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Summary:Competition for young composers
Deadline: 19 March 2018
Date Posted: 08 March 2018
Details: DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday, March 19, 2018

MATA seeks submissions from composers who have not yet graduated high school at the time of submission.Please submit your name and scores and recordings of your two best works (MIDI is acceptable) to and fill out the form below by 11:59 Eastern Time on DEADLINE EXTENDED: Monday March 19, 2018. There is no entrance fee.

We accept all music: sound art, video, electronic, found instruments, toys, installations, fully notated, improvised, and everything in between. A distinguished panel of MATA’s directors, composers, and performers will select six composers to participate in MATA Jr. 2018.

Each selected composer will be paired with an emerging-composer mentor and asked to write a new work — which must be completed during the summer of 2018 — for Face the Music, the renowned teen new-music ensemble based at the Kaufman Music Center. Works will be rehearsed and performed in concert in New York City in November 2018. Composers must plan to attend the performance; MATA cannot provide for transportation costs.

Composers who have applied previously but were not accepted are welcome to apply again. Composers whose works have been performed previously must wait one year before applying again.

Please Note: The application is in two parts: (a) the online application form, which can be found below or accessed here and (b) an email containing your scores and audio, sent to

Scores: All scores must be in PDF format. We cannot open Finale, Sibelius or other notation files. Please name your file with your last name and the title of the work. (Example: Mozart_EineKleineNachtmusik.pdf). If scores are not pertinent to your work, please provide a pdf explaining how the sound is created / produced.

Audio: mp3 format. We strongly encourage you to submit an audio realization of your work. MIDI is acceptable. Please name your file with your last name and the title of the work. (Example: Mozart_EineKleineNachtmusik.mp3)

If you have any questions about the submission process, please do not hesitate to email us at While we strongly encourage digital submission, we can accept postal submission: please email us.

Results will be announced by May 2018, with scores and parts due in early summer 2018.

Note: This is not the call for submissions for the 2019 MATA Festival. To learn more about MATA opportunities which serve all ages, please sign up for our mailing list.