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
If you have questions regarding the application process, please check the FAQ page.
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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 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 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
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.
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.
- Please note that all submissions are final. After submitting the application, applicants may not change or add anything to their submission.
- Your application is saved automatically. If you close the application before submitting, you must re-open the application link from the same device on which you began your application. Note: sound files are not saved or uploaded until the application is submitted.
- Anonymous submission is not necessary. FAQS
- Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail (not email) and must include a background sketch/ brief bio (one page), résumé of compositional activity, and exactly two (2) submitted hard-copy scores total. (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 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.
- Recordings should be uploaded as part of the application form and should be uploaded in .aac or .mp3 formats only. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. Live recordings are strongly encouraged; MIDI realizations are discouraged. Judges will not review DVDs or CDs. FAQS
- The Endowment will not contact applicants if their uploaded .mp3 recordings do not work.
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, if included, should be uploaded with the application form in .aac or .mp3 formats. 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 or any other materials submitted by applicants. 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