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.


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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Nautilus Composer-Librettist Studio

Deadline: 03.24.19

The Nautilus Composer-Librettist Studio is designed to provide an opportunity for five writers and five composers to work with five professional performers, exploring the possibilities and basic elements of operatic music-theater. The studio focuses on the process of collaboration through a series of brief exploratory assignments for the writers and composers. The studio is an intensive two-week program with sessions scheduled primarily during afternoons, along with a few mornings and evenings. It will begin Saturday, May 18th and continue daily through Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, with two public readings on June 3rd and 4th. Each composer, writer, and performer will receive a $750 honorarium for participating in this program. Participants (60% of whom will be emerging artists) are chosen by a panel including program directors and selected past participants.

Submit your music to MNSpin

Deadline: 03.27.19

Minnesota musicians of all genres are invited to submit one recording, produced in the last five years, for consideration by March 27. MnSpin artists will sign a license agreement and receive $200. Currently, MnSpin, the streaming music service of Hennepin County Library, features over 1100 songs on more than 120 albums, covering 18 genres. Following this submission cycle, up to 100 more albums will be added later this year.

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.


Call for Scores

Deadline: 04.15.19

Dr. Benjamin Cold and Susan Miranda (The BS Project) seek pieces written for oboe and saxophone to be programmed on an upcoming recital series. This can include any combination of the two including oboe/English horn AND soprano/tenor/alto/baritone saxophone. Works accompanied by piano will be accepted, but duos will have priority. Works that have not been performed are preferred.

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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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Welcome Christmas Carol Contest

Deadline: 06.15.19

The American Composers Forum and VocalEssence seek newly written, original Christmas carols for SATB and violin. No arrangements or new settings of existing tunes will be accepted. Composition length may not exceed 4 minutes. Two winners will each receive $1000 cash prize and December 2019 premiere performances by VocalEssence.

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