Call for Guest Artists

Call for Guest Artists
Opens: November 5, 2018
Deadline: January 15, 2019

In order to discover new potential collaborators, the Boston New Music Initiative is announcing a call for guest artists to be programmed as part of BNMI’s eleventh season. Incorporated in 2010, BNMI aims to advance the careers of its members in the field of new music by serving as a resource for networking, professional development, commissioning, collaboration, and programming. The call is open for any solo, duet or trio act. The competition is open to all performers with no restrictions. Performers need not be based in the Boston area, however, local performers are especially encouraged to apply. BNMI is unable to provide travel or lodging for the duration of the rehearsal and performance period.

At least one guest artist will be chosen, and any chosen artist(s) will perform on a concert to be presented in early 2020. Chosen performers will perform one work of their choice by a living composer, as well as at least one additional work chosen by BNMI. The winning performer(s) will be granted a stipend of at least $150 per person for performance at the concert. Performers wishing to be considered will provide a sample recording, preferably live, of a late 20th or 21st century work. A score of the performed work must also be submitted.

We strongly encourage all performers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.


  1. Number of Entries. There is no limit on the number of performances that may be submitted; however, each work should be submitted as a separate entry. Multi-movement works should be submitted as single entries, even if movements are in separate files. (The submission process allows for multiple files per entry.)
  2. Membership. Performers wishing to submit recordings must become members of BNMI; Associate Membership is free and Full Membership is $20 per year. Information on membership benefits can be found here.
  3. File Formats. The only acceptable file formats are:
    • For the score: .pdf
    • For audio recordings: .mp3 or .m4a
    • For video: .mov or .m4v
    • All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf
  4. Questions? Please address any questions to Note: Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address as the materials cannot be submitted using this method. When submitting inquiries, please be as generic as possible, and do not include the title of your piece in the query in order to preserve anonymity.

Submission Process
Performers are asked to use our submission portal to upload the following materials (each as separate documents). If this is your first time submitting, please review our submission guide prior to starting the submission process.

  1. A video or audio recording, preferably live, of a late 20th or 21st century work
  2. A score of the work performed
  3. An entry fee for each submission. The entry fee for this competition is free for each submission for Full Members and $10 for Associate Members. Membership information can be found here.
  4. An information sheet containing the following:
    1. Name of all performers, and performing group if applicable
    2. Performer’s contact information (name, phone number, physical mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
    3. Title, instrumentation, and composer of submitted work
    4. List of instruments and possible doublings if applicable for the performer(s)
    5. Performer biography (maximum 300 words), to be used if the performer is selected. BNMI reserves the right to truncate the biography if it exceeds the word limit.

To Apply:

Helpful Hints:

  1. Please note that new memberships may take up to 24 hours to be approved (although usually much less). Performers signing up as new members who wish to submit to this competition should be sure to allot enough time for the approval process to complete in order to meet the January deadline.
  2. The submission portal is not available without login credentials. Performers who are not existing BNMI members should not attempt to go to the submission portal without submitting a membership application first: in order to create login credentials.
  3. Once your files have been added for each work, be sure to complete your payment in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Full members must have dues paid in full in order to receive full membership benefits. For those performers submitting more than one entry, payment should be made only after ALL entries have been completed.
  4. More questions? Please see our submission guide.
15 Jan 2019
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