Monday, November 17, 2008

MATA Festival

Call for entries
Deadline: 15 February 2009

2010 MATA Festival
MATA (Music at the Anthology) is currently accepting submissions from young composers for possible commissions and performances on the 2010 MATA Festival in New York City.

Materials for submission must include:
Recording (CD) of one or two recent works (We prefer you send two works, however no more than  two may be submitted. Both works can be on one CD. MIDI recordings will not be accepted.)

* Scores to accompany the above recordings (unless scores are not pertinent)
* Biography or resume
* A list of works
* Contact information
* SASE if you wish to have your materials

Applicants must not have reached their 40th birthday by February 15th, 2009. Three or four commissions will be offered for the 2010 festival, and commissioning fees will range from $2000 to $5000, depending on the parameters of the work.

Composers are expected to attend the premiere of their work. Please include a sentence in your cover letter specifying if you would like your works to be considered generally for the festival in the event that you are not chosen for a commission. MATA considers works of any instrumentation and duration; please send whatever you consider to be your best work. In addition to traditional ensemble combinations, MATA also accepts submissions of work utilizing digital media such as speaker-based sound pieces, electro-acoustic compositions, and audio/visual presentations. If your performer interface (i.e. sheet music) falls outside conventional notation systems, please include examples and clearly explain its parameters. Also for computer-based sound and multimedia work, please include documentation of your process (basic schematics, strategic principles, etc).

If your music has been programmed by MATA, or you have received a commission, you must wait three years before re-applying. Only one commission will be awarded to any one composer in his or her lifetime. To submit or for more information, contact:

293 Warren Street, #2
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: (212) 563-5124

For the past twelve years, MATA has been dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by young composers from around the world. MATA’s directors are motivated by a desire to create community among young musicians, especially those whose work defies definition and doesn’t fit into existing institutions. By providing young composers with a professional performance of their work, access to first-rate performers and valuable connections to colleagues, MATA nurtures their entry into American musical life. Founded in 1996 by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa, MATA presents pieces by young composers on a week-long festival, held each spring in New York City, and organizes year-round concerts through its bi-monthly series, Interval. The festival always features several works that MATA has commissioned, performed by professional musicians from around the world. To date, MATA has commissioned 44 works, and has presented over 150 performances of pieces by young composers. The commissioned works have represented a broad range of media including Harry Partch instrumentarium, solo voice with quadraphonic live electronics, gamelan ensemble and full orchestra. MATA holds an annual open call for scores, from which a panel of established musicians selects composers who will participate in that year’s festival. For most of these composers, the performance of their work on the MATA Festival represents one of their first commissions, and their first significant exposure to New York audiences. MATA prides itself on giving young composers an outlet for their work, thereby helping them acquire the skills necessary to begin their musical career.

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