Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation
The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress will consider applications from performing organizations for the commissioning of composers. The commissioned works will be performed by the sponsoring organizations and the manuscripts, or original computer generated scores in hard copy, will be deposited with the Library of Congress as part of the Music Division’s permanent collection.
The performance period for works submitted may begin with the 2019-2020 Concert Season (not before September 2019). Performances are not expected until two years following the completion of the commissioned work, however, so the period may extend through several future seasons.
Amount: Commission fees for works for chamber groups range from $12,500 to $17,500. The Koussevitzky Foundation will fund the entire commission fee in the case of a work for a chamber group. The Foundation will fund up to $20,000 for a symphonic work, of which the submitting performing organization must provide at least 50% of the amount funded by the Foundation as a minimum matching grant. The performing organization may raise the matching funds from any source available.
Eligibility: Performing organizations from any country may apply. The program is designed primarily for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music. A performing organization may propose only one composer for a joint commission each year.
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