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Emerging Black Composers Project

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

San Francisco, CA

Applicants must be 35 years of age or younger
The deadline to apply is Monday, February 1st, 2023 (Winner(s) will be notified on at the end of April)
All applicants must submit the following:
3 representative works, scores, and recordings. All scores must be properly engraved and submitted as PDFs.
Recordings of samples are strongly preferred, but MIDI realizations are acceptable. Work samples should be composed within the last 5 years.

Short paragraph to describe the composer's sound and approach

Total duration must be indicated on each score, either on the inside cover or after the final bar.
Indicate on the first page of the score if it is "Transposed" or "In C"
IMPORTANT: All identifying marks should be removed, including any names, organizations, and publishers. Do not submit any file names that include your name.
Scores are expected to be fully engraved, legible, and clearly convey your musical ideas

The winner will receive a $15,000 commissioning award, mentorship from a trio of Music Directors (Esa-Pekka Salonen, Edwin Outwater, and Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser), as well as receive the rare opportunity to workshop, edit and refine the piece with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra or similar ensemble, months before the final score is due. The workshop will be recorded as a study tool for the composer, and all associated recording fees, travel expenses, and copyist fees will be covered separately/additionally from the commission award. The winner’s commission will be premiered by the San Francisco Symphony. In the first year of the Program, the judges awarded commissioning prizes to three additional composers. When entries are received this year, the judging panel will determine whether recognition of composers other than the winner is appropriate and feasible

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