Competition 2014 Entry

League of Composers/ISCM 2014 Composers’ Competition

The League’s 2014 Composers’ Competition is open to all composers with United States citizenship or legal residence. Enter for the chance to win a $500 cash prize and possible performance in New York City!

There are no stylistic limitations. Works must have been written within the last ten years (after May 15, 2004), and be between 5 and 20 minutes in length.  (closer to 10 minutes is encouraged, to increase the likelihood that the piece will be programmed on a League/ISCM concert) Submitted works may be for solo instrument, small ensemble, or any combination up to a chamber orchestra, voice, multiple vocalists, chorus, opera and additional media, and/or electronic components. While we will consider works with any instrumentation, please note that we cannot promise performances of works for forces larger than chamber orchestra, 4 or 5 vocalists or equivalent chorus.

Any compositions using texts must show proof of all necessary copyright permissions.

We can accept up to three pieces per composer. Each piece requires its own upload and PayPal fee of $21.00.

Entry Deadline: MAY 15, 2014

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To Apply:

  1. Fill out the form below
  2. Your bio and CV., including any contact information, in pdf form only!
  3. One copy of the entire score of the work, in pdf form. The score must have your name removed, including in the copyright notice. No need to apply a pseudonym, we apply an index number to each application submitted.
  4. One recording or midi realization of the work, also with your name omitted. This must be in mp3 form. (Please be patient as it may take up to 5-10 minutes for your mp3 to upload.)
  5. After submitting the form, click the link to PayPal and pay the $21 application fee.

Note: If your piece has a video component, please put the link to a webpage (myspace, youtube, etc) in your bio and on the first page of the score. The judges will then access the video while listening to the musical component of your submission. Email or call 516-680-1508 for assistance. If you have technical problems with your entry please email Amanda Alic by clicking here.

Technical Note: Please limit the size of your mp3 to under 10MB. Please submit only one mp3, if your piece is in movements, combine them into one mp3. There are tools available online to help you do these things. Visit (for both Windows and Mac) and (for both Windows).

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By checking this box you are giving permission to the League of Composers/ISCM to display excerpts of your submission, including the first few pages of your score and the first 30-60 seconds of the accompanying sound recording, on our website. Only the winning work will be displayed. Composer also agrees to allow the League of Composers/ISCM to make sound and visual recordings of the performance of the piece if it is performed by the League Chamber Players or Orchestra. The recordings will be used primarily for archival purposes, on the League's website, and in promotional materials, and possibly on a compact disk production and distribution.