CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

NSEME 2021: Call for Works, Papers
Deadline / March 8, 2021
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Artists are invited to submit works and papers for inclusion in the National Student Electronic Music Event hosted by Ithaca College. The event takes place virtually on April 24 and 25. They are seeking works for fixed media, multimedia, live electronics, and papers related to the field of electroacoustics.

AGO Artist-in-Residence Program: Call for Proposals
Deadline / March 10, 2021
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This program has age-specific eligibility criteria. The Art Gallery of Ontario is coordinating three paid digital residencies during 2021. Each selected artist (or artist collective) will complete a two-month residency between April and September 2021. Applicants will submit proposals for a digital project or experience responding to the theme of “Together, Apart”. The residency provides resources, learning opportunities, platforms and mentorship for emerging artists, under the age of 35 working in any field, to realize a digital project. Participants receive a one-time artist fee of $5,000.00 CDN, and an additional $2000.00 CDN for materials for the project.

Subtle Cheetah Brass: Call for Scores
Deadline / March 15, 2021
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Subtle Cheetah Brass invites composers to submit works written in the past five years. Pieces should be written for brass quintet, and they recommend a maximum length of 25 minutes. The selected composer receives a $300 prize, a live performance in New York City, and a studio recording.

SANS; duo Call for Proposals
Deadline / March 15, 2021
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SANS; duo (classical guitar and saxophone) focuses on works that can be performed while physically remote and online. The duo is working on their summer and fall concerts, and are inviting composers to submit proposals (ideas, plans, sketches, improvisation prompts, and more). New and existing works are accepted. The duo insists that artists reach out to discuss ideas before doing any new artistic work for the purpose of this call.

Score Follower: Call for Scores
Deadline / March 15, 2021
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Score Follower will select 50-60 submissions to be featured as part of their series of animated score videos. Score Follower curates and promotes an ongoing collection of works, primarily by living composers. For display purposes, they prefer that solo and chamber works are submitted.
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ACWC Initiatives Fund
Deadline / March 15, 2021
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Open to all members of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, applicants can apply to receive funding for various projects. Eligible projects can include: creating new works to be played and recorded during the pandemic; creative compositional networking; developing video interviews connected to the ACWC 40th Anniversary; documenting ACWC history and/or music by women that has been marginalized in Canada.

New Works for Solo Viola Project
Deadline / March 21, 2021
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Canadian violist Emily Hiemstra is pleased to support emerging composers in championing and performing new works in 2021. SIX new works for solo viola will be programmed and performed in fall 2021 in a digital format, owing to the constraints of COVID-19.

Composers are invited to submit previously unperformed scores OR score proposals for a 3-5 minute work for solo viola. Applications may be submitted from February 1 to March 1. The 6 selected composers will be notified of selection end of March.

KLANG! International Acousmatic Composition Competition
Deadline / March 28, 2021
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KLANG! invites submissions of acousmatic works from composers in two categories: professional, and student. Works can be in stereo or multichannel (up to 10 channels). There is no duration limit. There is a 10€ entry fee for professionals, 6€ for students.  Submitted works must not have been released commercially. Works completed within the two years preceding the deadline are eligible. Prizes in the professional category include a French radio broadcast, and the inclusion of the winning work on a series of European concerts. The winner in the student category will be featured on a special student concert.

Opera From Scratch: Call for Applications
Deadline / March 30, 2021
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Vocalypse productions has issued a call for applications for their Opera From Scratch program. Selected composers and vocalists take part in a week long workshop to develop short operas (10 minutes) for voice and piano. Participants also access mentorship pertaining to composition, dramaturgy, and vocal writing, among other topics. Please note that there is a $40 CAD application fee.

MUTE Festival: Call for works
Deadline / March 31, 2021
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MUTE is an international festival devoted to the relationship between sound and image (film and video). Selected works will be featured during the festival which runs May 21 to June 6 in Basilicata, Italy. Submissions are welcome in three categories: experimental mutations (found footage, essay films, experimental documentary, video art, etc); visual mutations (virtual reality, immersive cinema); and sound mutations (sonorization of short silent films, documentary or footage). Works should be a maximum of 20 minutes. There is a festival registration fee for participants.

2021 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition
Deadline / March 31, 2021
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Earplay sponsors the annual Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition, open to composers of any nationality and any age. Earplay performs the prizewinning piece and presents a cash prize of $1,000 to the winning composer. The competition honors the late composer/conductor/Earplay board member Donald Aird, an ardent supporter of the creation and performance of new music.

Bite Matters: Call for Solo Cello Works
Deadline / March 31, 2021
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As part of an ongoing online showcase of short contemporary works, composers are invited to submit pieces for solo cello that are under 5 minutes. Performances will be filmed and streamed on YouTube. The organizers offer a thematic prompt that they encourage folks to consider when submitting.

RBC Emerging Artist Academy
Dates / January to April 2021
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This multi-part virtual series integrates resources, leaders and opportunities to support talent development, showcase emerging artists and enable continued relationships and collaboration. Upcoming sessions will focus on topics such as entrepreneurship, financial literacy, branding, and researching and pursuing resources to support your practice.

HerVoice: Mentorship Program for Women Composers
Deadline / April 1, 2021
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Women composers are invited to apply for this creative mentorship opportunity focused on choral music. Applicants will submit a piece for a cappella choral ensemble with no more than 10 voice parts (SSSAATTBBB). The piece should be between 3-5 minutes in length. Previously performed works are acceptable, but works must be unpublished, unawarded and not previously broadcast. All applicants will take part in a professional development session, while one applicant will be chosen to receive one-on-one mentorship with composers Chen Yi and Zanaida Robles, and multiple choral conductors.

ECM+ Generation: Call for Applications
Deadline / April 9, 2021
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Four composers will be selected to take part in this program with Ensemble contemporain de Montréal that fosters professional and artistic skills among participants. Participants develop new works in close collaboration with ECM+ that are featured on national tour. The program is open to composers up to 35 years of age at the deadline, who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Each selected composer received a $5,000 fee, travel costs, and per diem and accommodations for the workshop in Montreal and during the Canadian tour.

Young Women Composers Camp: 2021 Virtual Season
Deadline / April 15, 2021
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This annual summer program, running July 12-23, is open to composers who identify as female or nonbinary, and are enrolled in high school or an undergraduate program. There is a $400 program fee, although financial aid is available. Participants will: receive mentorship through private composition sessions; join a community of like-minded artists; work with guest composer Courtney Bryan; and have a chance to develop a new work for performance by resident ensembles. There is no fee to apply.

The American Evolution: Music for Piano 4 Hands Scores
Deadline / May 1, 2021
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The Carlisle/Chung Duo are soliciting submissions of new piano 4 hand pieces for performance and possible recording. The call is focused on works composed in the last 10 years, but exceptions can be made. The resulting recordings/performances are part of an ongoing project, American Evolution.

Redshift Music 2021 Call for Works for Glass Instrument
Deadline / May 1, 2021
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Composers are invited to submit existing or new works that can be realized using a new glass instrument—the information page includes demonstration videos of the instrument which features variously sized glass vessels played with mallets. Works can be open scores, graphics scores, and so on. Selected works would be performed by four percussionists.

Call for Submissions Open for Canada’s Largest Music Composition Prizes
The Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) are now accepting submissions for the 2022 competition. Composers are invited to compete for one of three prize packages valued at over $200,000 each.

Open to the international music community, AMP accepts submissions from composers of all nationalities, faiths, ages, genders, backgrounds, levels of experience and affiliations.

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The Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music challenges composers from around the world to creatively and critically answer the question, “What is Jewish music?”. This prize is given to the composer who proposes a response that displays the utmost creativity, artistry, technical mastery and professional expertise.

Submission deadline: Sunday May 2, 2021

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The Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music is offered to a Canadian composer who proposes a musical work that creatively and critically engages with the complexities of composing concert music in Canada today. The winning proposal will exhibit the utmost creativity, artistry, technical mastery and professional expertise in response to this challenge.

Submission deadline: Sunday May 2, 2021

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The Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music is awarded to a composer who has written the best undiscovered work of Jewish music. Eligible works may have been premiered within the last 75 years but must not have a significant performance history and must not have been commercially recorded.

Submission deadline: Sunday August 1, 2021

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Darkwater Womxn in Music Festival: Call for Compositions
Deadline / May 15, 2021
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Composers who identify as female or nonbinary are invited to submit works written for soprano and Bb clarinet. Organizers will select 3-5 works to be performed by the Whistling Hens duo during the festival (September 24-25, 2021). Any work is eligible provided it is unpublished. The festival also has a call for papers, and performances.

ACWC Roberta Stephen Award
Deadline / May 31, 2021
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Administered by the Association of Canadian Women Composers, the Roberta Stephen Award ($500) offers support to a Canadian woman composer, aged 36 or older. The funds can go towards professional development expenses such as further studies, conference participation, workshops, or composers’ festivals.

The Flute New Music Consortium: Composition Competition
Deadlines / June 1 – August 1, 2021
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Let me introduce you to one of my annual traditions: telling you about this call, and then telling you about a concentration of flutist profile pictures. To begin, composers are invited to submit works in one or more of the following categories: solo flute, flute and piano, and flute plus one (any acoustic instrument paired with flute). The recommended length for works is 5-12 minutes. There is a $14 entry fee per score. The winning composer from each category will receive $500 USD, one or more performances, and a live recording. Onwards! Can we all go to the FNMC leadership page and appreciate Zoe Sorrell’s dramatic flute photo: the flute position accentuates the symmetry of the pose, while the neutral black background brings greater depth and drama to the shadows.

Call for Songs (Tenor)
Deadline / June 30, 2021
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Vocalist Gregory Wiest is inviting composers to submit works for Tenor (solo, or in combination with piano and/or double bass). The call is open to pieces written after 2015, with a duration up to 20 minutes. Selected works would be performed in the 2021/2022 season. I am not sure how to interpret his comment about “normal audiences” in his artistic statement but, as always, do your digging to see if this is a good fit for you and your music.

Prix Annelie de Man 2021: Composers Competition
Deadline / August 1, 2021
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Composers are invited to submit harpsichord works (solo, or chamber pieces). Works can include electronics, video, or theatrical elements. Works should not exceed 10 minutes. Selected works will be performed in Amsterdam in December 2021. Cash prizes will be offered to a first and second place composer.

Vibraphone Project: Call for Scores
Deadline / September 1, 2021
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Open to composers of any genre, submitted scores must include the vibraphone as the primary feature (whether in a solo or ensemble context). There is no duration limit. The call is open to works that have been, or will be completed since September 1, 2020. Various pieces will be selected for general promotion, while certain submissions will be included in a printed collection of works. A select number of submissions (4-6) will be featured in a performance at a Vibraphone Project festival event in 2022 (Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago).

Ruth Inglefield Composition Contest (Harp)
Deadline / October 1, 2021
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Composers are invited to submit unpublished works for solo pedal harp (6-8 minutes) that have not been awarded or commercially recorded. The piece can include electronics, and other instruments, provided that a harpist can trigger/perform the piece without additional personnel. The winning composer will receive $2,000 USD, have their work published by Lyon & Healy, and the work will be performed as required repertoire for the 2022 USA International Harp Competition and performed on Gold Medalist’s recitals. The competition does require a live recording be submitted along with info on the featured harpist.

Orchestras Canada: Call for Canadian Holiday Repertoire
Deadline // Ongoing
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Though the holidays now seem like a distant memory, we know that many orchestras are already planning holiday concerts for 2020 and beyond. As part of Orchestras Canada’s commitment to promoting Canadian content, they have introduced a Canadian Holiday Repertoire Library to their website and are inviting composers to submit works appropriate for the holiday period. Visitors will be able to access this list while researching and programming their upcoming seasons. Associate Composers can include a link to the CMC site for works that can be perused and rented through CMC.