2012 League of Composers/ISCM Competition deadline May 1st


May 1 2012 - 12:00am
2012 Composition Competition

The League of Composers/ISCM US Section announces its annual composers' competition. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and possible performance in New York City. Up to five additional finalists may also be selected. The winning piece and all five finalists may be submitted to represent the US in the ISCM 2014 World Music Days Festival to be held in Poland, provided they fit into the Categories for Entries.

The 2012 League of Composers Competition is open to all composers with US citizenship or legal residence. There are no stylistic limitations. Works must be between 5 and 20 minutes in length, although closer to 10 minutes is encouraged, to increase the likelihood that the piece will be programmed under League/ISCM auspices.

Submitted works may be for solo instrument, small ensemble, or any combination up to a chamber orchestra, voice, multiple vocalists, chorus, opera and additional media, and/or electronic components. Any compositions using texts must show proof of all necessary copyright permissions. While we will consider works with any instrumentation, please note that we cannot promise performances of works for forces larger than chamber orchestra, 4 or 5 vocalists or equivalent chorus. We can accept up to three pieces per composer.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS VIA THE WEBSITE IS MAY 1, 2012 @ 11:59 PM - It is strongly encouraged that you submit your works well before the deadline.

Each piece requires its own upload and PayPal fee of $21.00. Our submission process is entirely electronic; if the work you wish to submit cannot be submitted in this way, please contact Frank Brickle for assistance at [email protected].

The entry page will require you to upload the following to our website: - Your bio and CV, including any contact information, in pdf form only! - One copy of the full score of the work, in pdf form.

Submissions are judged anonymously. You must remove your name everywhere from the score, including in the copyright notice. There is no need for a pseudonym. We apply our own index number. - One recording or midi realization of the work, also with your name omitted. This must be in mp3 form.


Guidelines for Submission The judges will meet and adjudicate during the month of June 2012 and endeavor to complete the process before the end of the month. If they choose more than one winner (as they have in the past two years), the $500 prize will be split between the winners. Subsequent possible performances of the winning works will be arranged over the course of the following year, probably for a concert season later than 2012 - 13. If the League is able to arrange a performance, the composer of the winning work must supply a conductor’s score and parts at his or her cost. For more information about the annual World Music Days Festivals and the ISCM, please see http://www.iscm.org/

The website also details how to make an individual submission, directly.

Questions should be addressed to [email protected].