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 The Harry Freedman Recording Award
Summary:Call for Proposals
Deadline: 19 January 2018
Date Posted: 06 September 2017
Details: Deadline: January 19, 2018

About the Fund: The objective of the award is to offer a composer the resources to refine a work in order to generate a more definitive and satisfactory version for inclusion in a recording and future performances.

The Harry Freedman Fund was established by the Freedman family to commemorate the pioneering Canadian composer. The fund offers the Award every second year to a Canadian composer working in collaboration with one to six musicians, or a Canadian composer-performer. The award will contribute to the creative costs (rehearsal and editing of a piece), or the recording costs, associated with making audio recordings of Canadian composers’ music for a confirmed future commercial release—in any physical and/or digital format. The Harry Freedman Recording Award is valued at $3,000 Canadian.

Eligibility: A CMC Associate Composer in good standing is eligible to apply. Associate Composers over 65 who apply must be members (making a minimum $125 donation). CMC Associate Composers in good standing will have paid their $125 annual membership fee for 2018 prior to submission of their award application. Composers must apply in collaboration with a solo performer, a group of performers, or an ensemble of up to six performers. Proposals from composer-performers will also be considered.

The Fund accepts proposals that meet the following criteria:

1. The recording will be the first commercial release of the proposed work.
2. The proposed work has no more than six (6) performing parts, with or without electroacoustics.
3. The proposed work must be premiered prior to the release of the commercial recording.

Proposal Requirements: Proposals will be submitted through an online form, and should include the following:

1. Description: Describe the proposed recording project (3000 characters max)
2. Timeline: A brief outline of when the piece would be rehearsed, and the expected recording and release dates (2000 characters max)
3. Budget: Indicate how the $3,000 will be spent (2000 characters max)
4. Proof of Premiere (PDF): Documentation of a former performance, or an upcoming performance for the proposed work
5. Résumé or CV (PDF): Both the composer and performer(s) should submit résumés or CVs
6. Letter(s) of Agreement (PDF):
a. The composer and performer(s) sign a statement of intent that confirms their collaboration on the recording project and;
b. Where applicable, submit a short letter from a record label confirming a future release
7. Support Material:
a. A score of the proposed work (PDF)
b. An archival audio or video recording of the proposed work, preferably in performance or a demo recording from rehearsals (link to streaming audio/video), MIDI recordings will not be accepted
c. If the archival recording of the proposed work does not feature the performer(s) collaborating on the commercial recording, a separate recording of the collaborating performer(s) must be submitted to demonstrate their abilities (link to streaming audio)

*Streaming audio/video files should be hosted on Soundcloud, Youtube, Vimeo, Bandcamp, or another reliable streaming site. Files must remain available until March 2018.
** A proposal that does not include a score and recording of the proposed work will not be accepted
Proposals must be submitted electronically using the online form. Proposals must be received no later than 5pm PST on January 19, 2018. Submissions received past this date will not be considered. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ONLINE

Proposal Evaluation: Proposals will be evaluated on a competitive basis by a jury selected by the Canadian Music Centre. The Fund jury will be comprised of five members from the national music community who will offer their perspective on music composition, performance, and sound recording, among other topics.
Proposals will be assessed based on their artistic merit and the benefit to the respective careers of the affiliated composer and musician(s). The jury must also determine that an applicant will be able to carry out the project. Unsuccessful proposals will be encouraged to resubmit and, where possible, constructive feedback will be offered to encourage the realization of their recording.
The decision of the jury is final and there is no procedure for appeal.

Conditions: The successful applicant(s) will be announced and acknowledged at a public event to be held in Spring 2018 in Toronto, Ontario. The successful applicant(s) must guarantee that they and the performer(s) will be able to complete their selected project no later than April 2019.
The commercial recording must acknowledge the support of the Harry Freedman Recording Fund and the Canadian Music Centre in the liner notes.

Questions & Clarifications: Should you have any questions regarding the Fund and its Award, please contact the CMC Ontario Regional Office by e-mail at or by phone at 416-961-6601 x 207.

Representing Canada’s largest community of composers, the Canadian Music Centre has been connecting Canadians and sharing our stories, through music, for over half a century. The Centre provides access to an extensive collection of music and recordings (both digital and on-site) through five regional offices in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. We also provide music rental and publishing services for 24,000 works created by 850 Associate Composers since 1959.

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 2018 S&R Foundation Washington Award
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: 05 October 2017
Date Posted: 28 July 2017
Details: Are you an emerging artist looking to further your craft?

The Washington Award recognizes talented artists working in visual arts, music, and dance.

Why apply?

• Winners receive an unconditional cash prize of $5,000 to support their career development.

• An additional $5,000 may be awarded as a Grand Prize to an artist of outstanding ability.

• Award winners become part of the S&R Foundation network of artists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs.

• Award winners may be eligible for performances or exhibitions supported by S&R Foundation.

To learn more and to apply online visit:

***Applicants must not be enrolled part/full time in a degree granting program. International applicants are welcome to apply.

Summary:Young Composers' Award
Deadline: 01 October 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: In 1957 the very first Gaudeamus Award was awarded to a promising young composer, the 22-year-old Peter Schat. Since then professional juries have annually selected compositions, chosen from hundreds of submissions and nominated these works for the Gaudeamus Award. Only five composers younger than 30 years will be eligible for the Award. Winning the Gaudeamus Award is seen as an international recognition of a young composer and his work and an important springboard into their career.

The categories and ensembles for 2018 are announced! Registration for the Gaudeamus Award 2018 starts 1 August 2017. The deadline for registration is 1 October 2017. If you would like to apply for the Gaudeamus Award 2018, please read the setup and terms & conditions here below thoroughly.


Large ensemble: Asko|Schönberg | Insomnio | Ensemble Modelo62
Instruments: 1 flute (+ picc, alto, bass), 1 clarinet (+ bass), 1 oboe, 1 bassoon (no cbsn), 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 French horn, 1 tuba, 1 guitar (electric + acoustic), 1 percussionist, 1 piano (harmonium), 1 harp, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 doublebass. Maximum number of players is 16; minimum number of players is 6. Soloist is possible. Amplification and electronics are possible.


Electric ensemble: Ensemble Klang
Instrumentation to be selected from: 2 saxophones (all types), 1 trombone (tenor/alto), 1 piano (or keyboard), 1 percussion and 1 electric guitar (or electric bass guitar). Amplification and electronics are possible.
About Ensemble Klang: Its unique yet versatile instrumentation – saxophones, trombone, keyboards, percussion, guitar, electronics – generates the energetic drive and passion of a band.

Small vocal ensemble: Silbersee
From 1 to a maximum of 6 voices, to be selected from: soprano, mezzo, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass. Amplification and electronics are optional. Composers should be aware that there are no practical possibilities for staging: all selected works will be performed in concert form.
About Silbersee: Silbersee specializes in contemporary vocal music and innovative music theatre.

Harp solo (+electronics): Miriam Overlach
Instrumentation: harp solo. Electronics possible, also as a duo for harp and electronics. Theatrical elements appreciated.
Miriam Overlach is an unconventional harpist rooted in the classical tradition but specialized in contemporary music and the development of the newest musical ideas. She loves to work together with composers. Check and for more information.

Piano+electronics: Saskia Lankhoorn
Instrumentation: piano solo. Electronics possible.
Saskia Lankhoorn challenges young composers to write for the piano in two sonic ways.

Either an acoustic chamber work that deals with the possibilities of the instrument as it was designed for classical chamber music using keys and the natural sounds of the strings. Or by using extended techniques, electronics and/or pre-recorded piano material, exploring a larger sound world, making the piano sound larger than live, reflecting this time and reflecting on our perception of time.
Check for more information


Music installations or works for any other instrumentation, up to a maximum of 12 instrumentalists. Also solo works are possible. The use of video and / or (live-) electronics is encouraged

Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: 02 October 2017
Date Posted: 04 January 2017
Details: The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career.

The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

Music Creators’ projects must fulfill all three of our funding priorities:

1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
We are particularly interested in the quality of the music

2. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.

If you are a songwriter/composer you will need to tell us why this particular activity is so crucial to your creative or professional development.

If you are a solo performer or small performance group commissioning others, you will need to explain why your project is so important to the songwriter or performer you are working with.

We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds.

3. To inspire audiences
You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level

What is a music creator?

The following are considered by PRS for Music Foundation to be Music Creators:

composers, or
artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning other songwriters or composers
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on Music Creators we consider eligible and ineligible, including advice on restrictions around financial set-up.

The Open Fund supports Music Creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career.

Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects and therefore cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs.

Click here to see the full list of other PRS for Music Foundation opportunities for organisations and music creators.

How much can Music Creators apply for?

The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000.

Our funding includes support of:

• touring
• music creator residencies
• promotion and marketing
• commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
• exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
• recording
• live performances featuring new UK music

*We define ‘commission’ as a music creator or group engaged by a third party to create a new piece of music.

What can’t be covered by an Open Fund grant for Music Creators?

Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.

We cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs. We can fund administration costs relating to the project at a maximum of 10% of total budget.

See PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Fund Criteria for full details.

When are The Open Fund deadlines?

Deadlines occur three times per calendar year. (See link at bottom for more info).

When applying, keep in mind that we can only support activity happening after the decision date for your deadline – this will mean your activity must be at least 12 weeks after the deadline.

We will close the application forms for up to 12 weeks after each deadline for system upkeep.

We expect your project to take place within 1 year of receiving our grant.


 Andrew S. Way Music Foundation
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: The Andrew S. Way Music Foundation is committed to the composition, education, and performance of new music. The process by which this is achieved has two major components: first the grant selects composers to write new music (for a school or organization), then music educators apply for the opportunity to perform the music with their ensembles in live concert. When the two are matched, the foundation will also help facilitate and encourage communication between the composer, the educator, and the ensemble. Currently accepting all applicants from the Bay Area.

The Andrew S. Way Foundation welcomes composer and school/organization applicants from all walks of life and musical paths, and is dedicated to supporting all types of music.