Call for Submissions FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the MATA Call for Submissions open?

A: MATA’s annual Call for Submissions will open in December, and close in February.

Q: Can I send you my music at other times of the year?

A: Due to the high volume of music we receive, we can only review materials in the context of our Call for Submissions.  That said, we are always happy to consider proposals for large-scale projects at any time of the year, though we cannot guarantee a timely response.

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 to listen to the music of all the highlighted composers, ranking their selections. MATA’s directors use this information together with explorations of the complete submissions to determine the programming for the festival.

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: 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. If we cannot access your submission, we cannot assess it.

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

A: No. All recordings must be streamable.

Q: May I submit a .wav file of my piece?

A: Please don’t do that. It takes forever to download.

Q: Can I submit a work without a recording? 

A: No, but we highly recommend that you include some form of audio realization for each piece submitted.

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 keep your CV to one page.

Q: How many people will be selected?

A: Generally MATA selects 20-30 composers, 3-4 of whom will receive commissions.  However, this number is flexible, depending on the format of the festival in a given year.

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 expect to inform applicants sometime before September 2018.