove. Following Ofcom’s decision in 2016 to extend its DAB trial license by a further two years, the platform seeks new contributions with an Open Call for Broadcast Proposals.

Radio Art, Experimental Music and Documentary

Resonance Extra seeks local and international artists, broadcasters, students, sound artists, musicians, producers, archivists, festivals, venues and arts organisations to submit proposals for ambitious broadcasts (or programmes of broadcasts) in the following broad categories:

• Sound and Radio Artworks
• Experimental and Global Music Radio
• Documentary - Sound and Music

Submit a Broadcast Proposal

To submit a proposal or programming idea, please email Peter Lanceley on, including in your submission: your full name (in the subject line); a brief description of what you propose (no more than 250 words); a link to your website, artistic CV, or previous work.

Responses to the Open Call will be considered on an ongoing basis until September 2017. We regret that we cannot necessarily respond to nor commit to providing feedback for unsuccessful applicants. For more information on Strands, a separate round of paid artistic commissions for UK sound and radio artists under the age of 28, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, visit our Commissions webpage.

 BBC Introducing
Summary:Showcase Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 April 2016
Details: Whether you’re a performer or composer writing music under any classical style BBC Introducing is a fantastic platform to get involved with. Introducing has been supporting unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar since 2007, giving new UK artists a chance to get their music out to new fans. To date the Uploader has had from over 150,000 artists and have seen many of them go on to achieve fantastic milestones in their career from recording a session at Maida Vale to headlining Glastonbury!With BBC Introducing the process is simple; you go to and share your music via the BBC Introducing Uploader. A team of presenters and producers here at Radio 3 will then listen to your music and choose a selection of the best compositions and performances to play on the station.From performing at a BBC showcase to being approached by other composers and writers, there are lots of opportunities that could you could send your music to us via the BBC Uploader and, in some cases, be played on the radio just hours later. If you’re an emerging musician and looking for new opportunities then head over to the for opportunities on Radio 3 and beyond.

 C4 Ensemble
Summary:Call for choral scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 18 September 2012
Details: The C4 ensemble invites composers to submit scores for chorus and electronics for possible future performances. More details can be obtained from the ensemble via the link listed above.