Apply to NYCCMS

The NYC Contemporary Music Symposium works closely with artists at various stages of their careers to support the performance of new music. For everyone involved in making an event happen, whatever media is produced (audio, visual, written, etc.) or published by NYCCMS, is free to use by you for whatever you would like to use it for — whatever we make together, is yours to keep. Thank you for applying to NYCCMS 2023!


Current Call for Scores: New Works for Solo Piano at NYC’s Columbia University

Pianist Yifei Xu

In collaboration with Columbia University, the NYC Contemporary Music Symposium seeks submissions for our 2023 partnership with contemporary pianist Yifei Xu. Featuring the works of 4-8 selected composers, the recital will take place at Columbia’s St. Paul’s Chapel in Uptown Manhattan as a part of the Music at St. Paul’s concert series. Each selected composer will receive a professional, high-quality audio and video recording of their performance. Works of all aesthetics written for reverberant spaces and/or scored with extended techniques, especially singing and talking, are encouraged.

Deadline: July 1st, 2023

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Application Guidelines

The New York City Contemporary Music Symposium seeks submissions for our concerts and recordings in and around NYC. Usually featuring the works of 4-8 selected composers, the concerts will take place shortly after the composers are notified of their application’s status. 

Each selected composer will receive a video recording with high-quality audio of their performance. Composers are encouraged, but not required, to attend the event. The video and audio recordings are suitable for application portfolios, and can freely be used for any purpose. 



  • 4-8 composers will receive a performance and professional recording of their work during a concert in New York City.
  • Finalist and Semi-finalist awards will be given at the discretion of the curation team. 


  • This call for scores is open to all composers
  • Works must be scored for an active artist listed above, with an application fee of $20
  • All musical aesthetics are welcome
  • Length, ideally, must not exceed 10-15 minutes
  • Works need not be premieres nor be composed specifically for this project
  • Multiple entries per composer are permissible, each requiring a separate entry fee
  • Composers are welcome to attend the performance and bring guests for free
  • Non-refundable entry fee of $20 payable through a PayPal link in the application form


  • Send cleanly-formatted scores, PayPal receipt(s), and (optional) recordings to the Google form below
  • All entrants will be notified of their status no more than two months after the deadline
  • This call is not anonymous
  • While recordings/MIDI files are not required, they do help us move along the curation process… Even a simple mock-up from your notation software would help!

Application Form – Pianist Yifei Xu