Snape Residency

September 17, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Applications for this round are currently open until Friday 4 October 2019. Please read through our eligibility criteria and scroll down to apply.

Who is the Residency programme for?

The Residency programme is for artists at any stage of their career, who are creatively curious and who have burning ideas, or who need time to re-focus on their practice. It is not meant to simply provide a funded rehearsal period. It is a competitive programme, so we are looking for some really strong ideas.

These ideas should be at gestation stage – we’re less interested in projects that have already had some form of life or development time. We are excited by and want to work with all music genres, including folk, jazz, classical, world, electronics, RnB, and music theatre, and we facilitate inter-disciplinary ideas. We also want to hear from you if you need time for your own development needs.

Our criteria for selecting residencies are:

  • It’s a creative, risky idea that will push you out of your comfort zone. Or, you’ve identified a need for some specific personal development.
  • It has at least some element which is new for you, whether in terms of music, collaborations or processes.
  • It involves musicians and artists whom we would like to experience the place, who will embrace the Snape Maltings ethos of performing, creating, collaborating and sharing, and who are likely to contribute to other aspects of Snape Maltings’s work either during the residency or in the future.

What can you expect from a Residency?

A Residency at Snape Maltings is a hugely valuable experience that provides unrivalled opportunity to focus on your own ideas and development. Residencies last between 3-7 days, depending on your specific needs. We provide an equipped space to work, space to sleep, travel expenses and lunch on site. We can also provide producer support, or work with you to find someone to mentor or facilitate your process, if that is useful for your idea.

Please note that we do not pay fees, but can advise on support available should financial viability be an issue for you and your collaborators.

If you have a low income and feel you genuinely cannot access the Residency programme without additional support, we have a limited budget to provide financial support, including for those who have other access needs, for example care provision. If you do feel you need additional support, please tell us when you submit your application, including a paragraph of background information to help us assess how we can best support you.

We can also help you with funding applications to relevant funders if needed.

Once selected for a Residency, we’ll provide remote and in-person support both before and up to a year after your Residency. After an initial Residency we may be interested in exploring your idea further with you, which could include sign-posting you to other support channels that would make a perfect next step. We’ll also be looking at ways to connect you into other opportunities within the organisation.

What do we expect from you?

We expect you to be open, curious, and willing to engage with our Creative Campus beyond your own idea, which may include taking some time away from your project to meet with other artists also on site. Practically, you will be expected to allow public access to the work that’s being undertaken. This will be in the form of an informal Open Session at the end of your Residency, and additionally some projects may also be invited to participate in an upcoming Aldeburgh Festival or concert series, including the Festival of New.

The Residency programme is open for applications up to four times a year. We’ll announce when each application round is open on our website and via our Twitter account, so please follow us on Twitter.

You can either submit a written application, or if you feel more comfortable, you can submit a recorded audio or video application. Please also provide us with relevant material that supports your application (this may include audio or visual recordings of previous work that demonstrates your practice effectively) and a completed equality and diversity monitoring form. We’ll advertise our availability within the application form – please indicate your preferred or available dates.

We’d also like to ask you to fill out our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form, which helps us ensure that all opportunities created by Snape Maltings are accessible regardless of personal background. The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will only be used for monitoring purposes and will not be disclosed to any third party except where we are required to provide anonymous, statistical information e.g. to funding bodies and organisations.

Apply here.

Heriot-Watt University – Composer Competition

September 14, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity by mwhiteside

An invitation to write an ensemble piece open to all un-published composers in SCOTLAND. No age limit.

The piece is to be written for the group, ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, based at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The INME has a policy of commissioning composers to write for a flexible ensemble. We have premiered over 50 new works in the last 20 years.

The composition starting point [inspiration] shall be the Celtic plainchant composed and sung on Inchcolm, an Island in the river Forth near Edinburgh where hundreds of years ago, Augustinian monks lived and worshiped in the Abbey.

The composition should have a duration of around ten minutes, and be written for any combination of orchestral instruments [not keyboard]. Pieces must be written with flexibility of instrumentation in mind as the group that will perform the piece could be formed of any combination of voices and instruments.

The instrumental parts must be written as part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Parts one and two written in the treble clef for instruments such as flute, violin and oboe. Part three in the treble or alto clef for instruments such as viola, clarinet or horn. Parts four and five written in the bass clef for instruments such as bassoon, cello or double bass.

Please take into consideration that the standard of the ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, although amateur, is high.

1st Prize £500

Deadline for submissions: 1st December 2019

For further information and sample plainchant music, please contact:

Dr. Steve King
Director of Music at Heriot Watt University

Noisy Nights – Call for Scores

September 14, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Call for Scores

A general call for scores is made, maximum length 5 minutes, for our new edition of Noisy Nights on 20th November (change of the original date) at The Drake Pub, Glasgow.

Instrumentation for this call for scores is flute, trumpet and double bass. Please note the scores should not include electronics or any pre-recorded parts.

Full score and parts in pdf format to be submitted to John Harris ( by 5pm on Wednesday 6th November. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Help us spread the word and share this with any composers who might be interested.

Instrument Demo: join us online from anywhere!

We will be hosting an online instrument demo on the 9th October at 19:30.

In this session you will be able to ask questions of the players and have the demonstration in real time, as well as getting to know the players a bit more before submitting your work. You can send us your questions in advance via email to and also live during the session on both platforms.

How to join?
You can join through Facebook live and the online meeting platform ZOOM (check our website closer to the date for the link to join the ZOOM meeting).

2019 Composers’ Day: Writing for Oboe

September 3, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside


2019 Composers’ Day: Writing for Oboe

Saturday 2 November – 10.30am-4.00pm


Call for composers


The 2019 soundfestival annual Composer’s Day takes place on Saturday 2 November in Aberdeen. The composing theme for the day is writing for endangered instrument the oboe.


The day will consist of workshops, talks, and one-to-one surgeries led by leading composers Ailie Robertson and Luke Styles. The aim of the day is to give opportunities for composers to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the viola as well as developing general compositional ideas.


The renowned oboist Nicholas Daniel will be joining us in the afternoon to lead a masterclass and he will select new pieces to workshop as part of this session. The masterclasses will be open to members of the public. We are inviting composers to submit repertoire for this element of the day.



  • Your piece must be for solo oboe
  • Your piece should be no longer than five minutes long
  • You can write something new, or send in an unperformed work from your existing repertoire


How to Apply


  • The deadline for submitting a completed PDF score will be Friday 20 September 2019.
  • Please email your score to
  • You must also complete an application form with your details. The form can be downloaded from:
  • If video examples are available, applicants can additionally submit web links (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) by copying the URL in the application form.


Please note that you must be able to attend the masterclass in Aberdeen on the 3 November in the afternoon. Please note it costs £10 to attend the day.


We will let you know if your composition has been selected for masterclass by 30 September 2019.


If you have any questions or need further information please contact or phone 01330 826526.

Development opportunity for Scotland-based composers

July 2, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured by mwhiteside

PRS Foundation – Beyond Boarders

June 27, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Beyond Borders, a collaborative cross-border programme run by PRSF, is currently open for applications.  The scheme supports projects which create, tour and promote innovative and high-quality new music across all genres, and encourage engagement with audiences across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Please note that, as Creative Scotland is a funding partner in the Beyond Borders programme, proposals from Scotland-based applicants will need to demonstrate significant additionality to any activity supported by core or project funding from Creative Scotland.


Deadline: 24 July 2019


Full details are available on PRSF’s website:


Writing for Percussion Composition Course

June 21, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured, Opportunity, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

sound and International Percussion Institute present:

Writing for Percussion

Tuesday 6 August – Wednesday 7 August 2019


for young composers based in Scotland

Cost: £40


International Percussion Institute (IPI) is an annual seminar for percussionists taking place in Aberdeen, Scotland. This year, the IPI will also feature an inaugural composition course for young composers based in Scotland aged 17 to 26 on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August, in partnership with sound. The theme for the course is writing for percussion.


The course, led by leading composer Joe Duddell, will consist of demonstrations, workshops, and a chance to collaborate with IPI participants. Over the 2 days, composers will create a short piece for percussion which will be performed at a sharing session.


The aim of the course is to give composers an opportunity to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the percussion as well as developing general compositional ideas.



How to Apply

Please send the following information by email to

  • some information about yourself (biography/CV including your date of birth);
  • a short paragraph detailing your motivation for taking part;
  • a couple of examples of pieces you have already written (either score or recording).

The deadline for applications is 15 July 2019.


It costs £40 to participate. Participants are responsible for organizing their own travel and accommodation if not based in Aberdeen.


We will let you know if you have been selected for the composition course by 19th July 2019.


If you have any questions or need further information please contact or phone 01330 826526.

The Night With… Call for Scores

June 17, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured, Opportunity by mwhiteside

LSO Soundhub and Jerwood Composer+

June 17, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured by mwhiteside

St Andrews Call for Scores (two prizes of £500)

June 5, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity by mwhiteside

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, the European Chemical Society has developed a new version of the Periodic Table. The St Andrews New Music Ensemble in collaboration with Emeritus Professor David Cole-Hamilton are offering two prizes of £500 each to commission two composers to write a 5-6 minute work, or several shorter pieces totalling 5-6 mins based on a key message of the new periodic table. Composers of any age and nationality are invited to apply to receive one of the two commissions.

Instrumentation: flute, violin, trumpet, horn, bassoon and electronics (optional). Composers may use all five instruments, but no fewer than three. Any electronic parts should have patches provided.

Closing date: 14 June, 2019

Winning composers announced and commissioned: 28 June, 2019

Performance of new compositions: 5 October, 2019 (Byre Theatre, St Andrews). The performance will be integrated into a lecture by David Cole-Hamilton about the new Periodic Table.

Application requirements:

– CV and biography

– A score and recording of an existing composition

– A 150-200 word description of how you plan to musically elucidate or illustrate one or more of the key messages (below) from Professor David Cole-Hamilton in the commission.

Applicants should send the above to

See for more details.

Adopt a Composer – Making Music Scotland

May 28, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Open Call – Diaphonique fund

April 10, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Diaphonique is a bilateral fund for classical contemporary music, supporting collaborative projects between France and the UK.

Diaphonique is a bilateral fund for classical contemporary music, supporting collaborative projects between France and the UK which include commissions, concerts, tours, residencies and educative projects.

Through Diaphonique we aim to:

• Foster artistic exchanges and deepen the dialogue between musicians and composers from both sides of the Channel
• Promote long-lasting partnerships between French and British musical organisations
• Foster creativity by supporting commissions
• Help upcoming artists and composers in their career development

Your project must show strong partnerships and create links between the two countries by:

• Encouraging an artistic collaboration between artists and/or composers across the two sides of the Channel.
• Involving new or existing works composed by British or French composers. Repertoire from both countries is preferred.
• Performing the project in France or in the UK. Projects taking place in both countries will be prioritised.

Diaphonique does not fund individual projects. Artists and composers cannot apply directly. Hosting organisations make the application, artists and composers cannot apply directly.

How to apply ?
The new call for applications is now open. You can apply until 15 May 2019. All information and the application form are available from the Diaphonique website: 

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact (Michael Duffy), or call (0)20 7389 4373, or visit

The deadline is Wednesday 15 May 2019 at 17:30.

Sonica 2019 Open Call

April 10, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside

Cryptic is seeking existing audiovisual installations by Scottish-based artists to be presented as part of their biennial visual sonic arts festival, Sonica, which returns to Glasgow from 31 October to 10 November 2019

Sonica is an 11-day biennial festival in Glasgow, dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts. Returning to Glasgow for its fifth edition, the award-winning festival will present cutting edge work by international artists alongside emerging UK talent across the city from Thu 31 October – Sun 10 November 2019. Since launching in 2012, the festival has presented over 800 events by 250 artists from six continents reaching audiences of over 160,000 people.

We are looking for innovative and creatively ambitious installations which are already existing and require no further development as this is something we are unable to fund. All Scottish-based artists, regardless of age or stage in their career, are welcome to apply. Artists who are currently in higher or further education are not eligible (this does not apply to PHD students who can apply.)

The selected artists will receive

A guaranteed fee of £500 to cover time and labour for a one-day install and half-day de-install of their existing installation, in line with the Scottish Artist Union’s 2019 rates of pay;
Travel expenses for artists based out with Glasgow;
Support in sourcing basic technical equipment where possible;
Support for install/de-install where possible;
Venue hire, PR and marketing support;
A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;
– An opportunity to participate in an international arts festival;
– An opportunity to build a new audience for your work;
– Valuable opportunities to develop networks alongside exceptional international and emerging artists.

If you would like to apply please download the submission guidelines and equal opportunities monitoring form below. Please consider the eligibility criteria and application content carefully before applying, ensuring you follow the guidelines. Cryptic is an equal opportunities organisation and welcomes applications from a broad range of applicants. We will work with all applicants to ensure their access needs are met during the selection process and will ensure that access requirements are not a factor in our decision making.

If you require additional support in completing your application or have any questions please contact Jennifer at or phone 0141 354 0544.

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to: The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Sonica Open Call 2019 Application. (e.g. Jim Smith Sonica Open Call 2019 Application.)

Application Deadline: 12 noon Wednesday 8 May 2019

Sonica 2019 Open Call Guidelines

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 2019

The Night With… Advertisement for Board Members

April 3, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

The Night With… is seeking to recruit two new board members with the capacity and skills to oversee the development of the charity. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with legal and/or HR skills, experience of international touring and record labels; and from those with a strong interest in contemporary classical music. The Night With… actively encourages applications from people who identify as female, LGTBQIA+, working-class, people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. We’re also interested in hearing from people who work outside Scotland. We are keen to hear from people with all levels of experience. If you have not acted as a trustee before and would like to find out more about what the role would entail, please contact The Night With…’s Chair Carol Main on Board members are expected to attend four board meetings per year, and to participate in the life of the organisation between board meetings, attending performances, advising staff members and acting as an ambassador for The Night With… The roles are unpaid voluntary positions. Travel expenses can be arranged. Most meetings will take place in Glasgow or Edinburgh.


About The Night With…

Begun in 2016 by composer Matthew Whiteside, The Night With… is a salon style series based in Glasgow presenting interesting contemporary classical music in intimate, informal venues away from traditional concert halls.


Since 2016 there has been 18 concerts with 14 world premières in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen with 624 audience members attending in total. Performers have included performers drawn from Scotland and further afield including Red Note Ensemble, Juice Vocal Trio, James Turnbull, Wooden Elephant, Joanna Nicholson, Frances Cooper and Carla Rees. Premièred composers have included Claire McCue, George Stevenson, Diana Salazar, Emily Doolittle, Timothy Cooper, Matthew Whiteside and Samuel Beagles.

2017 was the first The Night With… Call for Scores for self-defined emerging composers with no age limit. The scores were submitted and judged under a pseudonym, to prevent any bias, with five being selected for workshop and one being selected for première in the concerts. In 2017 the call for scores was for the Aurea Quartet (string quartet) and received 61 entries from 9 countries and Juice Vocal Ensemble (female vocal trio) received 42 entries from 15 counties.

In October 2018 The Night With… was founded as a Scottish Incorporated Organisation with a board consisting of Carol Main (chair), Andy Saunders (secretary), Matthew Whiteside (CEO & Artistic Director) and Nicholas Bone. We are in the process of launching the 2019 season.



About the Role

We recognise that different candidates will bring different skills and experience to the board, and would encourage anyone to apply who meets some of the criteria below.


  • General Commitment to supporting the mission and objectives of The Night With…
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador for The Night With…
  • Genuine passion and interest in the work The Night With… undertakes


Skills & Experience

  • Knowledge of charitable governance structures
  • Ability to review and interrogate financial reports
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Risk management skills
  • Passion and knowledge about classical music
  • Experience working within the arts


How to Apply

Please send an short cover letter outlining your interest in the position and a CV to our CEO & Artistic Director, Matthew Whiteside, Please send expressions of interest by 20th May

Find out more about The Night With…


The Night With… Ambassadors

April 3, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

For the last three years The Night With… has been presenting interesting new classical music in pubs, clubs and art galleries. The 2019 season is our biggest yet and we need your help.


The Night With… ( is looking for students to form teams of The Night With… (TNW) Ambassadors in and around Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Belfast to help spread the word about our concerts.

We are interested in hearing from enthusiastic new listeners or old hands at concerts who are open to hearing new music in a relaxed, informal and different way.


What you get:

  • free tickets to concerts
  • reduced price tickets for other under 30s that you bring + a free drink
  • backstage access to rehearsals
  • an insight into how a concert is run
  • meet composers and musicians in person
  • really interesting music
  • good experience and addition to your CV
  • be the first to find out about TNW 2019 season when launched later this year


We would like you to:

  • spread the word about The Night With… 2019 to under 30s through social media / email / word of mouth
  • come to at least two concerts between August and December
  • bring your friends and encourage others to come
  • write short reviews of concerts that we can post on our website / your relevant platforms (optional)
  • take photos at the event and share on your social media
  • we’d also appreciate your feedback on the concerts (what you liked, what you didn’t like etc)


How to apply :

Send us an email telling us a bit about you, and why you’d like to be an Ambassador for The Night With… .

If you’d like any more details, you can email us too.

Email : Matthew Whiteside (Composer/Artistic Director)

There is no deadline, this opportunity is open until we have enough people.

While you are here sign up to our mailing list to get The Night With… news an opportunities direct to your inbox.

Find out more about The Night With…

Power SERG – Call for Works

April 3, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

Two performances organised by University of Aberdeen’s Sound Emporium Research Group (SERG in conjunction with Aberdeen University’s May Festival (

The SERG concerts will run on the 24th of May, 2019, at 1pm and 7pm. A more detailed programme will be available in late April.


SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) is issuing a call for works to all UK-based sonic artists. There is no strict theming, however, we encourage submissions to be inspiring and engaging as the May Festival is well attended by the general public and children. In particular, we seek applications from postgraduate students and early-career composers/creators to fulfil SERG’s primary aim of supporting the next generation of sonic artists.

A limited number of bursaries are available to cover accommodation/travel expenses incurred by the performer/composer’s attendance at the concerts. See the application information provided below for information on how to apply for a bursary.

Performance Submissions:

We welcome contributions from a wide range of disciplines, and invite submissions on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Fixed Media (stereo, or multichannel up to 16 speakers)
  • Live Electronics
  • Instruments and Electronics
  • Live Coding
  • Audiovisual Works

Submissions should not be of a duration greater than 15 minutes. Unfortunately, we are unable to programme installations as part of these concerts.

As these are performances organised by postgraduate students, preference will be given to submissions from students and early-career sonic artists.

To apply, please email with the following information:

  • A .pdf including your programme note (up to 150 words), biography (up to 50 words) and any technical requirements for the performance.
  • A recording of the piece (if possible/appropriate). Audio file submissions accepted only as download/streaming links. Please do not use attachments to send audio files.
  • A note of whether you are applying for a travel/accommodation bursary. This should include estimation and breakdown of expenses.

Submission Deadline: 5pm, 17th April.

Selections announced: 26th April.

For more info, questions, or submissions, please email:

2017 Composers’ Day: Writing for Opera and Bassoon

October 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside


2017 Composers’ Day: Writing for Opera and Bassoon

Saturday 11th November – 11am-4pm

Anatomy Rooms, Shoe Lane, Aberdeen AB10 1AL



The 2017 soundfestival annual Composer’s Day explores the two different soundfestival themes – composing for opera and the endangered instrument the bassoon.


This day will consist of workshops, talks, and one-to-one surgeries led by leading composers Benedict Mason and Errollyn Wallen. The aim of the day is to give opportunities for composers to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the bassoon and the genre of opera as well as developing general compositional ideas.


The day is suitable for all composers of all ages and stages of their careers. You can also attend if you’re not a composer but interested in hearing about composing in these two areas and attending the lunchtime-concert and masterclass with internationally renowned bassoonist Pascal Gallois.


Timetable Outline

10.30am        Registration, tea and coffee

11.00am        Welcome and Introduction

11.05am        Session on composing for opera


12.10pm        1:1 Surgery sessions with Errollyn and Benedict – to be pre-booked on application form

Sessions will last approximately 10-15 minutes

A sandwich lunch will be served around the surgery sessions.


1.00pm         A recital by Pascale Gallois – one of the most prominent bassoon players in the world

György Kurtág         Pilinszky János: Gérard de Nerval

Toshio Hosokawa      Sen VII

György Kurtág         Kroó György in memoriam

Berio                      Sequenza XII


2.00pm         Session on composing for bassoon

3.00pm         Masterclass on bassoon and selected compositions from call-out led by Pascal Gallois

4.00pm         Finish


Booking Information

You must book a place on the day in advance by completing booking form available from sound by email. Please email The form includes payment options.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact or phone 01330 826526.

Scottish Awards for New Music 2018

October 9, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside








Following on from the inaugural event in 2017, New Music Scotland are pleased to launch the second annual Scottish Awards for New Music.  Created by New Music Scotland with support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, Help Musicians UK, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland, Steinberg, and EVM Marketing, the awards will celebrate and champion the highest standards and achievements of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles. They will highlight and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland, as well as the depth and breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.


The Scottish Awards for New Music are welcoming nominations for music being made by Scottish and Scottish-based creators and facilitators of new music. The eleven categories, including three new ones for 2018, are listed below. Partnerships with Hands Up for Trad and Jazz from Scotland have enabled the creation of new categories which focus on experimental and ground breaking traditional and jazz music.  Nominations are open from Saturday 7 October 2017 until Monday 11 December 2017 and can be made by both members of the public and industry professionals.  Nominations can be made via the website where details of eligibility and submission criteria can be found:



An international panel of composers, performers, programmers and music industry experts will meet in January to discuss the nominations, following which a shortlist will be announced.  Profiles of the shortlisted entries will be available on New Music Scotland’s website in the weeks leading up to the awards evening on Wednesday 7 March 2018.


New Music Scotland Chair, composer Oliver Searle said, The Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of new music in Scotland and further afield, spreading news of the innovative new music scene to potential audiences around the globe. Rarely do you manage to gather so many of the key figures and institutions of new music making in Scotland together in one room. Coupled with the high profile supporters and partnerships involved in making this event a reality, the Scottish Awards for New Music 2018 promises to be an exciting event for Scotland’s new music sector.”


Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said, “Music is an art form that never sits still – it is always pushing back barriers and reshaping the cultural landscape. The Scottish Awards for New Music celebrate such experimentation and throw a spotlight on our most talented composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles. Scotland is one of the most vibrant and collaborative countries in the world for new music, and these awards raise the profile of this exciting sector both nationally and internationally.”







  • Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work
  • Dorico Award for Small Scale New Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
  • Large Scale New Work (11+ performers)
  • Recorded New Work
  • ISM Award for Collaboration in New Music
  • Community/Education Project
  • Contribution to New Music in Scotland
  • Help Musicians UK Award for New Music Performer(s) of the Year
  • Award for Creative Programming
  • Award for Innovation in New Folk Music in association with Hands Up for Trad
  • Award for Innovation in New Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland


THE PANELLISTS will include:


  • Marc Dooley (Edition Peters)
  • Karen Power (Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland/Composer)
  • Marija Saraga (Muzički Biennale Zagreb/Croatian Composers’ Society)
  • Tom Poulson (musician)



  • £20 before shortlist announcement
  • £25 after shortlist is announced (January 2018)
  • table booking options available from January 2018
  • tickets include a welcome drink and food





  • a paying bar will be available throughout the evening
  • the duration of the event is approx. 2 hours

Wednesday 7 March 2018

8.00pm, Drygate Brewery

85 Drygate

Glasgow, G4 0UT



Andy Saunders  07794 159214



Notes to Editors:


  1. New Music Scotland is a network of composers, performers, programmers, producers, educators, funders and audience. NMS facilitates the creation, production and promotion of experimental, innovative and imaginative new music. We believe that new music comes from many different cultural traditions and musical practices; what brings us all together is our passion for and belief in the intrinsic value of new music creation for individuals and society as a whole.
  2. Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and


  1. Steinberg is known the world over for its music and audio software and hardware solutions. The company has been developing, manufacturing and selling innovative products for musicians and producers in the music, film, post production and multimedia industries since 1984. Steinberg products are used by Grammy and Oscar award-winning composers, engineers and producers. The company also offers business customers license-management and copy-protection systems. Dorico is the company’s next-generation professional scoring software for composers, arrangers, engravers, copyists and educators.

Visit for more information.


  1. Help Musicians UK is the leading independent music charity. Since 1921, Help Musicians (HMUK) has provided help, support and opportunities to empower musicians at all stages of their lives.

HMUK is creating a sustainable future that recognises the worth of all musicians.  The charity works in partnership to transform the music industry through advocacy, campaigning, solutions and targeted investment for all those within it.

Find out more at:   @HelpMusiciansUK


  1. The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the professional body for those working in the music profession. They promote music and look after the interests of professional musicians.

The membership of approximately 7,000 covers both individual musicians and corporate bodies. Individual members include leading conductors, featured and non-featured artists, orchestral musicians working in all of the UK’s leading orchestras, composers, animateurs and arrangers.

The corporate membership of over 160 music organisations includes the Royal College of Organists, Association of British Choral Directors, Association of British Orchestras, Wells Cathedral School Choir Schools’ Association, Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel, Worshipful Company of Musicians Incorporated Association of Organists, Music Masters’ & Mistresses’ Association, Wigmore Hall and more.

Find out more at:

2017 Composer’s Day: Writing for Opera and Bassoon Saturday 11th November – 11am-4pm

September 2, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The 2017 soundfestival annual Composer’s Day takes place on Saturday 11th November in Aberdeen. The two different composing themes for the day are opera and the endangered instrument the bassoon.

The day will consist of workshops, talks, and one-to-one surgeries led by leading composers Benedict Mason and Errollyn Wallen. The aim of the day is to give opportunities for composers to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the bassoon and the genre of opera as well as developing general compositional ideas.

The renowned bassoonist Pascal Gallois will be joining us in the afternoon to lead a masterclass and he will select new pieces to workshop as part of the session. The masterclasses will be open to members of the public. We are inviting composers to submit repertoire for this element of the day.


  • Your piece must be for solo bassoon
  • Your piece should be no longer than five minutes long
  • You can write something new, or send in an unperformed work from your existing repertoire

How to Apply

  • The deadline for submitting a completed PDF score will Friday 22nd September 2017.
  • Please email your score to You must also complete an application form with your details (can be downloaded from and email it with your score.
  • If video examples are available, applicants can additionally submit web links (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) by copying the URL in the application form.

Please note that you must be able to attend the masterclass in Aberdeen on the 11th November. Please note it costs £10 to attend the day.

We will let you know if your composition has been selected for masterclass by Friday 29th September 2017.

If you have any questions or need further information please contact or phone 01330 826526.

Open Call for Composers

August 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Open Call to commission a new work to be premiered in 2018 as part of the Orchestra’s summer season at Bold Tendencies Car Park Peckham.

As an organisation, we believe that anyone, no matter what their previous musical experience, can take part in amazing classical music performances. For the last four years we have given annual performances with local schoolchildren in Peckham, in performances that sell out to crowds of more than 500 people.

For this project, we are looking to commission a new work for our 2018 season in Peckham that enables children, with little or no previous experience in performing classical music, to be integral to the music. The final concept for the new piece will be developed in discussion with the chosen composer, but we anticipate the completed piece to be around 12 minutes in length, for an orchestra of around 30 professional musicians and up to 100 young people.

We would therefore like to hear specifically from composers who are interested in writing for young people (singers and/or instrumentalists) and professional orchestra. We are open to different ways of working according to the interests of the chosen composer – from the theme of the work, through to the creative process (it could include the children either getting involved in creating the work or purely in performing it).

The composer will receive a commission fee of £3,000. This includes preparation of performance materials but we will cover printing costs.

If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit the following by 10am on Monday 11 September by email to
– two examples of previous works, in particular works for large ensemble and/or young people if possible (pdf scores and links to recordings / videos where available)
– a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this commission and a brief description of the type of work you would like to write
– a CV (two sides maximum)

If you have any questions about the Open Call please call Laura Sheldon on 07817 116157 or email

The Multi-Story Orchestra promotes diversity and access across all aspects of its work and is committed to supporting equality of opportunity. We encourage applications from individuals currently underrepresented in the arts.

Hebrides Ensemble: Call for Scores

August 10, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Would you like to hear your music performed by one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles? Would you like to discuss your music with internationally renowned composer Nigel Osborne? Then come and join us in Edinburgh on Tuesday 21 November 2017 for a day of music-making and discussion.

The event will be led by composer Nigel Osborne and Hebrides Ensemble’s Artistic Director William Conway. Scores will be played by Hebrides Ensemble musicians during a day of performance and discussion, open to anyone with an interest in composition.

Hebrides Ensemble supports composers at all stages of their careers, most recently through: workshops for those at school, college and university; training for amateur composers working on their own; commissions and performances for those entering the profession; and commissions, recordings and broadcasts for established composers internationally. If we don’t know you or your music, we can’t support you! So, this is a chance to let us see what you’re doing and for us to get to know your music.

Submissions should be:
• a maximum of 7 minutes long (this could be a section of a larger work)
• written for any combination of the following instruments: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Piano, Bassoon and Horn. Solo or ensemble works will be considered.
• We don’t mind if your work has been performed before; if its published or unpublished; how old you are; or where you’re from. The only thing we ask is that you have completed your formal education.

Composers of any age and stage will be welcome to attend the seminar, even if you have not submitted a score. The seminar is open to all. For details on how to attend click here.

Submissions must be received by 18:00 on 30 September 2017.
One copy of the score (and a recording if you have one) should be sent to:

Hebrides Ensemble
Call for Scores
77 Montgomery Street

or emailed to

If your piece is selected, we will let you know by Friday 20 October and we will ask that you provide us with a set of parts by 1st November 2017. Please ensure that scores and parts are legible. Composers whose work is selected for performance would be expected to attend the event and we would provide you with a recording of your work.

RSNO Composers’ Hub

July 17, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the RSNO Composers’ Hub is a fantastic opportunity to compose music for orchestra in a range of different contexts, developing skills and creative relationships, as well as acquiring an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

Now in its third year, up to five emerging composers will be chosen to join the hub and spend the 2017:18 Season with the RSNO.  Whilst working with the RSNO, each composer will write a 7-10 minute piece for full symphony orchestra.  The scheme will culminate in a public workshop at the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, April 2018, from which one work will be chosen to be performed in the RSNO’s 2018:19 Season.

Composer opportunities:

This scheme is not simply about creating new works, but having the opportunity to develop meaningful collaborations with the RSNO and other Composers’ Hub participants. Those selected will build relationships with the musicians, staff and RSNO audiences, whilst receiving guidance in artistic development and career advancement.

More information and how to apply here.

Call for Scores

July 4, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The University of St Andrews Music Centre and Scottish Chamber Orchestra are looking for new work to be featured in a concert on Wednesday 15 November in the Byre Theatre, St Andrews. The programme of the concert is:


St Andrews New Music Ensemble and Musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Henry Purcell – Fantasia 7, transcribed by George Benjamin

Oliver Knussen – … upon one note, Fantasia after Purcell

New Work from Call for Scores

Ethel Smyth – Elegy for violin, horn and piano

Igor Stravinsky – Septet

Composers of any age and nationality are invited to submit unperformed, not yet premiered in the UK, or newly composed works for one of the following three instrumentations:

INSTRUMENTATION OPTION ONE: Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello

INSTRUMENTATION OPTION TWO: Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

INSTRUMENTATION OPTION THREE: Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano

Newly composed works which ‘respond’ to the music of Purcell or Stravinsky would be particularly welcome. Submissions should not be longer than 10 minutes. Decisions of what score(s) are selected for performance will be made by musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and staff from the University of St Andrews.

Closing date: Monday 11 September, 2017

Selected score(s) announced: Monday 26 September, 2017

For any queries regarding instrumentation, length or brief please contact Bede Williams on

Submissions of PDF scores and parts should be sent to

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is Orchestra in Residence at the University of St Andrews. The two organisations have enjoyed a close relationship over many years with the SCO presenting an annual five-concert season at the University’s Younger Hall, and this new designation is the first professional orchestra residency at a Scottish University.

In addition to the concert season, the University and the Orchestra collaborate on a number of innovative projects, including masterclasses and workshops, the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra (StAFCO), and an exciting series of lunchtime concerts giving the rare opportunity to hear SCO players in solo and chamber repertoire.

Formed in 2012, the St Andrews New Music Ensemble has built an enviable reputation for programming, commissioning and workshopping music by emerging and established composers from Scotland and beyond. The ensemble has already given over fifteen world premieres and worked with James MacMillan, Paul Mealor, Sally Beamish, Thea Musgrave, Tansy Davies, Eddie McGuire, John De Simone and Jeremy Thurlow. Recent highlights have included performances at Queen’s University Belfast, MacRobert Arts Centre Stirling, and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the Glasgow MINIMAL festival. In April 2017, the ensemble was joined by musicians from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in a concert of music by Cambridge-based composer Jeremy Thurlow.

Adopt a Composer scheme – Scottish Pairing

July 3, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The deadline for applications for Scottish composers is 5pm Thursday 13th July 2017.

The scheme pairs amateur choirs, orchestras or ensembles with up-and-coming composers for 12 months to collaborate and produce a new piece of music, culminating in a premiere performance and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Composers are mentored by Colin Riley, David Horne and Fraser Trainer with costs and expenses covered by the PRS Foundation, and retain all rights to the score.

I am currently talking to other choirs about getting another performance. This would mean the world to me, as it is not an understatement to say Adopt a Composer was about the most exciting experience of my life.

Rebecca Dale – paired with Music For Everyone, 2012/13

The process

  • July: applicant interviews
  • September: pairings announced at launch event – meet your group!
  • November: the group hosts a workshop introducing you to their members
  • January: you and your group workshop/rehearse the pieces in progress
  • February – April: further workshops and rehearsing of the draft piece
  • May – September: premiere concert (usually recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3)

Who else is involved?

Each pairing will be appointed with a mentor who will be there in the initial meetings when the composer and performing group are getting to know each other. They act as a source of ongoing advice to both composer and group as the work is composed, in musical and practical terms.

The mentor will be somebody who is experienced in this field. They will attend sessions with the composer and be available for e-mail and telephone contact.

Financial info

The composer costs, fees for the mentoring composer, and all expenses related to the placement of the composer will be paid by the project. Travelling expenses for scheduled visits to London will be paid for via Making Music/Sound and Music – details are provided on the launch day.

The composer retains all rights to the score. 

How to apply

To apply to take part, complete and submit the online form below. If you would prefer to complete the application form as a Word doc, or if you have any further questions, please contact Sally Palmer (


Before completing this form ensure that you satisfy the following criteria:

  • At the right point in your career as a composer (entering the profession, but not yet “established”)
  • Not in full time education
  • Based within the UK
  • Can commit in terms of time and travel to the project (project duration is approximately one season i.e. 9-12 months)
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of amateur music groups and of collaborative approaches to composition
  • Preferably have some experience of working with amateur groups, either as a composer, performer, or other.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to send us an example of a score and if shortlisted further will be invited to attend an interview in July 2017. Successful applicants will be asked to attend a launch day in London in mid-September 2017.

Applicants will also be asked to attend two composer days run by Sound and Music: one in October 2017 and the other in March 2018. Please ensure that you will be available for all of these days. We will inform you of the dates as soon as they have been confirmed.

New Year, New Music: Royal Northern Sinfonia Young Composers’ Competition

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Young Composers’ Competition

• An opportunity for composers studying at undergraduate or postgraduate level in the 17/18 academic year, at a UK university or conservatoire to write a piece of up to 8’ duration for chamber orchestra instrumentation.
• Successful applicants will have their composition workshopped by Royal Northern Sinfonia with the advice of a distinguished jury on Wednesday 22 November 2017.
• Three selected compositions will be performed by RNS to a live audience at Sage Gateshead on the evening of Friday 26th January 2018, conducted by Music Director Lars Vogt, during which a winner will be selected.
• First prize: £1500, Runners Up (x2): £1000


Please be encouraged to share this with anyone who might be interested.
Enquiries and further information:

Et Lux Radio -Call for Live Recordings

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Deadline: July 15, 2017

Attention Composers:

Et Lux Radio is a new internet radio station that will begin airing on or around August 1, 2017. We are currently seeking live or studio recordings of compositions! It is our mission to promote and encourage the proliferation of modern, contemporary classical music in ALL of its current diversity.

We are looking for the following genres:

Modern (dodecaphonic, serial)
Modern (free atonal)

Works can be for any size ensemble or instrumentation. Live/Studio recordings should be submitted that are of decent to high quality. We request the files be of .mp3 format.

The file should be accompanied with your professional name, a brief biography, program notes for the piece submitted, a signed affidavit giving Et Lux the permission to include the submitted recording within its regular broadcast lineup.

Depending on size of the audio file, recordings may be shared via email or via dropbox. Submissions, and questions, may be sent to

Call for Miniature Tape Works

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic by mwhiteside

The « Núcleo Música Nova » (Brazil) seeks Electroacoustic miniatures for concerts opportunities in Brazil (from July to November, 2017). These are the specifications:

– deadline: July 2nd, 2017;
– there are no fees nor artistic wages (we are from a public university; all concerts have free entrance);
– there is no age/nationality restrictions;
– only fixed-media electroacoustic works (aka Tape piece / Acousmatic work);
– only miniatures: no more than 2 minutes;
– up to 4 channels sound diffusion (8-channels is a possibility, although not guaranteed in every concert);
– send internet link (recommended) or mp3 (for now);
– send composer’s bio (short), photo, and program notes (short);
– send your work to with the subject TAPE MINIATURES – YOUR NAME;

Questions? Please contact us at

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

◆Sponsored by Sichuan Conservatory of Music
◆Organized by Research Institute of Composition Technique of Sichuan Conservatory of Music
Composition Department of Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Lin Ge’er
Composer, President of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

◆Chairman of the Jury
Dr. Zhou Long
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
Distinguished Professor of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Distinguished Professor, Tianjin Conservatory of Music

◆Qualification all students (without restrictions on nationalities regions and ages) are qualified
◆Deadline 08th October 2017
(Entries must be received before 08th October 2017)
◆Mailing Address
Committee of 13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China
Mrs. Liang Yi-fei
Mr. Jing Xu
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253

13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Chengdu, P.R. China, 2017

Rule of the Competition

◆Aim of the Composition
New Talent, New Idea
New Composition, New Music

the competition of this year is chamber music, and the establishment of music instruments to be selected of 1-9 instrumentalists combined willingly and the same instrument is not more than 4. (Without any electronic instrument, equipment and computer)
The composition should be under 12 minutes.
1. All students (without any restrictions on nationalities, regions and ages).
2. The composition should be written any style and in last three years.
3. The composition must be unpublished, and must not have been awarded in any other contest prizes.
4. Each candidate is allowed to offer only one piece for the competition and should not enter for the competition with others’ name.

◆How to enter
Candidates should fill out the entry form (enclosed) and offer the copies of the ID and the Student ID card, as well as 7 copies of the composition score.
The composition should be delivered by the registered letter to the Competition Committee before the deadline.
The score of the computer file (PDF format) should be sent via email to at same time.

◆Mailing Address
Committee of 13th SUN RIVER PRIZE Students’ New Music Composition Competition
Research Institute of Composition Technique,
No.6 Xinsheng Road, Chengdu, 610021 Sichuan, P.R.China

◆ Contact
Mrs. Liang Yi-fei
Mr. Jing Xu
Tel & Fax +86-28-8543 0253
Deadline: 08th October 2017
(Entries must be received before 08th October 2017)
we recommend the candidates to offer the CD record of the composition, but the audio files are not required.
All materials offered by the candidates (including scores and CD) will not be returned.

◆Award and Prizes
1st Prize (1): RMB ¥15,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
2nd Prize (2): RMB ¥10,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
3rd Prize (3): RMB ¥5,000 (pre-tax) and the certificate.
Honorable Mention (several): the certificate.

The juries have the rights to decide the prizes and the number of the vacant winners, and the jury’s decision is final.

◆Copyright of the Attribution
During the selection of the competition, any prize-winning composition could be published and played permanently and freely by the sponsors.

◆Additional Directions
1. Please do not write your name and any non-musical notes on the composition score, otherwise the candidates cannot enter for the selecting procedure.
2. The entry form is enclosed (copy is available), which should be posted after being filled out with the record and copies of the composition score.

Call for Scores- Music for Viola and Piano by Women Composers

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Hsiaopei Lee/Chialing Hsieh call for submissions for their second “Music for Viola and Piano by Women Composers” recording project.

First Recording:

Open to any women composers, regardless of age or nationality
Entry Fee: None

Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Instrumentation: Works for viola and piano or viola solo.

Duration: No duration limitation.

Difficulty: All difficulty levels are acceptable.

Audio Files: Composers are strongly encouraged to include links to the audio realization of their works (MIDI or live performance).

The selected works will be publicly performed prior to the recording session. Please indicate if your submitted works have been performed or recorded.

Submitted to: Chialing Hsieh
Deadline: August 1, 2017.

Call for Creative Works

June 23, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Claude Debussy in 2018: a Centenary Celebration at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Glasgow


As part of the weeklong symposium and conference ‘Claude Debussy in 2018’, to be jointly hosted in Manchester and Glasgow from 20-23 March, 2018, we invite submissions for original compositions, up to 5 minutes in length, written for the forces of one of the two smaller chamber sonatas Debussy left unfinished at his death in 1918, i.e.:

Sonata no. 4 for oboe, horn and harpsichord

Sonata no. 5 for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and piano


Based on a CV, list of works, and a clear expression of interest (max. 250 words) specifying your creative interest in and plans for composing ‘in memoriam Claude Debussy’ at this time, we will invite submission of scores and parts to be assessed by a panel of Glasgow and Manchester composers for possible inclusion in either a compositional workshop or a public concert featuring musicians of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.


Deadline for CV, list of works, and expression of interest, specifying your chosen ensemble and describing your creative concept: 1 September 2017

Deadline for fair copy score and parts (on invitation): 31 January 2018.


Please send expressions of interest (and/or any questions) to


*Please note that while there will be one composition/ performance workshop in each city, the concert itself will only take place in Glasgow on 23 March.

LSO Jerwood Composer+

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is a new programme that will support early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the programme.

Two composers will be accepted onto the LSO Jerwood Composer+ programme each year for a 16-month placement with the LSO. The composers will each be given the opportunity to programme, plan and deliver two concerts at the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, enabling them to showcase new music by both themselves and other composers whilst gaining entrepreneurial skills through mentoring from key LSO staff. The concerts will make a substantial contribution to the diversity of the music programme for audiences at LSO St Luke’s.

More info

RESONANCES | International Composers’ Competition 2017 – 1st Edition

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

The RESONANCES Composers’ Competition is open to all composers of any age and nationality.
The organization will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition from 25 to 28 September 2017 in the city of Kiev (Ukraine), inside the Union Composers.

The composers’ selected works will be performed in a final concert on 28 September inside the Concert Hall of Union Composers of Ukraine.
The concert will be recorded by a sound engineer and a movie director will make a video.

Each composer must submit a music score choosen in the following instruments from 3 to 10 players:
soprano, mezzosoprano, piano, flute (ottavino, flute in G), clarinet ( bass clarinet), trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 percussionists (timpani, bass drum, cymbals, vibraphone, xylophone, tubular bells, woodblocks).
The work must not exceed 10 minutes.


The Frederic Mompou International Award for 2017

June 20, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

In memory of F. Mompou and his wife C. Bravo, who were its Honorary Presidents. 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Frederic Mompou’s death.


Any composer who is not over 35 years of age on December 31, 2017 can participate in this competition.
The works must be completely unknown. They must not have been previously performed, published or disseminated in any way or in any computer sound file.
The musical formation this year is for:
Trio for clarinet, cello and piano

The style and scoring methods of the work are completely unrestricted. The recommended duration is between 10 and 18 minutes.


The Frederic Mompou International Award for 2017 consists of:
The amount of €4.000. This amount will be subject to Spanish taxation.
Publishing and marketing of the winning score by Editorial Boileau publishing house.
The premiere of the work in a concert within the “Xarxa de Músiques a Catalunya” (Music Network in Catalonia) in order to create new audiences for contemporary music.
The Frederic Mompou International Award cannot be shared or declared void.
The jury reserves the right to award two honorary mentions.
The 2017 winner cannot compete again until the competition of 2020.

Presentation of the scores

The presentation of the scores must be anonymous: a pseudonym must be used.
No motto or pseudonym can be used that identifies the composer or the work presented.
The score can be written by hand or printed by means of a musical notation programme.
Incomplete scores will not be accepted. All the scores presented must be legible at first sight. A score that is badly written can be refused.
The work has to be sent as a score in DINA4 (21×29,7 cm) or similar size paper and well bound.
Please, send:
Six copies of the score, on which a title for the work and a pseudonym figure.
A sealed envelope with the same pseudonym, which includes:
1. The entry form, correctly filled in.
Entry form
2. A photocopy of an identity card, passport or proof of identity.
3. A brief curriculum vitae.
The six scores and the sealed envelope must be sent to:

Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona Premi Internacional Frederic Mompou
PO Box 5498, 08080 Barcelona-Spain

Presentation deadline: Saturday, August 19th, 2017 (incl.)

The scores that have been sent by registered post before or even on the above date will be accepted.
A copy of the scores that have not been awarded the prize will be kept in the files of the entity. During 2018, the remaining copies will be returned to their composers, if they request them.

Jury and verdict

The jury will be made up of five professionals of international prestige in the world of contemporary music, and they will be made known when the verdict is made public.
The decision of the jury will be taken by absolute majority and the verdict will not be open to appeal.
Once the verdict is determined and it is found that the winning work has not complied with all the rules, the composer will be stripped of the award.
The verdict will be announced before the end of September 2017.

Award-winning work

Once the verdict has been announced, the award will be granted. According to JMB’s concert programme, the award-winning work will be premiered in the “Xarxa de Músiques a Catalunya” (Music Network in Catalonia) concert tour, organized by Joventuts Musicals de Catalunya.
The work will be recorded by and broadcasted on the Catalan radio station Catalunya Música.
The intellectual property rights remain in the composer’s possession. In posterior recordings and programmes, the following text must be stated: “Frederic Mompou International Award for the Young Composer Competition of Joventuts Musicals de Barcelona, 2017”.
Once the award is granted, the winner is required to present a copy of the score in the programme Finale or Sibelius.
Editorial Boileau has the publishing and marketing rights to the score.
The winner must accept this point regardless of other publishing commitments.

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