CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Canadian National Jazz Orchestra – Call for Commissions
Deadline / January 19, 2021
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The Canadian National Jazz Orchestra is looking to invite three established composers*, and one emerging composer* to each provide a new work for the launch of this flagship large ensemble to be premiered in 2022. Each composer will be asked to create a unique piece for the group spanning approximately six to eight minutes in duration. The emerging composer will also have access to three one-on-one sessions with renowned large ensemble composer Darcy James Argue and CNJO Artistic Director Christine Jensen. All selected composers will be compensated $2000 + tax for their commissions.

Animo Duo: Call for Applications from women composers
Deadline / January 22, 2021
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Animo Duo, UK-based flute and piano duo, are inviting women composers to apply for a commissioning program. Two composers will be selected to receive a £1200 fee (with terms to be discussed) to produce a 12 minute piece. They would require the piece be completed by the end of June 2021, and they want exclusive performance and recording access of the new works for two years.

Connecting Perspectives: Call for Applications
Deadline / January 22, 2021
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Connecting Perspectives is a collaborative, interdisciplinary series being produced and presented by the Social Distancing Festival and the Consulate General of Canada in New York. The program will select 26 artists (including 13 artists in Canada) to take part in developing new collaborative works. The program is open to artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour. Each artist will receive a fee of $1000 USD, as well as $200 USD for expenses. These artists must have a minimum of 2 years professional experience, and be available to work on this project between February and April 2021.

New Music on the Bluff 21: Call for Scores
Deadline / January 31, 2021
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This call is open to students in high school, secondary education, or two-year undergraduate degree programs. Composers are invited to submit works for the Loyola Marymount University’s New Music on the Bluff 21 festival which takes place on April 17. Eight applicants will be selected to have a piece performed (livestreamed, and broadcast by the LA station KXLU). Five pieces will feature live performers, and three pieces will be written for fixed media. The selected applicants also receive a private composition lesson, and will attend master classes with festival faculty—all activities will be conducted virtually.

Call for Scores: 20 Seconds of 2020
Deadline / January 31, 2021
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Another in the series of calls for miniatures, this call is inviting artists to submit short works (15-25 seconds) written for Bb trumpet, or piccolo trumpet (Bb/A). Up to 20 works will be selected for recording and streaming on the project YouTube channel.

World New Music Days 2021: Call for Works
Deadline / January 31, 2021
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The Canadian League of Composers invites submissions for the ISCM World New Music Days 2021, which will take place September 17–20 (Shanghai) and September 21–25 (Nanning). The CLC call is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Six works across at least four instrumentation categories will be selected by a Canadian national jury and submitted to the international jury. The submission categories include: orchestral works, works for Chinese orchestra, string quartet, chamber music (two groups), choir works (SATB), solo piano works, electronic music (four categories). Each category has a duration recommendation. Apart from this CLC call, composers can apply independently through ISCM itself.

CreateSpace BIPOC Public Art Residency: Call for Artists
Deadline / January 31, 2021
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CreateSpace is a national public art residency program designed in consultation with advisors from coast to coast, to provide emerging Black, Indigenous and racialized artists with the skills, relationships and practical experience needed to advance their public art practice. Participants will gain practical experience creating a new work, access a $1,000 stipend, and more. This residency is open to early to mid-career Canadian-based visual and media artists working in public space. Up to ten artists will be selected for the program (running March-December 2021).

2020 Ithaca College International Heckscher Composition Competition
Deadline / February 1, 2021
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The 2020 Heckscher Composition Prize will be given for the best work for solo instrument (one performer) from the following list: flute (doubling piccolo, alto, bass); oboe (doubling English horn), trumpet, tuba, percussion, voice (soprano or mezzo-soprano), violin. Electronics are not permitted, and works should be a maximum of 20 minutes. New and existing works are eligible. The winning composer will receive a $1,000 prize, and the composition will be performed as part of a livestream featuring the Ithaca College contemporary music ensemble.

2021 International Trombone Festival: Call for Scores
Deadline / February 1, 2021
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The International Trombone Festival invites submissions featuring trombone in chamber music or solo settings. The preferred instrumentation includes: trombone choir (6-12 performers, including any combination of alto, tenor, and/or bass trombones); trombone quartet (3 tenor trombones, and 1 bass); or trombone (alto, tenor, or bass) and piano. Other combinations that prominently feature trombone will be considered based on musician availability. Compositions should be under 10 minutes. Selected pieces will be workshopped and performed at Columbus State University in Georgia in July of 2021. There is currently an expectation that selected composers attend the conference (we’ll see how that goes). They also want to encourage pieces that have not received a great deal of exposure—so I am assuming all pieces from Hugh Fraser’s Bonehenge are ineligible.

Allegra Chamber Orchestra: Composer Mentorship Program
Deadline / February 8, 2021
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The Allegra Chamber Orchestra invites emerging female composers, and minority composers of any gender, to apply for a mentorship program running from February to June 2021. Participants will be connected with established composers, and access networks and resources to further their career. The program will include the development of new works (for combinations of strings, harp, and percussion) to be read by the orchestra. Up to six composers will be selected.

Toronto Arts Foundation: Emerging Jazz Artist Award call for nominations
Deadline / February 8, 2021
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The Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award is a $10,000 cash prize with finalists receiving $1,000. The award furthers the career of an outstanding emerging jazz artist and is intended to support the pre-production, production, and/or recording of original music composed by the recipient. Nominees must be a professional artist 35 years of age, or younger, have contributed significantly to arts and culture in Toronto and have demonstrated an ongoing association with Toronto. Undergraduate and college students are not eligible.

Toronto Arts Foundation: Emerging Artist Award call for nominations
Deadline / February 8, 2021
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The Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award is a $10,000 cash prize, with finalists receiving $2,000. The award celebrates the accomplishments and future potential of an emerging Toronto artist working in any discipline. Nominees must have contributed significantly to the arts and culture of Toronto, have an ongoing association to the city, and be a professional artist 35 years of age or younger. Undergraduate and college students are not eligible.

a very small consortium: call for scores
Deadline / February 12, 2021
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The miniaturist group a very small consortium, based at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, seeks compositions for performance in the spring of 2021. All submitted works must be miniatures meaning that the piece takes 60 seconds or fewer to perform, and/or the piece consists of 100 or fewer notes. Works written for 1-4 of the available instruments will be considered. The group is open to graphic scores, text-based scores, works that include fixed-media playback, and scores with open/flexible instrumentation.

Browser 2021: Commissioning Project for Web-Based Music
Deadline / February 15, 2021
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Browser will bring artists and web developers together in creative pairs during a three-month collaborative relationship. Each creative pair will produce a new work of web-based music. Five online group sessions will provide an introduction to web-development for artists. New works will be presented in June 2021 as part of Browser’s inaugural digital festival+conference. Each participant will receive a €400 stipend.

La Biennale Di Venezia: Artistic Education and Student Internships
Deadline / February 18, 2021
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Among the various disciplines being offered, the Biennale is promoting three application streams for composers and performers in music: composition for vocal ensemble, with the opportunity to write a new work for a cappella ensemble (maximum 5 voices); sound installations, with the opportunity to create a new site-specific sound installation; and a program for experimental performance open to artists interested in working with pre-recorded voice. The program is open to artists up to 30 years old as of March 2021. There is a registration fee for selected participants. Rehearsals and performances are scheduled for September 2021.

East Chamber Music: Emerging Composer Festival
Deadline / February 26, 2021
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The 2021 festival is a week-long intensive mentorship and ensemble collaboration program. Six composers will be selected to produce works for the ensemble in residence (SHHH!! Ensemble, piano and marimba) to be premiered as part of an online stream in May 2021. The program will include mentorship with composer-in-residence Daniel Mehdizadeh. Participants will be expected to write a new work (3-4 minutes) for the ensemble. There is no fee to apply. Tuition for the program is $375 CAD.

Art Song Composers Mentorship Programme
Deadline / February 28, 2021
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Steven Philcox and Lawrence Wiliford, the Co-artistic Directors of CASP, announce a series of grants to support new and emerging composers during this difficult time of COVID-19 isolation.

Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest
Deadline / March 1, 2021
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The Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble welcomes submissions of recently composed works for instrumental jazz ensemble (saxophones, trombones, Bb trumpets, rhythm section, guitar, bass, drum set). Submitted works should be original and unpublished. Submissions may have been previously performed, but all submissions should have been written in the last few years. There are several cash prizes: $2500, $1000, and $500 for the grand prize, 2nd, and 3rd place winners respectively. Winning pieces will be performed in a livestreamed event in April 2021.

Open Ears: IBPoC Music Creation Competition
Deadline / March 1, 2021
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Open Ears Festival is inviting proposals for the premiere of a musical creation to take place during the festival (June 3-6, 2021).  The call is open to artists identifying as Indigenous, Black or a person of colour. A proposed work should be suitable for open instrumentation, up to 30 performers, taking place outdoors for 20-60 minutes. The selected artist will receive $1,000 CAD.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Daily Dose of Piano Series: Call for Piano Miniatures
Deadline // Ongoing
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This description will be longer than the tweet it is based on. Pianist Francesca Hurst is seeking recommendations of piano miniatures to include in her daily performances for online dissemination. She seems to be receiving quite a volume of submissions, but is also committed to considering each one.

ADVICEBERG: Free portfolio review for young composers
Deadline / Ongoing
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If you are a young composer with limited access to professional coaching, and are applying for a specific opportunity—for example, a school program, competition, or festival—you are invited to meet virtually with a member of the ICEBERG New Music collective for a free review of your submission materials. This includes feedback regarding score preparation, resumé and C.V. construction, bio writing, and more. This initiative is open to all composers whose background or economic status might put them at a disadvantage in the world of professional concert music. Should they receive a number of responses that exceeds their capacity, preference will be given to composers who identify as BIPOC.

TELEPHONE: Invitation to Play
Deadline / Ongoing
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TELEPHONE is a global art project based on the children’s game Telephone in which a message is whispered from person to person. In this game, the message is whispered from art form to art form. A poem could become a painting, and then music, film, and dance. Each completed artwork is assigned for translation to numerous artists around the world, so the game branches out exponentially. The current game launched on March 24, 2020. To apply, artists will submit a few examples of their work.

Solo Double Bass: Call for Scores
Deadline / ongoing
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Double bass player James Banner is inviting composers to submit works for solo double bass. James is producing audio and video recordings of selected works. James is open to receiving standard notation, graphic scores, video scores, and descriptive pieces, and is comfortable with improvisation.