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The Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers jointly administer and present this award. The Friends of Canadian Music Award is in the amount of $2000. This award will be divided as follows: $1000 for the recipient and $1000 for a composer of the recipient’s choice. This split is to help support an early-career composer, regardless of age, and to help build bridges between established and underrepresented or isolated communities.

Deadline: July 12, 2020

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Tacet(i) Ensemble Call for Scores 2020
Deadline // July 15, 2020
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Thai ensemble Tacet(i) invites composers to submit works for any combination of 1-7 instruments of the available ensemble: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, piano, guitar, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, electronics. The ensemble will select three to five works that will be included in an online performance in August.

The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra: Call for Scores
Deadline // July 15, 2020
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The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra (MSO) welcomes submissions of works for saxophone quartet that have been written within the last five years. Four winners will be selected, and one composer will be named composer-in-residence for the ensemble, and awarded a $500 prize to create a new work for the orchestra. The call is open to composers in the early or middle stages of their career.

Trio de Bois: Call for Scores
Deadline // July 15, 2020
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Trio de Bois invites the submission of existing and new works written for reed trio (oboe, Bb clarinet, and bassoon, with or without piano). Works should take inspiration from preset themes including significant events within the past 10 years, a work of art or literature, and more.

Toronto Waterfront Artist Residency: Call for Applications
Deadline / July 22, 2020
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The Waterfront BIA and Waterfront Toronto are seeking applications for a 16-month residency that will start in August 2020. The commissioning amount for this programs in $50,000 CAD and includes a period of community integration and research, culminating with the implementation of projects during 2021. This opportunity is open to professional artists or artist teams in the Greater Toronto Area. The aim of this residency is to create meaningful, experiential encounters with the community, to activate multiple under-utilized spaces along the lakefront, and draw new audiences to the waterfront. Projects may include workshops, performances, events, urban interventions, and temporary or ephemeral installations. Interactive and participatory projects will be encouraged, as will projects that invite collaborations with artists from different disciplines.

Ensemble Divertimento – Call for under-40 female composers

How to take partDivertimento ensemble is heralding another new project aimed at women, and to do so it is launching an initial call for under-40 composers (born on or after 1 January 1980). its goal is to extend its playbill dedicated to female creativity to include live concerts and concerts broadcast via Web to showcase the talents of female performers and composers alike.

The winner of the call will be a guest at Rondò 2021, milan’s season for Divertimento ensemble, with four compositions, one of which will be commissioned for the purpose and featured in a world premiere performance.

Deadline: July 30, 2020

Prix Russolo 2020 Call for Scores
Deadline / July 30, 2020
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Composers are invited to submit acousmatic/electronic pieces that build on the work of Luigi Russolo. Selected works will be presented in several cities this coming season, and audiences will select a prize winner (to be announced in March 2021). Finalists will also have works included online and as part of an album.

Young Women Composers Camp Online Edition
Registration / Ongoing through July
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The Young Women Composers Camp has moved its 2020 edition online, and has expanded to include a range of activities and workshops in July – including a public series of online talks from composers and performers. Featured composers include Vivian Fung, Angélica Negrón, and Pamela Z, with topics ranging from building inclusive spaces, supporting early career composers, and discussions of compositional process.

Orchestre Métropolitain invites Canadian composers to submit a new work for a symphony orchestra. Four (4) works of five (5) to six (6) minutes will be selected and performed by the Metropolitan Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Each one will be integrated into one of the four (4) Beethoven Marathon concerts, a major closing event in the 2020-2021. season.

The winning works will be deposited and printed by the Canadian Music Centre in Quebec, and will be part of the Canadian Music Centre’s Canadian Music Centre’s catalogue of works for orchestra.

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American Bandmasters Association: Composition Competition
Deadline // August 1, 2020
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This award is open to original concert band compositions written since August 1, 2017, with a difficulty rating of grade 5 or 6. The winning composition will be performed at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, which will be held in Lawrence, Kansas, in March 2021. The winner also receives $5,000.

San Diego New Music Call for Scores
Deadline // August 1, 2020
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The ensemble NOISE and San Diego New Music invite submissions of contemporary scores for chamber ensemble. Selected works will be performed at the soundON Festival of Modern Music by members of the ensemble NOISE. Works should feature 3-7 players for the following instruments (no multiples): cello, clarinet, flute, guitar, percussion, piano, and violin or viola. Works can include electronics, improvisation is welcome, and there are no limits on duration.

Toronto Arts Council: Music Projects Grant Program
Deadline // August 4, 2020
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Through its Music Program, Toronto Arts Council (TAC) provides project funding to non-profit, Toronto music organizations and collectives to pursue one-time or time-limited music projects involving production, presentation, dissemination and/or other activities that contribute to the development of music in Toronto. TAC will fund up to 50% of the project budget, to a maximum of $15,000. First time applicants must consult with the program officer prior to submission.

The Research on Contemporary Composition Conference: Call for Scores
Deadline / August 28, 2020
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Composers are invited to submit works for the University of North Georgia ROCC Conference (taking place virtually on October 24 and 25, 2020). Submitted works must have been composed within the last 15 years. There are two categories of submission: works for ROCC recitalists (any solo or combination of baritone voice, cello, violin, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, piano); or you can offer to bring your own performer (submit a video for presentation).

British Trombone Society Competition
Deadline // August 30, 2020
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The British Trombone Society welcomes submissions of original works, no more than 15 minutes in duration, written for any combination of instruments up to a total of eight players featuring trombones. The winning composition may be performed at a future BTS concert ( ). The winner also receives a pretty sweet Focusrite 2i2 Home Recording Studio package.

ConneXions Mentorship Program: Call for Applicants
Deadline / August 31, 2020
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The Canadian New Music Network has launched ConneXions, a new mentorship program for artists. Applicants can be arts workers of any kind (performers, composers, curators, etc.) working on a project related to new creative music and sound. Depending on the project, the CNMN will fund one to four sessions with a mentor/coach in the field. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until August 31. The CNMN is also interested in hearing from arts professionals wanting to participate as mentors.

The Canadian Chamber Choir launched a unique competition that seeks to challenge composers to create a new work that incorporates both the technological and emotional realities of social distancing and the current limitations on group singing in light of COVID-19.

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Dustin White: Call for Flute Scores​
Deadline // September 11, 2020
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Dustin White is accepting submissions of existing or new pieces written for piccolo, C flute, alto flute, or bass flute (one performer, with the possibility of switching between instruments). Works may feature electronics, and should be no longer than 6 minutes in duration. Selected works will be performed and recorded.

New Opera West Pop Up Project; Call for Scores
Deadline / September 15, 2020
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Submissions for Los Angeles-based New Opera West’s annual pop up performance are now being accepted. Performances are tentatively planned for November 2020, with the chance of postponement to Spring 2021. Composers may submit 5-10 minute opera scenes, on any topic, with text in English. Scenes should feature 2-4 characters (ideally with distinct voice types), and have piano accompaniment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sound Recherce: Call for Sounds
Deadline // Seems to be rolling
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Ensemble Recherche is inviting folks to submit short sound recordings in a few categories—at home, outdoors, or online. The ensemble will incorporate and simulate selected sounds in miniature compositions.

New Opera West Animation project: Call for Opera Shorts
Deadline / Rolling basis
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Composers may submit short operas (or opera scenes) 3-5 minutes in length—either a suitable recording, or a piano reduction. Selected works will be used as the basis for an animated video. Submissions should have a clear narrative, and can be in any language (although an English translation must be included).