ACF contest deadline: Sunday, December 20, 2015!

In partnership with the acclaimed new music ensemble Sybarite5 the American Composers Forum announces the 2016 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest!

Download complete application guidelines here.

Competition Details and Schedule:

  • Entries must be submitted electronically via the link below on or before 11:59pm (Central) on December 20, 2015.
  • Entries submitted by mail or means other than electronically will not be eligible for consideration.
  • The names of the winning composers will be announced by March 1, 2016.
  • Each will receive a $3,500 commission to write a piece 4-to-6 minutes in length, scored for the instrumentation unique to Sybarite5 (string quintet).
  • The piece must be acoustic-only and must utilize the full ensemble (i.e., no trios, quartets, etc.);
  • Score and parts will be due on or before July 15, 2016;
  • Scores/parts created with music notation software are encouraged (no handwritten materials are acceptable);
  • Pieces using graphic notation are acceptable.
  • The Sybarite5 workshop and public performance (which will be recorded for archival purposes) will take place in Fall, 2016. NOTE: participation in the workshop/ performance is mandatory for the three composers.