March Newsletter

Dear Subscriber

Welcome to our March Newsletter. In this issue, we have three important reminders: a Call for Contributions for our biennial Unyazi Festival in July; a Call for Proposals for our Soundings project; and a reminder to existing members who have not yet renewed that renewal is now overdue. We also have news of a new YouTube video channel, several opportunities for composers as well as the usual reminders of calls for scores.

As always, do let me know of any newsworthy items, for the next issue, that would help you to publicise your events in or after May. Likewise, if you hear of any composers’ opportunities, just send an email to me to malcolmdedman [at] gmail [dot] com.


Reminder – Call for Contributions for UNYAZI 2016

The deadline for this submission is fast approaching! NewMusicSA is proud to announce this year’s Unyazi Festival, to be held in Cape Town from 14 to 17 July 2016. Please see poster for full details and information about the Call for Contributions, and please note that you have until 31 March to submit.


Reminder – Soundings: A Call for Proposals

The board of NewMusicSA welcomes applications for innovative sound curations that require funding and publicity support for the period 2016 - 2017. Curations, or ‘Soundings’, of new music that are 1) context sensitive, 2) dialogue sensitive, 3) exploratory, 4) and interventionist are welcomed in particular.

The first due date for applications is 15 April 2016. Additional due dates for the remainder of 2016 and 2017 will be confirmed at a later stage.

Funds of between R 4 000 and R 10 000 per curation may be allocated, subject to the availability of such funds via NewMusicSA.

Please see attached file for information and guidelines for applications and please note that we would like to hear from you by 15 April, latest.


Reminder – NMSA Membership

This is a final reminder to existing members that membership fees are now overdue for the year starting 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017. Please renew before 31 March to ensure your continued membership.

New members are always welcome, and member’s benefits are detailed on our webpage. Click here to download our Application/Renewal form. We now have a number of membership categories: as an individual member, the annual fee is R200; students pay only R100. Also, we have a new category for individuals who have an affiliation to an organisation whereby their membership fee can be returned, for example, via research funding. The fee for this is R250. As always, you may contact me if you require further information.

If you wish to support us, but do not wish to be a member, your donation will always be appreciated. Please see our website for information about how to make a donation.


Performance Videos on YouTube

NewMusicSA have launched a YouTube video channel where videos of performances from our various festivals can be heard. Currently we are gradually releasing videos of last year’s Indaba, so do visit this page and enjoy.


News from the International Music Council

The International Music Council organizes, since the 1954, the International Rostrum of Composers, an international forum of representatives of broadcasting organizations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary art music.

Since last year they are presenting works by composers from countries where contemporary music has no space in the radio broadcast. The works should be composed over the past five years and will be presented hors concours in a dedicated listening session called 'Windows on the World'.

The Council's aim is to give an invaluable opportunity to be heard during one of the most important forum for contemporary and, at the same time, offer to our delegates some new works.

Please note that, in this case, the participation is free of charge, and does not have to come from a broadcasting organization. All they need are the recordings, a description of the work and some biographical notes about the composer. A special commission will then select the works that will be presented.

The Council is encouraging SA composers to get in touch with them. They would be very happy to give this opportunity to a contemporary composer from SA.

Of course, if you think that there is a broadcasting organization that could be interested in participating as a full participant, the Council would be more than happy to explore possibilities. Please note that participating as full participant opens up to an extraordinary exposure for composers. Just as an example, works presented in 2015 have received more than 600 total broadcast from Argentina to Australia, more than 1000 streaming online. Moreover, since 2015 we have a 5000 Euro co-commission for the young selected composer along with a short residence in Sweden and a live recording and broadcast.

Please, do not hesitate to contact Davide Grosso at d [dot] grosso [at] imc-cim [dot] org for any further questions. He has pointed out that only one work (of max 10 minutes and for only one edition) will be selected from SA as the objective of this session is give an overview.


Fidelio Fifth Piano Composition Competition

If you are able to record a small piece for piano and may be interested in taking part in Fidelio’s Fifth Piano Composition Competition via internet, pleases visit this link where you can read the prizes offered. To take part in this competition you just need to send the audio file of your composition. Everybody can participate through the web: teachers, students, amateurs….

It does not matter how far you are. In previous competitions Fidelio had participation from Spain, Italy, USA, France, Germany, Holland, England, Russia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Servia, Egypt Cyprus, Ireland, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela.

Note, application deadline is 10 April.


Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium

NEW PATHWAYS 2016: June 26 through July 7, 2016

[Dates may be adjusted for those with schedule conflicts.]


***Application Deadline: April 25, 2016***
***[Early Decision Deadline: April 11, 2016]***


International Composition Competition "Music and Nature"

Marco Lombardi is pleased to announcement the first edition of ‘International Composition Competition "Music and Nature"’. Please see poster for full details.

Please note the deadline for submission is 10 June 2016.

If you need any information, please don't hesitate to contact Marco at marcolombardi2010 [at] gmail [dot] com.


BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of particular significance and/or practical impact in one or more fields.

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Contemporary Music distinguishes composers, conductors and performers who have demonstrated exceptional attainments in the classical music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

AWARD CONTENT: The Contemporary Music award will consist of € 400.000, a diploma and a commemorative artwork.


·  György Kurtág (2014)

·  Steve Reich (2013)

·  Pierre Boulez (2012)

·  Salvatore Sciarrino (2011)

·  Helmut Lachenmann (2010)

·  Cristóbal Halffter (2009)

Candidates shall be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number in the case of convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the candidate(s) belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working.

Nominations are in all cases indirect, and can be put forward by the representatives of artistic societies or organizations; national or regional academies of the arts; university departments, schools or research institutes; conservatories and schools of music; scholarly music and musicology journals; orchestras and orchestra associations; and radio and television broadcasters running symphony or chamber orchestras.

Nominations should be submitted through the website of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards: Both nominations and the accompanying documentation must be submitted in English only.

The closing date for submissions is June 30, 2016, at 23.00h GMT.


7th Brandenburg Biennial

The Association of Friends of the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra (Förderverein Brandenburger Symphoniker) announces the seventh edition of its international competition for composers of symphonic music on its homepage.

Also, you may download full information here. Please note that the deadline for submission is 21 May 2016.


Launch of the Nuovo Orfeo International Composition Competition City of Padua

To mark the 50th anniversary of its foundation, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto is launching an international competition for chamber orchestra composition. The competition is open to composers aged under 35 on 22 October 2016.

For full information in Italian and English, see poster.


Reminders of Call for Scores

      1.    International Composition Competition “City of Udine”

Notice is given of the participation of the eleventh edition of the international competition of composition "City of Udine" (2015/2016). The rules, conditions and registration form and other information are available on the website. Note, Deadline for submission is 31 March 2016. Contact competition [at] taukay [dot] it for further information.

2.    The 7th International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition will be held at the Prague Conservatory in the Czech Republic from July 24 - August 1, 2016. This competition was founded in order to extol the great accomplishments of the composer Antonín Dvořák, and to discover and raise-up young, talented composers who can carry on the historical musical legacy. The composition committee intends to support the selected composers’ continued development by providing composition commissions, as well as recording and performance opportunities. For more detailed information regarding the competition please refer to the competition homepage.

      1st Round : Application Deadline. April 1, 2016

      2nd Round : July 24 – August 1, 2016

3.    SASRIM is very excited to announce that composer Kevin Volans will present seminars and workshops at its Composer’s Meeting in Bloemfontein this year, which will be held at the UFS from 21-27 August.

See brochure for Call for Scores. Please note that the deadline for entries is 30 May 2016.

Please note, the submission email on the poster is incorrect: it should be chair [at] sasrim [dot] ac [dot] za.

      4.    “...a Camillo Togni” International Composers Competition, 8th edition

      Please visit website for further information. The competition rules are available here.

      Note that the deadline for submission is 20th June 2016.

5.    The Italian Percussive Arts Society is holding a competition for composers of percussion instruments. There are no age limitations. The categories are:

A - ONE Percussionist -
B- DUO Percussion and piano
C- ONE Percussionist and orchestra
D- from DUO to SEXTET (only percussion)
E- from DUO to SEXTET (+ other instruments )

      Please visit website for more information.

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