General

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eneral Composer Commissions are different than the Prize. Composers and performing groups desiring collaboration for significant new musical works must already have an agreement to compose the new piece. Additionally, the premiere for the new piece cannot occur sooner than January 1st following an award from the Endowment.

Latter-day Saints

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atter-day Saints Composer Commissions are different than the Prize. They are available to composers belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Composers and performing groups desiring collaboration for significant new musical works must already have an agreement to 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

All applications and scores must by
RECEIVED before close of business on JUNE 1.
The Endowment is open M-F, 8am-5pm (Mountain Time), and does not
receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays.

The Endowment does not make exceptions for submissions delayed because
of natural disasters, faulty internet or mail services operations,
applicant neglect, or country customs legalities.

Please Plan accordingly.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please check the FAQ page.
If you experience difficulties during the application process, please call or email us:

801-422-8611
barlowendowment@byu.edu

Eligibility

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. 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 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. FAQS

3) Composers may not receive a Barlow General or Latter-day Saints Commission for two consecutive years. FAQS

4) Current members of the Barlow Boards, guest judges, or interns are not eligible to apply. FAQS

The Endowment commissions composers who expect the premiere of the commissioned piece to occur no sooner than January 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.

Application Procedures
  • Only one application will be accepted per composer.
  • Anonymous submission is not necessary. FAQS
  • Composer award is for composer fees only. FAQS
  • Exactly two (2) hard copy  scores TOTAL (1 copy of each score) are allowed: FAQS
    • one must be no more than 5 years old,
    • of the two works submitted, one should be your best work (regardless of instrumentation), and
    • the other should be your best work that is closest to the consortium/performer requirement for which you are applying. FAQS
    • The Endowment does not provide advice to applicants regarding which piece of music best represents them and their abilities
  • An uploaded letter of commitment from the individual or group that will be performing the composition. FAQS
  •  Recordings of the two scores should be uploaded only as .aac or .mp3 formats as part of the application form. FAQS
    •  Prepare your recordings before starting your application.
    • Extremely helpful to the judges:  If there are several movements to your work, indicate and upload those that you feel best represent the piece and mark those sections in your score with post-it notes.
  • Other documents are requested to be sent with the materials. See the list under “Submission and Care of Materials” tab or in your email.
  • Prepare all materials before starting the application.
    • Please note that all submissions are final
    • After submitting the application, applicants may not change or add anything to their submission.
  • Start the application process for the Barlow General or Latter-day Saints Commission by clicking on the appropriate application link found below.
Submission and Care of Materials
General or Latter-day Saints Materials – All materials must be submitted in one package and received  by the Endowment before close of business on June 1.  Please Plan Accordingly

Enclose the following materials with your application.  FAQS

  • Printed application (attached to your email)
  • Exactly two (2) hard-copy scores TOTAL (1 copy of each score)  FAQS
    • one must be no more than 5 years old,
    • of the two works submitted, one should be your best work (regardless of instrumentation), and
    • the other should be your best work that is closest to the consortium/performer requirement for which you are applying. FAQS
  • Composer résumé of compositional activity and brief biographical sketch FAQS

The Barlow Endowment does not return scores or any other materials submitted by applicants. FAQS

Send ALL requested materials to one of the following addresses.  These are the correct addresses even though some systems might not recognize them.

REGULAR MAIL                                               EXPRESS MAIL
ATTN: Rebecca Ott                                          ATTN: Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment                                        Barlow Endowment
A-501 Harris Fine Arts Center                      Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University                           701 East University Parkway
Provo, UT 84602                                            Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-8611                                                (801) 422-8611

The Barlow Endowment does not return scores or any other materials submitted by applicants. FAQS

Deadlines

All applications and scores must be RECEIVED before close of business on JUNE 1.  The Endowment is open M-F 8am-5pm (Mountain Time), and does not receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays.  The Endowment does not make exceptions for submissions delayed because of natural disasters, faulty internet or mail services operations, applicant neglect, or country customs legalities. Please plan accordingly. FAQS

Judging

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