Abundant Silence third annual Composition Contest

Our third annual Composition Contest is open to composers age 18+ that do not have an exclusive publishing contract. We are accepting works for 1-5 players with some restrictions on instrumentation. Winning composers become a part of the Abundant Silence roster with access to other programming that connects them with performers, students, communities and other opportunities. There are cash prizes for winning works and the selected works are performed at our annual new works concert, published in sheet music form, and recorded. Please read the full info and eligibility before applying at: www.abundantsilence.org/composition-contest

This is the third round of our Composition Contest. Becoming a winner of our Composition Contest is now the primary way to become a member of the Abundant Silence composer roster. Abundant Silence is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work of living composers and connecting composers and their work to students and local communities. Click here for more information about our mission.

The initial selection round will involve the board of directors of Abundant Silence choosing 10-25 Finalists based on the number of submissions. The current composers in the Abundant Silence roster will then vote on the final winning compositions. Winners will be announced in August with the last four months of the year dedicated to editing the work, publishing the work, and rehearsing the work (ensembles will be chosen based on location and commitment to performing new music).

​Abundant Silence reserves the right to discontinue this contest for any reason, in which case, all entry fees will be refunded to the composers.

The 2017 Composition Contest is Now Underway!!!
We will be accepting entries from March 1st through May 31st 2017.

Please read the Eligibility, Awards, Guidelines, and About and Selection Process below for complete information. No entry fee refunds will be granted to compositions/composers that do not fit our criteria.

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First Place winner will receive $500*
Second Place winner will receive $250*
Up to 5 Third Place winners will be chosen and will receive $50 each*

All winning compositions will be published through Abundant Silence and all winning composers will become a member of the Abundant Silence roster (composers keep their copyrights and are paid standard royalty rates...for questions regarding our contracts please contact Luke Rackers). The winning compositions will be performed by professional ensembles during our Annual New Works Concert, held each January. This concert will also be recorded in case the composer is in need of a live recording of their work.

*If the wining composition requires a music editor or notation services, Abundant Silence reserves the right to deduct these expenses from the award.

an original solo or chamber work for 1-5 players
a complete work, no single movements of a multi-movement work will be accepted
works should be a minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 15 minutes
works must be original, no arrangements will be accepted
works must have been written within the last 5 years and cannot be published or have won another prize
available instrumentation: violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet, bassoon, oboe, french horn, trombone, percussion (vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, drum set, wood block, congas, bongos, triangle, cow bell, cymbals, chimes, other small hand percussion including non-traditional or found items), prepared piano, electro-acoustic elements (amplified instruments or non-interactive).
any combination of the above instrumentation will be accepted but no more than 2 of any single instrument
audio recordings are not required but highly encouraged

31 May 2017
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