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.

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

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

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) pdf scores TOTAL (1 copy of each score) are allowed: FAQS
    • one must be no more than 5 years old (originally written, not a revision),
    • 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 ensemble/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 up to four movements of those that you feel best represent the piece and mark those sections in your uploaded pdf score.
  • Other documents are requested to be uploaded with the materials. See the list under “Submission and Care of Materials” tab.
  • 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

Everything is submitted electronically. During the application process, you will need to upload the following documents:

  1. Scores in a PDF format  FAQS
    • Exactly two (2) pdf scores TOTAL (1 copy of each score):
      • one must be no more than 5 years old (originally written, not a revision),
      • 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 instrumentation requirement for which you are applying. FAQS
  1. Recordings in an MP3 or AAC format
  2. Documents in a PDF format
    • Composer resume of compositional activity
    • Brief biography
Deadlines

The Barlow Endowment office must RECEIVE the materials electronically before midnight (MDT) on June 1—the application will close automatically at 11:59pm (MDT) June 1. The Endowment does not make exceptions for submissions delayed because of natural disasters, faulty internet or  applicant neglect.  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.