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.


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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Mary Bussman Emerging Female Composer Contest

Deadline: 05.01.19

“The Twin Cities Women’s Choir is pleased to announce a choral competition for an emerging female composer in continuation of our mission to affirm the voices of women. Emerging female composers are eligible and encouraged to submit their works for consideration. Emerging is defined as someone who is not well known as a choral composer on the national level. The composition should be suitable for our annual Illuminations Concerts, which reflect upon darkness and the return of light to our lives—literally and metaphorically.”

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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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Deadline: 06.01.19

Three selected composers who will represent diverse periods of an artistic life will have an opportunity to work with the ensemble over 13 months, culminating in a performance in Chicago during Fall 2020 as part of the AACM’s 55th anniversary season. Selected composers will meet with industry leaders, new music professionals, and network with other composers and performers to create even more opportunities. Each composer will receive a $7,500 commission to write a piece for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians™ (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble, which will be work-shopped and performed by the ensemble in the Fall of 2020. Selected composers must be available in September 3 – 8, 2019 (Tuesday, September 3 & Sunday, September 8, 2019 are travel days) for introductory meetings to start working with AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble and in Fall 2020 (Specific dates for Fall 2020 TBD) for workshops, rehearsals, and premiere performance.

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