CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES:

TO Live: Explorations
Deadline / May 7, 2021
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Explorations is an initiative to support artists pushing the boundaries of their practice. The program will provide 12 artists with a $5,000 fee to support research and development. The program is open to Toronto-based individual artists, arts collectives, and project-based organizations that do not receive regular operating funding

HATCH 2021 Call for Applications!
Deadline / May 7, 2021
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UPDATED April 23, 2021: With the current lock down situation in Ontario, we have decided to make a decision now on how this program will take place in June – August, rather than waiting until Mid-May as originally planned

We are delighted to announce that with the ongoing support of the Azrieli Foundation, we are able to continue our annual HATCH mentorship program for early-career performers and composers this summer, now in its third year.

Tesselat: Call for Scores for Solo Cello
Deadline / May 8, 2021
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The Tesselat Composers Collective will select a piece to be performed and streamed by cellist Aurélienne Brauner in August 2021. Works may have been previously performed, but should be unpublished. Submitted works should be for solo cello, no electronics, under 5 minutes, and written after 2013.

OAC Grant: Music Recording Projects
Deadline / May 13, 2021
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The program supports the recording of music by Ontario-based musicians including composers, songwriters and beat producers. Applications can be submitted in two categories: demo/EP recordings (maximum of 25 minutes) can receive up to $4,000; full-length album (minimum 26 minutes) can receive up to $10,000.

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 Any work is eligible provided it is unpublished.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.

MATA JR. Call for Submissions
Deadline / May 15, 2021
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MATA seeks submissions from composers who have not yet graduated high school at the time of submission. They will accept composers working in various forms including sound art, found instruments, video, fully notated, improvised, and more. Each selected composer will be paired with an emerging-composer mentor to develop a new piece for the Bergamot String Quartet. The piece would be completed during the summer of 2021, and then rehearsed and performed in New York City during the fall.

Labyrinth Ensemble Project: Call for Musicians
Deadline / May 15, 2021
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Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario has issued a call for musician to join a new in-house repertoire ensemble. Under the direction of Araz Salek, the ensemble will work with visiting artists, and rehearse and perform new repertoire in modal music forms of the Middle East, North African and Central Asia. Musicians of any background are welcome to join, but must be comfortable learning and playing microtonal intervals on their instrument. Participants would take part in multi-week rehearsals followed by performances in November 2021 and April 2022.

BIPOC Voices: Call for works
Deadline / May 21, 2021 – EXTENDED
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BIPOC Voices is a library of music for voice and instruments by BIPOC composers. They are accepting works from composers who are comfortable identifying as Indigenous, Black, or a Person of Colour. BIPOC voices is currently focused on works requiring at least two singers and piano, or one singer and at least two instruments if the work is dramatic or narrative. The project seeks to record selections from the database, at no cost to the composer (live vocalist, high quality MIDI instruments). The organizers plan on subsequent rounds of recordings.

Call for Proposals 2022: Chamber Winds and Percussion
Deadline / May 30, 2021
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The Show-Me Pride Ensemble’s Mid-America Freedom Band is accepting proposals for a new 6-7 minute work for chamber winds and percussion. Applicants will provide samples of existing works, and propose a new piece that would be written for the ensemble’s next educational concert in the 2021-22 season. The selected composer will receive a $1,000 stipend. The ensemble would like the proposed piece to respond to a particular theme.

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.

Bite Matters: Call for Works for Solo Flute
Deadline / May 31, 2021
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Bite Matters is an on-going online showcase of short contemporary works written for solo instruments. Selected works will be performed by a member of Ensemble Matters, filmed and shared on Youtube. The current call is open to works for solo flute that are under 5 minutes, without electronics.

Calgary Contemporary Showcase: Call for Compositions
Deadline / May 31, 2021
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The Calgary Contemporary Showcase is seeking new repertoire choices for participating students this fall. Score submissions are welcome in the following categories: strings (beginner level, grades 1-4, up to two minutes in length); voice (intermediate level, approximately grades 5-8 RCM). Chosen submissions will be added to the Showcase syllabus and promoted among students for potential performance in the November showcase. The call is open to Canadian citizens, and permanent residents of Canada.

Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music
Deadline / June 1st, 2021
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This prize is awarded to a composer of a groundbreaking musical creation that has had a professional premiere performance in the three years preceding the competition deadline.

Quadre: Call for Scores for Horn Quartet
Deadline / June 1, 2021
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US-baseed Quadre, a horn quartet, invites composers to submit works for their ensemble. Works should be under 5 minutes. Existing pieces are welcome, although they are focused on unpublished works that were not commissioned (which I would reasonably interpret to mean that you were not paid full scale as determined by CLC rates), and that connect with their season’s theme (Nature: Calls for Harmony). Electronics are not permitted this year. Two works will be selected for performance in 2021-22, and awards will be given (a first prize of $1,000, and a second prize of $500).

Wind Quintet Network Call for Scores
Deadline / June 1, 2021
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This project is enlisting wind quintets to select and perform works gathered through their call for scores. Submitted works must be original and written for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon). Pieces must not exceed 10 minutes. Works may be previously performed, but should be unpublished.

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.

Chalmers Professional Development Projects
Deadline / June 3, 2021
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The Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Professional Development stream supports Ontario artists at any stage of their career to acquire new artistic skills to advance their arts practice. It funds all contemporary and traditional art practices that are supported at OAC. All learning must be led by an expert and include feedback throughout the training period. Experts include mentors, teachers, trainers, and Elders. Projects may include study, training, mentorship, and/or apprenticeship. There are two categories for applications: artists practicing professionally for 10 years or less; and artists practicing professionally for 11 years or more. The OAC contributes $7,500 to selected artists.

Boston New Music Initiative: Call for Scores
Deadline / June 4, 2021
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Composers are invited to submit scores to be considered for a concert in 2022 focused on “the Music of Speech” which will feature work related in some way to the spoken word—organizers have a particular interest in works utilizing live or recorded spoken words and/or a narrator. Works can be submitted in two categories: solo or duos from the core ensemble; works for 3-8 players from the core ensemble with the option for 1-2 additional instruments. Works can be any duration, although preference is given to works that are 10 minutes or less. Applicants are required to be BNMI members—there is a free membership category—and there is an application fee ranging from $5-$15 based on membership category.

TAC Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement Program
Deadline / June 15, 2021
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This program provides targeted funding to Toronto non-profit organizations and artist collectives engaging newcomers and refugees through the arts, supporting the integration and inclusion of newcomer communities to Toronto. The set grant amount is $20,000, and the grant may cover up to 100% of project costs. For folks wanting more information on the program, TAC is hosting an information session on May 17—you can register for that here!

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.

CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition
Deadline // July 1, 2021
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Emerging Composers with a connection to Canada’s Prairie Region are invited to submit their orchestral works to the 19th edition of the CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition for Orchestra with a cash prize of $1,000 and performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) during the 2022 edition of the Winnipeg New Music Festival (WNMF).

Emerging composers of any age who are current residents of, were born in, or have completed a substantial portion of their musical education in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, or Nunavut, may enter.

Submissions must be completed no later than July 1, 2021.

Espacios Sonoros: Call for electroacoustic works
Deadline / July 1, 2021
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Espacios Sonoros invites the submission of multichannel electroacoustic works for inclusion in the 2021 festival broadcast taking place through Radio CASo based in Argentina. There are two categories including a general international call. Submited works should be between 5 and 15 minutes long.

NYC Contemporary Music Symposium: Call for Scores
Deadline / July 1, 2021
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Composers are invited to submit works for possible inclusion in the Symposium concerts—roughly 4-8 composers will be featured, and receive a recording of the performance. Works must be scored for a featured artist: Jonah Murphy (solo flute), or The Bowery Trio (clarinet in Bb, cello, piano). Works should be between 10 and 15 minutes. There is a $15 entry fee.

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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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.

Independent Music Association: Call for Scores
Deadline / August 1, 2021
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This call will select works for performance at the Independent Music Association concert in Vienna on October 11, 2021. Works should be 6-12 minutes in duration, and written for a minimum of three instruments from the available ensemble (string quartet and clarinet). Electronics are not available.

Chicago Composers’ Consortium: Call for Scores/Proposals
Deadline / August 27, 2021
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Composers are invited to submit existing works or propose a new work, that would be featured in a performance by the Durward Ensemble in Chicago in May 2022. Pieces should be approximately 7-10 minutes, and be written for 7-12 players—instrumentation is listed on their site. Finalists will be considered for future projects by the Durward Ensemble. The winner will receive a $250 honorarium. There is a $15 USD application fee.

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).

Indigenous Arts & Culture Partnership Fund
Deadline / September 30, 2021
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The City of Toronto Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnerships Fund supports partnerships and collaborations that create new opportunities and visibility for Indigenous-led arts and culture. The fund aims to spark new relationships between Indigenous artists, arts and culture leaders and professionals, and potential partners at both the grassroots and institutional levels. There are two program streams: Incubation ($10,000 per project) which supports first-time initiatives, research or pilot phases; activation stream ($30,000 per project) directed to projects that spark lasting impact and opportunities.

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.

OAC Grant: Artist-Presenter Collaboration Projects
Deadline / Deadline: October 28, 2021
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This is a temporary program that supports relationship building between artists and presenters during the suspension of the Ontario Arts Council’s 2021 Touring and Market Development program deadlines. The program supports the development of mutually beneficial, long-term relationships and networks between presenters, Ontario-based professional artists and arts organizations. There are two grant streams: focused impact (maximum request of $20,000); sector impact (maximum request of $30,000).

Call for works: Classical Ukulele
Deadline / November 30, 2021
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Composer and musician Donald Bousted has issued a call for works for classical ukulele. He welcomes solo pieces that feature the soprano, tenor and/or baritone ukuleles—chamber pieces are welcome but he only specifies percussion as a possibility.

Passepartout Duo: Call for Participants
Deadline / unspecified
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Artists can apply to take part in a collaborative composition workshop with Passepartout Duo at the Bowed Electrons Festival (September 2022) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Each participant is asked to bring an object to explore from a sonic perspective. The group will then use various compositional techniques and electronics to develop a piece to be performed. The call is thin on details, but worth an inquiry if you are at all interested.

Asyla Oboe Quartet: Call
Deadline / unspecified
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I just came upon this posting from January, and I offer it cautiously given the lapsed time. The Asyla Oboe Quartet has issued a call for scores, with an interest in works between 5-15 minutes for any instrumental combination from their group. Their standard line up is oboe, oboe d’amore, cor Anglais (English horn) and bass oboe, however each player has access to an oboe and cor Anglais. They also seem open to collaboration with composers in developing new works. They have received a large number of submissions thus far, and have produced a series of videos demonstrating their instrumentation. Worth your time if their collaborative model and sound appeal to you.

Array Music – Young Composers Workshop & Concert
Deadline / TBD
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Each year Array offers four exceptional emerging composers the opportunity to work undistracted in The Array Space for a month with a distinguished composer/mentor – this year, Raven Chacon – and The Array Ensemble. Under the mentor’s guidance, the composers collaborate with Array’s musicians and Artistic Director to create a new work for performance by Array’s Ensemble.

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.

Ruthless Jabiru: Call for Scores
Deadline / Ongoing
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Ruthless Jabiru has issued a rolling call for scores for consideration within their future programmes. Composers, sound artists and music creators from all genres and backgrounds are invited to send expressions of interest for inclusion in future curated performances. They are seeking existing works for 6-25 players (string orchestra+ or mixed instrumentation). They have a particular interest in non-Western and non-traditional instruments/voices, sung/spoken text, spatialisation, cross-disciplinary elements, and fixed and/or live electronics. Submissions can involve non-notated practices, graphic and text scores, and more. The ensemble is using an informal messaging process for submissions.

Graphic Score Exchange: Call for Submissions
Deadline / Ongoing
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Artist Eliza Lauren is coordinating a graphic score exchange: artists are invited to submit pieces for open instrumentation. Responses may be wide ranging, from digital art, and abstract painting, to video score/animation. Musicians will be invited to respond with an audio recording of their interpretation of the score.