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

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Not Yet New Music Choir

Deadline: 01.15.20

Submit a never performed, never recorded, unaccompanied choral piece for consideration to be recorded and premiered by the Not Yet New Music Choir. Open only to emerging composers who currently live in the Twin Cities 7-County Metropolitan Area. Recording session and concerts will take place in May 2020. Three composers will be selected to participate.

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25th Annual Eric Stokes Song Contest

Deadline: 01.24.19

Zeitgeist welcomes song submissions (any type of musical composition) from youth and adult amateur composers throughout the Twin Cities. There are no restrictions on genre or instrumentation. Judges will choose 3 songs for Zeitgeist to arrange for their instrumentation of piano, clarinet and 2 percussion. Send in your entries by Jan. 24, 2020 for a chance to have your work performed at their Playing it Close to Home concerts in March. Winners also receive $100 plus a one-year membership to the American Composers Forum.

MRAC Next Step Artist Grant

Deadline 01.27.2020

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. This is a highly competitive program.

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MSAB Arts Learning Grant

Deadline: 02.07.20

Arts Learning is a program that offers funding for projects that help lifelong learners acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage learners with skilled teaching artists and high quality artistic experiences. Applicants can apply for grants ranging from $5,000 – $100,000 and must provide a 10% match.

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Springboard’s Hinge Arts Residency

Deadline: 03.02.20

Springboard’s Hinge Arts Residency program in Fergus Falls is now welcoming applications for residencies taking place from July to December 2020. Three tracks are available for artists to apply for: Career Development – for artists who want to work on their own self driven projects. Homecoming – a funded, project-based residency for artists who grew up in West Central Minnesota who are interested in reconnecting with their home region. Hannah Kempfer Residency – a funded, project-based residency for female-identifying artists that honors the women’s suffrage centennial.

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MSAB Artist Initiative Grant

Deadline: 04.24.20

The Artist Initiative grant program supports and assists professional Minnesota artists at various stages of their careers through encouraging artistic development, helping artists gain visibility with audiences, and strengthening career and professional skills. Grants of $2,000 – $10,000 are available. Grantwriting workshops will be offered statewide in February & March.

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113 Call for Scores

Deadline: 04.30.20

113 Composer Collective is accepting scores for the 2020-21 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. They are accepting scores in five categories.

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2020 Minnesota Composers New Works Competition (Youth)

Deadline: 06.11.20

The Minnesota Sinfonia, a professional chamber orchestra, will award $500  to the selected composer under the age of 19 before June 1, 2020. The submitted work must be a new, unpublished composition that has not been performed by a professional orchestra. Composers must be native born or current residents of the state of Minnesota. The work should be between five and eight minutes long (1- 2 movements).

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2020 Minnesota Composers New Works Competition (Adult)

Deadline: 08.15.20

Four adult composers will be chosen to receive the awards. Winning composers will receive between $2,500 and $6,000, with amounts determined by the Sinfonia. The submitted work must be a new, unpublished composition that has not been performed by a professional orchestra. Composers must be native born or current residents of the state of Minnesota. The work should be between five and eight minutes long (1- 2 movements).

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