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.


Jerome Fund for New Music

Deadline: Monday, August 21 at 4:30pm CDT

The American Composers Forum champions composers and other creative musicmakers, and boosts their careers with professional opportunities. Our Jerome Fund for New Music (Jfund) supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. About 10 grants are available: up to $7,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $1,500 to help make it happen and further its potential. Jfund welcomes applicants from the whole range of musical paths and is committed to supporting a diverse pool of artists. The primary artist (not limited to those who self-identify as a “composer” but eligible to all kinds of artists who create original music, such as improvisers) applies with a third party (such as a performing group or a presenter who commits to producing the finished work). The primary artist needs to be at an “emerging” level in her/his career: neither a student (except in certain circumstances) nor an established professional. The proposed project should be a significant artistic and professional leap: a risky but logical next step that will mark a new level of accomplishment. The Jerome Foundation’s definition of an emerging artist can be found here. Awards – judged by a panel of artists – are competitive and based on outstanding quality of work, personal musical voice, and exceptional potential to make a career difference. Since its founding in 1979 the program, funded by the Jerome Foundation, has made hundreds of awards and helped launch many careers.

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Nominations invited for the Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA)

Deadline: Monday, August 21 at 4:30pm CDT

As a complement to our long-running Jerome Fund for New Music, ACF is seeking to expand our reach by identifying and supporting artists who typically operate outside our known circles. Through a $3000 project grant, MECA supports individuals working in a variety of non-commercial genres, including electronic, improvised, jazz, experimental, traditional, and world musics. The nomination process is simple: use the links on the program page to point us to a variety of work samples and background information on the artist, along with your endorsement. We will take it from there.

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ImPulse: Compose Yourself!

Deadline: August 21, 2017

MPLS (imPulse) will end its fourth season with a performance featuring Growing Lots Urbarn Farm, a CSA  based in the Twin Cities. This project presents a variety of textual themes: the joy of gardening, growth, sustainability, fostering local community, health, bounty and harvest, greenery, the seasons, etc… Let your imagination run wild (or well cultivated, as the case may be). With support from New Music USA, MPLS (imPulse) is pleased to announce a contest for original music. Three compositions will be selected for performance in upcoming concert cycles; chosen composers will each receive a $1000 award. Our vision as an ensemble seeks to redefine the typical choral experience in a changing world. We encourage composers to embrace this vision and use the competition as an opportunity to challenge his/her compositional voice.


Springboard for the Arts: 2018 Hinge Arts Residencies

Deadline: September 1, 2017

Artists in the U.S. of all career levels and disciplines are welcome to apply. Two types of residencies are available: Career Development Residency: 3-5 artists are selected for this type of residency. Designed to provide time and space for artists to break from their daily routines and focus on their own self-driven projects in a supportive community, artists can apply for this residency for a minimum of 2 weeks, and a maximum of 8 weeks. Homecoming Residency: 3 – 5 artists will be selected for this type of residency, which is new this year! In an effort to help artists reconnect with their home region, we are looking for artists who grew up (or spent a portion of their childhood) in one of the 9 counties of West Central Minnesota ( Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin ). Artists in this program receive living stipend of $100/week, and are eligible for up to $1500 in project support for an actionable idea to collaborate with or engage with their home region through their artistic practice.

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The Minnesota Sinfonia: Call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores

Deadline for adult entry is September 1, 2017

With the 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 be premiered during the 2017-18 season. Four composers will be the recipients of this year’s awards: one composer will receive $6,000, and the remaining three composers will share $8,500, the amounts to be determined by the Sinfonia. Additionally, $500 will be awarded to a young composer, meaning any composer who meets the guidelines, and who is under the age of 19 before January 1, 2017. All decisions are made by Minnesota Sinfonia Artistic Director, Jay Fishman, and are final. Enquiries and submissions should be directed to Jay Fishman, Minnesota Sinfonia at or 612.871.1701. 

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Rimon Funding Project

Deadline: Friday, September 15

The mission of Rimon’s Funding Project (RFP) is to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, to support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes, and to assist the greater Minnesota Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts. Rimon strives to stimulate greater appreciation for the arts in Jewish life. RFP supports projects with or without funding in one of four ways: 1. artistic development and/or production; 2. community planning and collaborations 3. research or administrative assistance 4. marketing and outreach assistance. Projects must be realized in Minnesota. (Out of state applicants must collaborate with a Minnesota artist or institution and realize the project in Minnesota.) Requests of up to 50% of the total project cost, with a maximum award of $3000.

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Washington Award

Deadline: October 5, 2017

Since its inception in 2001, the Washington Award has recognized talented artists in the fields of music, dance, and visual arts, especially those who contribute to international cultural collaboration. Each winner is awarded a cash prize of $5,000. In addition, the Awards Committee may designate a Grand Prize winner who receives an additional $5,000. Award winners are honored annually in the spring at the Washington Awards Ceremony. Emerging composers and generative sound artists are eligible to apply (see the link for eligibility and description of emerging).

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MRAC Community Arts Grant

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

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: January 8, 2018, 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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