The application procedures have changed for all commissions.
Mailed submissions are no longer accepted.
ALL MATERIALS MUST BE UPLOADED ELECTRONICALLY
WITH THE ONLINE APPLICATION.
Please read guidelines carefully before applying.

In 1983 Milton A. and Gloria Barlow established the
Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at
Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
The Endowment has subsequently been dedicated to
promoting excellence in music composition with over
403 total commissions awarded.

$12,000 Commission
New Work for a Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano

The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a
major new work for a Song Cycle for Soprano and Piano.
The work will be performed in 2022 by a consortium of illustrious soparanos:
Tony Arnold, Sharon Harms, Diane Reich and Carrie Henneman Shaw

The work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements
for the medium. Additional specifications for the work will be
negotiated among the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the
performing consortium. Half of the commission fee will be
paid after January 1st when the contract for the commission is finalized,
and the other half will be paid when the finished
signed and dated score is submitted to the Endowment.

Barlow Prize 2020

Mission Statement

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University
encourages and financially supports composers who demonstrate
technical skills and natural gifts for the composition of great music.
The Endowment achieves this through its Barlow Prize,
commissioning programs, and support of student composers.

All application materials must be UPLOADED ELECTRONICALLY
BEFORE MIDNIGHT MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME (MDT) ON JUNE 1.
The online application system will close automatically at 11:59pm (MDT) on June 1 and will NOT accept any submissions after that time. The Endowment does not make exceptions for submissions delayed because of natural disasters, faulty internet or applicant neglect. Please plan accordingly.

Due to the current health situations that are evident in the world that may impede mail delivery, all submission materials will be uploaded electronically.  DO NOT mail in your submission materials.  Detailed instructions on the electronic submission of scores are provided in the application. 

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Composer Commissions are available to composers or performing groups desiring collaboration for significant new musical works.

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The Barlow Endowment

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition was established in September of 1983 under the auspices of Milton A. and Gloria Barlow, who presented a substantial gift to Brigham Young University to engender and support excellence in musical composition. The Board of Directors and Board of Advisors have subsequently been engaged in employing the proceeds of the Endowment to support four programs: The Barlow Prize, General Commissions, LDS Composer Commissions, and Education Grants.