CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Thompson Street Opera Company: Call For Scores
Deadline // October 1, 2020
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Chicago-based Thompson Street Opera Company invites submission of operatic works in two streams for their 2021-2022 season. Composers may submit in either or both of two categories: Mainstage (relatively small cast, no chorus, under 10 musicians, under 2 hours in length); and, Faulty Systems (smaller personnel, works under 25 minutes exploring social justice themes).

Historical Keyboard Society of North America: Commission Competition
Deadline / October 1, 2020
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Three composers will be selected and commissioned to write a work for solo harpsichord (10-20 minutes) to be premiered at the Historical Keyboard Society of North America’s annual meeting in the spring of 2022. Each winner will be awarded $1500 for the composition, and if they wish to attend the concert, up to $600 for travel expenses. Applicants should submit a sample work—it is recommended that this piece include keyboard(s).

Ottawa Guitar Society: Composer Competition
Deadline // October 1, 2020
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The Ottawa Guitar Society welcomes submissions of unpublished new works for solo guitar (six string). The call is open to Canadians (citizens, permanent residents) under the age of 30. Pieces should be 5-8 minutes in length, without electronic elements. There is a $400 prize for the selected composer, and the score will be published by Les Productions d’Oz.

Georgia Tech: Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Call for Submissions
Deadline / October 1, 2020
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This annual event identifies the next generation of musical instruments and unveils new design, engineering, and musical ideas. The 2021 Guthman Competition will take place fully online. Finalists will compete for $10,000 in awarded commissions. Applicants provide descriptions and demonstrations of their instrument design.

Animating Toronto Streets: Grant program call for Applications
Deadline / October 1, 2020
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The Toronto Arts Council is partnering with Toronto City Cultural Events on a multidisciplinary grants program that will fund public art projects that take place in the public right-of-way during Nuit Blanche Toronto 2021 and ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021. Applicants may apply for up to $20,000 for Nuit Blanche projects and up to $50,000 for ArtworxTO projects.

Call for Submissions: Trumpet and Electronics
Deadline / October 1, 2020
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TURN Up in collaboration with Vox Novus and Virtual Concert Halls are calling for works for trumpet and electronics. Works will be selected for a special online performance by Sam Wells on November 14, 2020. Submissions can range from fully notated works with live/interactive electronics or fixed media, text scores, to improvisations, and beyond. Works with video are also encouraged. Works should be 3-8 minutes in duration. There is an $8 USD submission fee.

Penn State 2020 Young Composers Contest
Deadline / October 1, 2020
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The School of Music at Penn State University has announced their 2020 Young Composers Contest. The contest is open to students in high school during the 2020/2021 school year. Three composers will be selected for possible performance, and a prize. Works can be any duration, and any instrumentation (a score should accompany any acoustic work).

Deus Ex Musica Composer Competition
Deadline / October 1, 2020
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A winning composer will be selected to write a new work to be recorded by violinist Wendy Case on her upcoming Deus Ex Musica Records release. The selected composer will write a work for unaccompanied violin, 4-5 minutes in duration, inspired by a biblical psalm. Composers will submit an existing sample work in their application that demonstrates their skill with string writing. There is an optional $20 fee for applying.

Carrefour Call for New Sacred Chamber Works
Deadline / October 1, 2020
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Composers are invited to submit sacred chamber music works to be considered for a streamed presentation by the Carrefour Chamber Music Project (Shreveport, LA). Sacred music is here understood as pieces that engage with, respond to, or explore the ideas, stories, or texts of any religious tradition. Works should: include no more than five of the available instruments; have been written since 2010; be a maximum of 10 minutes in duration. There is an optional $20 application fee to support the project.

Musica Prospettiva 2020-21: Call for Solo Piano Scores
Deadline / October 10, 2020
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Composers are invited to submit solo piano works (up to 15 minutes in duration, preparations are permitted, electronics are not permitted). Selected works will be performed by Irene Novi during the Festival Musica Prospettiva 2020-21. There are prizes for composers placed first and second. Attendance is not required, but two nights accommodation is provided to the first place composer. Existing and previously performed works are welcome. There is a € 10 submission fee per work.

Penn State 2021 New Music Festival Call for Scores & Papers
Deadline / October 13, 2020
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Penn State is holding an international new-music festival and symposium in March 2021. Up to 25 composers will be selected to have works performed, and up to 16 scholars will present. Selected participants are expected to attend online or in person. Submitted works should be 5-15 minutes in duration, and written since 2011. There are many instrumentation categories including solo, mixed chamber, electronic, and various pre-existing ensembles.

impuls competition: Call for Proposals
Deadline // October 15, 2020
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This is an age-specific opportunity—born in 1986 or afterwards. Applicants are invited to submit a concept for a new acoustic piece that would be written for 12 musicians from the available instrumentation. impuls will commission new works from composers selected through this process, and the composers are invited to take part in the impuls Composition Workshop in Vienna and Graz where their new works are collectively rehearsed and discussed. Selected composers will receive various financial and travel supports.

GroundSwell Inc. 2020 Emerging Composers Competition
Deadline / October 15, 2020
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GroundSwell has announced its biennial Emerging Composers Competition which is open to Canadian composers under 30 years of age—citizens, permanent residents, or any student enrolled in a post-secondary music program in Canada. Applicants should submit electroacoustic pieces composed between 2015 and 2020, maximum 15 minutes in duration. Five finalists will be featured on GroundSwell—Linked, and prizes will be given to select finalists through a juried process.

fivebyfive Call for Scores/Ideas
Deadline / October 15, 2020
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fivebyfive is a Rochester NY-based quintet (flute, clarinet, electric guitar, bass, piano). They are looking for original pieces, arrangements, projects, and grant ideas in order to meet future collaborators.

28/78 New Music Ensemble Call For Scores
Deadline / October 15, 2020
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28/78 New Music Ensemble is a student-run performing ensemble at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, with a focus on contemporary music. They are seeking scores for a variable instrumentation suitable for either synchronous live-stream performance or asynchronous recording and broadcast. Composers of the selected pieces will receive a live-stream performance and a resulting recording. The project will include working directly with ensemble members. Pieces can include any subset of the available instrumentation.

Toolbox Percussion International Composition Competition
Deadline / October 16, 2020
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This call has an age limit (30 years and below as of December 31, 2020). Eligible composers are invited to submit works for three percussionists, 5-7 minutes in duration, that have been written within the last five years. Three finalists will be chosen to take part in the Toolbox International Creative Academy in January 2021, their pieces will be performed, and one winner will receive a $500 USD prize. Organizers will also provide funds for travel and accommodations.

OAC Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Individuals
Deadline / October 20, 2020
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The program supports individual Ontario-based professional artists to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. Recipients will receive $4,000. Experimentation is welcome and it is okay if the project results are inconclusive or different from what was anticipated. Projects may include more than one activity or phase. Activities can include research, documenting work, website development, upgrading technology, creating/adapting workspaces, and more.

Musicworks’ 2020 Electronic Music Composition Contest
Deadline / October 23, 2020
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This juried competition offers cash prizes and the opportunity to be profiled in Musicworks magazine. Applicants will submit an experimental electronic piece in any genre. Pieces must be previously unpublished (not released on a commercially available recording at the time of submission). Works should not exceed 10 minutes in duration. There is a $25 application fee which gets you a year-long subscription to Musicworks.

Gilgamesh International Composition Competition
Deadline // November 1, 2020
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If you have been sitting on a chamber piece inspired by the story of Gilgamesh, read on. The Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation welcomes submissions of works inspired by Gilgamesh and Assyrian culture that feature 1-8 of the following instruments: flute/piccolo,  clarinet (b-flat, bass), french horn, violin, cello, harp, percussion, and duduk. Works must be 5-8 minutes in duration. There is a $15 USD application fee (you can contact the organizers if the fee is prohibitive). Cash prizes will be given for first, second, and third place pieces, and eight pieces will be selected for performance.

MUSLAB Call for Electroacoustic Works
Deadline / November 1, 2020
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Composers and visual artists are invited to submit electroacoustic music, or video art works, to the MUSLAB 2020 International Exhibition of Electroacoustic Music. There is no limit on duration, existing works are welcome. There are two categories for submission: audio only, which is open to fixed electroacoustic music compositions in stereo; and audio and video pieces that are fixed. MUSLAB has largely shifted presentations online this year.

CCA Molson Prizes Call for Nominations
Deadline / November 1, 2020
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Two Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes, in the amount of $50,000 each, are awarded annually to distinguished individuals (one in the arts and one in the social sciences and humanities). The prizes are intended to encourage continuing contributions to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada.

TAC Artist In the Library Call for Applications
Deadline / November 2, 2020
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A partnership between Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Public Library, this artist residency program is intended to create new collaborative opportunities for Toronto artists and increase arts access in underserved communities by animating libraries in Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. The grant amount is $10,000. The TAC will be hosting an information session in October to provide further information on the program, and expectations during the pandemic.

Toronto Arts Council: Indigenous Arts Projects
Deadline / November 2, 2020
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This program is an annual multi-disciplinary project grant specifically for Indigenous artists, collectives and organizations. There are four application categories and resulting maximum grant amounts: project development ($3,000); creation ($10,000); exhibition, presentation and dissemination ($15,000); Indigenous arts sector development ($15,000). Submissions are accepted in an ongoing way up to November 2.

OAC Arts Response Initiative: Project Grants for Ad Hoc Groups, Collectives and Organizations
Deadline / November 3, 2020
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The program supports Ontario-based professional arts organizations to continue to work and participate in the arts community in the context of COVID-19. It encourages exploration, adaptation, and the development of new ways of working that will help to increase the resilience of Ontario’s arts sector. Projects must be in response to the challenges resulting from the pandemic. This can include activities that assist artists and arts organizations in the short, medium and long term. Applicants can request up to $15,000. Eligible projects can: develop knowledge and/or skills in administration, technology and digital platforms and/or artistic practice; market the artistic work of Ontario artists to presenters and audiences; and more.

2021 Miami International GuitART Festival: Composition Competition
Deadline // November 6, 2020
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The 6th Miami International GuitART Festival (MIGF) welcomes composers to submit unpublished guitar compositions for solo guitar (six strings). Fixed media and/or live electronics may be included. Works must not exceed 10 minutes in duration. There is a $25 USD application fee. The winner receives a $1,000 prize and a performance at the festival.

Institute for Choral Creativity: Composition Competition
Deadline / November 15, 2020
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Composers are invited to submit works that are 3-6 minutes, and written for SATB (with the option of piano accompaniment). Unpublished works that have been written in the last 10 years, which have not been performed in Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, or South Carolina are eligible. There are cash prizes for the first and second place winners as well as performances in Kansas City tentatively scheduled for May 2021.

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.

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.

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.