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LunART Festival Call for Scores

Deadline: 03.01.18

The LunART Festival (Madison, WI) Call for Scores is open to women composers of all ages and nationalities. Up to three works will be selected to be performed on one of our evening Gala concerts during the festival, and composers will receive a high quality recording of their composition. If they choose to come to the festival selected composers will receive free housing, free entry into all festival events, and be able to attend a rehearsal of their piece. Instrumentation can range from one to six players, with a total piece length of less than fifteen minutes. All submissions and $20 application fee must be received by 03.01.18. Scores will be evaluated anonymously by a committee of LunART Festival musicians and directors. Selected applicants will be notified by April 1, 2018.

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ACF In Common

Deadline: 03.05.18

This residency will be an opportunity for a composer to develop and lead a community-wide songwriting project, rather than a standard commission project. Organizers in Willmar envision selecting a composer who will lead diverse residents through the process of creating their own original songs. The selected composer will receive $18,000, be reimbursed for up to $2000 of travel expenses, and will be required to spend at least 36 days in the community during the yearlong collaboration, which will begin in summer 2018.

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Hinge Arts Residency

Deadline 03.07.18

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.” Two types of residencies are being offered: Career Development: For artists who want to work on their own self-driven projects. And Homecoming: For artists who spent their youth in West Central Minnesota but now live elsewhere. Project funding of up to $1500 and a weekly living stipend of $100 is available for Homecoming Residents. Residencies will take place between July 2018 and December 2018. Composers & musicians are eligible for this residency.

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Springboard 20/20 Fellowship

Nomination Deadline: 03.10.18

Springboard for the Arts is now offering a new fellowship for persons of color and Indigenous (POCI) artists, small artist run businesses and small artist collectives who have shown innovation in their work, made significant contributions to their field, and are working to build tools and pathways that support other artists. 20/20 Artist Fellowships are unrestricted $20,000 cash awards accompanied by $5,000 professional development stipends to allow POCI artists from any discipline or career stage the agency to decide how to use the funding in support of themselves, their businesses, communities and independent creative practices, and do not require recipients to create projects or exhibit artwork. Candidates for 20/20 Artist Fellowships are identified through an open nomination process, artists may nominate themselves or refer other candidates anonymously through Springboard’s nomination committee. All qualified nominations receive equal consideration. Applications go through a two-panel peer review process and awardees are selected by a jury of artists and art supporters.

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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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LunART Festival Emerging Composers Workshop

Deadline: 03.15.18

LunART Festival is a new festival that celebrates and champions women in the arts, coming to Madison, WI, June 28-30, 2018. The workshop is designed for women composers who are students (college or high school), or at the earlier stages of their composition careers. Participants will be mentored in developing practical skills to express their creative ideas, cultivating relationships with performers, and mastering the art of collaboration. To apply, composers must submit a composition (individual movements of multi-movement works are acceptable), a statement of purpose, and meet the eligibility requirements. All submissions and $10 application fee must be received by March 15, 2018, and selected applicants will be notified by April 15, 2018.


Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute

Deadline: 03.19.18

The Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute offers a unique week-long intensive immersion into the world of a major American symphony orchestra. Under the guidance of composer and Institute Director, Kevin Puts, up to seven composers will have orchestral works rehearsed and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra and will participate in a series of seminars on musical, career, and professional development topics. All works selected for the Institute will be performed in a public concert conducted by Music Director Osmo Vänskä on Friday, January 18, 2019, 8 pm.

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Rimon Project Support Grant

Deadline: 03.23.18

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. Deadline for submission is March 23, 5 p.m. 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. Read guidelines.


113 Call for Scores

Deadline: 04.30.18

113 is accepting scores for the 2018-19 concert season. Selected scores may be programmed at any point during the season. 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. We are accepting scores in two categories: #1 Works for 1-4 instruments, including any combination of flute, clarinet, double bass, and percussion (1 performer) #2 Works for 1-5 members of TAK Ensemble, including any combination of flute, clarinet, soprano, violin, and percussion (1 performer). Submissions may include electronics and/or improvisation. Submission Fee: $5.00 per score (USD)


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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MN Composers New Works Competition – Young Composer Division

Deadline: 06.10.18

MN Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores by Minnesota composers. Five new works will premiere during the 2018-19 season with winning composers to receive compensation ranging between $500 and $6,000.

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MN Composers New Works Competition – Adult Composer Division

Deadline: 09.01.18

MN Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores by Minnesota composers. Five new works will premiere during the 2018-19 season with winning composers to receive compensation ranging between $500 and $6,000.

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