Opportunities for commissions, contests, grants, etc. To submit an item for listing, please email newmusicmn@composersforum.org, including deadline, full details, pertinent

links, and contact info.


Art(ists) on the Verge Commissions (AOV11)

Deadline: 07.29.19

AOV11 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 4 Minnesota-based, emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV11 will culminate with a temporary project in public space by each fellow, which will take place sometime during September – November 2020.


Lanesboro Arts Place-Based Artist in Residence 2020

Deadline: 07.31.19

The Lanesboro Artist Residency Program is a place-based program for emerging artists where art and the artistic process instigates positive change, addresses or creates an opportunity to move the community forward or is otherwise central to problem-solving. The program provides an opportunity for emerging artists to create new work and explore new ideas while utilizing the dynamic and compelling assets of an entire rural community as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation. Through 2-week and 4-week residencies, the program offers emerging artists lodging, studio space, project/community facilitation, a weekly stipend of $1,000, and the time and space to focus solely on their community-engaged artistic practice.

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MECA: Minnesota Emerging Composer Award

Deadline: 08.01.19

This summer three Minnesota composers will be selected from a pool of nominees to receive a $3000 project grant. MECA engages Minnesota-based makers of original music who otherwise might not apply to ACF programs, and provides these artists with funds to support a project that promises to have a significant boost to their career. This grant supports individuals working in a variety of non-commercial genres, including electronic, improvised, jazz, experimental, traditional, and world musics. The nomination process is simple, and we want to know whose music you’re excited about! Please take a few minutes to nominate someone today!

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Minnesota Sinfonia

Deadline: 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With generous support from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota Sinfonia is pleased to announce a call for new and unpublished (chamber) orchestral scores.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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ACF | Create

Deadline: 09.01.19

ACF | create is an evolution of the Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund), which started in 1979. Through this program, ACF has made hundreds of awards and has helped launch many careers. ACF | create supports the creation, presentation, and subsequent life of a new work. Five grants are available: up to $8,000 for the composer or primary artist’s time to create the work, and up to $3,000 to help with production and promotion support. This program is for early career artists that reside in Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City. Click the link below to see guidelines and get dates for info sessions. Please take advantage of the info sessions – they are a great opportunity to get information that will make your application stronger!

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Interested in composer opportunities beyond Minnesota? Consider membership in ACF, which gives you access to an extensive, curated list of national & international opportunities.