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 Art Song Collaborative Project
Summary:Songwriting competition
Deadline: 30 October 2017
Date Posted: 05 October 2017
Details: Third annual call for scores for The Art Song Collaborative Project:
This year our Collaborative Music Drama “Coming Home” will explore the emotions and conflicts of people fleeing the home they’ve known their whole lives in search of new beginnings. We are looking for composers from around the world who will collaborate with Canadian artists to write a New Music Drama through Art Song.

For this year’s collaborative project we are looking for three composers who will join 12 Canadian composers and will write one Art Song exploring the ideas mentioned above. The Art Songs must be written for any combination of:

Mezzo Soprano



The Premiere of the New Music Drama “Coming Home” will be on July 2018 (date TBD) in Toronto, ON, with a second performance in London, ON.

To Apply send the following information to
A short bio (PDF)
A CV with list of compositions (PDF)
2 or 3 score examples (PDF) with recording (mp3, mp4, aiff, or link to Youtube, or Soundcloud). At least one example should be for voice.
A small proposal of what you would like to write for the music drama “Coming Home” if you were selected (instrumentation included)

Due date is: October 30th, 2017.
The composers will be notified by November 15th, 2017.

Any questions please email:

 2017 Hymn-tune Composing Competition
Summary:Hymn writing competition
Deadline: 11 December 2017
Date Posted: 05 October 2017
Details: Multitude of Voyces invites submissions for its inaugural hymn-tune composing competition.

Multitude of Voyces exists to support Inclusive Community through music with underrepresented, underutilised, vulnerable or marginalised communities. This competition is part of a project which aims to raise the profile of and provide new opportunities for women composers, writers and performers involved in Anglican worship.

The competition is open to those who identify as women composers (hereafter known as women composers) of any nationality and age. The hymn-tune should be written for SATB voices with organ/piano accompaniment and should be suitable for an SATB congregation to sing without rehearsal. The tune should be suitable to be sung to the words Sing a New Church by Sister Delores Dufner OSB.
There is no entry fee.

There will be one prizewinner whose hymn-tune will be sung to the given words at the International Women’s Day Service at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury, on Thursday 8 March, 2018.

The Jury will consist of the Director of Multitude of Voyces Louise Stewart, the musical director of the International Women’s Day service, Olivia Sparkhall, and a senior female church musician.

The deadline for receipt of entries is Monday 11 December 2017. The results of the competition will be announced on the Multitude of Voyces website on 31 December 2017, once the winner has been contacted by email.

 Carol Composition Competition
Summary:Carol competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 05 October 2017
Details: The search is on to find a Hungerford Carol! The competition is being organised by Tim Crouter (Hungerford Town band), Chris Buck (church organist) and Iris Lloyd (whose idea it was).

The composition may be the work of one or more collaborators who should live, work or go to school within a 10-mile radius of Hungerford.

The carol should have a Nativity theme and take no longer than 3 minutes to perform. Both words and melody are required. Copyright will remain with the composer(s).

How to Enter

There are three age groups:

1. Up to 11 years of age (free entry)
2. 12-17 years of age (free entry)
3. Adult (£5 entry)

Entry forms may be downloaded by clicking here or obtained from, and any enquiries directed to, any of the following:

Tim Crouter, 3 York Road, 07776 381510
Chris Buck, 17 Sanden Close, 01488 683396
Iris Lloyd, 13 Bridge Street, 01488 686372
or the Vicarage, Parsonage Lane

Closing date: Wednesday 1st November 2017.

It is a condition of taking part in the competition that all entrants give permission for their entries to be performed free of charge during the Christmas 2017 season as the judges see fit, e.g. at church services, at concerts, in the open air, etc.

Timed Auditions – Saturday 11th November

Timed Auditions will be held at 2.30pm on Saturday 11th November in St. Lawrence’s Church before the panel of judges. Anyone may attend the Auditions as part of the audience but will not have any input in choosing the winner.

Light refreshments will be available for the duration of the Auditions.

If any competitor is known to a judge, that judge will declare their interest and use his or her discretion whether or not to withdraw from the judging panel. As this is a local competition, it is recognised that some of the entrants may be known to everyone on the panel.

It will be the carol that is judged and not the performance.

When all entries have been performed, the judges will retire to agree on their decision, after which the winner will be announced and a small prize awarded. The winning entries will be given full publicity.

Any funds remaining after expenses have been paid will be donated to the church in payment of the lighting and heating used during auditions.

We very much look forward to being inundated by your entries!

 Young Composer Platform
Summary:Songwriting Competition
Deadline: 01 November 2017
Date Posted: 27 September 2017
Details: The English Song Weekend offers young composers an outstanding opportunity to hear their music performed in the context of this major festival of English Song, and to work on their composition with one of the country’s leading composers, Judith Bingham.

Applicants for participation in the Platform should be born after 1st January 1995.

You are asked to submit a representative example of your work for consideration by Martin Bussey on behalf of Ludlow Song. This will ideally include setting of a text in English for a single voice or solo voices, but this is not essential.

Scores should be submitted as a pdf. An accompanying recording is desirable but not essential. This will ideally be sent as a midi file, but there is an address below to which a CD may a sent.

Three or four successful entrants will be invited to compose either a single setting of a text in English or a group of songs (maximum 3), with accompaniment for piano, although a reduction of an instrumental accompaniment which can be realised on the piano will be accepted. The texts may be any written originally in English.

These pieces will be rehearsed and considered during a private session with Judith Bingham on Friday 6th April 2018, followed by a public workshop. They will then be performed by students from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in a showcase session later in the weekend as well.

Those composers selected for the workshop will be eligible for free entrance to concerts at the festival, given home accommodation, and also have their travel expenses paid plus a small amount for subsistence.

‘My experience at the Ludlow English Song Festival was very special and unique. From travel costs to accommodation and food, the festival organisers covered it all. They made me feel so welcome and supported throughout the weekend that I felt right at home. It is a weekend I will never forget – working with Tarik O’Regan was immensely educational and I made several good friends that I plan to stay in contact with in the future.’
Georgia Johnston, composition student from the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Scores (and accompanying recordings, as midi files where possible) must be received electronically by 1st November 2017, together with a completed entry form. They should be sent to:

1st November 2017: representative examples of music already composed submitted (details on the entry form)
1st December 2017: successful entrants notified and final details of the brief given
1st February 2018: songs completed and sent in to enable performers reasonable rehearsal time
Information for applicants:
Please include your name, address with postcode, email, telephone number and date of birth. Please also let us know the name of your Conservatoire or University if applicable and the title of your work.

Scores and accompanying recordings, as midi files where possible should be sent to:

Any CD recordings should be sent to:

Ludlow Song Young Composer Platform
The Chapel
Worthenbury Road
SY14 7BF

Closing date 1st November 2017. The panel’s decision is final.

Summary:Songwriting Competition
Deadline: 15 November 2017
Date Posted: 17 August 2017
Details: Are you ready to get your songs heard and reviewed by experienced music-industry pros? Are you looking for opportunities to win prizes, gain recognition and promote your songs with publishers, producers and music media?

The Great American Song Contest™ is uniquely designed to offer these very opportunities — and benefit every songwriter, lyricist and composer who participates.

Why enter the 2017 Great American Song Contest?
Opportunities to win prestigious songwriting awards and $10,000 in Prizes
Opportunities to get your songs heard and evaluated by top music-industry professionals
Opportunities to advance your songwriting, promote your songs and open doors in the music business

Prizes & Benefits
ALL entries receive a thorough review from qualified music-industry professionals
ALL submissions receive a written evaluation from contest judges
ALL entrants receive an entry confirmation & Judging schedule so you can track the evaluation process

 Announcing the 3rd Calliope’s Call Art Song and Vocal Chamber Music Call for Scores
Summary:Songwriting call
Deadline: 15 December 2017
Date Posted: 27 July 2017
Details: Founded in 2014, Calliope’s Call is an innovative art song performance group that concertizes around the United States. Our artists are professional emerging and established singers and instrumentalists who are dedicated to the performance of vocal chamber music and classical art song. Calliope’s Call creates unique and dynamic programs of works by traditional composers as well as living composers of contemporary music to share the entire spectrum of the art song repertoire with audiences.

Composers whose work is selected will receive:
• At least 2 performances of the winning work(s) during the Calliope’s Call concerts in Boston, MA in April 2018
• A professional audio recording of one of the performances
• Advertising on our social media outlets, Calliope’s Call website, and in our newsletter

- The program for the spring concerts is Cross Connections: Tom Cipullo and features music dedicated to the works and career of celebrated American art song composer, Tom Cipullo. To complement this program—which has been curated to feature works by Cipullo as well as works that have influenced him in his career as a composer of art song—Calliope’s Call is holding a Call for Scores for works that set poetry by Emily Dickinson and/or Walt Whitman, two of Cipullo’s most influential poets. Submitted works must set music to poetry by Emily Dickinson and/or Walt Whitman and will be featured as part of the Cipullo program.
- Submitted works must be for any combination of soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, and piano, and can be written for solo voice, duet, or trio. Works that feature other instruments besides piano cannot be considered at this time.
- Works for duo or trio will be given priority and applicants are encouraged to submit works for more than one voice if possible.
- Works may be a cappella or with piano.
- Works must be between 5 and 8 minutes in duration. Longer works may be submitted as long as there is a possibility to excerpt portions or movements of the piece.
- Please only submit original art songs; excerpts of operatic works will not be considered.
- Submissions from any composer, regardless of gender, age, or citizenship, are welcome.
- Compositions may not require electronics of any kind. Our venues are not able to support electronic set-ups;
- Limit 1 work per $20 application fee. Applicants may submit up to 3 applications.

Each composer must submit:
o A legible score and parts of professional quality;
o An application form to include the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address; a 250-word (maximum) biography; a high-resolution head-shot photograph; and a 200-word (maximum) summary of the work to be used as a program note;
o A digital recording of the work. MIDI realizations are acceptable;
o A $20 application fee via PayPal.

All materials will be submitted online.

Instructions for Submitting Materials:
– All materials (Application form, Score, Recordings, Biography, Paragraph about the work) should be uploaded to the Calliope’s Call website at:
- All uploaded documents, scores, and recordings must be labeled in the following manner:
Last name_First name_Title (i.e. Doe_Jane_Biography)
- Multi-movement works may be submitted as different tracks, with the following titles:
Last name_First name_Title_Movement (i.e. Doe_Jane_ArtSong_1)
- Please only submit files and Paypal payments once: if you experience a problem with your submission, please contact Clare Longendyke with your questions.
- All materials (Application form, Score, Recordings, Biography, Paragraph about the work) should be uploaded to Calliope’s Call (below)

All materials must be received by December 15, 2017 and applicants will be notified by e-mail no later than February 1, 2018.
For further information or questions, please email


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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