Deadline: March 15, 2015

The Boston New Music Initiative announces a call for works to be programmed on its seventh concert season, which will run from August 2015 through May 2016. Composers may submit music with or without an electronic element for ensembles of 4-14 players (see the instrument list below).

New this year, composers may also submit music (see instrument list below) which involves a multimedia element from another art form (multimedia elements may be film, projected images and graphic scores, spoken word and/or acting, dance, spatial placement of musicians, visual art, or similar cross-discipline elements).

Submission Guidelines

  1. Works may be of any duration, but preference will be given to works that are shorter than 12 minutes.

  2. There is no limit on the number of works a composer may submit; however, each composition should be a separate submission. Multi-movement works can be submitted as single entries, even if movements are in separate files.

  3. All submissions must be anonymous. Materials with names or identifying marks will not be considered.

  4. Works may be of any instrumentation, but preference will be given to works that fall within the following instrumentation: 1 Fl. (dbl. picc./ a. fl.), 1 Ob. (dbl. E.H.), 1 Cl. (dbl. bs. cl.), 1 Bsn., 1 Hn., 1 Tpt., 1 Trm., Pno., 1 Perc.,  Strings:

  5. Acceptable file formats are as follows
    - Scores/Other Documents: PDF only
    - Audio: .mp3 or .m4a
    - Video: .mov or .m4v

  6. Selected composers are required to forward hard copies and PDFs the full score (2 hard copies), all parts, and any other required materials for performance (technical requirements, videos, Max patches etc.) to BNMI within four (4) weeks of the notification of their selection.

  7. For multimedia submissions, composers must also include a PDF with a brief description of the multimedia element and indicate that the composer has the rights to the specific multimedia element to be used (e.g. the film, choreography, or artwork).

To Submit

  1. Submissions are only accepted through our submissions portal.

  2. Composers are required to upload the following materials

    1. A PDF of the full score. It is preferable that multi-movement works be submitted as a single PDF file if possible.

    2. A PDF document with detailed technical requirements, processes involved and/or extra-musical elements, if any

    3. A PDF information sheet* containing the following:

      1. Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, email, physical mailing address, website URL etc.)

      2. Composer’s year of birth

      3. Composer’s bio (300 word max)

      4. Title, instrumentation and duration of work

      5. Work’s year of completion and complete performance history

      6. Work’s program information (300 words max)

      7. Performing rights organization (ASCAP, BMI etc.)

* note: the information sheet will not be viewed by the judging panel and thus may contain the composer’s identifying information

    1. Recording (optional). Mockups or MIDI realizations are acceptable. Submissions will still be accepted without recordings, although recordings are encouraged.

  1. Composers wishing to submit scores must become members of BNMI; Associate Membership is free and Full Membership is $20 a year. Information on membership benefits can be found here.

  2. There is an entry fee for each work submitted in the call for scores. The entry fee is $5 for each work submitted by Full Members,  and $15 for Associate Members.

  3. For questions, please email Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address.

  4. Composers whose works are chosen will be notified by e-mail.

Click here to submit to this call.

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