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ECM Emerging Composer Festival | No deadline

About the Festival

Welcome to ECM's monthly emerging composer festival series. Each month we host a new ensemble-in-residence with high-profile and world-renowned performers. Composers are encouraged to apply with their submission portfolio. Up to ten composers are selected each month, who will compose short pieces for the ensemble, under the direction of the composer-in-residence. We also hold a week-long hands-on workshop and lectures prior to the world premieres of composer pieces. We encourage past applicants who were not selected to re-apply in the following months.

Accepted participants will be excpected to write a 3-4 minute piece for the ensemble, receiving a world premiere online release. Composers will also receive a video file of their final performance for their records, with a limited promotional use. This festival is intended to further the compositional and collaborative skills of emerging and early-career composers as well as to provide them with an opportunity to have their music reach audiences across the globe. At the festival, composers will have a chance to connect with world-renowned and high-profile musicians, opening up possibilities for future commissions and collaborations. Our guest artist will also give talks on career opportunities, working with an orchestra and becoming composer-in-residence, receiving commissions and studio recordings and much more.

Visit our page for this month's ensemble and submission details, or email us at


RIVERS: A Resource for Artists | No deadline

Preamble | A significant feature of CMC Ontario operations is our consulting with, and advising community members. Numerous artists approach our office for guidance and support related to a variety of topics: grant and sponsorship opportunities, designing programming, event coordination, community- and relationship-building, and more. These topics are likely relevant to you as well. Rivers is our initial effort to open up and formalize what has been a more casual, incidental, and conversational, yet persistent feature of our work.

About Rivers | We invite artists to connect with CMC Ontario. Whether you have questions about your career and project planning, or would like some insights as you pursue a particular career opportunity, we are interested to learn about your work and support you.

How it goes | Use our Rivers submission form to provide basic information about the nature of your inquiry, the timeline that you are working with, and any preferences you might have for the style of communications in our follow up. CMC staff will reach out to address your inquiry. If you want to submit information in a different way, contact

In the event that we receive a large volume of submissions, we will prioritize requests from artists from under-represented communities in our existing membership: folks who are disabled, recent migrants, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQIA2S+.

We want to thank our friends at the ICEBERG composer collective whose ADVICEBERG initiative offered insights and inspiration during the development of Rivers.


Centrevisits Education Program | No deadline

Centrevisits provides resources for you and your students to study and share contemporary Canadian composition. The program can be tailored to suit your curriculum needs, including music history, careers in the arts, and more.

Centrevisits is an education workshop presented by the Canadian Music Centre. Students and teachers participate in guided research, discussion, and creative programming that focus on art-making and the context of music composition in 20th and 21st century Canada. A Centrevisits workshop allows students to engage with professionals in the music industry such as composers, musicians, audio engineers, administrators and others.

DURING THE PANDEMIC | CMC Ontario is offering short introductory sessions that will guide your group through our online resources and programming. Sessions can run from 20-45 minutes, and grow to encompass other topics—we offer these short online sessions facilitated by CMC staff for free. We can also support artist outreach to introduce creative programming into your online classroom—artist fees would vary with the requested programming.

We ask for at least two weeks notice if you are requesting a session at a specific date and time. Depending on availability, we may be able to coordinate a session with less notice.

To request an online Centrevisit, fill out the form linked at the button below.


Piano Composition Recording | No deadline

Composition recording by professional concert pianist

Dear composers,

Do you have a piano piece that you would like recorded?

I'm a UK-based concert pianist and I've worked with many leading composers, including for performances at the BBC Proms. I offer a bespoke recording service for composers requiring acoustic performances of their music, made on my Yamaha C3X Grand Piano. These can be used for personal or promotional purposes and my rates are from just £10 (13 US dollars) per page.

Please get in touch and see further information (including samples) at my website.

Biography excerpt:

"Edward collaborates frequently with leading composers and has worked with Sally Beamish, Pierre Boulez, Gary Carpenter, James Dillon, Michael Jarrell, Philippe Manoury, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Charlotte Seither, Elliott Schwartz, and Judith Weir, amongst others. He has given many world premieres of his own pieces as well as works by composers including Rory Boyle, Nicholas Olsen, Jim Perkins, Lenny Sayers, John Stringer, and Harry Whalley."

For more information and to contact me:

I look forward to hearing from you!

Web site:

Walter Beeler Memorial Prize | Jan 1, 2022

The Ithaca College School of Music announces the 2022 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize.

Beeler Competition 2022

The Ithaca College School of Music announces the 2022 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize. This prize succeeds the Walter Beeler Memorial Commission Series established in 1975. Funded by the Ithaca College School of Music, its alumni, and friends, this highly successful original series has recognized over a dozen compositions for wind band. The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize has been created to further encourage the composition and performance of the highest quality wind band literature in honor and memory of Ithaca College's renowned director of bands.

Submission deadline: January 1, 2022


Entries must be original compositions for wind ensemble/concert band, utilizing standard wind band instrumentation. No transcriptions/arrangements (except those of original music by the composer) will be eligible.

There is a limit of one entry per composer.

The composition may have already been performed, but shall have been written (completed) no more than two years prior to the contest deadline. [That is, since January 1, 2020.]

The composition should be conceived and composed to ensure an effective performance by professional, university, and high school bands alike. Performance time shall be a minimum of seven minutes.

Compositions must be submitted with a full score and compact disc or Flash Drive digital (WAV) recording. A "hard copy" (paper) version of the score is required. Scores may be in manuscript (hand-copied) form, but composers are highly encouraged to submit computer-typeset scores. Compositions without recordings will not be considered; while synthesized versions are acceptable, they are discouraged. Do not send parts with your submission.

All rights, including those pertaining to copyright, remain with the composer.

The competition is open to all composers except:

• Past winners of the Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize

• Any composer who received a commission from the Walter Beeler Memorial Commission

• Ithaca College faculty


There will be a cash prize of $6,000, with the performance of the work in spring or fall of 2022. The winner is strongly encouraged to attend the performance. Travel and accommodation support, up to a further $1,000, is available to the winner upon the furnishing of the appropriate receipts.

The Ithaca College School of Music has the option of withholding the award if no entry is found to be suitable.

Submission and Return Guidelines:

A sealed envelope containing (only) the name and address, (physical and email), of the composer should be paper-clipped to the title page of the score. The date of the composition must appear on the title page of the score and the outside of this envelope. The composer's name, (or any other identifying marks), must not appear on the score, the recording, or on the outside of the envelope.

All entries must be received by the committee chair not later than January 1, 2022. Entries received after that date will not be considered. Do not include any materials other than those specifically asked for with your submission.

The winning composition will be selected and the composer notified no later than February 1, 2022. Parts for the winning composition must be received by the Ithaca College School of Music no later than March 1, 2022. Prize monies will be processed on receipt in good order of the performance parts.

A self-addressed, stamped mailer must be included for return of materials (if desired). All precautions will be taken to ensure that manuscripts and CDs are returned safely, but Ithaca College cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage in transit.

The Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize specifically encourages submissions from under-represented composers.

Mail entry to:

Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize, 2022

Attention; Professor Grant Cooper

Ithaca College

School of Music

953 Danby Road

Ithaca, NY 14850-7000

All Inquiries:

Grant Cooper

Interim Director of Instrumental Ensembles

ABLAZE Records Orchestral Masters | Feb 1, 2022


Now in it's TENTH YEAR, ABLAZE Records seeks exciting new orchestral scores for recording and publication worldwide.

For this series ABLAZE will record your work with the tremendous

BRNO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA or the ROYAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA conducted by new music specialist conductor Mikel Toms. If selected, we will then record your work to ABLAZE Records award winning standards with our tremendous engineering team in Brno or Glasgow and New York. ABLAZE Records takes care of everything from planning right through to distribution and advertising.

Send a score of your work to us for your chance to secure a place on our Orchestral Masters, Vol. 10 CD. If our expert panel of composers chooses your work, you will win a spot on our TENTH Orchestral Masters CD.

If selected, the submitter retains all ownership of the master and underlying composition. Selection will entitle you to a partially subsidized commercial release of your work worldwide.

Deadline: Feb 1, 2022

Entry Fee: $17 USD


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