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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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Sprig of That Commissions

Deadline: 12.07.19

Sprig of That will commission eight music creators from across the Minneapolis – St. Paul music community to write pieces of three minutes or less for Indian tabla drums, guitar, and violin, and optional vocals. Sprig of That will select composers who write in a variety of styles, and will then perform all eight pieces at seven concerts, one in each of the seven counties in the Twin Cities Metro area, during March-May 2020. Through this project, Sprig of That hopes to enrich the Twin Cities music community for composers, musicians and audiences.

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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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