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Welcome to the 2021 Call for Scores Application

The application has closed as of March 15th, thank you to all who submitted a score!

Winning composers will receive:

$300 Prize 
Live Performance in NYC 
Studio Recording

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What you need to apply:

Resume or CV
Biography (100 words or less)
Score of the piece you are submitting
MIDI Recording of the piece you are submitting (Optional)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Is there an application fee?
A: No, subtle cheetah would like to extend this opportunity to all composers and reduce financial barriers in the application process.
Q: Is there an age requirement?
A: No, we will accept pieces from composers of all ages.
Q: Is there a required piece length?
A: There is no minimum piece length but we advise to submit pieces under 25 minutes.

Q: Will you accept a piece written in non-traditional notation?

A: We will accept any compositions written in standard and non-traditional notation.

Q: Does my piece have to be written recently?

A: We will accept any pieces written within the past 5 years.

Q: When does the application close?

A: subtle cheetah will be accepting submissions until 11:59pm March 15th EST.

Q: Can 2019 winners and applicants apply for the 2021 Call for Scores?

A: All previous applicants can apply but in the interest of expanding opportunities to more composers, 2019 winners are ineligible this year but are encouraged to consider applying in 2022.

Q: How will winners be notified?

A: All applicants will be notified of their status by email, after the close of the application period.

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