Call for Scores FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How does MATA program its Festival?

A: All submissions are divided among a jury of distinguished composers, conductors, and performers. Jurors select a fixed number of submissions from their batch and pass on the remaining submissions to a second juror, who also selects a fixed number of submissions. Jury members meet in New York in March to listen to the music of all the selected composers, ranking their selections. MATA’s staff uses this information to determine the programming for the festival and for our other concert programming.

Q: What type of music should I submit?

A: Submit your best work. Our jury is open-minded and represents all stylistic areas.

Q: I wasn’t selected last year, may I submit the same works?

A: Our jury changes each year. Submit what you consider your best work.

Q: Why do you need a complete list of my works?

A: When we program our festival, our focus is on the composers rather than any individual works.  We often program works other than those that are submitted.  We try to find your best piece.

Q: May I submit a dropbox link to my score?

A: Yes. Please be certain that your score can be opened in a browser and/or downloaded without a password. Please also be sure that the link remains stable as we often go back to scores and recordings throughout the year. If we cannot access your submission, we cannot assess it. If you do require a password, please include that password in the notes section of the submission form.

Q: May I submit a dropbox link to my recording?

A: We strongly prefer that you submit your recording through a streaming service such as Soundcloud. Because of the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot download large files. All recordings must be streamable.

Q: My work has visual elements, may I submit a link to YouTube or Vimeo?

A: Yes.

Q: Scores are not pertinent to my work. What should I do?

A: Please include a single page pdf in its place describing how the sounds are produced.

Q: My CV is longer than one page.

A: Please try keep your cv to one page. The purpose of the cv is for us and our jury to get a better sense of your background.

Q: How many people will be selected?

A: Generally MATA selects 20-30 composers, 3-4 of whom will receive commissions.

Q: Who are the performers?

A: Performers are selected who can best represent the music we program. You can see our complete programming history here.

Q: I am not a US citizen, may I apply?

A: Absolutely.

Q: How much does it cost to apply?

A: Nothing. Our call for submissions is free.

Q: Really?

A: Yes.

Q: When will applicants be notified?

A: We begin contacting applicants during the summer prior to the festival and strive to complete our programming by the end of September prior to our Festival.