NACUSA Composer Opportunities

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USA International Harp Competition’s
6th Solo Harp Composition Contest – 2018

Contest Flyer:

We would truly appreciate if you share and post this information to your competition lists, forums, classified ads, and Twitter or Facebook accounts, if you have not done so already. Feel free to forward the PDF to any interested composers. The due date for the 2018 Composition Contest is October 15, 2018 and the application is live on our website at:

Melanie Mashner
Program Coordinator
USA International Harp Competition
Office: (812) 856-5715

The 9th International Antonín Dvorak Composition Competition will be held at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic from 22 ~ 30 July, 2018. This competition was founded in order to extol the great accomplishments of the composer Antonín Dvorak, and to discover and raise-up young, talented composers who can carry on the historical musical legacy. The composition committee intends to support the selected composers' continued development by providing composition commissions, as well as recording and performance opportunities. For more detailed information regarding the competition please refer to the competition homepage.

1st Round : Application Deadline 6 April, 2018
2nd Round : 22~30 July, 2018

International Antonín Dvorak Composition Competition Committee
Tel : +82-2-587-9272 / Fax: +82-2-587-9276

7th International Composition Competition Harelbeke
Call for works: Deadline 1st April 2018

For the seventh time, the International Composition Competition Harelbeke will be organized in Harelbeke (Belgium). The aim of this competition is to encourage talented composers to integrate the achievements of contemporary music and current composition techniques into wind orchestra compositions.

A unique feature of this competition is that the works of the three finalists will be performed live by the wind orchestra Koninklijk Harmonieorkest Vooruit Harelbeke.

Application deadline: 1st April 2018
Finals weekend: 5-7 April 2019

At the finals evening, the international jury will award three prizes:
- First prize worth 8,000 EUR
- Second prize worth 4,000 EUR
- Third prize worth 2,000 EUR
- An audience award worth 1,500 EUR, offered by the Vynckeneers

Competition rules and application:

Jury members:
Luc Van Hove (B, Chairman)
Wim Henderickx (B)
Jan Van Der Roost (B)
Clark Rundell (USA)
Luis Serrano Alarcon (ESP)

Our mailing address is:
International Composition Competition Harelbeke
Eilandstraat 6
Harelbeke 8530

PARMA Recordings Call for Scores

Boston. Boulder. Zagreb. Prague. Shanghai. Havana. PARMA Recordings is on the march again in 2018 and now accepting score submissions for:

* Music for string quartet with the Altius Quartet in Boulder CO, USA
* Guitar and cello concerti with the Zagreb Philharmonic and Croatian Chamber Orchestra in Zagreb, Croatia
* Music for choir with Vox Futura in Boston MA, USA

Selected scores will be recorded and commercially released by PARMA. Submitter is responsible for securing funds associated with the production and retains all ownership of the master and underlying composition.

If selected, submissions will be considered for live performance. There is no cost associated with this. Scores from previous calls will receive performances this year in Poland, Russia, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, the United States, and more.

Details regarding each category can be found below. Deadline for all submissions is February 23, 2018. There is no fee to submit.

Upload PDF scores and audio files via our Project Submission form at:

Should your music be selected we will contact you with information on pricing, scheduling, and other details.

New works to be recorded in Colorado with the Altius String Quartet, former Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder under the Takacs Quartet and Grand Prize winner in the 2016 Classics Alive Young Artists Competition.

Concerti for guitar and cello in Zagreb Croatia with the Zagreb Philharmonic and the Croatian Chamber Orchestra.

3. CHORAL WORKS – Boston
Music for mixed chorus in Boston with Vox Futura, one of New England's premier recording choirs. A longtime collaborator of PARMA's, Vox Futura can be heard in projects by numerous PARMA artists, game companies Nintendo and Bandai Namco, German power metal band Blind Guardian, and platinum-selling world music artist Sam Yusuf.

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2018 Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency, taking place July 24 – August 6 at I-Park's East Haddam, Connecticut, campus.

Composers interested in creating new chamber ensemble works are encouraged to apply for this program, which teams five composers with an established ensemble. Each composer spends two weeks in intensive daily rehearsals with the musicians, shaping and polishing a substantially complete composition to a state of concert readiness. The residency culminates in a pair of public performances in Connecticut and New York City.

This year's composers will be collaborating with the Akropolis Reed Quintet. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has toured internationally and is the recipient of six national chamber music prizes. Akropolis has recorded three albums, including its 2017 release, The Space Between Us.

Residencies are fully funded, and include a private room, a meal program, and a $1,000 stipend. Applications are due February 19, 2018; details and application forms are available at

A link to our Announcement for any physical postings is available for printing here:

New Voices

I am the editor of a new series of choral music being put out by Peermusic, called New Voices. My job is to find new scores for publication, and to give performances suggestions for the chosen ones. Please spread the word among your composers. They can simply send me pdf's and audios:

Also: Please spread the word about my 5-day choral conducting workshops in 2018 at Columbia University, Buffalo State, and NYU. I think all composers should learn about conducting!

All info:

Bang on a Can Summer Festival

The US contemporary music organization, Bang on a Can, respectfully requests your help with outreach for our Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, a 3-week residency for innovative composers and performers of contemporary music (July 9-29, 2018) featuring special guest composer Steve Reich. Please help us spread the word to composers and performers in your musical network, especially those that are in the early stages of their careers.

Applications are online now and are due Tues, January 9, 2018.


The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA

Annual residency program for composers and performers -- July 9-29, 2018

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a three-week residency and musical utopia for innovative composers and performers dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will write it. We will perform it. We will think about it and we will talk about it. Composers will have their works performed. Players will perform publicly in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. There are daily performances in the museum galleries, and concerts and events in the community. The residency concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert featuring performances by the student/faculty ensembles, including work by our 2018 guest composer STEVE REICH. The program also includes world music workshops, technology and music entrepreneurship seminars and more.


Application Deadline: Tues, January 9, 2018

Online applications:

Citta di Udine

The rules and conditions of the new international composition competition "Citta di Udine" are online on Taukay music publishing house website.

Two sections:

- compositions for chamber instrumental group or solo instrument

- electroacoustic music

Deadline: March 31st 2018

More info:


TEM - Taukay Edizioni Musicali

via del Torre 57/5 33047 Remanzacco (Udine) Italia

tel. +39 0432 649244

fax +39 0432 649575

2nd Helianthe Composition Contest

The goal is this contest is to compose a pedagogical music piece at most 4 minutes long which have to be link to another type of art (free choice). This piece should be for alto saxophone which can be alone or accompanied by piano, percussion, theater, dance, video or audio file (4 channels max with stereo reduction mandatory). The composition (including accompaniment) should be playable by young musician from 1 to 6 years of practice, corresponding at ABRSM levels 1 to 5.

Composition(s) submission(s) deadline is April, 1st 2018. Registration fee is 10 Euros per composition.

A Maximum of ten compositions will be selected to participate to the final. Those pieces will be send to saxophone classes partner (at least fifty) and to our sponsors. Teacher, student and sponsors will vote for theirs favorites before June, 1st 2019. The Top 3 from the vote, will receive prizes:

* First prize: Composition’s order of 1500Euros and publication by Robert Martin editor.

* Second prize: Composition’s order of 800Euros and publication by Robert Martin editor.

* Sponsor’s award: Composition’s order of 800Euros and publication by Robert Martin editor.

In addition, the finalists pieces will be offered an edition by our partner MDpublications.


The 2018 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award

The University of Illinois School of Music and Global Crossroads Living-Learning Community celebrate the 22nd Annual Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award by announcing the 2018 Award Competition.

Eligibility: Any composer, regardless of age or nationality is eligible. Previous winners, faculty, and currently-enrolled students at the University of Illinois are ineligible for the competition.

Awards: First Prize cash award of $1000 and second prize cash award of $500 plus performances by the Illinois Modern Ensemble in the fall of 2018 on the 22nd Annual Martirano Award Concert at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Illinois. Additional awards and performances may be given at the discretion of the judges.

Judges: A panel of judges consisting of international composers and University of Illinois music composition faculty members will select the winning compositions. The winning composers are expected to attend the 22nd annual award concert and reception, and will be responsible for their transportation costs (the competition will provide lodging and some meals). The winning composers will assume full responsibility for providing adequate performance materials upon request.


  1. Medium: Full scores of any style or aesthetic direction for 1-15 performers (including vocalists) may be submitted. Works for electronics and/or mixed media (including video), with or without instruments and voices, are eligible.
  2. Duration: 20 minutes maximum
  3. Limit: One entry per composer
  4. Entry fee: A non-refundable entry fee of twenty US dollars (20.00 USD) is paid online at the time of submission. All major credit cards are accepted.
  5. Anonymous Submission: The composer's name must not appear on the score or in any accompanying materials submitted online.

Entries must be submitted and paid for online by Monday, April 16, 2018 11:59PM CST (23:59 GMT-0600).

For more information and to submit scores go to:

For questions:


Concert in honor of Beverly Grisby's 90th

Electronic, Computer and Experimental works encouraged.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Composers is pleased to invite its members to participate in a concert Sunday afternoon, January 21, 2018 at the Recital Hall, California State University Northridge, 2 pm. The concert will include a performance by Dr. Deborah Kavasch of Beverly Grigsby’s work for soprano and computer music, Shakti, in celebration of Beverly Grigsby’s 90th birthday. We invite you to propose a piece and specific performers for this program, within the following parameter. Preference will be given to works related to Beverly Grigsby’s pioneering work in electronic, computer and experimental music.

Works of any style for any instrumentation (up to five performers) with durations up to 15 minutes are welcome. CSUN is making a piano and audio playback (pre-recorded cd) available to us for the concert. Composers are invited to perform their own music or propose performers. We have a limited budget to pay honorariums to the musicians of $100 each. Please indicate the number of players, that they have agreed to this fee, and are available for that date and time. NACUSA-LA will cover publicity and programs.

All composers who have joined or renewed their NACUSA/LA membership for 2017, by the submission deadline, Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 10:00 PM are eligible.

All submissions must be provided online and include score, audio (Mp3 ok) if available, duration, bio 250 words, program note (up to 250 words) and names and short bios of the performers. Please submit questions and materials (online only) to

NACUSA-LA Concerts are offered FREE of charge to the Los Angeles Community.

NACUSA-LA Board: Yalil Guerra, Jeannie Pool, Tony Wardzinski, Carla Bartlett, Deon Nielsen Price, Katherine Saxon, Richard Derby, and Adrienne Albert.

Copland House announces CULTIVATE 2018, an annual, intensive creative workshop and mentoring program for composers in the initial stages of their professional careers. Six Fellowships are awarded to American citizens or permanent residents to participate in this weeklong emerging composers’ institute, which takes place June 4-10, 2018 at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home and its satellite venue at the historic Merestead estate, near New York City. Fellows each compose one 5- to 7-minute, small-ensemble composition (any combination of clarinet, violin, cello, and/or piano), which serves as the core of their work at the institute.

The week consists of daily individual and collective sessions exploring and refining the new works with composer-clarinetist and CULTIVATE Director Derek Bermel and the Music from Copland House ensemble; informal discussion sessions with prominent music executives and arts leaders about practical, professional, and career matters; and a final public concert and live recording premiering all the Fellows’ new compositions written for CULTIVATE. All expenses (round-trip transportation within the continental U.S., session participation, accommodations, food) are covered. All composers must submit a CULTIVATE application form (PDF), three representative works and recordings, and a 1- to 2-page resume. For program guidelines, application form, and further information, please contact:

Postmark Deadline: December 1, 2017

Copland House

P.O. Box 2177

Peekskill, NY 10566

(914) 788-4659

2018 Music+Sound Awards

Preparations for 2018's Music+Sound Awards are now underway!

For the seventh year, globally celebrating creative excellence in music and sound design for the media.

What a year it's going to be. An outstanding jury is currently being put together with, amongst others, the following confirmed so far:

  • MYCHAEL DANNA - Film Composer (Life of Pi)
  • DROR MOHAR - Film Sound Designer (Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day)
  • PIA HOFFMANN - Film + TV Music Supervisor
  • ILANA GOLDSTOFF - Head of Sync (Advertising) at SIZZER, Amsterdam
  • PETER HOLCOMB - Advertising Sound Designer + Partner at SOUND LOUNGE, New York
  • JOCELYN BROWN - Senior Music Producer at LEO BURNETT, Chicago

Keep tuning into our Twitter and Facebook feeds for more news.


2018 Music+Sound Awards' Key Entry Dates & Information

  • ENTRY WINDOW: January 10th to March 14th 2018, with an extension of two weeks, at a higher fee, to March 28th 2018.
  • ELIGIBILITY WINDOW: work must have been first broadcast or released, with client approval, or completed, in the case of short films, between 1st April 2017 – 31st March 2018
  • SUBMISSIONS can be made via the awards site from January 10th 2018:
  • ENTRY FEES (includes a £5 donation to charity partner, music therapists, Nordoff Robbins):
    • Advertising, Television + Film - £125
    • Advertising, Television + Film (discounted*) - £115
    • Short Film - £55 (plus VAT where applicable)
  • Members of PRS for Music, ASCAP, BASCA, MPA, Ubem, Buma, and APRA AMCOS receive a discount on their entry fees.

The Music+Sound Awards are proud to support the incredible work of Nordoff Robbins for another year and will be donating £5 from every entry to the charity. Please visit their website for more information.

39th Annual NACUSA Young Composers' Competition

Receipt Deadline: December 15, 2017

For guidelines and to apply, go to and select "Activities --> Composition Contest" from the dropdown menu.

West Edge Opera - Call for Scores

Deadline: September 1, 2017



Ascoltare lo Spazio / Ascoltare il Tempo

The rules and conditions of three different calls for works dedicated to acousmatic music are available. No participation fee is required.

Deadline: August 31, 2017


More info on:


TEM - Taukay Edizioni Musicali

via del Torre 57/5

33047 Remanzacco (Udine) Italia

tel. +39 0432 649244

fax +39 0432 649575

Arts Incubator's incubating new music project with ENSEMBLE MISE-EN



Application Deadline : Sep 9th(Sat) 2017, 11:59 PM(UTC/GMT+9)


In December 2017, Arts Incubator ( launches its first Incubating Project with New York's contemporary music collective ENSEMBLE MISE-EN. The Incubating Project is an experimental platform for diversifying and activating new music, giving an opportunity for various artists to collaborate and develop their works.

We will select composers and sound artists from an open call. Selected artists will participate in the ‘Incubating Program’ with ENSEMBLE MISE-EN ( for four days in Seoul. Each artist is expected to deliver a new piece for 6 instruments (flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello and percussion) before the first week of December.


All events will be held on December 19th-22th, 2017 at Post Territory Ujeongguk (, a multicultural venue in Seoul, South Korea. Artists who participate in the program will also have free access for every event presented by Arts Incubator in December.


Anyone, without limits on gender, age, or nationality, can apply online




  • Housing included(shared room): $1,500
  • Housing NOT included: $1,300


11 Gwanggyo maeul-ro, 16944, Suji-gu, Yongin-si, Korea, republic of

To Apply Online:

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Next deadline: September 1, 2017.

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, located in Nebraska City, NE offers from sixty to seventy juried residencies per year to visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world.

The Center accommodates up to five artists at a time for stays that vary from two to eight weeks. Each resident is provided with private bedroom, private bathroom, their own studio space, fully equipped kitchen and a weekly $100 stipend for the duration of their stay.

All residents are selected by a discipline-specific panel of professionals with decisions based on the quality of the proposal and the support materials submitted. Nebraska artists and those transitioning from graduate school receive special consideration.

Two application deadlines per year. September 1 and March 1.

Applicants are required to apply online through our Slideroom portal:

A non-refundable application fee of $35 applies.

For more info visit or call 402-874-9600, email info@khncenterforthearts{dot}org

Pat Friedli, Assistant Director

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City, NE 68410



John Winsor