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The International Composers’ Competition – Alfred Schnittke
Applications close 29 September
The 2nd International Composers’ Competition – Alfred Schnittke is open to all composers of any age and nationality. The organisation will select composers who will have the opportunity to participate into the International Composers’ Competition from 18 – 22 November 2017 in the city of Lviv (Ukraine), inside the Lviv Philhamonia.

Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition
Applications close 29 September
The Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is one of the world’s great chamber music launching pads.

International Cochran Piano Competition
Applications close 30 September
The International Cochran Piano Competition is the first online piano competition for adults, focusing on innovation, technology and comprehensive, long-term artistic development. We are looking for authentic, imaginative personalities.

Orient Occident Composers’ Competition 2017
Entries Close 1 October
The project is open to all composers of any age and nationality, who want to share their musical and personal journey, attend seminars and opportunities for discussion, on the art of our time, on the contemporary music and on the figure of the Composer in this Third Millennium.

Australia Council Awards
Nominations close 3 October
These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance.

2018 S&R Washington Award
Applications close 5 October
An award created by the S&R Foundation in Washington DC, these grants provide up to five emerging artists in music, visual arts and dance with $5,000 each.

Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize
Applications close 13 October
The Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize is open to a female composers and will be awarded to the applicant who is judged to have written the best original chamber music work for 4 to 15 solo parts, including voice if desired, with a playing time of twelve (12) minutes maximum.

AFTRS & ABC Selwyn Speight Scholarship Award
Applications close 16 October
AFTRS and ABC Radio have announced a new scholarship to be awarded each year for the next three years to develop Australian radio talent, with a focus on diversity.

ACMF National Songwriting Competition
Applications close 20 October
Entries are now open for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s (ACMF) songwriting competition. Every year, every student from every school across Australia is invited to put pen to paper and enter their original song for a chance to win prize-money that can be allocated towards musical equipment and tuition.

“Michele Novaro” International Competition for Composers
Applications close 20 October
The Competition is open to composers of all nationalities, who on 20 October 2017 are still under the age of 35. Candidates should submit a composition for string orchestra. The composition should focus on the theme of “Italian artistic and cultural heritage”.

Leeds Philharmonic Carol Competition
Entries close 1 November
The Leeds Philharmonic Society invites submissions for the 1st Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition.

Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition
Applications close 13 November

The 19th edition of the Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition will be held from 25 July – 5 August 5th, 2018 in Santander.

Willgoss Choral Composition Prize
Applications close 31 January 2018
The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of an original work for unaccompanied choir, in support of a thriving choral program at UNSW Australia as represented by the Music Performance Unit.

3rd Keuris Composers Contest
Applications close 1 February
The 3rd Keuris Composers Contest invites composers of all ages and nationalities to participate with self-made compositions for the youth. The compositions should be challenging, but at the same time accessible and playable for young talented players.

IKS Foundation International Composers’ Competition
Applications close 31 March 2018
The Competition is open to composers all over the world and there is no age limit. However, the IKS Foundation hopes in particular to gain interest from young and beginning composers and to inspire them to follow Zoltán Kodály’s example in producing quality materials for children and youngsters.

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