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a statement from LVMH about the "Greener New York City" commission

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other opportunities for composers

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concert schedule

”A Greener New York City” Commission for Emerging Composers

DEADLINE: January 15, 2010, 5PM(EST)

American Composers Orchestra and LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc. announce “A Greener New York City” Commission for emerging composers. The commission is made possible through a unique partnership between the world’s leading luxury goods group and the acclaimed new music orchestra that grows out of a shared commitment to support emerging American artists. 

One composer will be selected through a national call for proposals, and will be awarded a commission of $7,000 and a future performance by American Composers Orchestra. The winning composer will create an original composition of approximately 7 - 9 minutes duration that will “capture and reflect the sound, feeling and vibrancy of hundreds of neighborhoods within the five boroughs of New York City and anticipates a brighter, more sustainable, greener world.” 

LVMH LogoTo be considered, composers must be American composers in the emerging stages of their careers and meet all eligibility requirements. Each composer must submit a completed application form, a representative orchestral score, and a brief statement indicating how the composer intends to address the commission theme of “a Greener New York City,” as well as additional supplementary material.

All submissions must be received by January 15, 2010. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of composer/conductor advisors, and ACO’s artistic staff in collaboration with representatives from LVMH. 

About the ACO & LVMH Partnership

“LVMH and American Composers Orchestra share a commitment to supporting emerging American artists,” says Renaud Dutreil, Chairman of LVMH Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton in North America. “For LVMH, this stems directly from our work to foster creative passion and exalt artistic endeavor. We consider it a great privilege to help artists begin their careers, offer them the opportunity to express and develop the full scope of their talent. LVMH is extremely proud to embark on this partnership with the American Composers Orchestra, an organization that has distinguished itself in its decades of pioneering work to create new opportunities for young composers.”  

Click here to read a statement from LVMH about the "Greener New York City" commission. 

Click here to see a video about the ACO/LVMH Partnership. 


Eligibility & Guidelines

  • Only composers who are either a U.S. citizen, or a non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing or studying full-time in the United States, may apply.
  • There are no age restrictions; however, applicants should be composers at the early stages of their professional careers.
  • Each composer may submit only one representative orchestral composition for consideration.
  • The composition submitted must have been completed after December 31, 2004.
  • A sound recording of the work submitted is NOT required. However, a sound recording or MIDI realization may be submitted if available.
  • The quality of the score submitted is the primary evaluation criteria. It is therefore in the applicant’s best interest that the score be clear, accurate, and the best representation of the composer’s work. The additional background information is for eligibility and documentation purposes.
  • Composers who have previously submitted works for consideration in another of ACO’s programs or for an EarShot new music reading, are eligible to apply for this program, however a separate submission form and complete set of materials is required.
  • Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will not be considered.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • One composer will be awarded a $7,000 commission to create a 7 - 9 minute original work that “captures and reflects the sound, feeling and vibrancy of hundreds of neighborhoods within the five boroughs of New York City and anticipates a brighter, more sustainable, greener world.”
  • The commissioned work will be performed by ACO’s Orchestra Underground ensemble, and may be scored for: winds at 1.1.1.1; brass at 1.1.1.1; timpani, 2 percussion, harp, keyboard, and strings (6.5.4.3.2). Standard orchestral doublings are permitted. The work may also employ electronics, MIDI, digital technology, and/or sound reinforcement in combination with the above instrumental forces.
  • The commissioned composer will be responsible for providing professional, legible orchestral parts and scores prepared according to guidelines established by the Major Orchestral Librarians Association (MOLA). MOLA guidelines are available here.

How to Apply

Before submitting an application, carefully review the eligibility & submission guidelines above. Submission deadline is January 15, 2010, 5PM (EST).

A complete submission must include the following:

  • A brief narrative statement (not to exceed one page, 12 pt. type) describing the proposed commissioned work, and indicating how the composer intends to address the commission theme of “A Greener New York City.”
  • One bound copy of a score that best represents the composer’s orchestral work, clearly labeled with the composer’s name and title on the cover page.
  • A sound recording or MIDI realization in audio CD format is optional and may accompany the score.
  • A complete submission form.
  • A current rsum for the composer including education, major teachers, awards, professional affiliations.
  • A list of works, including title, year composed, instrumentation, duration, and performance history.
  • One letter of recommendation from an established composer or other music professional, attesting to the applicant’s accomplishments and potential as an orchestral composer. (May be sent under separate cover.)
  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope suitable for the return of materials. All supporting materials remain the property of ACO. ACO is not responsible for lost scores.

Please send all materials to:
LVMH - A Greener New York City Commission
American Composers Orchestra

240 West 35th Street, Suite 405
New York, NY 10001-2506

Submissions must be received by ACO no later than January 15, 2010.

Late applications and online submissions will not be accepted.

For more information, call 212.977.8495 x202; email: greenernyc@americancomposers.org


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