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BBC Next Generation Voices scheme

Radio 3, the BBC’s classical and culture station, is looking for a new generation of contributors and presenters.  Do you have an interest and passion for classical music and a desire to share your interest with a broad audience? Together with the BBC Academy, Radio 3 is holding a free media familiarisation day on Monday 18 March 2019 which will offer an introduction to the station, practical experiences in a radio studio, as well as masterclasses with experienced programme makers.

Full details on how to apply will appear on the BBC Academy’s website on 7 January.


Sound Performance – #RSDUnsigned Competition

Deadline: Wednesday 13th March 2019

Sound Performance have teamed up with Record Store Day, as official vinyl manufacturing partner: “We’ve been pressing your favourite music on vinyl since 1994, all colours, shapes and sizes and we’re excited to be able to offer this service for free to the competition winner.”

​As well as the opportunity to win your music pressed to vinyl and distributed, this will be a great chance to get your music heard and promoted across the music industry.

You have up to one minute to present your music. No set format, just submit a video showcasing your work as best you feel in just 60 seconds.
Must be unsigned and have original material. All genres welcome.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

National Orchestra for All Call for Proposals

Deadline: midday on 2 January 2019

Orchestras for All’s flagship ensemble, the National Orchestra for All (NOFA), is searching for young composers between the ages of 18-25 to compose an exciting new piece for our 2019-2020 season My Roots, Our Routes. The piece will be workshopped with NOFA members in November / December 2019 during the NOFA Winter Sessions, and performed in April 2020 alongside a brand new commission.

Download further details and application information


International Songwriting Competition 2018 – Music for Film, TV and Ads

Deadline: Wednesday 12th December 2018

The 2018 International Songwriting Competition has reopened entries looking for songs that are perfect for music sync in Film, TV, and Ads. Winners will be selected and connected to industry sync specialists.

Ten finalists will have their songs made available to over 1,000 industry licensing specialists, and one overall winner will get the opportunity to network directly with a group of high-profile execs who specialize in music placement, including Lionsgate, ABC Television, MTV, and more.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

NCEM Young Composers Award 2019

Deadline: Friday 15th February 2019

This major national annual award is open to two age categories: 18 years and under; and 19 to 25 years. The winning works will be premiered by virtuoso viol player, Liam Byrne in a public performance which will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.
Composers are invited to create a Fantasy, for solo viol or for viol and electronics. The Fantasy is a form that has flourished since the Renaissance and is characterised by the elaborate spinning out of a musical idea; it is music that’s all about invention. The Fantasy is also a type of piece where anything can happen and for this year’s award, the NCEM want to encourage composers to think about augmenting the sound of the viol through the use of electronics.

Vienna International Music Competition

Deadline: Thursday 20th December 2018


Winners’ recitals in Vienna at MUSIKVEREIN (Gläserner Saal): Saturday, 9 March 2019, with over 20.000 € in prizes.

Application fee: 95€ (or $109 USD)

Young Artist: 6 to 19 years old
Virtuoso: 20 to 26 years old
Professional: 27 years old and older, with no age limit

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Interactive Traces 2019 Call for Works

Deadline: Monday 7 January 2019

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology (ICCaT) and the Department of Music at the University of Liverpool present a concert of digitally-mediated works and improvisations as part of the annual Open Circuit Festival. Submissions for dynamic audiovisual scores that guide the production of sound & music are invited. The featured ensemble for Interactive Traces 2019 will be the Ligeti Quartet. The concert will take place at The Hub in the Department of Music at the University of Liverpool on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Full details and application on the ICCaT website


Huddersfield Professional Development Programme for Female Composers of Electronic Music

Deadline: Friday 14 December

In partnership with the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield, hcmf// invites applications from female-identifying composers of electronic music to participate in a new professional development programme as part of the festival’s broader commitment to the Keychange initiative.

The programme offers an opportunity to compose a new work to be presented on the 48-channel/66-loudspeaker Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS) in a concert during the hcmf// shorts programme in November 2019.

Full details and application procedure on HCMF website


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The Gesualdo Six Composition Competition

Deadline: Tuesday 18 December

Composers are invited to submit a new work for The Gesualdo Six’s second Composition Competition. The winning works will be premiered by the ensemble at Cadogan Hall on Thursday 7 March 2019 and will be considered for publication by Novello & Co Ltd. A prize fund of £1000 is available. This competition is open to all composers, divided into two age categories: 21 years and under, and 22 years and above. There is no entrance fee. Six texts have been specially selected for composers to set, including poems by Christina Rossetti and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Apply via the Gesualdo Six website


Call for Works: The ÖGZM (Austrian Society for Contemporary Music)

Deadline: Thursday 31st January 2019

The ÖGZM (Österreichische Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Musik) has announced a call for works, seeking electro-acoustic compositions with or without instruments. The call is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. There is no submission fee.

For the guidelines, and to apply, click here.



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