~Composition Competition~ 

'Breaking the Fourth Wall' was founded in 2015 with the dual goals of commissioning new works from living composers, and bringing them to performance in unconventional concert spaces. We began 2016 by commissioning 3 New York City-based composers to write works for The Craig Michael Davis Ensemble (CMD-E). In 2017, we expanded worldwide by partnering with the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, to exhibit brand new works during our BTFW Spring Music Festival. 2018 will be our second year where composers from any nation, aged 16 and up, are welcome and encouraged to submit newly written works to the 'Breaking the Fourth Wall 2nd International Composition Competition.' The winners will have their works performed and professionally recorded during this year's BTFW Spring Music Festival, performed by the Jacobs School of Music. 

The 1st Place winner of the 2017 BTFW Composition Competition: Dani Howard's Ostara.

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Breaking The Fourth Wall 2nd International Composition Competition Composer Awards Guidelines

The specific details and requirements of 'Breaking the Fourth Wall 2nd International Composition Competition' Awards are set forth below. Participation in the Award is subject to CMD-E's Official Awards Rules and Regulations. To the extent not specifically defined below, all capitalized terms have the meaning set forth in the Rules.

About the Award

'Breaking the Fourth Wall 2nd International Composition Competition' was founded with the intent to exhibit compositions from composers in the early to mid-career range; however, we encourage composers age 16 and up to apply. For the competition, composers may submit a piece for any instrumentation, however, pieces written for the following ensemble will have a better chance of being performed:  CMD-E (instrumentation below), String Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, Solo Piano, or submit a piece for Fixed Media or Electro-Acoustic media.  


Compositions may be written for any instrumentation, though works written for the following instrumentation will be considered for performance: 

  1.  CMD-E: Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Piano, Percussion (Vibraphone, Kick Drum, and small hand percussion), Cello, and Double Bass.
  2.  String Quartet
  3.  Saxophone Quartet
  4.  Solo Piano
  5.  Electroacoustic Compositions

Eligibility Requirements

The Award is open to composers aged 16 and above: (1) who meet the instrumentation guidelines set above and (2) who have paid the $15 entry fee for the first piece, and $10 per piece thereafter, via the Paypal link provided at the bottom of this page. 

If a musical work or composition submitted as part of the “Submission” (specified below) is co-written, all co-writers shall be considered Entrants and must consent to participation in the Award and satisfy these eligibility criteria, together with all other requirements set forth in the Rules. Works which are set to a text protected by copyright must include permission of the author of the text (or the author's representative), as described below.

Award Period

Begins at 9:00 AM PDT on November 15th, 2017, and ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 31st, 2017. Hard copies are not accepted for the award this year, and all electronic submissions must be submitted, via this website, no later than 11:59 PM on December 31st, 2017.

Submission Requirements

 Submit Questions and Concerns to: JackHarrisonArtistRep@gmail.com

To enter the Award, eligible entrants must complete and electronically submit the Online Application provided below, which is available only during the Award Period. Make sure to submit the following materials, electronically, below: (a) a file containing the score in whatever form it may be in (hand written scores must be scanned); and (b) an mp3 containing a good quality recording of the piece submitted (midi realizations are accepted). Please label each recording as such: LastName_TitleOfWork.mp3

Composers may optionally submit program notes, composer biographies, and performance history for each of the submitted pieces.

All Submission materials must bear the entrant’s name together with all co-writer(s) of the work or composition. Any recordings must separately be marked with the name of the Entrant (including all co-writer(s)), the title of the work, and the names of the performers. 

Submit Questions and Concerns to: JackHarrisonArtistRep@gmail.com

Judging Procedure & Criteria

Each eligible Submission will be judged by a panel of composers, performers, and members of CMD-E and the Jacobs School of Music, based on the significance, overall artistry, and compositional elements of the musical work or composition. Award-recipient selection resides within the sole discretion of the Panel.

Prize and Award Ceremony

In accordance with the Judging Procedure and Criteria above, the 1st prize winner will be selected as the Award Recipient and will receive a monetary Prize of $300. The number of secondary Award Recipients and the monetary distribution of the Prize resides within the discretion of the Panel. 

The winning pieces of the competition and a selected number of compositions selected by the panel may be presented at the BTFW New Music Festival on March 2nd and 3rd, 2018, at various locations around Bloomington, Indiana.  

Notification Date of Award Recipients

Selected participants will be notified by the end of January, 2018.

Submit Questions and Concerns to: JackHarrisonArtistRep@gmail.com

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NOTE: If the 'Submit' button is missing at the bottom of the page, please refresh the page BEFORE uploading all scores and recordings.