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Summary:Festival Call for Scores
Deadline: 12 February 2018
Date Posted: 21 December 2017
Details: MATA seeks submissions from composers in the early stages of their careers for our 2019 Festival of New Music in New York City and additional concerts during our 2018-19 season. We accept all music from fully notated to improvised, sound art, video, electronic, found instruments, toys, installations and everything in between. Approximately 30 composers will be selected to have their work presented at our Spring 2019 MATA Festival. Composers are selected on the strength of their overall portfolio, and will receive either a performance of a pre-existing work or a commission to write a new piece. Performers are among the world’s finest ensembles and in the past have included chamber groups large and small, vocalists, soloists, and much more.

Please submit links to scores and recordings of your two best works; a one-page resume; a list of compositions; and contact information through our website We will only accept digital submissions. There is no entrance fee.

Audio: we accept either links to recordings hosted on a personal website, through SoundCloud, YouTube or other streamable service. Please provide direct links to the works submitted. Links must be streamable. YouTube and Vimeo links are acceptable if your work involves visual elements.

Scores: we accept links to PDF documents either hosted on a personal website, Dropbox, GoogleDocs, or other host.

Please be sure that your links remain in operation indefinitely, as the review process will take place in the spring and summer of 2018. Do not provide links that will expire after any period of time. If we cannot access your links, we are unable to evaluate your work.

Composers selected for the 2019 MATA Festival will be notified by September 2018.

If you have any questions about the submission process please read our FAQ. If you can’t find an answer there, email .


• Recordings of two recent works: No more than two works are to be submitted. While our focus is primarily chamber music, you are welcome to submit an orchestral work. Please send what you think are your best pieces. MIDI recordings are discouraged but will be accepted.

• Scores to accompany the above recordings: If scores are not pertinent to your work, please link to a pdf explaining how the sound is created / produced.

• Resume or C.V.: Please limit to one page

• A list of works: Please include instrumentation and duration for all works

• Contact Information and answers to additional questions

An application form should appear below. Should you have difficulty viewing it, the form may be accessed here. If you are having trouble viewing the form please be sure that you are using an up-to-date version of one of the following browsers: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and that cookies and javascript are enabled.

FOR COMPOSERS BASED IN CHINA: Our submission form is hosted through Google Forms. If you are unable to access the form, please e-mail us at for assistance.

By applying to this call for submissions, you consent to be placed on MATA’s mailing list to receive notice of events and future calls for submissions. MATA will never sell, loan, or trade your contact information.

All submissions must be filed on this site by 11:59PM U.S. Eastern Time, Monday, February 12, 2018. Once the online submission form stops accepting submissions, the call is closed. You will not receive email confirmation of your application.

Applicants must be in the early stages of their career or have had limited access to American concert stages.

We are only accepting DIGITAL submissions. You cannot save this form, so be sure to have all of your materials ready before you begin to fill it out!

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot upload files into this form. We are only able to accept LINKS to your work samples, not actual audio or PDF files. We do not have the storage capacity to hold everyone’s files.