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 MTNA Commissioning Mission
Summary:Commission award
Deadline: 01 September 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: The Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA) is pleased to invite composers who are living or working in the state of Georgia (or who have significant ties to the state of Georgia) to apply for the 2019-2020 GMTA Commissioned Composer Award.

More information about the award, including the guidelines and application, can be found here:

 Musiqa Emerging Composer Commission Program
Summary:Commission opportunity
Deadline: 15 August 2019
Date Posted: 17 July 2019
Details: Musiqa is accepting applications for the Emerging Composer Commission program for the 2019-20 season. The program identifies promising artistic talent and provides performance opportunities with an innovative, contemporary music chamber ensemble.

The selected composer will receive:
• A commission for a 4-7 minute work to be premiered at a Musiqa performance — January 31, 2020.
• $1,000 stipend.
• $200 travel stipend.
• A professional audio recording of the commission.
The composer will be expected to:
• Attend rehearsal(s) and the world premiere performance.
• Speak at a pre-concert discussion.

• Self-motivated with a strong interest in contemporary music.
• A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in music, preferably in music composition, completed within the past five years.
• Authorization to work in the United States.

Musiqa is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of its operations including its curatorial practices. The initial judging round of scores and music will be done blind.we will make every attempt to judge submissions blind. Judges will not have access to composer demographic information or resume during the submission review process.

The following submissions are required to be considered for the Emerging Composer Commission.

• Two (2) anonymized scores or excerpts (PDF format only) with accompanying recordings (MP3 format only),
each under 5 minutes in length (MIDI files accepted; audio recordings preferred.)
• Resume or CV (PDF format only).

Applications and submissions must be received by August 15, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Selection of the composer fellow will be announced no later than September 15, 2019.

Musiqa will not retain any submission materials after the commission(s) have been awarded. All submission materials will be destroyed and erased from our servers and those of our vendors.

 Pervasive Media Studio
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: 24 July 2019
Date Posted: 10 July 2019
Details: In partnership with MAYK, we’re delighted to announce an open call for our funded Winter Residencies programme. This year, we’re looking for three artists interested in technology and climate breakdown.

Art makes a massive difference to how people see and think about issues and ideas. As Neil Gaiman wrote in his book, Art Matters:

“It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that society is huge and the individual is less than nothing. But the truth is individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.”

So we’re inviting you to imagine. Global heating is causing weather-related disasters, rising sea levels, changes in food production, climate-related diseases and more. How does the climate crisis impact lives? What role can technology play? And what could the future look like?

Our Winter Residencies offer three artists from any discipline, career stage and background the opportunity to think, make and share ideas. We want to hear your ideas for artworks that are underpinned by stories or experiences of people, from anywhere in the world, affected by the climate crisis. Ideas could draw from historical, current or future fictional narratives. You could explore any topics or express any mood from grief and depression, through to optimism and hope. Technology could form part of the narrative and/or the delivery mechanism. We’re pretty open to what this could be but we do want to contribute to making a difference. So how will your idea enable people to relate to what is happening? To understand why it is essential that we act now? And will it provoke action?

We’re super excited to have teamed up with MAYK on this years’ programme. Producers of amazing experiences like SESSION and Now Is The Time To Say Nothing, plus Mayfest Bristol’s international festival of contemporary theatre. MAYK collaborate with artists and audiences to make exciting things happen in unusual ways. We thrilled to co-support this residency programme, combining our joint expertise, networks and spaces into a brilliant opportunity for artists.

To find out more about the programme and the application process, please head over to Watershed's opportunities page to download our Winter Residencies brief.

Application Deadline: Wed 24 July, 10:00am

 The Wyoming Festival - New Music in the Mountains
Summary:Recording Project
Deadline: 28 July 2019
Date Posted: 03 July 2019
Details: Call for violin solo scores for Wyoming Festival Concerts and Recording Project:
Due to construction upgrades at the UW-NPS Research Station where we host the Wyoming Festival, we are having a call for scores for solo violin in lieu of the normal composer residency. Chosen compositions will either be:

• Performed at future concerts
• Professionally recorded by Wyoming Festival Music Director, Holly Mulcahy (
• Or performed at future concerts, and recorded.

Eligibility: Composers of all ages, races, genders, nationalities, and experience levels. We encourage women and gender nb composers. Past Wyoming Festival Composer Fellows and Composers-in-Residence are welcome to submit their works.

Theme: In keeping with the spirit of the Wyoming Festival, works submitted should be on the theme of science, nature, and ecology, of Grand Teton National Park as well as the flora/fauna and/or history/culture of the Teton region and the American West. We are open to a broad or a specific approach, but pieces must adhere to the theme in some way. (Pieces need not be world premieres.)

Performances: A variety of concerts and settings in Wyoming and elsewhere, with repeat performance potential.

Recording Project: If chosen for the recording project, composers will retain all rights, but give us permission to include the work on an album.

Deadline for score submission: July 28, 2019

Duration: circa 3-5 minutes

Entry Fee: $7-20, sliding scale

Information to send:
1. Composer name and email address
2. Composer short bio (200 words or less)
3. Composer pronouns
4. Piece title (and movement titles)
5. Program notes (if not clear from notes, the relevance to theme)
6. Pdf of score
7. Recording, if available (midi or live recordings, .mp3 format best - links to Soundcloud and other sites are acceptable.)
8. Fee ($7-20 sliding scale) to be paid here anytime between July 1 and July 28, 2019: (click on the pay button and then the Wyoming Festival button.)

Submit the above information by July 28, 2019 to:

We may ask for more information if your composition is in the last round of judging.

For questions, contact festival director, Anne Guzzo at

Entry Fee:$7-20

 Flute Duo
Summary:Commission opportunity
Deadline: 24 October 2019
Date Posted: 06 June 2019
Details: Deadline: Ongoing
Details: A new contemporary music flute duo is looking to commission a piece to premiere at their promotional launch concert on 24 October 2019. Looking for a composer who is interested in working with them and willing to shape the piece to their strengths.
Fee: Upon application
Contact: For more information and to express interest, please contact:

 KISS 2019
Summary:Workshop programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 22 May 2019
Details: KISS is four intensive days and nights of sound, music, ideas, and interaction. We invite you to join us in Busan as we explore the theme of Resonance through hands-on workshops, presentations, concerts and lively discussions.

In addition to a full program of presentations and concerts by an international roster of presenters and performers, there will be several hands-on workshops open to all participants:

Sounds of Busan I
What do the past 10 years of meteorological data sound like? In this hands-on session, we will take time series data related to the city of Busan and map the data to sound. Can we hear patterns in data that we might not otherwise detect?

The Shape Atlas
How can you get your sound parameters to evolve over time? Participants will work together to compile a Shape Atlas of mathematical functions for controlling sound parameters.

Sounds of Busan II
Starting with a collection of 3D ambisonic recordings from various iconic locations in and around Busan, we will learn how to process, spatialize, mix down for interactive binaural presentation for games and VR.

Hear hot-off-the-press results of cutting edge creative research. Full program

Explore new ways to compose, present, and experience music with an international line-up of live computer music performances. Full program

Discuss the presentations, workshops, and concerts with the presenters and fellow symposiasts over meals and coffee breaks (included with KISS 2019 registration), and join your new-found friends and colleagues on a tour of Busan on the Monday after the conference (also included with your registration).

Whether you are new to Kyma, a Kyma expert, or if you are just curious to learn more about music technology and sound design, you are welcome to join us for four intensive days and nights of sound, music, ideas, and interaction with fellow Kyma practitioners. Learn, share, connect, discuss, and enjoy!

Registration includes access to paper sessions, hands-on workshops, and concerts, and includes an opening reception, 3 lunches, 4 dinners and coffee breaks, plus an after-symposium bus tour of Busan.

Register now in order to take advantage of a substantial early-registration discount!

 Petrichor Records
Summary:Call for recordings
Deadline: 20 August 2019
Date Posted: 15 May 2019
Details: Petrichor Records is a US-based, independent record label specializing in contemporary classical music by living composers.

Petrichor Records aims to discover, promote and nurture the new wave of contemporary composers and performers who are going to forge tomorrow’s music world. We are very excited to announce our new international Call for Recordings to be released on seven albums under the title of New Music by Living Composers. Each volume is dedicated to a separate category: (A) solo piano, (B) solo instrumental, (C) chamber ensemble, (D) chamber orchestra, (E) orchestra, (F) electronic music, and (G) improvisation. All genres and styles are welcome to submit: From graphic scores, acousmatic, spectral, aleatoric, concrete music, to jazz, romantic, improvisation, fusion etc. Each category has a separate submission deadline.

The Call for Recordings is divided into seven categories with different submission deadlines; winners of each category will be released on an album. Therefore, this album series includes seven albums. Depending on the number and duration of the winning pieces, each volume could be a single, double or triple CD album.

Important note: Every composer can submit up to SIX pieces for EACH CATEGORY. The Artistic Panel may select ALL of the pieces, or SOME of them or NONE of the pieces by each composer for the album release. Therefore, there is no limit on the number of selected pieces per composer.
For example: One composer may submit 3 pieces for Category A, 6 pieces for Category B, 4 pieces for Category F and 1 piece for category E. The panel will review each piece carefully and individually, and may select all, some or none of the submitted pieces by that composer to be released.

Category A – Call for solo piano recordings. This includes prepared piano and fixed or live electronic parts—i.e., pieces for prepared piano and live electronics are welcome in addition traditionally notated piano pieces). The solo piano pieces can also be played by more than one performer—i.e., pieces for four or eight hands piano or for performers playing inside a piano are welcome.

Category B – Call for solo instrument recordings. All solo instruments except piano are welcome; including western classical, traditional, folk, and self-made instruments. This could also include fixed or live electronics parts). For this category, the number of performers does not matter as long as only a single instrument is played by all performers.

Category C – Call for chamber ensemble recordings. (2-9 performers, could include fixed or live electronics parts.)

Category D – Call for chamber orchestra recordings. (10-20 performers, could include fixed or live electronics parts.)

Category E – Call for orchestral recordings. (More than 20 performers, could include fixed or live electronics parts.)

Category F – Call for solely electronic music. (Either fixed media or a recording of live electronic piece.)

Category G – Call for improvisation recordings. (Any kind of free or structured improvisation on any classical, traditional, self-made instruments.)

Category A – solo piano: May 30, 2019
Category B – solo instruments except piano: June 13, 2019
Category C – chamber ensemble (1-9 performers): June 28, 2019
Category D – chamber orchestra (10-20 performers): July 13, 2019
Category E – orchestra (+20 performers): July 28, 2019
Category F – solely electronics: August 10, 2019
Category G – improvisation: August 20, 2019

Submission requirement:
1. All aesthetics are welcome; there is no limit to inspiration. The submitted pieces could range graphic scores, acousmatic, spectral, aleatoric, concrete music, to jazz, romantic, improvisation, fusion etc.
2. The submitted pieces could be of any duration and length. Could be part of a bigger work, or a set of short pieces, as the composer wishes.
3. Submissions should be recordings of original compositions.
4. Pieces may have been performed or awarded elsewhere. But the recording version of the submitted piecesfor the call must not have been released before.
5. Recordings of the pieces with graphic scores or non-traditional notation are also welcome to submit.
6. No need for anonymous submissions.
7. Arrangements of other composers’ music are not accepted.
8. The quality of the audio file will be an important evaluation parameter for the final choice of the winning compositions.
9. Recordings may have be done in a studio or a live performance; as long as the recordings are high quality and good for a CD release, they are acceptable.

Submission fee:
For each category, composers can submit up to six pieces. Each piece will be carefully reviewed and may be selected. Therefore, there is no limit on the number of selected pieces per composer per category. However, the submission fee should be paid separately for each piece. The submission fee for the pieces is as follows:
First piece: $35
Second piece: $30
Third piece: $25
Fourth piece: $20
Fifth piece: $15
Sixth piece: $10
For instance, if a composer is submitting three pieces for a specific category, she/he needs to make a payment of $90 ($35+$30+$25).
Submission fees should be paid through PayPal to this address:
Do not hesitate to contact us regarding any payment-related questions or if you need another way for making payment.
Entry Fee:$35

 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:

 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Summary:Residency Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 20 February 2019
Details: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts awards up to seventy juried residencies per year to established and emerging visual artists, writers, composers/musicians, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8 weeks stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing including private bedroom and bathroom, 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 Setpember 1 deadline determines residency awards scheduled the following January – June.

Please visit our website for application details and link to apply:

 Arts Letters & Numbers
Summary:Residency Programme
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 06 December 2018
Details: Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived. Since then we have continuously been cultivating this program to encourage individual and collaborative creation: to think, make and act alongside others within a community. The program has brought together artists from a wide range of disciplines, to ask and engage their questions, create and share their work. When people are free to act, interact with and support one another, new works and ideas emerge.

Arts Letters & Numbers is a place of creative urgency and intensity of purpose, a place to create new linkages, new thought processes, new path- ways of understanding that embody our best hopes and aspirations. It is a place where many elements come together to co-construct questions and works, of empathy, of ethics, of imagination; it is a place to explore the nuanced fragilities in our shared stories.

We are situated within an enthusiastic and supportive community that is highly active in the short term programming of Arts Letters & Numbers, including Events, Courses, and Workshops that run in parallel to and interweave with the Residency Program. To further expand the conversation and space of Arts Letters & Numbers – both within the Residency Program and the broader community – as an Artist in Residence you will be encouraged to participate in and host some of these features, as well as proposing your own events to foster and enrich this dialogue, i.e. lectures, exhibitions, performances, etc.

Arts Letters & Numbers is constructed by us: not just those who are directly involved in its day to day operation, not just the fellows, participants, visiting artists and local community members, it has and continues to be built by everyone who sets foot in this remarkable place. It is being constructed by and between us. This aspect of Arts Letters & Numbers is foundational.

Residency History
Arts Letters & Numbers was founded in 2011. At that point the summer workshop was the driving force of the organization. When the facilities grew so did the program. In 2015 the first Artist in Residence arrived.

Duration of Residency
We are now accepting applications for 2018/2019. Residencies may be from 1 week to 12 weeks. All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Due to our annual Summer Workshop, we do not accept any Residencies between July 1st and August 15th.

Residency Fee and Accommodation
Following fees are for 2018/2019:
Shared accommodations sleeps 2 to 4 people $175/week
Private accommodation $275/week
Couple accommodation $375/week

You will be hosted in the House on the Hill, in one of our nine bedrooms; these vary in size and, we offer both private and shared arrangements. (Although all three of our bathrooms are shared). We will do our best and try to give everyone the privacy they need.

One of our traditions has been the sharing of ideas over a great meal, and this has become a vital part of Arts Letters & Numbers. We will all share one kitchen and though you are individually responsible for your food, it is often the case that everyone in the house gathers to cook and share dinners together.

Day Residency
Day Residency, no accommodation included $95/week (2018/2019)

The Day Residency is for commuting Residents only. The artists will, just like any other artist in the program, have access to all working facilities.

Studio / Workspace
Because each artist's studio needs and space differs, we work with each artist to find the best possible working situation for their time. Currently, the Mill is under construction and is unfortunately not to be used for creative work. In addition to the Mill we also have our Barn, located next to the house. This flexible indoor - outdoor space serves as our main studio space, with additional more private spaces to be found in the House as well as space for our 9' grand Baldwin piano.

Expectations Towards the Artist
Artists are expected to pursue their individual creative endeavor and many times this calls for leading a workshop, giving a lecture, sharing a film, partake in critique, exhibiting/performing work etc. These are optional but has proven to be an integral tool for artists to find inspiration and to allow others to experience the works in progress or previous works. The artist will be encouraged to propose any form of sharing suitable for their work.

Available Weekly Happenings
Monday Evening: T-time; serious casual discussion, linkage making, mounting of enquiries for critical reception and processing with other minds, development of discourse, emergent language to signify thoughts and works and ways of thinking through work, relating experience to abstraction and larger contexts.

Tuesday Evening: Table Tennis gathering; potluck dinner and ping pong at various houses in the local community

Friday Morning: Liver and Onions; very casual conversations with the local community over potluck breakfast

Other available happenings: Open Mic (opportunity of sharing in progress or completed works, as well as sharing of influences and references.) Exhibitions, Performances, Workshops, Construction, Dinners and Excursions to Museums etc. (Organized and hosted by Fellows and Resident Artists)

Disciplines Support and Technical Information
The basis for Arts Letters and Numbers Residency Program is to encourage cross-disciplinary linkages. Work samples are required for evaluating applications. The application form asks for a website but if you do not maintain one as the site for samples of your work, please send samples, writing or images directly to

Selection Process
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and will be reviewed within 14 - 30 days. If you have any questions regarding your application do not hesitate to ask at

There are a limited number of Residency Work Scholarships available. Scholarships are only for residencies 8 weeks or longer. Please enquire if you are interested in work exchange discount.


 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...

 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.