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 Silenzio Musica Competition
Summary:Voice composition competition
Deadline: 24 July 2017
Date Posted: 03 April 2017
Details: The Cultural Association DGMA, is pleased to announce the 4th Edition of the Silenzio Musica Competition under the Patronage of: Commissione Europea, Regio- ne Emilia-Romagna, Provincia di Rimini, Comune di Riccione, EUA-UN European Union Association-UN, ASEM-UN Asia Europe NGOs Network, Rosini Gut- man Foundation.

The Silenzio Musica Competition theme of this year is the Lullaby, one of the most ancient musical expressions with a long history of countless outstanding works in music, as well as in poetry and visual art. Lullaby is a high didactic and social value – it is the first natural musical form by which the baby, is introduced to music and to the rhythm of life, as well as the first and fundamental instrument in human learning.

Composers of any nationality, with no age limit, may apply.
There is only one section, and the composers may choose from two instrumentations: Soprano solo / Soprano and piano.
Entries must include a score and an audio recording or a digital simulation.
The lyrics that will be set to music must be chosen from among those specifically proposed by DGMA and published on the site of the association. Composers may also receive them upon written request to DGMA administration office. The composition must be between 3’ (three minutes) and 7’ (seven minutes).


The first place winner will receive a scholarship of € 500,00 (five hundred Euros) and a work of art by an international artist.
The second Classified will receive a work of art by an international artist. The third Classified will receive a work of art by an international artist.
The classified compositions will be published by Ut Orpheus Edizioni, Bologna along with the poems proposed and their authors, and perfor- merd during the evening of the concert “Dal sogno alla rêverie” within the festival Musica d’Arte 2017.

The first three classifieds will be awarded with prizes, the scholarship and the certificates of merit at the award cere- mony on August 26, 2017, during the concert within the festival Musica d’Arte 2017. In case the winners will not be able to attend the award ceremony, the delivery of the scho- larships and prizes to the recipients of the awards, will be arranged by DGMA.


The deadline for sending the scores is Monday, July 24, 2017, (date as postmark or electronic sending date). Scores must arrive at DGMA by July 28, 2017.


The international Jury is formed by: Massimo Botter (com- poser), Uri Brener (composer and performer), Carlo Fiore (music critic), Delilah Gutman (composer and performer), Gaia Maffezzoli (composer). The Jury has the right to accord to other non classified compositions, special mentions and their performance during the award concert; it also has the right, as well, not to award prices. The decisions of the Jury are final. The classified Composers will be notified by telephone and e-mail, and published on web- site by August 20, 2017.


The anonymous envelope or electronic file must include:
a five copies of the proposed score clearly legible. Each copy must bear, in block letters or typed, with black ink, the title and the year of composition, a motto or pseu- donym (no reference that might allow the identification of the author is permitted), the duration of the work and a cd with the instrumental recording or a digital sound simulation of the work (.mp3 format).

b a sealed envelope bearing the same motto or pseudonym chosen for the score, the envelope must contain:
– the herewith enclosed detachable application form completed and signed in all its parts.

– the entrant’s name surname, date and place of birth, photocopy of an identity card or equivalent;
– the title of the submitted composition and date of the composition along with a signed declaration stating that the composition is unpublished and original;

– composer presentation and explicatory notes;
– instrumentation and duration;
– postal address, telephone number (fax, if any) and e-mail address;
– a copy of the entry fee payment receipt.

The envelope or the electronic file must be sent to:

Associazione Culturale DGMA c/o Delilah Gutman
Via Ippolito Nievo 11
47838 Riccione (RN) – Italia
or e-mail address:


The entry fee is € 50,00 (fifty). For Composers who are still students at Music Academies, Conservatory or University - and for each second and third work - the entry fee is 25€ (twenty five). Payment of the fee:

Associazione Culturale DGMA
Banca Carim, Viale Dante - Riccione (Rn): Bank transfer from Italy
IBAN: N 06285 24120 CC0208000370

Bank transfer from abroad
IBAN: IT85 N062 8524 120C C020 8000 370


The submitted Composition must be original, unpublished and never been performed in a public concert. Each Composer may submit from one to a maximum of 3 works. Each additional composition shall be enrolled separately and sent in separate envelope. The cover of the score must bear the title of the composition and the motto or pseudonym. The score must be clearly photocopied in black & white, writ- ten with black ink, or printed out from a computer (with an appropriate notation software). The applicant must keep the original copy of the submitted work and forward five copies of it to DGMA. The materials submitted will not be returned. The entry fee will not be reimbursed. Exception is made in case the Competition 2017 will be suspended by an official communication of DGMA. The registration to Silenzio Musica Competition implies full acceptance of the regulations. Any claim must refer to the text in Italian. Pla- ce of jurisdiction is Foro of Rimini - Italia.


By participating in Silenzio Musica Competition the se- lected composers cede the following rights free of charges to DGMA: the performance rights for the world premiere of the winning work within the music festival Musica d’Arte 2017; the rights to broadcast all the performances of the win- ning works by television or radio or any other means, including broadcasts on the Internet, cable networks, satellite, terrestrial or other broadcasting means, live or prerecorded, in Italy or abroad; the right to record, reproduce and arrange for the reproduction of all performances of the Festival on record cd, cd-dom/cdi, dvd or any other existing or future medium.


Associazione Culturale DGMA c/o Delilah Gutman
Via Ippolito Nievo 11
47838 Riccione (RN) – Italia Sede Legale:

Via Monte Titano 8
47900 Rimini – Italia
tel. +39 347 7717575 / + 39 345 0310255

 Opera Hub
Summary:Aria Contest
Deadline: 01 May 2017
Date Posted: 01 March 2017
Details: TRUNK SHOW!
A Fashionable Fantasia of Women on the World Stage

Aria Contest Announcement

OperaHub announces a contest for newly-composed arias for powerful female characters in virtuosic female voices.

One $1000 Grand Prize
Seven $200 Runners Up
All winners will have their aria performed as part of OperaHub’s TRUNK SHOW! fantasy/pastiche/singspiel.

TRUNK SHOW! will be a semi-devised lyric-theatrical fantasy pastiche inspired by the great divas of the ages, the economic significance of their extravagant wardrobes, and their extraordinary contributions to the social and economic emancipation of women. The script, which is in the early stages of development, will position 8-10 historic diva characters in conversation with each other. Each of these characters will sing one aria from that singer’s historic repertoire as well as one new aria featuring a woman character in a position of power or prestige.

▪ Arias that are a marriage of classical vocal technique and structure with modern musical style and dramatic sensibilities, 2-6 minutes in duration.
▪ Each aria should be for a female character who is a recent, current or future woman of great social, economic, or political power or prestige. If you are not sure what this means, we have a non-comprehensive list of suggestions.
▪ The aria should present her in a situation that is primarily fueled by something other than romantic intrigue although that may play a part.

Arias will be evaluated on the strength of their:
• choice of subject matter
• emotional expressiveness
• active, character-driven text
• vocal writing that is grounded in the virtuosic use of the human voice developed through the classical, bel canto, and Romantic vocal literature.
• dramatic arc
• beauty and lyricism
• compositional sophistication

We will also be taking into account the voice type distribution among our performing ensemble when choosing final selections. Our ensemble will likely include voices from the following types: light lyric coloratura soprano, full lyric coloratura soprano, lyric soprano, young zwichenfach, lyric mezzo, coloratura mezzo, dramatic mezzo, contralto

• We encourage composers of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientation, ages, career status to apply; this is a blind application process and the only information we will use to identify applicants during the evaluation process is their phone number.
• A composer may submit multiple entries but we reserve the right to limit the number of winning entries for any single composer.
• Payment of prize money will be contingent upon winners entering into a rights agreement with OperaHub to cover the use of the composer’s aria in the TRUNK SHOW! stage production.
• Contest is open to United States Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

Notes (updated 29 November, 2016):
• The historical divas we will be portraying created roles for composers such as Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Wagner, Debussy, Massenet, and Verdi and successful arias will make a strong impression in relation to the music of these composers.
• Arias may be dramatic or comic.
• Arias may or may not subvert conventional vocal/character types.
• The character need not be the protagonist of the larger “story” if the composer is thinking of the aria in the context of a larger work.
• The aria can either exist on its own or be part of/grow into a part of a larger work that is its own opus.
• The new arias will generally be used in our show as new showpieces for our historic diva characters, so we are not looking to integrate them fluidly into the show in the same way they would be in a strictly linear-narrative opera. We won't be trying to tie all of them together in one linear story line other than the meta story line of the trajectory of women's place and roles in opera.
• The text of the aria can be in English or a foreign language, but keep in mind that we are looking to perform these arias with a specific ensemble. Each singer in that ensemble will definitely be capable of performing the major singing languages: Italian, German, and French, as well as English. Certain singers will also have experience singing in Spanish, Russian, Czech, and Yiddish. We may have singers who have experience in additional languages or be able to find coaches for them, but these are not guaranteed.
• While we do not wish to prescribe a list of characters, in response to questions from composers we have created a list of suggested subjects.
• Questions should be addressed to

Submitting your application:
• Section 1: Fill out your contact information on the google form linked here:

• Section 2: Submissions should be emailed to should be formatted as either one (preferred) or two PDF documents.
◦ 2A: Information Sheet
▪ Ten-Digit Telephone number
▪ Aria Title
▪ Character Name and Description
▪ Summary of the character’s situation or dilemma
▪ Text of aria (and English translation, if applicable)
2B: Aria sheet music

Submission Deadline:
May 1, 2017

 5th Competition for Young Composers Dedicated to Gian Carlo Menotti
Summary:Songwriting Competition
Deadline: 30 April 2017
Date Posted: 07 December 2016
Details: The 5th Competition for Young Composers dedicated to Gian Carlo Menotti is a collaboration between the Fondazione Monini and Incontri Musicali to honor the musician, composer, director, and librettist’s passion in helping young and emerging artists. This year’s composition is a song cycle for soprano and piano in Italian, English, German, French or Spanish. The winner will receive €5,000 and will be recognized at the 2017 Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The work will then be performed at Incontri Musicali 2017, also in Spoleto.

1) The competition is open to composers of any nationality, who will be no more than 30 years old by the date of April 30, 2017.
2) Only one composition by each composer will be accepted.
3) The work presented must be 15 to 20 minutes long.
4) The composition is to be conceived as a song cycle for soprano and piano. 5) The text of the songs must be either in English, Italian, French, Spanish or German. 6) The composition must have not already been published.
7) The material must be sent to the Monini Foundation by April 30, 2017.

The winner will be invited both to the award presentation and the performance of his/herwork. The foundation will take care of hospitality in Spoleto, while travel expenses will have to be covered by the winner.

1) The winner will receive a prize of 5.000 euros.
2) The prize will be awarded in July, during the 2017
Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto.
3) The winning work will be performed during the
Incontri Musicali chamber music festival held in
Spoleto midsummer 2017.
4) The decision of the jury will be final.

1) Send 3 copies of the score of the work with name, address and anything else that will identify you as the composer.
2) The material must be sent to the following address:
c/o FONDAZIONE MONINI, Via dell’Arringo 06049 Spoleto (PG) Italy

Summary:Song Writing
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 27 August 2015
Details: How can I enter?

It’s easy! You can enter online at any of these sponsoring sites: Broadjam or on the DSA website or download an entry form here and print out, and mail your entries to:

Dallas Songwriters Association (DSA)
2011 Song Contest Director
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard #20
Dallas, TX 75219

How much is the entry fee?

$25 each entry. Please note EACH entry must have an accompanying form sheet. If you are a member of DSA or plan to join, you can get a $5 discount off your membership or renewal for each song contest entry. To join DSA or renew your membership, go to We’d love to have you as a member!

Who owns the songs I enter?

You do! You retain all rights.

What has to be on the lyric sheet?

The song Title and Category appear at the top of the sheet. Your lyrics, marked with “Verse” “Chorus” etc., follow the Title. For a sample, click here. Do not write your name on the lyric sheet or on the outside of the CD case -- simply fold your lyric sheet white-side out (so that the back side shows) and legibly write the song Title and Category on the back of the lyric sheet, and place it inside the CD case so that the song Title and Category show through the CD case.

If I don’t write my name on my lyric sheet, how do you know which one is mine?

Song Contest staff keeps track of which name goes with which song – all names are withheld from the judges so that the judges can select the winners with the highest level of fairness possible. Once the judges select the semifinalists and winners, the song contest staff reveals the names of the winning artists.
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