New Music MN

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International Society for Improvised Music RFP

Deadline: 12.15.18

The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) is pleased to announce that our 11th Festival and Conference will take place May 16-19, 2019, at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.ISIM invites proposals for performances, workshops, academic papers, and panel discussions related to any aspect of improvised music. Proposals are welcome from current and new ISIM members, including those who join or renew their membership concurrent with the proposal submission deadline. Proposals will not be considered from applicants whose membership is not current.

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Eric Stokes Song Contest

Deadline: 12.28.18

The brainchild of the late composer and longtime Zeitgeist friend and supporter Eric Stokes, the Eric Stokes Song Contest 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. Send in your entries by Dec. 28, 2018 for a chance to have your work performed at our Playing it Close to Home concerts in February.

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Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies Call for Scores

Deadline: 01.02.19

In an effort to grow the repertoire for younger symphony orchestras and expose students to a greater diversity of composers, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) is excited to announce a Call for Scores for the 2018-2019 season.

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ACF Showcase

Deadline: 01.07.19

In partnership with the acclaimed Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, the American Composers Forum announces a Call for Scores for the 2019 ACF Showcase concert, which will take place at Antonello Hall in the MacPhail Center for Music on Saturday evening at 7:30 PM on June 15, 2019. Three scores from the total applicant pool will be chosen for the performance. The composers of the pieces will each receive: Hotel stay in Saint Paul, MN; Domestic travel to and from Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN (Travel Days June 13 & 16, 2019); $204.00 total to cover meals during the four days of travel/rehearsals/performance of their work June 13-16, 2019 in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN.


NextNotes® High School Composition Awards

Deadline 01.07.19

The American Composers Forum is pleased to announce the fifth annual 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, we want you to apply. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply with a single composition in any genre or style.

MRAC Community Arts Grant

Deadline: 01.14.19

This 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.


Northern Spark 2019 Open Call

Deadline: 01.14.19

Since the festival’s beginning in 2011, Northern has put out calls to artists to submit project ideas for Northern Spark. This is an opportunity for artists to gain experience building temporary public art and scale up a project to be seen by tens of thousands of people. This year’s call requests proposals for three project types that invite artists in many different disciplines to participate: Participatory Installations, Video Screenings, Stage Performances.

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Minnesota Sinfonia

Deadline: 06.1.19 for young composers / 08.15.19 for adult composers

With generous support from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores. Five new works will premiere during the 2019-20 season. Four adult composers will receive awards. One will receive $6,000, and the remaining three will share $8,500, the amounts ranging between $500 and $6,000 to be determined by the Sinfonia. One young composer (under the age of 19 before June 1, 2019) will be awarded $500.

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