Wild Rumpus Commissioning Project #4

January 24, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Wild Rumpus is a San Francisco-based new music ensemble dedicated to collaboratively developing works with emerging composers. We’re looking for submissions of portfolios for our fourth annual Commissioning Project. Selected composers will be invited to write a new piece to be premiered on a future Wild Rumpus concert during the 2016 calendar year, with a required reading session for their work-in-progress (either in person or via Skype) in the months before their deadline.

We are committed to paying composers for their work. However, selected composers must be willing to actively participate in fundraising efforts, including (but not limited to) assisting with a crowdfunding project (i.e. Kickstarter) to help raise commission fees. Our goal is to pay $750 per composer; however, please note that this is contingent upon the success of our fundraising, and is not guaranteed.

Composers who fall under at least ONE of the following categories are eligible to apply:

  • (a) Composers under 40
  • (b) Composers of any age who are not regularly commissioned by ensembles of national or international prominence

Application Materials

  • Scores (PDFs) and recordings (MP3s/video links) for two pieces (any instrumentation). (see below)
  • Bio (PDF)
  • Resume (PDF)

* For pieces that do not have a conventional score, a written description of the piece is acceptable.


  • Please look over our FAQ before applying, and feel free to contact jen@wildrumpusmusic.org if you still have questions. If you’re relatively new to applying to calls for scores, you may also find this blog post with tips for applicants helpful.
  • For audio recordings, we accept MIDI realizations, but strongly prefer live performances.
  • We accept videos for pieces for which no audio recording is available, or for pieces that contain theatrical, multimedia, or site-specific (etc.) elements that are best documented with video. We accept links to Youtube, Vimeo, or similar sites.
  • We will select at least one winner. We reserve the right to select multiple winners, and/or additional finalists.