2020 RAM Call for Scores

Updated: Dec 15, 2019

Random Access Music / 2020 Queens New Music Festival


Inquiries or Submission of Materials:

RAM.CallForScores@gmail.com https://www.ram-nyc.org/post/2020-ram-call-for-scores

Random Access Music is pleased to announce its 2020 Call for Scores.

RAM seeks new concert music for quintet (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano) with or without soprano. The RAM Players will perform the winning composition(s), judged by our RAM panel, at the Queens New Music Festival held in Long Island City, Queens, NY. Festival dates: May 13 - 16, 2020.

RAM is proud to continue our tradition of a no-fee, anonymous Call for Scores. There are no age, gender, or geographic limitations as to who may submit a score. RAM conducts this anonymous call for scores each year. A facilitator receives the scores and presents them anonymously to the panel of judges comprised of the composers and performer members of RAM.

Random Access Music’s 2020 Queens New Music Festival is honoring the centenary of the 19th Amendment, which extended women's suffrage throughout the United States. The theme of the festival, “…we, the whole people..”, is based on a quote from Susan B. Anthony’s speech after her arrest for voting in the 1872 presidential election.

“It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people -- women as well as men.” SUSAN B. ANTHONY, speech after her arrest for voting in the 1872 presidential election

Call for Scores Requirements

Submission Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020. Announcement of winner(s): March 1, 2020.

Submissions are anonymous and composers MUST replace their names with a pseudonym on any pages in the score where their name appears.

Instrumentation: Quintet (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano) with or without Soprano.

Entry Fee: 0.00

There are no age or geographic requirements for submitting composers.

The work should be a composition 6-12 minutes in length.

The work may NOT have been commercially published, or previously awarded a prize in any contest or competition, though it MAY have been premiered or recorded elsewhere.

The work must have been written in the past 12 years.

Works requiring electronics are eligible provided any required technology, including playback devices, mics, cables, stands, speakers, etc., are supplied and operated by the composer or the composer’s representative.

Although we cannot fund travel or hotel costs, RAM strongly encourages and welcomes the submitting composers to plan to attend the concert and rehearsals.

An archival video and audio of the performance will be available to the winning composer(s).

We are ONLY accepting submissions electronically, as PDF files only.

Only the title of the piece, a pseudonym, and instrumentation may appear on the score. Be sure to remove your name from any pages it appears on in the PDF (cover, interior, copyright, etc.). Failure to OMIT your real name will result in disqualification.

The file should be named using your pseudonym: “mypseudonym_RAMsubmission2020.pdf”

A second PDF document must contain your full name, the pseudonym used on the score, address, phone number, and email address. It should be named using your pseudonym: “mypseudonym_contactinfo2020.pdf”

Submission Materials: (please no Word or Text documents, PDF only)

– 1 PDF Score, marked with a pseudonym, named: “mypseudonym_RAMsubmission2020.pdf”

– 1 PDF Information Document, named: “mypseudonym_contactinfo2020.pdf”

Failure to adhere to the submission guidelines will result in the work’s disqualification. Recordings (mp3) – live or MIDI realizations – may be sent, but are not required.

Random Access Music (RAM) conducts an anonymous call for scores each year. A facilitator, who is the only person to see your emails, receives the scores and presents them anonymously to the panel of judges comprised of the composers and performer members of RAM.

More information about Random Access Music https://www.ram-nyc.org/

Submission Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020.

PLEASE SUBMIT MATERIALS (or any questions) to RAM.CallForScores@gmail.com

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