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Eric Stokes Song Contest

Deadline: 12.30.17

Zeitgeist is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest! The brainchild of the late composer and longtime Zeitgeist friend and supporter Eric Stokes, the Eric Stokes Song Contest (named in his honor after his death in 1999) encourages and celebrates amateur music-making to increase appreciation of the music of our time. Zeitgeist welcomes song submissions (any type of musical composition) from youth and adult amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. There are no restrictions on genre or instrumentation. Entries are separated into two categories: youth (up to age 17) and adult, and are then adjudicated by an outside panel. In selecting the jury we choose three to four people who represent a diverse range of artistic perspectives, often including a winner from one of the previous contests. Judges will choose 3 songs for Zeitgeist to arrange for their instrumentation of piano, clarinet and 2 percussion. Winning songs will be performed at Zeitgeist’s “Playing it Close to Home” concerts Feb. 23-24, 2018. Winners also receive $100 plus a one-year membership to the American Composers Forum. We average 50–70 entries each year, and entrants have ranged from age 4 to 89. In the past, winning compositions have encompassed musical styles ranging from jazz to gospel to high modernist.​

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Carleton College Department of Music

Deadline: 12.31.17

The Department of Music at Carleton College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in Composition and Music Technology at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning September 1, 2018. We seek an individual with expertise as a composer in both acoustic and electronic music. The successful candidate will teach classroom courses in music composition using notated and electronic means, music technology, and music theory, in addition to individual composition lessons. They will have teaching experience at the college/university level, and will be committed to innovative teaching and cross-disciplinary curricular and co-curricular exploration.

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MRAC Community Arts Grant

Deadline: 01.08.18 @ 4:30 p.m.

The Community Arts program provides grants of up to $5,000 in project support for groups wishing to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to communities within the seven-county metropolitan area of Minnesota. Grant requests may include costs for artists and other personnel, facility and/or equipment rental, postage, supplies, printing and other expenses necessary to carry out the project. In this program, MRAC assigns a “block” of funds in each county to ensure that arts activities take place throughout the region.

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NextNotes® High School Composition Awards

Deadline: 01.08.18 @ 11:59 PM Central

The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the fourth annual American Composers Forum NextNotes® High School Composition Awards. Whether you write for voices, electronics or instruments, are a singer/songwriter or improviser, hip-hop artist or sound designer… Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply with a single composition in any genre or style. Applications are submitted electronically through an on-line process. Each year, six NextNotes Composers receive: mentorship from professional composers and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to/from the workshop, room/board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for formal composition studies, a recording of the culminating concert, free Finale software, and more.

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ACF Connect

Deadline: 01.15.18

Composers from the full range of musical styles are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to write for GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Three selected composers who represent diverse periods of an artistic life will have an opportunity to work with the ensemble over 16 months, culminating in a commission & performance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in August 2019 during Roomful of Teeth’s 10th anniversary celebration.

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McKnight Composer Fellowships

Deadline: 03.12.18

The McKnight Fellowships provide recognition and financial support for mid-career composers working in any musical genre. The program is designed to award composers whose work is of exceptional artistic merit, who have created a substantial body of work over a period of time, and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. Four fellowships of $25,000 in unrestricted funds will be awarded. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines. Fellows also have an opportunity to work for one month in one of five artist residency communities or create a self-designed professional development project.

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Charles B. Olson Young Composers Contest

Deadline: 05.01.18

Composers age 15-22 are eligible to submit a 5-8 minute composition for wind ensemble for consideration. The winning composition will receive a $1,000 cash award with a public performance and recording by the Encore Wind Ensemble.

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