2019 Barlow Prize
New Work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and electronics
The winning composer will receive a $12,000 commission for a major new work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and electronics. The work will be performed in 2021 by a consortium of ensembles: Crash Ensemble (Dublin, Ireland), Eighth Blackbird (Chicago, IL), and New York New Music Ensemble (New York City, NY).
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
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:
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
New procedures for applying: Start the application process for the Barlow Prize by clicking on the 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 the submission materials for the Barlow Prize competition. All materials must be received by the Endowment before close of business on June 1. FAQS
|From your 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|
The Barlow Endowment does not return scores or any other materials submitted by applicants. FAQS
Applications and all materials must be RECEIVED before close of business on June 1st of each calendar year. This deadline is absolute—the Endowment is not obligated to respond to composer requests for any exception, and will not consider applications or materials received after that date. We encourage contestants from outside the United States to mail their materials early to avoid problems caused by postal delays. Note: the university does not receive mail on Saturday, Sunday, or US national holidays. FAQS
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.