Keep Composers Weird 2017

Expiration of Opportunity: 
Wed, 2016-03-09
Entry Fee: 
U.S. Dollar (USD)

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD – The second annual program for emerging composers held in Austin, TX the "Live Music Capital of the World"

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD program provides an opportunity for selected composers from around the world, ages 21+, to submit a newly written work that is to be rehearsed, recorded in a professional studio and performed at a concert in Austin, TX. In addition, for 5-6 days, each composer will participate in lectures, networking events and establish professional relationships with colleagues in the music and arts industry.

The program name draws inspiration from the city of Austin’s motto of “Keep Austin Weird.” Most composers do not have professional studio recordings of their compositions, and most who do, have subpar live recordings. With quality studio recordings there is an opportunity to place compositions in film, commercials, and radio. In Austin, a city rich in music and culture, these visiting composers will also have the opportunity to build relationships and broaden their network.

KEEP COMPSERS WEIRD will take place between May 14th and May 21st in Austin, Texas. Participants will be required to compose a work specifically for the program. Each composer will have the opportunity to work with an ensemble in a rehearsal and a recording session at Cacophony Records, recording and engineering done by Grammy winning producer, Erik Wofford. All tracking will be done in Austin, mixing and mastering will be conducted post-program and sent to the composer (composer retains all rights to music). A performance will be booked in advance and promoted to showcase each composer. In addition, conferences, panels, and mixers will be held at various venues around town to provide networking opportunities. Participants will be provided with housing (house includes full kitchen, living room, backyard, Wi-fi, TV, A/C etc), catered breakfasts, lunches

Participants (tuition + housing + two meals per day): $1,500 USD
Application should be sent by email to by March 7 2016
1) Please send the following information:
a. Name
b. Birth date
c. Nationality
d. CV
e. Short paragraph talking about yourself (i.e - interests, goals, etc)
f. Two letters of recommendation

2) PDF files of two of your works with recordings or midi (if available)

3) $15(USD) fee payable by paypal to

Mar.7.2017: Application deadline
Mar.14. 2017: Announcement of results
Mar.21.2017: Notification to reserve spot in program
Mar.25. 2017: The selected participants will receive instrumentation for their works
May.4.2017: Deadline for sending finished composition
May.14. 2017 - arrival and accommodation in Austin
May.21.2017 - departure from Austin

Website (includes info for 2017 & highlights from 2016):

Published date: 
20 Nov 2016