Call for Collaborators

Call for Collaborators

Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

Thank you to everyone who applied this year! We will announce the selected composers by July 1, 2018. Applications are currently closed, but we hope you’ll consider applying next year! You can sign up below to receive an email when we announce our next call for collaborators:

We’re thrilled to announce our second call for collaborators!

We believe in advocating for our colleagues and promoting their music. Yet most calls for scores are a winner-take-all scenario. Usually, the fees, ranging from $5 to $25 or more, cover the prize with the rest of the money going into the ensemble’s general fund.

We’re doing things a little differently.

First, there is no application fee. As artists ourselves, our goal is to discover as much new music as possible. Fees create an unnecessary barrier and get in the way of working directly with our collaborators.

Second, composers will apply in teams. The applicant will propose a new piece they want to write and two existing works by their colleagues. We’ll play all three pieces together during our 2018–2019 season.

Third, we’re offering a small prize this year. The selected team will receive $800: the applicant will receive a $500 prize for a new commission and their colleagues will each receive $150 for the performance.

Finally, the selected team will be announced by July 1, 2018. Even if your proposal is not selected this year, we will keep your music in mind for inclusion in our future concerts!

Questions? Please read the guidelines and the frequently asked questions carefully. If your question isn’t answered, send us an email at [email protected].

Thanks for your interest in collaborating with Sound of Late! We look forward to listening to your music.

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  • Submit a representative work scored for 2-8 instruments.
  • Provide a link to a recording of the work.
  • Write a brief proposal (300 words max) outlining a new work.
  • The instrumentation of the proposed work must use 3-7 instruments drawn from the following: flute (dbl. picc/alto), clarinet (dbl. bass), horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
  • Provide scores and recordings to two existing pieces by two of your colleagues using our primary instrumentation in any combination: flute (dbl. picc/alto), clarinet (dbl. bass), horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
  • Write a brief description (150 words max) outlining why you selected the two pieces by your colleagues. What makes your proposed program unique or compelling?
  • The total time of the proposed work and scores from your colleagues should be 30 minutes or less.
  • Open to US and international composers.
  • All composers must be at least 18 years old.
  • First or second year undergraduate students and high school students are not eligible to apply.
Evaluation Criteria
  • Artistic quality of the submitted scores and recordings.
  • Overall strength of the proposed program.
Selected Team
  • The selected composer will write a 5-12 minute piece for 3-7 instruments from the following — flute (dbl. picc/alto), clarinet (dbl. bass), horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass.
  • The selected team will be performed on a concert together during Sound of Late’s 2018–2019 season.
  • The selected team will be required to provide PDF scores and parts for the ensemble.
  • An agreement will be sent to the selected team outlining deadlines and granting a two-year exclusivity to Sound of Late to perform the new work.

Questions? Please read the guidelines and the frequently asked questions carefully. If your question isn’t answered, send us an email at [email protected]. Thanks!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have a college degree to apply?

No, as long as you meet all the eligibility requirements and provide the required materials.

Do I have to be a student to apply?

No, you do not have to be a current student to apply. High school students and first or second year undergraduates, however, are not eligible to apply.

The score I am submitting does not match your instrumentation. Can I still apply?

Yes! It is only for us to see an example of your work, not for us to perform.

We encourage you to submit a score that includes at least 1-2 instruments from our instrumentation. A percussion quartet, for example, might be awesome but it won’t tell us how you handle writing for winds and/or strings.

Can I include electronics in my application?

Yes. Amplification is limited to four (4) instruments in a stereo configuration. Tape playback or live processing using Max and/or Ableton Live is possible. Please contact us if you have questions.

What if everyone in our team wants to write a new piece for Sound of Late?

You may submit multiple applications with a different proposal from each composer, but only one composer will be selected to write a new piece.

Do I need permission to list my colleagues?

Yes. In addition to scores and recordings, you will be asked to provide their email and phone numbers in the application. Each composer will receive a confirmation email after the application is submitted.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Sound of Late does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.