The Ensemble de la Belle Musique (EBM) is pleased to announce its fifth edition of “Call for Scores” (CFS). The theme is “Christmas Concert 2019”.

Composers are encouraged to submit works for any combination of the following instrumentation, ranging from solo up to a maximum of 15 instruments:

4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1 double bass, 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon, 1 trumpet, 1 horn, 1 trombone, 1 glockenspiel, 1 piano

For example: 1 viola + 1 flute + 1 trombone, or a string quartet formation. Please note that 4 violins are considered as 4 instruments, 2 violas are considered as 2 instruments and so on. 

There is no fixed style. Please use your imagination and creativity to write music so beautiful and pleasant to the ears that the musicians would love to play them over and over again and the audience would love to hear them over and over again.

Selected works will be performed by EBM on Sunday, 1st Dec 2019, in Singapore. Any composer is eligible, regardless of age and nationality. Each work must be between 3-8 minutes. ONLY melodious and tonal works will be accepted. Atonal and electronics works will NOT be considered. Every work MUST be original, and never performed nor published in any format beforeNO transcription nor arrangement of any sort is allowed. Works which have won awards, or which have already been published onto any form of social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, iTunes or SoundCloud will not be considered. Submissions will not be returned. Please dedicate new works written specially for this CFS to “Ensemble de la Belle Musique”. For older works written prior to this CFS, no dedication is required.

Video recordings of the concert will be put up on our Youtube channel. Complimentary hotel lodging of 3 days 2 nights will be provided for selected composers from overseas. In addition, all selected composers will each be given free entry to the concert + a full HD video recording of their works.

Submission Guidelines:

There is an entry fee of USD20* for the first work. Additional entries may be submitted for USD10* each. Each composer can submit up to 3 works but each work must be submitted as a separate entry. Each entry must be emailed in pdf format (full score + individual parts, if applicable) to  submissions@ebmusique.com with the subject heading: “EBMCFS2019 – Title of work” along with:

a. A completed submission form in pdf format. NO handwritten scores will be accepted. You may use any reliable music notation software as long as the score is clear and legible.

b. A high resolution colour photo in .jpeg format

c. A receipt or screenshot of completed PayPal payment. For submissions of up to 3 works, just one receipt or one screenshot of completed Paypal payment will do.

d. An mp3 or midi recording of every work submitted.

All submissions must be sent and fees paid by 11:59pm, Singapore time, on Friday, 20th September 2019. Entries and payments received after this date will not be considered. Results will be announced on EBM’s website and social media platforms latest by Monday, 30th September 2019, and selected composers will be notified via email. The decision of EBM is final. NO changes to the scores will be allowed after submission, so please kindly ensure that there are no errors in both full score and individual parts. For enquiries, please email contact@ebmusique.com.

Rights:

The submitted works must be free of any rights. Non-selected composers will have full ownership of their works and will be allowed to perform their compositions once the results have been released. In contrast, selected composers are NOT allowed to interpret their selected works in any way before nor on the day of EBM’s “Christmas” concert on Sunday, 1st December 2019.

Selected composers retain full ownership of the copyright for their selected works but they have to grant EBM irrevocable rights limited to using the works for promotional purposes and for performing the works in concerts at any time without further compensation to them.

Deadline: Friday, 20th September 2019, 11.59pm Singapore time

Entry fee: USD20 per submission. USD10 for additional submission of up to 3 submissions per composer

Currency: US Dollars

*All submission fees go towards the rental of the performance venue, payment of musicians, audio and video recordings of the concert, as well as hotel bookings.

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