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five15 – 2019 Composer Competition

Deadline: Friday 8th March 2019

The London Oriana Choir has launched a ground-breaking new musical venture championing the musical talent of women composers.

five15 is the commissioning of 15 brand new choral works from five women over the next five years, but it will also include a programme of new performances, educational projects, recordings and other initiatives to raise the profile of classical music written by women across the UK, as well as helping to encourage and develop the talents of new young writers.

Entrants must be women aged between 18 and 25 years old.

For more information, and to enter, click here.


Torre Della Quadra – Composition Competition

Deadline: Friday 12th July 2019

The association Ensemble Nuove Musiche is organizing a competition aimed at new compositions. The winning scores will be performed as part of the 7th edition of the Festival Internazionale di Musica di Savona, in 2019.

The competition is organised into three different sections: chamber music, string quartet, and organ

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Call for Music – Sound Spaces 2019

Deadline: Friday 15th March 2019

Hertzbreakerz, in collaboration with Ars Nova Society, is seeking for music works to be included in the “SOUND SPACES” music festival which will be held in Malmö, Sweden in Spring 2019.

The call is divided into two sections:

  • Section A: ensemble (with or without electronics)
  • Section B: acousmatic (diffused live on a small acousmonium)

For more information, and to submit works, click here.


Musicalchairs are the “world’s leading online resource
for classical music professionals and students
“, providing an exciting overview for classical music job vacancies world wide. They acknowledge the importance of the audition/interview procedure and we strive to communicate all job details as clearly and simply as possible.

They regularly post information regarding the various, world-wide competitions composers can enter.

Browse their listed competitions here.

Their Composer-focused Twitter page can be found here.

2nd Beethoven Composers’ Competition at the Buda Castle – Call for Entries

Deadline: Thursday 14th March 2019

The Municipality of the Buda Castle District announces the 2nd Beethoven Composers Competition as part of the Beethoven in Buda Festival. Applicants are to submit an individual, previously not performed composition, based on a recognisable motif of Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 ‘Spring’. There are no age limitations or entry fees. The length of the piece should be 7-12 minutes, and composed for piano and violin. 

The winning composition will be presented at the Beethoven in Buda Festival at the concert on 2nd May 2019, and will receive €3000 as a first prize. €2000 and €1000 will be awarded to those placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

For more information, click here.

Entries must be sent electronically in PDF format by 12 noon on March 14, 2019 at beethovenbudan@budavar.hu with your personal details – name, address, contact information, short photo biography. Applicants may also include audio recordings in mp3 format (MIDI realization excluded), but this is optional. The anonymous application, the identity of the award-winning authors, will only be available to the members of the jury after the decision.

Music+Sound Awards – Open for 2019 Global Entries

Deadline: Friday 15th March / Friday 29th March (higher fee for two week extension)

The Music+Sound Awards are back for another year, globally celebrating music and sound in film, TV and advertising.

There are categories for television and online advertising, feature films, short films, television programmes, title sequences, branding and trailers. Each of these areas will be judged for: best original composition, best sound design, best sync, best re-record and best use of production music. Work must have been first broadcast or released, or completed in the case of short films, between April 1st 2018 and March 31st 2019.

BASCA members are entitled to a 10% discount when submitting entries, by quoting the numerical part of their membership number when prompted.

For more information, and to apply, click here.


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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.

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.

Unsigned Only: Music Competition 2019

Deadline: Monday 1st April 2019

Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are looking for exposure, recognition, and a chance to be noticed by industry professionals. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer.

Unsigned Only offers many categories/genres for you to enter, including Screen Shot which is geared toward getting your music into film, TV, video games, and other licensing opportunities. You can enter as many songs as you like in as many categories as you like.

Entry costs $35 and can be done via mail, online or Sonicbids.

For more information, and to apply, click here. 



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