BTFW Composition Competition (CALL FOR SCORES) Deadline Feb- 20


The specific details and requirements of 'Breaking the Fourth Wall 1st International Composition Competition' Awards are set forth below. Participation in the Award is subject to CMD-E's Official Awards Rules and Regulations. To the extent not specifically defined below, all capitalized terms have the meaning set forth in the Rules.


'Breaking the Fourth Wall 1st International Composition Competition' was founded with the intent to exhibit compositions from composers in the early to mid-career range, however, we encourage composers at any level to apply. We encourage all composers to write specifically for the instrumentation of CMD-E, however, this is not a requirement to win the competition, only to have the composition considered for performance in the Spring Marathon Concert this year in April. The competition is therefore open to all composers of original, classical concert music of any genre.


The instrumentation of CMD-E is as follows: Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Piano, Percussion, Cello, and Double Bass. Compositions may be written for any combination of these instruments, or for the full ensemble. In addition to this instrumentation, works written for string quartet will be considered for performance during the Spring Marathon Concert this year.


The Award is open to composers of any age: (1) who meet the instrumentation guidelines set above and (2) who have paid the $15 entry fee for the first piece, and $10 per piece thereafter, via the Paypal link provided at the bottom of this page.

If a musical work or composition submitted as part of the “Submission” (specified below) is co-written, all co-writers shall be considered Entrants and must consent to participation in the Award and satisfy these eligibility criteria, together with all other requirements set forth in the “Rules.” Works which are set to a text protected by copyright must include permission of the author of the text (or the author's representative), as described below.


Begins at 9:00 AM PDT on January 1, 2017, and ends at 11:59 PM EST on February 20, 2017. Hard copy are not accepted for the award this year, and all electronic submissions must be submitted, via this website, no later than 11:59 PM on February 20, 2017.


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To enter the Award, eligible Entrants must complete and electronically submit the Online Application provided below, which is available only during the Award Period. Make sure to submit the following materials, electronically, via email (a) a file containing the score in whatever form it may be in (hand written scores must be scanned); (b) an mp3, aiff, or wav file containing a high quality recording of the piece submitted (midi realizations are accepted, however, live or studio recordings take precedence); and (c) program notes for the submitted pieces.

All Submission materials must bear the Entrant’s name together with all co-writer(s) of the work or composition. Any recordings must separately be marked with the name of the Entrant (including all co-writer(s)), the title of the work, and the names of the performers. Submit Questions and Concerns to:

Note: For vocal compositions setting text, the winner must provide evidence that the text is either in the public domain, or if still protected, used with written permission from the author or author’s representative (publisher or estate). For setting a translation of text, provide evidence that the translation is either in the public domain, or used with written permission from the translator or translator’s representative (publisher or estate).

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Each eligible Submission will be judged by a panel of composers, performers, and members of CMD-E, based on the significance and overall artistry and compositional elements of the musical work or composition. Award-recipient selection resides within the sole discretion of the Panel.


In accordance with the Judging Procedure and Criteria above, the 1st prize winner will be selected as the Award Recipient and will receive a monetary Prize of $250. The number of secondary Award Recipients and the monetary distribution of the Prize resides within the discretion of the Panel.

The winner of the competition and a selected number of qualified compositions may be presented at the Spring Marathon Concert in April at a time and location during each applicable year to be determined by the Panel’s sole discretion.


March 6th, 2017

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20 Feb 2017
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