The annual SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition is now open, with two levels, one for undergrad/high school composers and one for graduate students. Details are available at this link, and there is a pdf poster attached to this email for printing and email forwarding.
Although composers are expected to be SCI student members at the time of application, I want to emphasize that the membership fee ($25/$35) is not intended as an application fee, and it is not used to finance the contest’s commission awards. Rather, it is a special opportunity for students who are already members and an invitation to non-members to try out SCI, Inc. for a year to experience what the organization can offer members:
-connection to nearly 1500 other composers,-performance opportunities at regional and national SCI conferences-specialized SCI Snapshot conferences specifically for students -access to a wide variety of email postings and discussions amongst members-an online opportunities listing that is inclusive, up-to-date, and easy to use• publication and recording opportunities available only to SCI members
If you have composition students or know composers who might fit into either level, please consider personally inviting them to participate, and tell them the reasons for your own SCI membership. It is clear that women composers are a much smaller portion of the SCI membership, and it is also clear that there has been a much smaller proportion of women entering the contest in the past. This may also be true of composers-of-color, but it harder to know that because it is often not apparent from names. I invite you to make a special effort to encourage anyyoung composers to enter who might not have thought about joining a professional organization or who might be unsure of the reception they would receive. An influx of young composers, including those in under-represented groups, would be a lovely bonus outcome of this year’s competition and we would welcome them!
Deadline: May 1, 2019
For further information, please feel free to contact Zae Munn.
Zae MunnSCI/ASCAP Commission Competition Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org