2020 Barlow Prize

$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 sopranos: 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.

Guidelines for Applying

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.

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

There are no restrictions or preferences with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are:

1)  Composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered in the Prize competition. FAQS

2)  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.

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

Application Procedures
  • Only one application will be accepted per composer.
  • Anonymous submission is not necessary. FAQS
  • Commission 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
  •  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 Prize by clicking on the application link found below.
Submission and Care of materials
Prize Materials – All materials must be submitted together in one package and must be 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 the email)
  • Exactly two (2) hard-copy scores TOTAL (1 copy of each score).
    • 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.

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

REQUIRED MAIL                                                                  EXPRESS MAIL

ATTN:  Rebecca Ott                                                                ATTN:  Rebecca Ott
Barlow Endowment                                                                Barlow Endowment
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Provo, UT  84602                                                                    Provo, UT  84602
(801) 422-8611                                                                         (801) 422-8611

Deadlines

All applications and and scores must be RECEIVED before close of business on June 1st. 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

The Barlow Prize will be judged during the summer by the Barlow Endowment Board of Advisors and additional guest judges who represent the interests and perspectives of the performers. The Barlow Endowment will notify the winner, participants, and friends of the Endowment of the results before August 31. FAQS If, in the opinion of the judging panel, no applicant merits the Barlow Prize, it will not be awarded.