Calls for current “Submitting” BAMA members only

NOTE: You must be a BAMA “Submitting Member” for the current season in order to submit scores for any of the calls below.  If you are not sure if your membership is current, please contact VP of Membership, Geni Skendo ().  Visit artmusic.org/join if you want to pay online now.

By submitting scores for programming consideration, you also agree to participate in the development, planning, and presentation of any concert on which your submissions are selected for programming.

Also, some events may require supplemental payment on the part of the submitting member to cover performer fees. If this is the case, it will be clearly communicated within the details of the call for scores, or communicated individually to submitters before it is programmed.


– Current Open Calls –


Bent Frequency Duo

Call for Scores: Bent Frequency Duo 
Concert dates: January or February 2021, TBD 
Submission deadline: August 31, 2020 
Venue: TBD 
Instrumentation: See below

Acoustic duos are preferred. Solos may be considered, as may works with electronics if easily staged for repeat performances. 

  1. soprano saxophone and/or alto saxophone 
  2. vibraphone, 2 toms, 1 pair bongos, kick drum, suspended cymbal, perhaps other small items 

Duration: Preference may be given to works under 6 minutes 

How to Submit: Send a PDF of your score plus any parts to  using “Bent Frequency” as the subject. Recordings are welcome but not required.

Please include the following information with your submission. 

  • Composer 
  • Title 
  • Duration 
  • Brief biographical statement 
  • Brief program notes 
  • Date of composition 
  • Instrumentation 

For questions about this call, contact 


2020 Birmingham New Music Festival

Call for Scores: 2020 Birmingham New Music Festival 
Concert dates: Saturday, August 22, 2020 – others TBD 
Submission deadline: Extended to May 5, 2020 
Venues: Hoover Library, others TBD
Instrumentation: Variable 
Duration: No maximum limit, although preference may be given to proposals under 10 minutes 

This is the only call for the 2020 festival. Those submitting for Category A are encouraged to also submit a second choice for Category B in case A is not selected. Only one work per member is likely to be programmed. 

There is a possibility that some pieces could incorporate dance. Please indicate if interested in having your performance choreographed — in which case a recording is strongly recommended. 


Category A

Submit a work (first priority only) for one of the following categories:

  • Cello, with or without electronics – Craig Hultgren 
  • Clarinet/Eb Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Saxophone(s), solo with or without electronics — or in acoustic duo/trio/quartet with Soprano, Flute, and/or Piano – Lori Ardovino, LeBaron Trio, Vinna Trio (Note that a quartet may require supplementary funds from the composer.)
  • Piano, with or without electronics – Adam Bowles or Chris Steele 

Category B

Submit a work for any instrumentation, and be responsible for securing performers and organizing rehearsals. For this option, compensation from BAMA is limited to $220 (up to two performers) per composer. Submissions for larger ensembles will be accepted providing the submitter will compensate additional performers. 


How to Submit

Send the following info to  with the subject “BNMF2020” by May 1, 2020: 

  • Category A: Composer, title, duration, score/parts/other performance materials, requirements, and optional recording. 
  • Category B: Composer, title, duration, requirements, and optional recording. 

If not submitting your own composition, consider sponsoring an emerging or mid-career composer whose work you admire. Women and minority composers are particularly encouraged. The process is the same as submissions from performer members.