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 Sydney International Composers Concerts
Summary:Opportunity for performance and video recording of orchestral works
Deadline: 31 December 2020
Date Posted: 04 December 2019
Details: It is designed for the composers who wish to hire a symphony orchestra to perform and video record their orchestral compositions in Sydney International Composers Concerts. Supported by the SCO Foundation, continually contributed by Dr Brian Chatpo Koo, the hiring fee has been set as small portion of the cost as possible. (less than 10% of the total cost).

The contribution fee covers:
• Concert Performance - Selected works will be performed by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra in a magnificent concert hall in Sydney Australia.
• Rehearsals - Composers are welcome to the six open rehearsals, one dress rehearsal before the concert.
• Video Recording - The recording will be taken during the concert,
• Digital Publishing -The recordings will be published on our website via YouTube, enabling a lasting legacy for personal and/or commercial purposes.
• List composers' names on our website - All recorded works will be listed on our website, one of the largest websites for contemporary composers and contemporary compositions with a high visitor traffic flows.

Composers of all nationalities and all ages who wishing to video record the orchestral works may submit the works to apply a share position.

No entry fee.

Solo piano

Contribution Fees:
1. up to 10 minutes - $500 AUD
2. more than 10 minutes and up to 15 minutes - $1,000 AUD
3. more than 15 minutes and up to 20 minutes - $1,500 AUD

String quartet - Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello

Contribution Fees:
1. up to 10 minutes - $1,000 AUD
2. more than 10 minutes and up to 15 minutes - $1,500 AUD
3. more than 15 minutes and up to 20 minutes - $2,000 AUD

Any instrumentation within the following combination:,, timp., 1 perc., 1 harp (optional) 1 piano (optional)
Contribution Fees:
1. up to 10 minutes - $1,500 AUD
2. more than 10 minutes and up to 15 minutes - $2,000 AUD
3. more than 15 minutes and up to 20 minutes - $2,500 AUD

Double winded symphony orchestra,, timp., 2 perc., 1 harp (optional) 1 piano (optional)

Contribution Fees:
1. up to 10 minutes - $3,500 AUD
2. more than 10 minutes and up to 15 minutes - $4,500 AUD
3. more than 15 minutes and up to 20 minutes - $5,500 AUD

Selecting criteria:
• High artistic value and musical content
• High level compositional techniques
• Passion for new music
• Willing and be able to make contribution fee

Composers must provide the following materials:
1. Score
2. Orchestral parts (if ready)
3. Audio or video (if available)
4. Photo
5. Biography
6. Program notes

The materials can be submitted by:
1. Email attachments (in PDF format and for orchestral parts in .zip files, audio MP3/MP4 files)
2. Please write to us for the address if you would like to post your hard copy of the score (if it has been published or if it is an oversized score) and DVD/CD (if available).

(Submitted materials will not be returned )
• There is no dead line for submission. Program for each concert will be announced whenever the 90 minutes music is finalised. Later submissions maybe scheduled for next year. Since we are supporting each concert more than half portion of the costs, so we must keep the concert standard as high as possible with the best quality compositions.
• If the work is selected you will receive an official confirmation letter/invoice, and an instruction for contribution fee payment.
• After the payment you will receive an official receipt and the details of the concert and rehearsal schedules.

For composers who submitted for video recording concerts:
Submission policy has been updated. Entry fee is not required and all entry fees will be refunded. If you have paid your entry fee and not yet receive our email regarding to this, please write to us to process refund.

For composers who previously submitted for free concerts and successfully listed:
We hope will be able to host free concerts again in future. However, if you don't want to wait, please write to us with your payment details to process your entry fee refund.

If you have any questions please contact us:
Web Site:www.sydneycontemporaryorchestr...

 Panufnik Composers Scheme
Summary:Orchestral scheme
Deadline: 06 January 2020
Date Posted: 04 December 2019
Details: The Panufnik Composers Scheme offers six emerging composers each year the opportunity to write for a world-class symphony orchestra.

Guided by renowned composers Colin Matthews and Christian Mason, with additional tailored support, the scheme enables composers to experiment with and develop their orchestral writing skills through creating a three-minute composition over twelve months.

The resulting compositions are performed and discussed by the LSO and Principal Guest Conductor, François-Xavier Roth, in a public workshop rehearsal at the culmination of the scheme.

Two of the compositions are then chosen to be developed further, before being premiered by the Orchestra in an LSO concert at the Barbican.

Who is it for?

The scheme welcomes applications from composers with a diverse range of musical approaches and backgrounds who are interested in writing for a full symphony orchestra, but have never had a work performed in concert by a professional orchestra before.

How do I apply?

Applications open on Monday 9 December 2019.

To apply, applicants must complete an online application form and submit:

1. A CV
2. Two contrasting scores (ideally including one for larger ensemble)
3. Links to stream online audio of the two works (if available)
4. Answers to two questions, found in the application guidelines

Applications close on Monday 6 January 2020, 4pm GMT.

 Leeds Youth Opera 2021
Summary:Opera Commission
Deadline: 13 December 2019
Date Posted: 27 November 2019
Details: • Closes13th December 2019
• Location: Yorkshire
• Type: Part time
• Salary: Paid (£25k-30k pro rata)
• Contact: David Ward


Short opera commission for Leeds Youth Opera: expression of interest

Leeds Youth Opera turns 50 in 2021, and to celebrate we are looking to commission a composer and librettist to write a new short opera for the company.

Since 1971, Leeds Youth Opera have enabled young people in Leeds and West Yorkshire to perform in opera. One of the very few youth opera companies in the country, we are proud to welcome a diverse company of singers from ages 12 to 30 to take part in two fully staged productions per year. Not afraid of taking on challenging repertoire, the company’s past performances have included works by Maxwell Davies and Glass, alongside more familiar works by Mozart, Strauss and Donizetti.

This new commission will be performed in Summer 2021 in Leeds. At this stage we are looking for expressions of interest from composers and librettists (or composer/librettist partnerships) to help us shape the project.

We are open to different ideas as to how the piece may be created and performed, and the narrative or subject it may involve. What is important to us is that it is suitable for all of our members to perform.

We anticipate that the piece will be no longer than one hour in length and may be scored for full orchestra.

If you are interested in the project then please send a CV and cover letter (no more than 2 sides A4) with any initial ideas, outlining your working process and prospective timeline for delivery to David Ward (Trustee) – – by Friday 13 December.

Please note that fundraising is ongoing for this project and the chosen composer and librettist will be contracted subject to funds being received.

 International Composition Institute of Thailand
Summary:Composition Institute for Young Composers
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 27 November 2019
Details: International Composition Institute of Thailand (ICIT) is an intensive and unique experience for young composers around the world to experiment their own sonic and conceptual ideas with well-known and highly artistic performers to large ensembles and participate in in-depth sessions with professional contemporary living mentors/composers. Lead by Piyawat Louilarpprasert, the director of Thailand Music and Arts Organization (TMAO), the ICIT will be held in July 7th - 12th, 2020 with the partnership of Silpakorn University and Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music. Moreover, the selected work of participants will be premiered in public concert during July 10th - 12th at the Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium (TNMAS 2020). The mentor composers are including Jason Thorpe Buchanan (USA), Jiradej Setabundhu (Thailand), Jean-Patrick Besingrand (USA/France) and Emily Koh (USA/Singapore).

Application Deadline: November 15th 2019 - March 1st, 2020
Application Fee: Free
Prize: The winner will receive $1000 USD as well as a commission for the next ICIT and TNMAS 2021
Participants Fee: 800 USD (including foods, accommodations, professional recordings, access to the symposium and 1 day sightseeing in Thailand)
Observers Fee: 200 USD (including foods without accommodations, however we have recommendations)

*** The Institute will provide an invitation letter for participants to apply their own individual grants for support.

The institute will offer 8 - 10 international composers regardless of nationalities to participate in activities including:
1) Multiple rehearsals of their works with residence ensembles, reConvert Duo (Switzerland), Meitar Ensemble (Israel) and Taceti Ensemble (Thailand)
2) Intensive one to one lessons or group coaching with faculty composers
3) Public music presentations and seminars of participants with a partnership of Silpakorn University and Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music
4) Premiere of each participant’s works in a public concert at the most prestigious venue, Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC)
5) After the premiere, Tacet(i) ensemble will consider pieces as ensemble repertoire and/or to be performed in the Thailand New Music and Art Symposium (TNMAS) and future performances
6) Participants will also receive professional recordings of the concerts as well as certificates and documentation
7) All selected composers will receive the certificate of awards and participations

Application Requirements

ICIT is finding young composers under 35 years old from around the world regardless of nationality.

1) 2 pages of CV/Resume and 1 recent photo as well as biography (200 words)
2) 2 scores of recent works of any instrumentations and styles. One of the submission scores could be a piece for the workshop and concert as well.
3) recording is not required but appreciated (both scores and recording could be uploaded in any online or downloadable links)

Selected Participants Schedule
Early March selected applicants will receive emails to accept the place.
March 12th deadline for confirmed selected applicants to transfer first instalment ($400) via paypal
April 1st deadline to transfer second instalment ($400) via paypal
June 1st deadline for a score for either Meitar and Tacet(i) or mixed ensembles, 1 – 8 performers,
duration around 5 – 8 minutes within any of these following instrumentations:

reConvert Duo: 2 Percussionists
Meitar Ensemble: Cello and Piano
Tacet(i) Ensemble: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Percussion, Electronics

***All ensemble members could be mixed.

April 15th official announcement for the selected participants
June 5th deadline for scores and parts
July 6th arrivals in Bangkok
July 7th - 9th intensive daily rehearsals, presentations, seminars, lessons and workshops
July 10th -12th public concert at Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC)
July 13th 1 day sightseeing trip in Thailand (to be announced)
July 13 - 14th Departure

 The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA
Summary:Residency opportunity
Deadline: 07 January 2020
Date Posted: 20 November 2019
Details: Annual residency program for composers and performers -- July 13-Aug 3, 2020

Application Deadline: Tues January 7, 2020, 5PM EST

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute at MASS MoCA (the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a 3-week musical utopia for innovative composers and performers in the beautiful Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. Composers will have their new works performed. Players will perform in ensembles alongside our faculty. The program includes daily performances in the museum galleries, and concludes with a three-day blow-out festival performed by fellows, faculty, and special guests. The program also features African and Latin music workshops, electronics and music business seminars, free events in the community, and more.

Our 2020 special guest artist is KRONOS QUARTET!
Our FACULTY members are some of the most innovative musicians of our time. These are musicians who have dedicated their lives to commissioning, rehearsing, recording and performing music beyond the cutting edge. We are delighted to welcome flutist, composer, and vocalist Nathalie Joachim to our faculty in 2020!

The program culminates in a world-class music festival called LOUD WEEKEND. Bang on a Can fellows and faculty and guest luminaries of experimental music converge to create an eclectic supermix of over 30 concerts in 3 days, taking over every space in and around the museum. In the words of the reviewer for the Boston Globe "nothing could have prepared me for the whirlwind..."

Past participants say:

"Bang on a Can is really everything I want the music world to be -- inclusive, engaging, innovative, fun, thought-provoking, beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. The festival brings all of that and more directly into focus, and it has made all the difference in the word to have been a part of it."

"I have never had an experience like this before: the idea of building the kind of musical world one wants to live in seems to be something that is really possible here -- it's a place of community and possibility that is utterly transformative."

Contact: Philippa Thompson, Manager

+ 718-852-7755,
Entry Fee:$40

 Byrdcliffe Artist Residency
Summary:Residency Call
Deadline: 20 December 2019
Date Posted: 04 November 2019
Details: Title of Call: Open Call for Musicians and Composers - Byrdcliffe Artist Residency
Application link:
Web link for more info:

Description: Byrdcliffe Artist Residencies offer uninterrupted time and space for creatives in all disciplines. Our serene mountain community is 2.5 hours north of NYC in Woodstock NY with residencies open to individuals, teams, and couples at all stages of their career. Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a community environment surrounded by natural beauty. Artists are invited to participate in optional programming such as open studios, wellness workshops, studio visits, field trips, and communal dinners, or are free to work in solitude during their entire stay.

5 Month Residents live in one of Byrdcliffe’s eight private cabins as an autonomous live/work space. Each cottage varies in its size and structure and is able to accommodate 1-2 people or couples. Individuals, couples, and collaborative and non-collaborative artist teams are encouraged to apply. Byrdcliffe unfortunately is unable to accommodate children at this time. See complete cabin listings, including photos and a floorplan, to determine individual suitability by visiting the following link:

Application Deadline for 5 Month Seasonal Residencies is December 20

1 Month Residencies are offered for individuals and couples with private and communal housing available. Each resident receives a private studio and living space. Ceramic artists are able to apply for 1, 2, or 4 month residencies. Application Deadline for 1 Month and Ceramic Residencies is February 15, 2020
Fellowships for monthly residents available based on need and merit with funding also available for artists of the LGBTQA community and artists impacted by natural disasters.


 The Rivers School Conservatory
Summary:Commission Opportunity for High School Composers
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: 1st Annual Young Composers Commission Award
for The Rivers School Conservatory
Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

The Rivers School Conservatory seeks a talented high school-age composer to create a 6-8 minute work for four-hand piano.

15 January 2020

Date Posted:
29 August 2019

The Opportunity –
The Rivers School Conservatory invites high school-aged composers to compete for a chance to create a commissioned 6-8 minute work for four-hand piano to be performed at The Rivers School Conservatory Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young in April of 2021. The winning composer will earn a commission fee of $1,000 and have the chance to collaborate with impressive young musicians and faculty including internationally-acclaimed composer, Dr. Stephen Halloran. Dr. Halloran’s honors include the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, multiple ASCAP grants, the Renee B. Fisher Award for his piece, “The Galilee Hitchhiker” for piano, and the Princess Grace Award for the film score for “Poet.”

The Timeline -
● January 15, 2020: Applications Due to The Rivers School Conservatory
● Early April, 2020: Award Notification
● October 15, 2020: Composition Completion Date
● Late February, 2021: Workshop with Faculty and Performers
● Early April, 2021: Premiere Performance and Live Recording Published

The Criteria -
Applicants must be:
● At least 14 years of age
● A citizen or permanent resident of the United States
● Currently enrolled at an accredited high school (or home-schooling program)

The Application –
We invite young composers to submit the following required application materials to Dr. Stephen Halloran at
● Artistic résumé
● Letter of recommendation from a teacher, music or otherwise, including band or chorus conductors
● Short essay (200 - 400 words) describing your musical interests
● PDF scores of two contrasting works for any instrumentation, with at least one featuring a substantial role for the piano
● Recordings of your two works as MIDI files or live recordings (5 GB max.)
● Entry fee of $35.00 mailed as a check to The Rivers School Conservatory at: The Rivers School Conservatory, 333 Winter Street, Weston, MA 02493
The determination for artistic merit will be judged solely on the written score. Works with electronics will not be considered. The commissioned composition cannot be premiered prior to this event.
Entry Fee:$35
Web Site:www.riversschoolconservatory.o...

 KHN Center for the Arts
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: KHN Center for the Arts awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8-week stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio. Application deadlines are MARCH 1 and SEPTEMBER 1 annually.

The March 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following July – December. The September 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following January – June.

Upcoming Session Dates and Deadlines:

2020 Session 1: January 6 – June 19, 2020 (application deadline September 1, 2019)
2020 Session 2: July 6 – December 18, 2020 (application deadline March 1, 2020)

Kimmel Harding Nelson (KHN) Center for the Arts

Location: 801 Third Corso, Nebraska City, NE, USA
Contact: / 402-874-9600

How to Apply:


 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 18 January 2020
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: Supporting the Arts Since 1954

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (HWF) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational and charitable organization committed to supporting the arts.
Founded in 1954, the HWF manages one of the oldest artist residency programs in the USA. The Foundation’s mission is to “Support the artist and the creative process” and serves as a haven for visual artists, literary artists and music composers.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation is located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.

Residency Application
To apply for an artist residency, submit an application form (below) along with the application fee and required work samples.

The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th. Grantees will be notified of their fellowship awards in June. For more info read the FAQs below.
Online applications received between now and 11:59PM MST, Jan. 18 2020 will be considered for residency grants in 2021. Supplemental work samples sent via mail must be postmarked by January 21st!

 Periapsis Music and Dance
Summary:Dance collaboration opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: Composer List: an ongoing opportunity for composers

Are you interested in seeing your music choreographed and/or developing new collaborations with dance artists? Choreographers are always searching for new music that speaks to them, and Periapsis Music and Dance is developing free resources to facilitate these collaborations:

The first such resource we’re creating is an uncurated list of composers interested in collaborating with dance, with links to the individuals’ websites. Choreographers from around the world will be able to peruse the list (also for free), visit your site, listen to your music, and get in touch if they’re interested. The list is organized by city, and you may enter up to two locations of residence.

To join the Composer List:

Create a free login on our login page.
Visit our Composer List page (also found under Information).
Click the “form” button on the right-hand column and fill out a quick Google form.
That’s it! We’ll verify your link and add you to the list within a few days, often sooner. Choreographers
searching for composers will then be able to easily find you.
The only requirement is that you be a composer with a website, and the site should have examples of your music and a way to contact you (or your representative)—if you have your own standalone site that’s great, but you can also use a SoundCloud page, New Music USA profile, etc. (Note: Please see the FAQ on our information page for some exceptions to this.) We will not post a link to an email address or to any site that appears to compromise the security of visitors.

Participating in no way obligates you to collaborate with anybody or offer your work for free if you don’t want to. It simply gives choreographers an easy way to find you and connect, knowing that you might be interested in hearing from them. Your stuff is already out there—this is just a tool to get you more traffic and more listeners, potentially including some people who would want to set your existing music or collaborate on a new project.

Also, this is not a competition. Aside from making sure the links aren’t spam or otherwise illegitimate, we don’t filter, and composers of all genres are welcome to participate. If you would like to be removed from the list at any point, or need to change your link, just send us a message at (We will also check the list periodically to remove broken links.)

We’re also developing other informational resources for artists working at the intersection of dance and music, with pages for choreographers about working with music and musicians, and for composers about working with dance. So please check in with us over the coming months, and thanks for participating!

More info:

 The Space City New Music Festival
Summary:New Music Festival Composing and Networking Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 June 2018
Details: The Space City New Music Festival (SCNMF) is a one-of-a-kind summer festival in Texas housed in the heart of downtown Houston near the Theater District at the new arts facility: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

SCNMF is a week-long summer festival that brings composers, performers, conductors, and teachers together to collaborate on newly composed works, study contemporary music, build lifelong relationships, and present 3 to 4 concerts for the community of Houston.

The 2018 Space City New Music Festival will be working and collaborating with:

- Guest Composer: Marcus K. Maroney
- Guest Artist: Crystal Chu (solo percussion)
- Guest Chamber Ensemble: 3G Percussion

Festival participants will have the opportunities to:
- Collaborate, promote, and perform newly composed works with guest artists
- Attend masterclasses and full-length concerts showcasing our guest composer, artist, and chamber ensemble
- Take composition lessons with guest composer, Marcus K. Maroney
- Perform for the community of Houston
- Each piece is guaranteed at least one performance by one of our guest artists.

Categories & required materials
I. Composer
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 representative scores for any combination of instruments with a LIVE Recording/MIDI (preferably scored from 1-6 performers)
- A list of works
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

II. Performers
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 recordings (audio and/or video) of you performing in contrasting styles
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

III. Conductors
- Completed 2018 Application
- Up to 2 videos (around 15 minutes total) of you conducting chamber and/or large ensembles (preferably contemporary music)
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

IV. Auditors
- Completed 2018 Application
- A brief resumé

Web Site:www.spacecityperformingarts.or...