3rd Annual Young Composer Competition

The Boston New Music Initiative is pleased to announce its third annual Young Composer Competition. The purpose of this competition is to further the mission of The Boston New Music Initiative to generate and celebrate the creation of new music. 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 acoustic, electro-acoustic, and multimedia works. Any composer born after January 1, 1997 is eligible to submit regardless of nationality, sex, color, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or veteran status. Composers currently or formerly on the staff of The Boston New Music Initiative as well as past competition winners are ineligible to apply. Submitted compositions must include at least one instrument from BNMI’s core ensemble (see below).

The winner of this competition will have their work performed by The Boston New Music Initiative on the 9th concert season (2017-18) and is expected to attend the performance. A travel stipend of up to $250 will be made available to the winning composer.

We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guideahead of submitting to this competition.


  1. Instrumentation. BNMI’s core ensemble consists of Flute (doubling Piccolo, Alto Flute or Bass Flute), Clarinet in B-flat (doubling Clarinet in A, or Bass Clarinet in B-flat), Violin, Violoncello, Piano and Percussion. Works with unusual percussion instruments or a large number of percussion instruments may not be able to be programmed. Stereo electronic, electroacoustic, or multimedia works are accepted, but at least one live performer must be used (no fixed-media). Any additional instruments should be standard orchestral instruments or singers. Works including rarer instruments such as Harp or Celesta may not be able to be programmed.
  2. Duration. Works can be of any duration, although preference may be given to works which are 12 minutes or less. Multimedia. For all multimedia submissions, composers must either indicate that they have the rights to the specific multimedia element to be used (e.g. the film, tape, MAX/MSP patch, choreography, artwork, etc.) and grant BNMI permission to utilize it during performance, or else grant BNMI permission, at its discretion, to create a multimedia element. In the second case, BNMI reserves the right to incorporate or not to incorporate multimedia elements at its sole discretion.
  3. Electronics. Scores of works involving electronic elements must include information on the specific technical requirements for performance. Likewise, multimedia works must indicate any extramusical forces needed. Works utilizing excessive electronic equipment may not be able to be programmed.
  4. Number of Entries. There is no limit on the number of works a composer may submit, 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.)
  5. Anonymity. All submissions must be anonymous. Scores or other materials with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove all identifying marks from all materials (except the composer information page, see submission process below) before submitting. Please make sure no meta-data including names or identifying marks remain in submitted files. No pseudonyms or code numbers are necessary.
  6. Membership. Composers wishing to submit scores must become members of BNMI; Associate Membership is free and Full Membership is $20 a year. Information on membership benefits can be found here.
  7. Questions? First check the FAQ section below. If you still have questions, please address them to info@bostonnewmusic.org. 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.
  8. File Formats. The only acceptable file formats are:
    • For the score: .pdf
    • For (optional) audio recordings: .mp3 or .m4a
    • For (optional) video: .mov or .m4v
    • All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf
  9. Delivery of Music. Selected composers are required to provide electronic copies of the full score and parts within four (4) weeks of their notification of selection. If electronics or multimedia are involved, all files required for performance and rehearsal must be submitted within the same time frame.

Submission Process
Composers are asked to use our submission portal to upload the following materials (each as separate documents).

  1. An anonymous PDF file of the score.
  2. A recording of the work (not required but encouraged)
  3. For works using electronics, a detailed description of technical requirements and processes needed (i.e. a “tech rider”).
  4. An entry fee for each submission. The entry fee for this competition is $5 for Associate Members, and no fee for Full Members. Membership information can be found here.
  5. An information sheet containing the following:
    • Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, physical mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
    • Title, instrumentation, and duration of the work
    • Work’s date of completion and complete performance history
    • Performing rights organization (ASCAP, BMI, etc.) associated with the work and/or composer, if any
    • Composer’s year of birth (for program information only)
    • Composer biography and program notes for the work (maximum 300 words each), to be used if the work is selected. BNMI reserves the right to truncate the program notes or composer biography if either exceeds the word limit.

FAQs and Helpful Hints:
We strongly encourage all composers to download and review the BNMI Submission Guide ahead of submitting to this competition.

  1. Please note that new memberships may take up to 24 hours to be approved (although usually much less). Composers 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 June 2 deadline.
  2. The submission portal is not available without login credentials.  Composers who are not existing BNMI members must first submit a membership application in order to create login credentials.
  3. Once all 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 order to receive discounts. For those composers submitting more than one entry, payment should be made only after ALL entries have been completed.

Click here to submit to this Call for Scores

2 Jun 2017
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