CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Ryerson: The Recovery Incubator
Deadline / November 20, 2020
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The Recovery Cohort Incubator stream is a 14-week virtual program that supports Canadian early-midstage businesses, experimental projects and innovative creators working to recover the creative industries. The program will offer mentorship, access to facilities/resources, and other supports. Eligibility extends to a variety of artists. Artists will he selected in two cohorts (Fall, Winter). This notice is for the winter cohort application deadline. Applications will open on October 16.

Mizzou International Composers Festival Application
Deadline / November 20, 2020
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The 12th annual Missouri-based festival invites composers to submit portfolio applications, and selected composers will be invited to write a piece (up to 8 minutes) for the new music ensemble, Alarm Will Sound. Four composers will be selected, and each participant will access lessons with guest mentor composers. The festival is scheduled for late July 2021, but organizers provide some information on contingencies as a result of the pandemic.

Music and Movement Conference: Call for Proposals
Deadline / November 23, 2020
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The Music and Movement Conference, a virtual event coordinated by folks at the University of Pittsburgh, is open to researchers, composers, and performing artists whose work deals with music and movement. Submissions will be accepted in three categories: papers (20 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes of questions); performances in the form of pre-recorded videos (open to composers, performers, improvisors, dancers, and other performing artists wanting to present a works no more than 20 minutes in duration); lecture-recitals (for applicants whose work involves both scholarship and creative work, 30-45 minutes of content followed by 10 minutes for questions).

Continuum: 2021 Teen Composer Award
Deadline / November 25, 2020
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The Teen Composer Award provides practical composition experience, professional development resources, and an introduction to the Canadian contemporary chamber music community. Open to applications from secondary school students from across the GTA, one student will be selected to receive mentorship over several months with mentor Christina Volpini, and produce a new work (5-8 minutes) to be presented as part of Continuum’s 2020/21 digital concert season.

Transgender/Non-Binary Voices: Call for Scores
Deadline / November 30, 2020
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As part of the NewMusicShelf online marketplace for independently published composers, Kim Feltkamp is curating an anthology of works for voice and piano wherein any combination of the composer, librettist/poet, and original performer of a piece are transgender or non-binary. Pieces should be entirely original, and under 10 minutes in duration. The anthology would be made available for digital sales.

International Horn Society: Composition Contest
Deadline // December 1, 2020
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There are two categories of submission for this contest: The Featured Composition Division focused on works of moderate difficulty featuring two or more players (all horns); and The Virtuoso Composition which has no difficulty limitations (there are several instrumentation categories including solo horn, horn with chamber ensemble, horn and keyboard instrument, and so on). Submitted works must have been composed during the past four years. There is a $25 USD entry fee. There is a prize of $1250 USD. The winning compositions will be performed, if possible, at an International Horn Society Workshop. Oh, and you better believe there is a page featuring a wave of horn player profile photos—I think we all know why Andrew is president.

International Women’s Brass Conference: Composition Competition
Deadline / December 1, 2020
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The conference is welcoming submissions from women composers for collegiate level trombone ensemble to be performed at their conference (May 25-29, 2021 at the University of North Texas). Works must have been written since 2018. There is a $1,500 prize for the winning composer. Please note that they are still listing travel and attendance at their conference as a requirement. Might be worth nudging the organizers towards a more open expectation for travel in spring.

Global Toronto Music Conference: Call for Submissions
Deadline / December 6, 2020
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Artists are invited to apply for showcase opportunities at Global Toronto 2021, taking place online from June 14-18. GT21 is the ideal platform for Canadian artists to engage with participants from around the world including presenters, festivals, bookers, and more. Applications are open to Canadian artists who: employ diverse artistic/musical aesthetics, traditions, expressions, and approaches; explore/expand the boundaries of genre; identify as part of an equity-seeking community. There is a $20 application fee.

Domino Ensemble Call for scores
Deadline / December 20, 2020
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The Domino Ensemble (Hillary Herndon, Jorge Variego) invites composers to submit duo works for viola and clarinet (including bass clarinet or soprano saxophone) for a commercial recording project. Electronics are permitted, existing and previously performed works are welcome—works that have been released on commercial recordings are ineligible. Works should be a maximum of eight minutes. Selected works will also be performed when the duo resumes concert activity. There is a $20 USD application fee.

SONIT Call for scores by Latin American Composers
Deadline / December 20, 2020
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The members of SONIT invite Latin-American composers (residing in any country, up to the age of 40) to submit pieces for flute including: flute solo; flute and piano; flute and fixed electronics; flute and piano with fixed electronics. Works should be 3-5 minutes in duration. Works in progress that satisfy the criteria will also be considered. There is a $12 USD fee. Selected works will be performed in concert by Emily Duncan in New York City during May 2021.

Hypotenuse Trio Call for Applications
Deadline / January 1, 2021
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Composers are invited to apply for a creative project with the Hypotenuse Trio (trumpets, clarinets, saxophones). Selected composers will receive an honorarium in order to create short woks (1-3 minutes) over the course of one day for either a solo instrument in the trio, or a distance-recordable piece for full trio. The ensemble will schedule workshopping with the composers, and present the pieces as part of their 2021 performances.

Call for Scores: New Pieces for Glissotar
Deadline / January 15, 2021
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Sonus Foundation for the Support of New Music and Contemporary Performing Arts issues a call for scores for a new instrument: glissonic tarogato (glissotar), which is a hybrid tarogato-soprano saxophone, it is totally worth watching the accompanying video to see the techniques and resulting sounds available. Selected pieces will be recorded by Daniel Vaczi and published on the organizations website. Some pieces will be presented in concert in April 2021 in the Hold Street Church in Budapest, Hungary. This call is open to short solo pieces (30-90 seconds).

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.

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.

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.

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.