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.


Hinge Arts Residency

Deadline: 03.01.19

Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride is a community development and artist residency program in Fergus Falls which activates cultural programming at or related to the historic Fergus Falls State Hospital, or the “Kirkbride Building.” Artists of all disciplines and career levels are welcome to apply. There are three residency tracks: Career Development, for artists who want to work on their own self-driven projects during their time in Fergus Falls; Homecoming, for artists who spent all or a portion of their youth in the 9-county region of West Central Minnesota but now live elsewhere, who want to engage and collaborate with their home community; and Alumni, for artists who have previously participated in Hinge Arts that would like to build on connections or ideas from a previous residency.


Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute

Deadline: 03.04.19

Now accepting orchestral scores of any length for the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. Applicants must be U.S. residents in the early stages of their careers; scores may not have received a reading or performance by a major orchestra. Up to seven composers will participate in the weeklong Institute, which include rehearsals with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska, musical and professional development seminars, and consultations with Institute Director Kevin Puts. Works be performed at the Future Classics! concert on January 10, 2020; domestic travel and and hotel will be provided.


MRAC Next Step Grant

Deadline: 03.04.19

The Next Step Fund, funded by the McKnight Foundation*, provides project grants up to $5,000 to professional artists in any discipline for the purpose of career development and artistic achievement. Applicants may be at any stage of their career, but must demonstrate achievement in their artistic field and have a history of public presentation or community contribution.


McKnight Composer Fellowships

Deadline: 03.22.19

The McKnight Fellowships provide recognition and financial support for midcareer 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.


Rimon Project Support Grants

Deadline: 03.22.19

Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, an initiative of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, is now accepting Project Support grant proposals in its spring round of funding for arts-related projects. Grants will provide financial support up to $3,000 but will not exceed 50% of a project’s budget. For a project to be considered, it must meet Rimon’s mission and its goals. Rimon seeks to promote and enhance Jewish identity through arts and culture, support arts and artists who broadly explore Jewish themes and to assist the greater Jewish community in developing a collaborative involvement with the arts.

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20/20 Artist Fellowship

Deadline: 03.31.19

Springboard for the Arts is now offering a new fellowship for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native artists who are working to build tools and pathways of support for other artists. If you are, or know an artist who fits this criteria, continue reading to learn more and apply! 20/20 Artist Fellowship is an unrestricted $15,000 award, plus a $5,000 professional development stipend.


113 Call for Scores

Deadline: 05.31.19

113 Composer Collective is accepting scores in three categories for the 2019-20 concert season. Selected scores may be programmed at any point during the season and selected composers may also receive an offer for publishing the work. Composers who are accepted are encouraged (but not required) to attend the concert(s) featuring their work. Composers of any age or nationality may apply.

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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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