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Birmingham Art Music Alliance
Birmingham New Music Festival

Call for Submissions

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance located in Birmingham, Alabama will be presenting the inaugural Birmingham New Music Festival (BNMF), a three-day festival of new music to be held August 21-23, 2014. The Alliance Programming Committee will select works of five composers outside of the organization to be included in the festival. The festival will feature performers Craig Hultgren - cello, Lori F. Neprud-Ardovino - clarinet and saxophone, Adam Bowles - piano and Kathryn Fouse - piano.

Submission to BNMF is free and open to composers of any age or nationality. Only one work may be submitted per composer. Submissions of acoustic, electronic, and/or electroacoustic solo or chamber works (duet, trio, or quartet) are encouraged. Works with projected video may also be considered. Submitted works are suggested to be no more than twelve minutes in duration. Composers must attend their performance if a selected work is to be presented at the festival. Selected composers may provide their own performers when submitting works for other than the featured instrumentalists. Travel, accommodations and non-featured performer expenses are the responsibility of the composer.

To submit, send the following attachments to <hultgren@mindspring.com>, with an e-mail subject field of BNMF2013-<composer's name>:

  • A single PDF document containing the following information, in the order given;
    • Cover page with title, composer, instrumentation, duration, technical requirements, and a working URL link to an mp3 recording, if available, (either live or a MIDI realization) of the submitted work;
    • Second page with a concise one-paragraph bio and another concise one-paragraph description of the work suitable for program notes;
  • A second PDF attachment containing the complete score, (this requirement is waived for fixed media electronic works *if* a recording is provided).

Receipt deadline for submissions to BNMF is, February 15, 2014.

Concerts will be held at different venues throughout the Birmingham area, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College and Moonlight on the Mountain. The festival will include an improvisation concert and a 60x60 performance in which 60 one-minute electronic compositions will be joined to create a one-hour concert. For more information about the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, visit its website at www.artmusic.org. The Birmingham New Music Festival is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.