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 The Rivers School Conservatory
Summary:Commission Opportunity for High School Composers
Deadline: 15 January 2020
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: 1st Annual Young Composers Commission Award
for The Rivers School Conservatory
Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

The Rivers School Conservatory seeks a talented high school-age composer to create a 6-8 minute work for four-hand piano.

15 January 2020

Date Posted:
29 August 2019

The Opportunity –
The Rivers School Conservatory invites high school-aged composers to compete for a chance to create a commissioned 6-8 minute work for four-hand piano to be performed at The Rivers School Conservatory Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young in April of 2021. The winning composer will earn a commission fee of $1,000 and have the chance to collaborate with impressive young musicians and faculty including internationally-acclaimed composer, Dr. Stephen Halloran. Dr. Halloran’s honors include the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, multiple ASCAP grants, the Renee B. Fisher Award for his piece, “The Galilee Hitchhiker” for piano, and the Princess Grace Award for the film score for “Poet.”

The Timeline -
● January 15, 2020: Applications Due to The Rivers School Conservatory
● Early April, 2020: Award Notification
● October 15, 2020: Composition Completion Date
● Late February, 2021: Workshop with Faculty and Performers
● Early April, 2021: Premiere Performance and Live Recording Published

The Criteria -
Applicants must be:
● At least 14 years of age
● A citizen or permanent resident of the United States
● Currently enrolled at an accredited high school (or home-schooling program)

The Application –
We invite young composers to submit the following required application materials to Dr. Stephen Halloran at
● Artistic résumé
● Letter of recommendation from a teacher, music or otherwise, including band or chorus conductors
● Short essay (200 - 400 words) describing your musical interests
● PDF scores of two contrasting works for any instrumentation, with at least one featuring a substantial role for the piano
● Recordings of your two works as MIDI files or live recordings (5 GB max.)
● Entry fee of $35.00 mailed as a check to The Rivers School Conservatory at: The Rivers School Conservatory, 333 Winter Street, Weston, MA 02493
The determination for artistic merit will be judged solely on the written score. Works with electronics will not be considered. The commissioned composition cannot be premiered prior to this event.
Entry Fee:$35
Web Site:www.riversschoolconservatory.o...

 Composer / songwriter collaborator, Ladybirds the musical
Summary:Composer required (unpaid)
Deadline: 31 October 2019
Date Posted: 17 October 2019
Details: Closes: 31st October 2019
Location: West Midlands
Type: Part time (volunteer)
Salary: Unpaid

Contact: Karen


Set in Birmingham, Ladybirds is a powerful and uplifting musical about female friendship, identity and creative expression.

A Midlands based composer / songwriter is needed to collaborate with the book writer of Ladybirds, to create a fierce score which should draw on rock / pop influences.

The right collaborator, will need to embrace feminism and be interested in the musical’s other themes which include LGBTQ+ rights, gender, domestic abuse and modern masculinity.

An understanding of musical theatre would be useful but is not essential.

The book and some initial lyrics have been developed with support and mentoring from a variety of theatre industry professionals and a producer is on board ready to workshop and showcase the piece.

As this is a collaboration opportunity, there is no fee or expenses available although once a partnership has been established, a Collaboration Agreement will be drawn up to agree how rights, fees and royalties will be divided between the writer and the composer.

If you are interested, please send an introductory email with some links to your music to Karen at

 Mizzou International Composers Festival Application
Summary:Composing opportunity
Deadline: 15 November 2019
Date Posted: 26 September 2019
Details: Festival Application Submission Guidelines
Complete the online application process here:
• Under the Program Groups tab, select 2020 Mizzou International Composers Festival
• Under the Program tab, select Online Application

Follow the Online Application Guidelines:
• Pay the $22.00 application fee.
• Upload three scores of original works with contrasting instrumentation. One score must be written for chamber orchestra or large ensemble. If you have a piece scored for Alarm Will Sound’s instrumentation, listed below, please include that work as one of the three submitted scores.
• Label all scores with your name and contact information.
• Upload recordings of the same works. Live recordings preferred but MIDI recordings are accepted.
• Upload a Resume (two page maximum)

Applications are due by November 15, 2019.

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is excited to announce the Tenth Annual Mizzou International Composers Festival, July 27 – August 1, 2020 on the campus of the University of Missouri. Activities for resident composers begin in the evening on July 24.

Eight composers from around the world will be selected through a portfolio application process to compose a work to be performed by the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble, Alarm Will Sound. Composers will take part in discussions and masterclasses with Chen Yi and David T. Little; take part in workshops with Alarm Will Sound and receive a professional live recording of the premiere performance of their work.

Composers selected as resident participants for the festival will be expected to compose a work for Alarm Will Sound’s complete instrumentation, see below, lasting up to 8 minutes in duration. Each selected resident composer must submit a finished preliminary score by April 21, 2020 for review by Alarm Will Sound, and professionally prepared scores (2) and parts of the final work are due by May 12, 2020. Due to rehearsal/technical demands we will not be able to program works that include electronics.

Festival tuition, room, and board for each selected composer will be provided through the generous contributions of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Selected composers will need to pay for transportation to and from Columbia, MO.

Application Deadline:
November 15, 2019

Alarm Will Sound's Instrumentation
• Flute/Piccolo
• Oboe/English horn
• E-flat Clarinet/B-flat Clarinet
• B-flat Clarinet/ Bass Clarinet
• Bassoon
• Horn
• Trumpet
• Trombone/Bass Trombone
• Percussion: Two players with standard multi-percussion, mallet percussion, and drumkit.
• Piano
• Violin 1
• Violin 2/Viola
• Viola
• Cello
• Double Bass

Entry Fee:$22.00

 KHN Center for the Arts
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: 01 March 2020
Date Posted: 31 July 2019
Details: KHN Center for the Arts awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8-week stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a private studio. Application deadlines are MARCH 1 and SEPTEMBER 1 annually.

The March 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following July – December. The September 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following January – June.

Upcoming Session Dates and Deadlines:

2020 Session 1: January 6 – June 19, 2020 (application deadline September 1, 2019)
2020 Session 2: July 6 – December 18, 2020 (application deadline March 1, 2020)

Kimmel Harding Nelson (KHN) Center for the Arts

Location: 801 Third Corso, Nebraska City, NE, USA
Contact: / 402-874-9600

How to Apply:


 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 18 January 2020
Date Posted: 17 April 2019
Details: Supporting the Arts Since 1954

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (HWF) is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational and charitable organization committed to supporting the arts.
Founded in 1954, the HWF manages one of the oldest artist residency programs in the USA. The Foundation’s mission is to “Support the artist and the creative process” and serves as a haven for visual artists, literary artists and music composers.

The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation is located on fifteen acres in the heart of Taos, New Mexico, a multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists.

Residency Application
To apply for an artist residency, submit an application form (below) along with the application fee and required work samples.

The annual deadline for applications is January 18th to be considered for a residence grant the following calendar year. Online applications must be received, and mailed applications must be postmarked, by January 18th. Grantees will be notified of their fellowship awards in June. For more info read the FAQs below.
Online applications received between now and 11:59PM MST, Jan. 18 2020 will be considered for residency grants in 2021. Supplemental work samples sent via mail must be postmarked by January 21st!

 Periapsis Music and Dance
Summary:Dance collaboration opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 March 2019
Details: Composer List: an ongoing opportunity for composers

Are you interested in seeing your music choreographed and/or developing new collaborations with dance artists? Choreographers are always searching for new music that speaks to them, and Periapsis Music and Dance is developing free resources to facilitate these collaborations:

The first such resource we’re creating is an uncurated list of composers interested in collaborating with dance, with links to the individuals’ websites. Choreographers from around the world will be able to peruse the list (also for free), visit your site, listen to your music, and get in touch if they’re interested. The list is organized by city, and you may enter up to two locations of residence.

To join the Composer List:

Create a free login on our login page.
Visit our Composer List page (also found under Information).
Click the “form” button on the right-hand column and fill out a quick Google form.
That’s it! We’ll verify your link and add you to the list within a few days, often sooner. Choreographers
searching for composers will then be able to easily find you.
The only requirement is that you be a composer with a website, and the site should have examples of your music and a way to contact you (or your representative)—if you have your own standalone site that’s great, but you can also use a SoundCloud page, New Music USA profile, etc. (Note: Please see the FAQ on our information page for some exceptions to this.) We will not post a link to an email address or to any site that appears to compromise the security of visitors.

Participating in no way obligates you to collaborate with anybody or offer your work for free if you don’t want to. It simply gives choreographers an easy way to find you and connect, knowing that you might be interested in hearing from them. Your stuff is already out there—this is just a tool to get you more traffic and more listeners, potentially including some people who would want to set your existing music or collaborate on a new project.

Also, this is not a competition. Aside from making sure the links aren’t spam or otherwise illegitimate, we don’t filter, and composers of all genres are welcome to participate. If you would like to be removed from the list at any point, or need to change your link, just send us a message at (We will also check the list periodically to remove broken links.)

We’re also developing other informational resources for artists working at the intersection of dance and music, with pages for choreographers about working with music and musicians, and for composers about working with dance. So please check in with us over the coming months, and thanks for participating!

More info:

 The Space City New Music Festival
Summary:New Music Festival Composing and Networking Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 June 2018
Details: The Space City New Music Festival (SCNMF) is a one-of-a-kind summer festival in Texas housed in the heart of downtown Houston near the Theater District at the new arts facility: Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

SCNMF is a week-long summer festival that brings composers, performers, conductors, and teachers together to collaborate on newly composed works, study contemporary music, build lifelong relationships, and present 3 to 4 concerts for the community of Houston.

The 2018 Space City New Music Festival will be working and collaborating with:

- Guest Composer: Marcus K. Maroney
- Guest Artist: Crystal Chu (solo percussion)
- Guest Chamber Ensemble: 3G Percussion

Festival participants will have the opportunities to:
- Collaborate, promote, and perform newly composed works with guest artists
- Attend masterclasses and full-length concerts showcasing our guest composer, artist, and chamber ensemble
- Take composition lessons with guest composer, Marcus K. Maroney
- Perform for the community of Houston
- Each piece is guaranteed at least one performance by one of our guest artists.

Categories & required materials
I. Composer
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 representative scores for any combination of instruments with a LIVE Recording/MIDI (preferably scored from 1-6 performers)
- A list of works
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

II. Performers
- Completed 2018 Application
- up to 3 recordings (audio and/or video) of you performing in contrasting styles
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

III. Conductors
- Completed 2018 Application
- Up to 2 videos (around 15 minutes total) of you conducting chamber and/or large ensembles (preferably contemporary music)
- A repertoire list
- A resumé OR CV
- (Optional) Up to 1 Letter of Recommendation
- (Optional) any other documents you want to share

IV. Auditors
- Completed 2018 Application
- A brief resumé

Web Site:www.spacecityperformingarts.or...