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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Forecast Public Arts Grants

Deadline: 10.16.19

Forecast Public Arts fosters dynamic, inclusive and resilient communities through public art, community-engaged design and transformative placemaking. Apply for Mid-Career Project Grant, Mid-Career Professional Development Grant, Early-Career Artist Project Grant, or Early-Career Artist Research & Development Grant. Performing musicians and composers are eligible to apply.


MRAC Arts Learning Grant

Deadline: 11.04.19

The Arts Learning grant program provides grants of up to $10,000 for arts learning activities in any arts discipline to communities within the seven-county metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties. Grant requests must outline specific activities that may include related costs for artists and personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses necessary to carry out the project. This program is intended to serve as a catalyst for innovative projects in which organizations provide opportunities for Minnesotans of all ages and experiences over an extended period of time to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding of the arts. The arts learning opportunities can be single-discipline or multidisciplinary arts and can occur in a broad range of venues. The focus of these projects must be on the arts learner and not on a final presentation or community engagement.

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Able Artist Foundation Grants

Deadline: 11.11.19

Music Career Grant Program for Musicians with Disabilities. These $2000 grants are intended to support new, generative work to be completed in 2019/2020 by Twin Cities musicians.

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Minnesota Varsity Composer Program

Deadline: 12.02.19

With support from the American Composers Forum, teen composers age 14-18 in the Classical Minnesota Public Radio listening area are invited to create a new piece for SATB voices by setting either an original poem or one of the suggested texts. Five teens will be selected to workshop their pieces with nationally renowned composer Edie Hill and professional singers, and two finalists will have their pieces performed live on the radio in the Showcase Concert.

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2019-2020 GTCYS Call for Scores Competition

Deadline: 12.13.19

The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies invite all composers to submit orchestral scores suitable for musicians between the ages of 10 and 14 years. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and their work will be performed in the spring of 2020. Domestic travel expenses and lodging will be provided for the winning composer to attend the performance, pending composer availability.


MRAC Arts Project Support Grant

Deadline: 12.16.19

The Arts Project Support grant provides up to $10,000 in project funding for groups wishing to offer quality arts activities in any discipline to communities within the seven-county metro area: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington counties. Projects should benefit Minnesotans. Grant requests must outline specific arts projects that may include related costs for artists and other personnel, supplies, equipment rental, and other expenses needed to carry out the project.

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ACF NextNotes® High School Music Creator Awards

Deadline: 01.06.20

NextNotes is a national program designed to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music – in any style! To apply, students in grades 9-12 submit a single piece. Selected teens receive an all-expenses-paid opportunity to work with mentors, performance and recording of their music, $1,000 for continued growth, and more!

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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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