OPEN CALL: Scores for 2015 MATA Festival

Dec 04, 2013 11:58 am
MATA seeks submissions from composers under age 40 for our 2015 festival and commissioning program. We accept all music: sound art, video, electronic, found instruments, toys, installations, fully notated, improvised, and everything in between. A panel of distinguished composers, performers, and conductors will select approximately 20 participants for our Spring 2015 MATA Festival of New Music in New York City. Selected composers will either receive a performance of a pre-existing work or a commission to write a new piece. Our performers are among the world’s finest ensembles and in the past have included chamber groups large and small, orchestra, chorus, soloists, and much more. Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa in 1996, MATA presents a week-long festival of music by composers under age forty each spring in New York City. Each festival presents up to thirty works by young composers, at least three to four of which are newly commissioned.

Please submit links to scores and recordings of your two best works; a one-page resume; a list of compositions; and contact information through our website We will only accept digital submissions. There is no entrance fee.

Audio: we accept either links to recordings hosted on a personal website or through SoundCloud. Please provide direct links to the works submitted. In either case, links must be streamable, not only downloadable. YouTube and Vimeo links are acceptable if your work involves visual elements.

Scores: we accept links to PDF documents either through a personal website or Issuu, a free publishing platform that allows you to upload PDF’s and provides a link for anyone to view the PDF online.

Please ensure that your links remain in operation indefinitely, as the review process will take place in the spring and summer of 2014. Do not provide links that will expire after any period of time. If we cannot access your links, we are unable to evaluate your work.

Selected composers will be notified by Summer 2014.

If you have any questions about the digital submission process, email .


Recordings of two recent works: No more than two works are to be submitted. If you submit an orchestral work, please also send a chamber or solo work. MIDI recordings are discouraged but will be accepted.
Scores to accompany the above recordings: If scores are not pertinent to your work, please indicate in the form below.
Resume or C.V.: Please limit to one page
A list of works: Please include instrumentation and duration
Contact Information
All submissions must be filed on this site by 11:59PM U.S. Eastern Time, January 21, 2014. Once the online submission form stops accepting submissions, the call is closed. You will not receive email confirmation of your application.

Applicants must not have reached their 40th birthday on January 21, 2014. If you turn 40 on or after January 21, 2014 you are eligible.