Deadline: April 15, 2016

The Boston New Music Initiative announces our first “Core+” call for works to be programmed on its eighth concert season, which will run from October 2016 through May 2017.  See the details below, which have recently been updated for this call. Preference will be given to works using multimedia.

    1.    Instrumentation. The call is open for acoustic, electro-acoustic, and multimedia works. Acoustic submissions must be scored for at least 3 members of BNMI’s core ensemble (fl, cl, vn, vc, pf, perc) and up to a maximum of 14 performers. Instrument doublings of flute/piccolo and clarinet/bass clarinet are acceptable. Stereo electronic, electroacoustic, or multimedia works may be for any instrumentation of 1 member of BNMI’s core ensemble (see above) to 14 performers, but at least one live performer must be used (no fixed-media).
    2.    Duration. Works can be of any duration, although preference may be given to works which are 12 minutes or less.
    3.    Core+Dance. BNMI is partnering with Luminarium Dance Company for our eighth season, and so this call is also open to works specifically composed for dance, or scores that the composer would allow to be paired with dance. Please indicate your preference during the submission process. Note that new choreography will be created for all works in this category.
    4.    Multimedia. For all multimedia submissions, composers must either indicate that they have the rights to the specific multimedia element to be used (e.g. the film, tape, MAX/MSP patch, choreography, artwork, etc.) and grant BNMI permission to utilize it during performance, or else grant BNMI permission, at its discretion, to create a multimedia element. In the second case, BNMI reserves the right to incorporate or not to incorporate multimedia elements at its sole discretion.
    5.    Electronics. Scores of works involving electronic elements must include information on the specific technical requirements for performance. Likewise, multimedia works must indicate any extramusical forces needed.
    6.    Number of Entries. There is no limit on the number of works a composer may submit, however each work should be submitted as a separate entry.  Multi-movement works should be submitted as single entries, even if movements are in separate files.  (The submission process allows for multiple files per entry.)
    7.    Anonymity. All submissions must be anonymous. Scores or other materials with names or other identifying marks will not be considered. Please remove all identifying marks from all materials (except the composer information page, see submission process below) before submitting.
    8.    Membership. 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.
    9.    Questions? Please address any questions to  Note: Please do NOT send submission materials to this email address as the materials cannot be submitted using this method.
    10.    File Formats. The only acceptable file formats are:
    1.    For the score: .pdf
    2.    For (optional) audio recordings: .mp3 or .m4a
    3.    For video: .mov or .m4v
    4.    All other materials: .doc, .docx, .txt, .rtf, .odt, or .pdf
    11.    Delivery of Music. Selected composers are required to mail or deliver physical copies of parts for all performers and two (2) full scores within four (4) weeks of their notification of selection as well as electronic files of the score and parts. If electronics are involved, all files required for performance and rehearsal must be submitted within the same time frame.

Selection Process
Composers are asked to use our submission portal to upload the following materials (each as separate documents).
    1.    An anonymous PDF file of the score.
    2.    A recording of the work (not required but encouraged
    3.    For works using electronics, a detailed description of technical requirements and processes needed (i.e. a “tech rider”).
    4.    An entry fee for each submission.  The entry fee for this competition is $5 for each submission for Full Members and $15 for Associate Members.   Membership information can be found here.
    5.    An information sheet containing the following:
    1.    Composer’s contact information (name, phone number, physical mailing address, email address, and website URL, if any)
    2.    Title, instrumentation, and duration of the work
    3.    Work’s date of completion and complete performance history
    4.    Performing rights organization (ASCAP, BMI, etc.) associated with the work and/or composer, if any
    5.    Composer’s year of birth (for program information only)
    6.    Composer biography and program notes for the work (maximum 300 words each), to be used if the work is selected.  BNMI reserves the right to truncate the program notes or composer biography if either exceeds the word limit.

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