New Music MN


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Forecast Public Art Grants

Deadline: October 17, 2017

Forecast grants support Minnesota-based early and mid-career artists in the development and creation of new public art projects. What is public art? Broadly speaking, public art is artwork accessible to the public, regardless of whether it is situated on public or private property, or whether it is supported through public or private funding. It can range from temporary to permanent work, murals to sculptures, interventions to performances. It can also be storytelling, iron pours, sound and light projects, dance and spoken word. Public is free and available to all members of a community. Available now are Mid-Career Professional Development GrantEarly Career Artist Research + Development Grant; and Early Career Artist Project Grant.


MRAC Arts Learning – Round 1

Deadline: November 6, 2017

The Arts Learning program provides grants of up to $10,000 for high-quality, arts education activities in any arts discipline to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding about the arts and/or learning through the arts. Projects must have clearly articulated, measurable learning objectives that will be evaluated.

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Tofte Lake Center: Individual Artist and Group/Organizational Residencies

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Tofte Lake Center, located near Ely, MN is a retreat for artists, scholars and leaders wishing to expand and deepen their creative potential through collaboration with artists and thinkers in other fields. All work and play takes place within a supportive community offering daily opportunities for interaction, stimulation and reflection. Our facilities feature both individual and community work spaces, and all activities stem from the inherent belief that individual creativity is the essential tool in our evolution as a culture. Apply now for 2018, week-long residency opportunities for individual artists, groups, and organizations.

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Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Tofte Lake Center, located near Ely, MN is a retreat for artists, scholars and leaders wishing to expand and deepen their creative potential through collaboration with artists and thinkers in other fields. TLC is sponsoring its 9th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a collaborative team of artists to take time and attention to focus on their current work.  This program subsidizes two one-weeklong residencies for 7 emerging artists and/or 2 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and 1 week-long residency for a performing arts project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. The residencies at TLC are intentionally interdisciplinary in nature. Artists from several disciplines can apply: playwriting, poetry, prose writing, painting, music composition, and dance.


Minnesota Varsity Composer Contest

Deadline: 9:00am on December 4, 2017

Minnesota Varsity showcases the top high-school musical talent from Classical Minnesota Public Radio‘s terrestrial broadcast area (includes parts of MN, WI, ND, SD). Students in these regions are invited to compete in Minnesota Varsity as performers or as composers. ACF is proud to coordinate the composer category, which provides high school students with annual workshop, mentoring, and performance opportunities. Student composers (ages 14-18 and grades 9-12) are invited to submit one original solo, duet, or trio for this year’s selected instruments: flute/piccolo; B-flat clarinet; and alto saxophone. From all the composition submissions five students are selected to participate in a February workshop & mentoring day in Saint Paul. Then two finalists are selected as Showcase Composers, and their pieces are premiered in May, in front of a live studio audience.

Guidelines & Application

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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