Competitions and Opportunities

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COMPETITIONS Please send for full details to the appropriate organisers before
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LEFT COAST CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (USA)
Submit a chamber work for 1 – 5 players which can be played with or without a conductor. Taken from this list: soprano voice, flute, oboe, 1 – 2 clarinets, piano, one perc, 1 – 3 vlns, 1 vla,
1 – 2 vcs, DB, guitar. Up to 15 mins. Anon entry. Recording is optional but recommended. Can be midi. Entry fee: US$ 16. Award is US$ 2,000 and performance with recording.
E: compcontest@leftcoastensemble.org
WEB: www.leftcoastensemble.org/composition-contest
DEADLINE: 15 June 2024

RESPIGHI PRIZE (USA)
Open to young composers under 40 years, currently enrolled in a music conservatory or college. Send an original score for string orchestra (few divisi), or string orchestra with up to 7 other players. Under 10 mins. Send video or other recording of the work. Entry fee: EUR 75. The winner will receive a performance by the Chamber Orchestra of New York in their next concert season.
E: info@chamberorchestraofnew york.org
WEB: www.chamberorchestra of newyork.org
DEADLINE: 30 June 2024

GEORGE ENESCU INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (ROMANIA)
For composers born after 1 August 1989. Two categories: 1. An orchestral work up to size: 3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/timps + 3 other players/harp, piano, celesta. glocken/14.12.10.8.6 stgs.
2. A chamber work of 2 – 10 players from the following: fl, ob, cl, bsn./ horn, tpt, trb, tba. /
1 perc. /stg 5tet (2 vlns, vla, vc, DB.) Durations for both categories: 10 – 30 mins. Must not have been performed in public or have won a prize by 31 August 2024. Anon entry. Entry fee: EUR 50 per work. Submit by application form on website. The jury decides on the size of the monetary prize.
WEB: www.concours.festivalenescu.ro
DEADLINE: 30 June 2024

MICHELE PITTALUGA GUITAR COMPOSITION
A piece for solo guitar of up to 10 mins. It should contain a clear reference to the song by Josquin Desprez: “Mille regretz”. Must be unpublished and never performed in public. Anon entry. Only one piece per entry. Send score by pdf. Need application form. Entry fee: EUR 50. Prize of EUR 3,000 plus premiere at the final event of the Pittaluga Guitar Contest. Also publication and an audio recording of the performance.
E: concorso@pittaluga.org
WEB: www.pittaluga.org
DEADLINE: 1 July 2024

BARTOK WORLD COMPETITION BUDAPEST
Open to composers born on or after 1 January 1984. Pieces for solo piano of 5 – 6 mins. Not performed in public, not published, not recorded commercially, not won other prizes, and not including extended techniques or audio media. Meant to be played as part of basically traditional repetoire. It should give pianists the opportunity to show both musical and technical abilities. Entry fee of EUR 50 per composition. Anon entry. Send score by pdf and mp3 file – can be realisation eg MIDI. Prizes of EUR 5,000; 3,000; 2000. Prize-winnin gworks will be presented at a concert in Budapest on 23 Novemeber 2024. Composers will be invited and will be given travel and accomodation expenses.
E: office@bartokworldcompetition.hu
WEB: www.bartokworldcompetition.hu
DEADLINE: 23 August 2024

USA INTERNATIONAL HARP COMPETITION (USA)
Submit a work for solo pedal harp (electronics permitted so long as no additional personnel are required). 6 – 8 mins. Must be unpublished, unawarded and not available on commercial recording. Score must be unavailable for purchase. Anon entry. Send anon pdf of score + mp3 recording played by a harpist. Prize of US$ 2000 + publication and performance in required repetoire for USA International Harp Competition.
E: director.RICC@gmail.com
WEB: www.usaihc.org
DEADLINE: 10 September 202

BASEL COMPOSER COMPETITION (SWITZ)
Works for chamber orchestra, string orchestra and symphony orchestra. Must have never been performed nor won an award. May have been published. Up to these limits: Chamber Orch: 2.2.2.2/ 2.2.0.0/ timps, perc (up to 2 players)/ 6.6.4.4.2. String orch: at least 4.3.2.2.1. Symphony Orch: up to: 3.3.3.3/ 4.3.3.1/ Timps & perc (up to 3 players), harp 1. celesta or piano 1/ 8.8.6.5.4. No electronics. 10 – 20 mins. Submit only one work. Entry fee: CHF 55. Anon entry. Attendance in Basel is required: 27 Jan – 2 Feb 2025. Twelve works will be shortlisted and premiered. Then 3 or 4 will be performed again and the prizes decided. Prizes: CHF 60,000; 25,000, 10,000. Audience prize of CHF 5,000. Nominated composers receive hotel accomodation, travel costs and additional CHF 1,000.
WEB: www.baselcompetition.com
DEADLINE: 13 September 2024

PETER TRANCHELL FOUNDATION COMPOSITION PRIZE (UK)
The competition is to write two or more songs using titles of the lost songs composed by the song writer, Peter Tranchell. Peter Tranchell composed hundreds of songs, and many of them have gone missing, just leaving the titles behind. The idea is to take some of these titles for inspiration for new songs. Total duration should be 10 mins. Lyrics can come from any source (but permission must be granted for lyrics in copyright). The songs should be suitable for concert performance by professional singer and accompanist. They should fit the tenor range of James Gilchrist (A2 – A4) and/or soprano Mary Bevan (C4 – Bb5). Anon entry. Submit only one entry. Not previously performed in public or any recording released. The winning composer is expected to attend the performance (although not obligitory). Prize of £500 and premiere performance in London, 9 November 2024. Send score by pdf + bio (up to 500 words) and other info. The list of song titles is given on the website.
E: info@peter-tranchell.uk
WEB: https://peter-tranchell.uk/the-peter-tranchell-foundation-composition-prize
DEADLINE: 14 September 2024

FRANCO EVANGELISTI COMPETITION (IT)
A piece for solo piano of up to 12 mins. Can have been performed, but not published or awarded other prizes. No electronics. Entry fee: EUR 50. Send by pdf. Anon entry. Three finalists will be selected and their works performed in December 2024 when the prize-winner will be announced. The prize is EUR 1000 and publication.
E: info@nuovaconsonanza.it
WEB: www.nuovaconsonanza.it
DEADLINE: 15 September 2024

MAURICIO KAGEL COMPETITION (AUSTRIA)
Open to composers born after 30 Septemebr 1984. The entry must have been composed no more than two years ago. Must not have been performed, distributed or broadcast anywhere. The composition is for a piece for piano (either solo or for more than one pianist on one piano). It should be innovative and contemporary, but written in a way appropriate for children or young adults. Should be suitable for pedagogical use. Can be one piece, or a group of pieces with a time span of 6 – 15 mins. Submit digitally. Anon entry. Prizes of EUR 6,500; 4,500; 3,500. Winning scores will be published by Universal Edition. The jury may create a list of recommended pieces in addition to the prizewinners. Digital recordings of the winning pieces will be released.
WEB: www.mauricio-kagel-composition-competition.com
DEADLINE: 20 September 2024

SOUNDCHAIN INTERNATIONAL COMPOSING COMPETITION (Czech)
Age limit: 40 years. New multichannel or stereophonic works. 7 – 20 mins. Anon entry. Entry fee: CZK 500. Prize of CZK 20,000. Up to 5 additional entries will be performed during a concert at Brno, Czech Republic on 24 November 2024. Send entries via WAV format and include description of composition (approx. one A4 page in pdf). Need application form.
E: soundchain@jamu.cz
WEB: https://en.hf.jamu.cz/artistic-and-research-activities/soundchain-composition-competition
DEADLINE: 30 September 2024

IMPULS COMPOSITION COMPETITION (AUSTRIA)
Open to composers born in 1990 onwards. The competition is for a commission to be performed at the impuls Festival 2027 in Austria. 4 – 5 composers will first be selected to take part in a Composition Workshop and accompanying activities. Also to attend the premier of their work. They will be offered travel expenses (up to EUR 600) and living expenses. On the delivery of the score they will receive a payment of EUR 2,900. The commission is for an acoustic work for +-12 musicians chosen from the available pool (see the list on website.) Approx 15 mins. To apply, you send the application form; a bio and list of works; a concept of the new piece (including verbal statement, sketches, plans, ideas etc); at least one score already written for an ensemble of between 10 – 20 musicians; at least one recording (not necessarily the same as the score). Hand in the application form before the deadline for the other materials.
E: assist@impuls.cc
WEB: www.impuls.cc
DEADLINE: (for final materials) 31 October 2024

RENEE FISHER COMPETITION (USA)
A call for scores for new piano works to be premiered at the 2026, 2027 piano competitions. Four composers will be chosen to write new piano pieces for the performing competitions in 2026 and 7, and will receive a commmission fee of US$ 1,500. See website for admission info.
E: reneebfisher@nmsnewhaven.org
WEB: https://nmsnewhaven.org/renee-b-fisher-competition
DEADLINE: 11 January 2025

OPPORTUNITIES

CALL FOR SCORES, BELGIUM
Call for scores for performance in the Osmosis Festival, Belgium 2024. All works should not have been created in Belgium. They all require an entry fee of EUR 20. Should all be less than 3 mins., and be sent by pdf. 1. Piece for solo percussion (see website for instruments). For a concert on 25 September. 2. Piece for piano solo. Concert on 8 October. 3. Piece for clarinet, violin and piano trio. Concert on 10 november. 4. Piano duet. 5. Piece for mezzo soprano and oboe. Concert on 30 November.
WEB: https://danbaas.wordpress.com
DEADLINES: 31 May 2024 (for sop/oboe). 30 June (all the others).

ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC MENTORING PROGRAM (UK)
For emerging composers who are interested in writing music for music education programs. Should be in early stages of composing career; not tied to a publishing contract; have working knowledge of trad notation and western classical music; based in UK and available for attending set dates of sessions. The program will run from Sept 2024 till Feb 2025. The program is free and a bursary of £750 will be provided for each composer.
WEB: www.abrsm.org/en-gb/our-reinvestment-in-music-education/programmes
DEADLINE: 24 June 2024

FIFTEEN MINUTES OF FAME (USA)
Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for soprano solo. Unaccompanied only, no electronics. Specially written for this call. Never before performed. Text in public domain or with written permission. Selected works will feature in an online concert.
WEB: www.VoxNovus.com/Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame
DEADLINE: 30 June 2024

NORTH/SOUTH CONSONANCE (USA)
Composers are invited to send scores for any kind of mixed chamber ensemble of up to 18 players. Use of percussion and/or electronics is acceptable. pdf files are preferred. Compositions not yet performed in New York City by professionals are preferred. Send audio recording of live perormance if possible. If not, MIDI files are acceptable. Entry fee: US$ 30. A panel will select works to be performed in New York City during the 2024 – 2025 season. If selected, the performance materials should be sent by 12 weeks before the performance.
WEB: www.northsouthmusic.org/Call-For-Scores
DEADLINE: 17 June 2024

LONDON NEW WIND FESTIVAL (UK)
Works will be considered for performance in this festival in London in the autumn of 2024. Submissions in hard copy preferred. 1. Call for new music for wind 5tet and trombone and piano. Any combination except solo piano, solo flute or flute+ piano, solo clarinet or cl + pno. One player per instrument. Added electronics could be considered. 2. New music for chamber orchestra. Any combination of 7 players or more of: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, violin (4 players) cello (2 players) DB and piano. Full ensemble preferred.
3. Workshops for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, trombone, piano. Please contact if you have a new or unfinished piece you would like workshopped.
E: londonnewwindfestival@gmail.com
DEADLINES: For workshop: 30 June 2024
For others: 31 July 2024

SPLICE FESTIVAL (USA)
Splice is calling for proposals for the 6th annual Splice Festival taking place in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Concert will feature performances of submitted works. They should be for live performance by instruments of Splice Ensemble (trumpet, piano, drums) and either fixed or live electronics. Must have both. Works less than 20 mins preferred. Can be already composed. Preference will be given for works whose electronic component can be operated by members of the ensemble (ie not requiring a 4th person). No application or attendance fee, but the composer must be present at the Festival. Proposals for 15 min lecture presentations and for 90 min hands-on workshops are also welcome. See the website for percussion instruments available and for entry requirements. Online submissions only.
E: festival@splicemusic.org
WEB: https://splicemusic.org/festival/call
DEADLINE: 1 August 2024

RESISTER MUSIC AGENCY 515
Resister Music Agency has set up an agency called 515 that is specifically for women and gender minority composers. It is to create a platform to give women an opening, mainly for film and TV work. They provide guidance in artistic development and support for careers.
(NOTE: Women in Music does not usually publicise or endorse agencies, but this one, being for women, may have interest for our members.)
E: submissions@resistermusic.com
WEB: www.resistermusic.com
DEADLINE: open

FRANCIS ROUTH TRUST (UK)
This Trust Fund has recently revised its terms. It gives grants to British composers. They support new commissions but also 2nd+ performances of new music. Especially chamber music. Especially those composers who are not well known but deserve better exposure. Usually grants are up to £1000. They also support money needed for recordings, performances, typesetting etc. Fill in the short application form online to introduce yourself.
WEB: www.francisrouthtrust.org
DEADLINES: 2 deadlines each year: end of January and end of July

SINGER WANTS RECOMMENDATIONS OF VOCAL MUSIC BY WOMEN
A vocal student would like suggestions for a recital of vocal music from the female perspective. She is a soprano/high mezzo. Keen to discover new music.
E: niamhpragnelltoal@gmail.com

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR CLASSICAL MUSICIANSPDCM offers for composers include opportunities to work with professional orchestras in Eastern Europe or Asia. Can arrange for live concert performances, profesional studio recordings, CD recordings etc at reasonable prices. Some dates still available for this summer. Composers have the option of attending but are not required to do so.
E: Director.pdcm@gmail.com
DEADLINE: open

CALL FOR SONGS FOR VOICE AND PIANO
The Christman Opera Company are calling composers who are women, people of colour and/or LGBTQIA+. They are looking for songs, arias, and/or songcycles for voice and piano. Could also be small vocal ensembles (eg duets, trios etc). They will match vocal works with appropriate singeers who will record them – with pre-recorded accompaniments if necessary. Then they will be released on YouTube and social media. They will be released one by one when ready. Composers retain rights and COC will not claim any profits. On current register of singers they have 5 sops, 2 mezzos, 1 tenor, 1 baritone. Send via E address:
E: christmanopera@gmail.com
DEADLINE: Ongoing

ROYAL PHILHARMOPNIC SOCIETY (UK)
A useful website which lists organisations and opportunities, including funding.
WEB: www.royalphilharmonicsociety.org.uk/composers
DEADLINE: Ongoing

FRANCO-BRITISH FUND FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Diaphonique assists in supporting French contemporary classical music in Britain and British contemporary classical music in France. Projects which involve works composed by living British or French composers of the last 30 years. Financial support can cover concerts, tours, promotion, commissions of new works, composer residences, workshops, scholarships. Application made by organisations and producers, not by the artists. Priority given for non-profit organisations.
E: info@diaphonique.org
WEB: www.diaphonique.org/en
DEADLINE: Ongoing

SINGERSPRO
An online directory for professional singers.
WEB: www.singerspro.com
DEADLINE: Ongoing

CONTEMPORARY CHOIR SCORES
ThatNewMusicLibrary is a new online site for unpublished choral scores. The scores will be heavily promoted to college libraries. The site will be password-protected and will be referred by editors with an established reputation in  new music. Subscribers to the site will pay a fee, and the composers get 40%, distributed according to time subscribers spent viewing. Music will be protected from being copied or duplicated in any way.
Chris Brubaker  E: chris@thatnewmusiclibrary.com
WEB: www.thatnewmusiclibrary.com
www.thatnewmusicwebsite.com
DEADLINE: Ongoing

SYLVIA WADDILOVE FOUNDATION
Provides grants to charities for educational projects, music composition and performances and other things unrelated to music. Grants available to small charities with turnover less than £500,000 annually, especially charities that will carry out the project themselves, who rely on volunteers and who can demonstrate a successful history of projects. The Trustees meet to consider applications in Jan, April, July and Oct. Applications need to be submitted before the last week in the month before the next meeting.
WEB: www.pwwsolicitors.co.uk/charitable-applications/charity-details/the-sylvia-waddilove-foundation-uk
DEADLINE: ongoing

HILDEGARD PUBLISHING COMPANY
Hildegard Publishing Company (USA) are launching a series called “Voices of Tomorrow” featuring women composers under 21 years. They are on the lookout for further compositions, so young women are encouraged to send material to the editorial committee for consideration. Would teachers please alert promising students.
E: earmsby@hildegard.com
WEB: www.hildegard.com
DEADLINE: Ongoing

WEB PROJECT
All women are invited to contribute to a new web project called “Make your own Herstory”
WEB: www.makeyourownherstory.org
DEADLINE: Ongoing

SOUND SENSE FOR COMMUNITY MUSICIANS
Sound Sense is a professional organisation representing musicians working in the community, helping people make music. If you run workshops or music sessions this is the organisation for you. Free insurance covering planning and carrying out community music activities. Can get criminal record checks at a competitive rate; a respected UK journal of community music; free advertisements on the website and jobs and funding info.
E: membership@soundsense.org
WEB: www.soundsense.org
DEADLINE: Ongoing

MUSIC SOUND FOUNDATION
This foundation is dedicated to improving music education and it focuses on youth. It is accepting applications for:
Schools (non-specialist) to fund music education.
Music students in full-time education to fund instrument purchase.
Music teachers for courses and training.
WEB: www.musicsoundfoundation.com
DEADLINE: Ongoing

MUSICIANS BENEVOLENT FUND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
Professional musicians from all musical backgrounds are invited to apply for the new MBF Professional Development Awards of up to £5000. Funding can be used for projects which will inspire musical creativity and develop skills, explore new directions and extend professional knowledge. Musicians who earn their living by performing, creating or teaching can apply at any stage of their career after the first 5 years. Projects can last for a few weeks, up to a year.
WEB: www.mbf.org.uk/professionaldevelopment
DEADLINE: unknown

SEARY CHARITABLE TRUST
This trust has been set up to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the art and science of music in the UK in all its aspects. Amongst other things it offers a variety of scholarships, bursaries, exhibitions or maintenance allowances, tenable at any school, university or other educational establishment approved by the Trustees, to persons
resident in the UK in respect of their musical education. If you think that the Trust may be able to assist you, please apply to the Secretary at:
Cranbourne, 14 Castle Ave, Dover, Kent CT16 1EZ. So far, awards have ranged between £500 and £10,000. The Trustees meet to adjudicate on applications about 3 times a year.
Info: gnharby@onetel.com
DEADLINE: Ongoing

VISBY INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR COMPOSERS, SWEDEN
VICC is a working and meeting place for all composers. Composers can apply for residencies in the centre in Gotland, Sweden.  All info and how to apply is on the webstie. Can download application form.
WEB: www.centreforcomposers.org
Ongoing

ROSA TRUST
Set up in June 2008, Rosa is a new charity which aims to help women and girls turn their ideas into reality. It champions and invests in exciting initiatives to improve the lives of all women and girls in the UK. At the moment Rosa is still growing, with the intention of distributing grants in 2009. In the meantime, you can sign up for their e-newsletter at www.rosauk.org.

FINZI SCHOLARSHIPS
Grants with total value of up to £12,500 will be given this year for projects within the UK or overseas lasting, on average, 3 – 8 weeks. The scholarships aim to give opportunities for broadening horizons and must have a musical foundation. Candidates must be aged 25 – 70 and resident in the UK at the time of the application.
WEB: www.geraldfinzi.org
DEADLINE: Ongoing

MICHAEL TIPPETT MUSICAL FOUNDATION GRANTS
The trustees have decided to focus on group music making, especially involving young people. Application in writing, with short introductory letter with a project description and budget. The letter should identify the organisation and indiviuals applying and the sum requested. Include aims of project, project leaders, range and number of participants, and project plan, schedule and venue(s). Plans for monitoring and evaluation should be included. Budget needs to show full estimated expenditure and anticipated income from all sources, including applications to other bodies. Give names and contacts for two referees who are willing to support the project. Grants of £500 – £4000.
Contact: Gwyn Rhydderch, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL
WEB: www.tippettfoundation.org.uk
DEADLINE: Continuing deadlines

INSTRUMENT LOANS
    Interest free loans for musical instruments from Arts Council England.
  Take it Away W: www.artscouncil.org.uk/takeitaway

WELCOME TRUST ARTS AWARDS
The Arts Awards are the Welcome Trust’s new funding scheme to support arts projects which engage with biomedical science.  They are looking for projects which stimulate interest and debate in biomedical science, and foster high-quality collaborative partnerships across the arts, science and/or education. The Awards provide funding for a range of projects.  Small to medium-sized projects of up to £30,000 have several deadlines each year.  Large projects of above £30,000 have once a year deadline. The scheme is open to artists, scientists, film-makers, teachers, arts workers etc. Applicants must be based in UK or Republic or Ireland  and the activity must be based in either of those 2 countries. Application forms and guidelines are available on the website. Advice can be given about the eligibilty of your project, and should be sought well before each deadline.
E: arts@wellcome.ac.uk
WEB: www.wellcome.ac.uk.arts
DEADLINE: See web, and ongoing.

CALL FOR SCORES
THe ensemble Either/Or based in USA regularly call for scores for particular instruments or combinations. Either/Or is a new music group which focuses on the European avant-garde and American experimentalists and emerging composers. Always interested in new scores.  Please send scores by PDF and recordings by compressed mp3/aac.  Include: name, address, birthdate, Email, short bio and history of the piece submitted.  Only 2 scores per composer.
E: eitherorsubmit@gmail.com
WEB: www.eitherormusic.org
DEADLINE: Ongoing

PRSF/BLISS TRUST GRANTS

The PRS Foundation are offering support for professional development for talented new composers.  Their scheme is aimed at the contemporary classical sector in the UK.  Special one-off grants of up to £500 to help with costs for promotional recordings, travel, study at summer schools, commissioning costs, or computer equipment.
View guidelines and download application form: www.prsfoundation.co.uk
Ongoing.

BELLAGIO STUDY AND CONFERENCE CENTER
The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Study and Conference Center, located in northern Italy on Lake Como, is accepting applications for its artist residencies and workshops. Four of each take place each year. Scholars, artists and others may apply. Applicants can be citizens of any country and work in any discipline, providing they have significant and substantial publications, compositions, or other accomplishments to their credit. Composers who apply should anticipate their work at the Center resulting in publication or performance. Deadlines are throughout the year. More information is available by email.
EMAIL: bellagio@rockfound.org

THE BRITTEN-PEARS FOUNDATION
The Britten-Pears Foundation provides grants towards the furtherance of
music by living composers.  Grants are awarded to performing groups
and/or concert promoters for live performances, commissions and
recordings. Funding for new commissions is focused on less well-known
and/or young composers. Musical education projects are also eligible
for funding, especially those which deal with new music.  In addition,
limited funds have been made available to local community projects.
Website:http://www.brittenpears.org/?page=about/foundation/grants.html

PRS FOUNDATION FOR NEW MUSIC
A number of bursaries and scholarships are available for classical composers professional development, or for PhD studies in composition.
WEB: www.prsfoundation.co.uk/funding
DEADLINE: various


GUIDE TO ARTS FUNDING IN ENGLAND
The purpose of the guide is to help artists and art organisations navigate the way around the arts funding system in England.
www.culture.gov.uk/reference_library/publications/3597.aspx


Women in Music gratefully acknowledges the work of composer Jennifer Fowler in providing the Comps & Ops section.

Last updated: 13 June 2024 2024