General commissions are different than the Prize competition. Composers and/or performers may apply for this competition who already have a collaboration agreement to compose a new work for that performer. Only one application per composer is accepted to the competition. There is no limit of applications for collaborating perfomers. The proposed premiere for the new piece cannot occur sooner than March 1st following an award from the Endowment. The General commissions competition is international and can incorporate any musical genre or performance locality.
Latter-day Saints commissions are different than the Prize and General commissions competitions. Latter-day Saints composers who already have a collaboration agreement with a performer to compose a new work for that performer may apply for this competition. Only one application per composer is allowed. The proposed premiere for the new piece cannot occur sooner than March 1st following an award from the Endowment. The Latter-day Saints commissions competition is international and can incorporate any musical genre or performance locality.
Composers seeking General or Latter-day Saints commissions may apply for either but not both, and should submit no more than one proposal to any program.
Composers must have an agreement with the performer(s) for whom they will compose the new piece. Applications may be submitted by the composers, their agents, or performers committed to the premiere.
We encourage applicants from a variety of musical aesthetics and backgrounds to apply. There are no restrictions or preferences regarding musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion of either the composer or performer(s), nor the locale of performance venues. Since the award is a commission, anonymous submission is not necessary. The only limitations are:
1) The Barlow Endowment is only able to grant commissions to composers who are not included among the premiering performers, conductors, directors, or agents of the commissioned work.
2) Recipients of previous General or Latter-day Saints Commission will not be considered for subsequent General or Latter-day Saints commissions until the previously commissioned work has been completed.
3) Composers may not receive a Barlow General or Latter-day Saints Commission for two consecutive years.
4) Current members of the Barlow Boards, guest judges, or interns are not eligible to apply.
The Endowment commissions composers who expect the premiere of the commissioned piece to occur no sooner than March 1st immediately following the awarding of the commission.
Note: The Endowment does not fund costs associated with the commissions it awards, including copying costs. The award funds only the composer’s fee; other costs must be funded through alternative sources.
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