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.

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. 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;

2) Barlow General or LDS commission recipients will not be considered for subsequent General or LDS commissions until the previously commissioned work has been completed;

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

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 the Barlow Prize by clicking on the application link found below. Upon completion, an e-mail will be sent to the applicant with further instructions and 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.
  • Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail and must include a résumé of compositional activity and exactly two sample scores (no electronic copies—hard copies only). One of these compositions (not an arrangement or recasting of an earlier work) must be no more than five years old. At least one score must show a command of writing for the genre for which the composer is applying. The other may be any example that showcases the composer at his/her best.
  • Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. 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. 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.
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.

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

Application materials may be sent via any mail carrier. Scores and CDs will NOT be returned.

Meticulous care will be exercised with all materials, but neither the Endowment nor Brigham Young University will be responsible for lost or damaged scores or recordings.


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.


Commission decisions are made during the summer by the Barlow Endowment Board of Advisors. Commissioned composers will be notified before August 31st.

The Barlow Endowment commissions composers who expect the premiere performance to occur no sooner than January 1st immediately following the awarding of the commission.