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 BAME Opera Development Opportunity
Summary:Opera opportunity
Deadline: 23 October 2017
Date Posted: 11 October 2017
Details: Created in partnership by Curve (Leicester), Gem Arts, The Lyric Hammersmith, Opera North and the Royal Opera House, this opportunity is aimed specifically at BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) theatre-makers, music-makers and writers who are interested in collaborating to create new works and explore new possibilities in opera.

We will select three projects for a development commission and will fully support those artists as they develop their work. Full details are attached, but the only essential criteria are:

- the project must involve one or more collaborators

- the lead artist for your project must be based in the UK

The closing date for expressions of interest is Monday 23rd October. If you have any questions please contact Anwar Ibrahim (

 Martin Read Foundation
Summary:Young Composers’ Commission
Deadline: 31 December 2017
Date Posted: 11 October 2017
Details: Martin Read Foundation invites composers aged between 14 and 19 to take part in an annual Call for Works.

Selected composers will be commissioned to write a new piece for workshop and performance by our ensemble in residence at the annual MRF Festival of Contemporary Music.

MRF also makes financial awards to support young composers’ development through tuition by our associated composers, performance and recording opportunities.

You will need to submit
• 2 contrasting compositions
• A short covering letter telling us a bit about you, your aspirations and your compositional experience so far, and including your contact details.

Applications are to be submitted by Sun 31st December 2017 (see details below)

More information:

Summary:Mentorship and new work programme
Deadline: 27 October 2017
Date Posted: 27 September 2017
Details: 2017-18 Call for Scores! Deadline: Oct 27, 2017

How to Participate:
1. Register for the Call for Scores program by calling the 212 501 3360. There is a $40 registration fee. If selected, there is a $560 tuition fee. (Full and partial scholarships are available to qualified students.)
2. Submit a score (and a recording if one is available, MIDI is acceptable) of one original composition via email to Deadline: Oct 27, 2017. Accepted fellows will be notified by Nov 6, 2017.
Questions? Email

Kaufman Music Center has teamed up with acclaimed composers Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid, Reena Esmail, Kristin Kuster and and Tamar Muskal to launch the second year of Luna Composition Lab, a program intended to inspire girls and young women to compose. In it’s first year the program garnered attention from the New York Times, Musical America and other outlets, fostered the creation of three ambitious new works by our fellows, and culminated in a sold-out concert of their works at Brooklyn venue Roulette. Encouraged by this successful launch, Luna Lab has expanded to include five young composers and five mentors, and has expanded its scope to include promising young female composers from all over the country.

Female composers continue to make up the small minority of professional composers who are consistently performed, recorded and celebrated. We experience a lack of role models and a lack of encouragement to compose at an early age. To address this gender imbalance, Luna Composition Lab provides aspiring young female composers with:
• One-on-one mentorship and bimonthy lessons with an established female composer
• Performance opportunity in New York City as part of the Face the Music concert season
• High-quality recording of their work
• Instant access to a network of professional performers and composers as well as the chance to meet other aspiring young female composers.

• Ellen Reid
• Reena Esmail
• Kristin Kuster
• Tamar Muskal
• Gity Razaz

• New Amsterdam Records
• National Sawdust
• New York Philharmonic's Very Young Composers Program
• Contemporaneous Ensemble

Any composer eighth grade to rising college freshman who identifies as female or gender non-conforming. Composers who have already participated in Luna Lab are asked to wait a year before applying again.

1. Register for the Call for Scores program by calling the 212 501 3360. There is a $40 registration fee. If selected, there is a $560 tuition fee. (Full and partial scholarships are available to qualified students.)
2. Submit a score (and a recording if one is available, MIDI is acceptable) of one original composition via email to Accepted fellows will be notified by Nov 6, 2017.
Questions? Email

Luna Composition Lab members pay and participate in the same way as other Face the Music Composer-Performers. All students must participate in the Performance Program. Luna Lab members must rehearse and perform in one Face the Music piece other than their own.

$40 Registration Fee
$400 Performance Program Tuition
$160 Call for Scores! Application Fee
= $600 total

To apply for Financial Aid, call the Registrar's Office at 212 501 3364 or 212 501 3360

Luna Composition Lab is divided into three cycles within Face the Music's own season. Over the course of the three cycles, young female composers will create a new piece of music to be performed at a concert the end of the third cycle.

First Cycle | Exploration: November - December
The mentors and mentees will meet via Skype or another online platform every two weeks for 45 minutes. The work of this cycle centers around sonic exploration and education. Through early sketches, conversations, directed listening and score study, the composition teacher will guide the student in the early stages of exploring a new sonic landscape that will develop into a piece.

Second Cycle | Workshop: January - March
The mentor and mentee will continue their bi-monthly meetings that will shift the focus to more tangible results. In this cycle, the Luna Composition Lab participant will hear the sketches of her composition realized through a series of workshops with Face the Music ensembles. The workshops will help illuminate what areas of the new piece need work. The mentor will work with the young composer to move the piece toward a state of completion during this cycle.

Third Cycle | Refinement / Performance: April - June
At the beginning of this cycle, the Luna Composition Lab participant must have a first draft. The focus of this cycle will be toward refining the piece for the concert at the end of the term. The mentor will give directed feedback to coach the student toward the best possible end result. The Luna Composition Lab participant will be able to make two revisions before the final score is due. The third cycle will culminate in a concert where all Luna Composition Lab students will be able to hear their work realized at the highest level.

Luna Composition Lab is made possible with generous support from The Cheswatyr Foundation and additional support from The Witherspoon Fund


Summary:Multiple Opportunities
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 08 February 2017
Details: From Beethoven to Carter, forging relationships with composers and commissioning new music has been at the heart of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s work since 1813.

We believe that encouraging creativity is an essential part of live music making. Since 1813 our commissions have included masterworks such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and Dvorak’s 7th Symphony. Today we continue to thrill and challenge audiences with the new and have commissioned over 60 composers in the last 10 years.

Our current commissioning programme includes:

Chamber Music

An ongoing partnership with BBC Radio 3 has created a series of over 30 new chamber works for the outstanding talents of the BBC New Generation Artists.

RPS Composition Prizes

The RPS offers pportunities for emerging composers and composers age 18 and under to take part in workshops and to write for high profile professional performances, while the Elgar Bursary recognises that older composers may also benefit from support to write an orchestral work with a guaranteed performance and broadcast.

RPS Drummond Fund

Commissioning new music for dance.

RPS Bicentenary Commissions

Over 20 new commissions were at the heart of our Bicentenary celebrations in 2013, from major international figures to those just entering the profession. Read about our Bicentenary Commissions.

For more information:

 New Music Message Board
Summary:Opportunity to connect with performers
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: This is a new group dedicated to connecting composers of new works with performers of new music. Composers can post whatever they feel comfortable. Performers can search for the desired instrumentation with the search tool, and hopefully curate some performances. Please don't hesitate to post as many works as you would like.

The group is in the formative stages, and will hopefully grow from a Facebook group to a professional website and online community. So, please share the group with anyone who may be interested from anywhere in the world!!

 BBC Introducing
Summary:Showcase Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 12 April 2016
Details: Whether you’re a performer or composer writing music under any classical style BBC Introducing is a fantastic platform to get involved with. Introducing has been supporting unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar since 2007, giving new UK artists a chance to get their music out to new fans. To date the Uploader has had from over 150,000 artists and have seen many of them go on to achieve fantastic milestones in their career from recording a session at Maida Vale to headlining Glastonbury!With BBC Introducing the process is simple; you go to and share your music via the BBC Introducing Uploader. A team of presenters and producers here at Radio 3 will then listen to your music and choose a selection of the best compositions and performances to play on the station.From performing at a BBC showcase to being approached by other composers and writers, there are lots of opportunities that could you could send your music to us via the BBC Uploader and, in some cases, be played on the radio just hours later. If you’re an emerging musician and looking for new opportunities then head over to the for opportunities on Radio 3 and beyond.

 C4 Ensemble
Summary:Call for choral scores
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 18 September 2012
Details: The C4 ensemble invites composers to submit scores for chorus and electronics for possible future performances. More details can be obtained from the ensemble via the link listed above.