Deadline 11/20: Call for Chamber Works by Black Composers for Music of the Unsung America

Music of the Unsung America: Celebrating Black Composers in the Shadows of History is a multi-event concert and conversation series that spotlights Black performers presenting works by Black music creators. We seek preexisting chamber ensemble works from music creators who identify as Black for up to 8 performers for a performance by a new Southern Florida–based ensemble, scheduled to take place in February and March 2021. Up to three works can be submitted. The instrumentation can be any combination of the following instruments, but must include at least one string performer, one part per instrument with the exception of violin which can include two parts: violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, voice (any voice type), flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, and trombone and that are no longer than 20 minutes in duration, movements of longer works will be considered. The two selected composers will receive a performance of their work, a $1,000 cash award, $500 for workshops with musicians, and a $200 honorarium for a brief panel discussion.  Works will be performed via pre recorded live stream, one work in February 2021 and one work in March 2021. In keeping with our organization’s mission to support Music of the Unsung America and also supporting regional culture: we are seeking works by Black composers that have substantial ties and/or be a resident of one of the following counties in South Florida: Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Monroe, Lee, Hendry, Martin, Glades, Charlotte, Okeechobee, Manatee, Hardee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Highlands, Colier, St. Lucie. Scores and parts for the selected works will need to be submitted by Tuesday, January 19, 2021.