New Music MN

Opportunities for commissions, contests, grants, etc. To submit an item for listing, please email, including deadline, full details, pertinent links, and contact info.


Digital Media Internship with Zeitgeist

Deadline: 10.26.18

Compensation: Free admission to Studio Z events. Unpaid. School credit where available.
Location: St. Paul, MN
Start Date: November 2018
Hours Per Week: 5
Duration: Winter 2018-Spring 2019

Lauded for providing “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers,” Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of two percussion, piano and woodwinds. One of the longest established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist commissions and presents a wide variety of new music for audiences in the Twin Cities and on tour. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music.


FRIENDS of Minnesota Orchestra

Deadline 11.01.18

The FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra (FRIENDS) seeks scores from Minnesota composers to assist their search for a composer to create a new story piece for eight instruments and narrator. The new 7 to 8-minute work will be performed by eight Minnesota Orchestra musicians at Orchestra Hall. It will be the featured work in the 36 concerts of Kinder Konzerts 2019-2020 season. The new piece will be the 18th commission for Kinder Konzerts in its 39-year history.

Submit here

MRAC Arts Learning Grant

Deadline: 11.05.18

Up to $10,000 for projects that bring arts education or education through the arts to learners in the seven-county metro area. Attend a grant workshop to learn about this grant program and how to develop a compelling project focused on arts learning.


MN Varsity Composer Category

Deadline: 12.03.18

ACF and Minnesota Public Radio seek previously unpublished scores for any combination of piano, violin & cello (3-7′ in length) from teens (ages 14-18 and grades 9-12) in the MPR terrestrial broadcast region. Five students will be selected to participate in a mentoring and workshop day, and two finalists will be selected for the Showcase Concert: a live radio broadcast from Ted Mann Concert Hall, which is later available to stream on the MPR website.


Interested in composer opportunities beyond Minnesota? Consider membership in ACF, which gives you access to an extensive, curated list of national & international opportunities.