eneral Composer Commissions are available to composers or performing groups desiring collaboration for significant new musical works. Composers must already have an agreement with the performer(s) for whom they will compose the new piece. Additionally, the premiere for the new piece cannot occur sooner than January 1st following an award from the Endowment.



DS Composer Commissions are available to composers belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). In addition, composers who are willing to engage LDS subject matter may apply. Composers must already have an agreement with the performer(s) for whom they will compose the new piece. Additionally, the premiere for the new piece cannot occur sooner than January 1st following an award from the Endowment.

Guidelines for Applying

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Composers seeking General or LDS commissions may apply for either but not both, and should submit no more than one proposal to any program. FAQS 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. FAQS

There are no restrictions 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) Current members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible to apply; FAQS

2) Recipients of previous General or LDS Commission will not be considered for subsequent General or LDS commissions until the previously commissioned work has been completed. FAQS

3) Composers may not receive a Barlow General or LDS Commission for two consecutive years. FAQS

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.

Application Procedures
New procedures for applying: Start the application process for a General or LDS Commission by clicking on the appropriate application link found below. Upon completion, an e-mail will be sent to the applicant with further instructions and with the application PDF attached.
  • Note: Your application is saved automatically and closing the browser will not result in lost data. In order to resume the application process, you must re-open the application link on the same device you began your application.

  • Anonymous submission is not necessary. FAQS
  • Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail and must include a background sketch/ brief bio (one page), résumé of compositional activity, and exactly two (2) submitted hard-copy scores. (REMINDER: submit EXACTLY two physical scores. No electronic scores will be accepted.) FAQS
    • Of the two works you submit, one should be your best work (regardless of instrumentation).
    • The other should be your best work that is closest to the consortium/performer requirement for which you are applying. It need not be exact, but can feature any number of the instruments from the category in another context. The judges will be interested in seeing how you handle the instrument(s) in as close a context as you can show.
    • Additionally, one of these two chosen compositions (not an arrangement or recasting of an earlier work) must be no more than five (5) years old.
    • The Endowment does not provide advice to applicants regarding which piece of music best represents them and their abilities.
  • For ease of handling, judges urge composers to burn a single CD containing both submitted works, and to use multiple tracking for multi-movement works. Be certain the CD case lists detailed program and track information. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. The recording must be in a format playable by a normal CD player. Live recordings are strongly encouraged, MIDI realizations are acceptable. Please remember that the judges will not be able to review DVDs, or CDs containing MP3 or MIDI files. FAQS
Submission and Care of Materials

Below is a basic checklist of submission materials for the General and LDS Commissions. All materials must be received by the Endowment before the close of business on June 1. FAQS

General or LDS Materials
From your confirmation email: Printed PDF of Online Application
Exactly two (2) hard-copy scores FAQS
Recordings of the two scores, indexed on one (1) CD (highly recommended) FAQS
Composer Résumé of compositional activity and brief biographical sketch FAQS
 Letter of commitment from performer(s) (if application is submitted by composer) FAQS
 OR: Letter of commitment from the composer (if application is submitted by the performer or a sponsoring organization) FAQS

The Barlow Endowment does not return scores, recordings, or any other materials submitted by applicants. Meticulous care will be exercised in processing all materials submitted, but neither the Endowment nor Brigham Young University will be responsible for lost or damaged scores or recordings. FAQS


The application deadline for receiving materials is close of business on June 1st of each calendar year. The application process is not complete until all materials have been received before close of business June 1st. Note: the university does not receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays. FAQS


Commission decisions are made during the summer by the Barlow Endowment Board of Advisors. Commissioned composers will be notified before August 31st. FAQS The Barlow Endowment commissions composers who expect the premiere performance to occur no sooner than January 1st immediately following the awarding of the commission. FAQS