International Alliance for Women in Music

 

Search for New Music Competition

The IAWM holds an annual composition competition for women composers called the “Search for New Music by Women Composers”, aka SNM. This international competition includes seven prize categories ranging from chamber and orchestral The IAWM holds an annual composition competition for women composers called the “Search for New Music by Women Composers”, aka SNM. This international competition includes seven prize categories ranging from chamber and orchestral works to electro-acoustic media, improvisation, and sound installation. Each prize has its own monetary award. Membership in IAWM is required to enter, but contestants may join at the time of entry. Entries are anonymous. The SNM committee administers the competition, receives entries, selects judges and publicizes the contest guidelines and the list of winners.

2017 IAWM Search for New Music by Women Composers

Submissions were due by May 31st, 2017.

To find out how to submit your work, read the SNM 2017 Guidelines.

View list of past Search for New Music winners here.

Changes In 2014, SNM began using EasyChair for managing submissions, so there is no need for a pseudonym. However, your name, and other known names such as lyricist and performers, must not appear anywhere. The Pauline Oliveros electroacoustic and New Genre categories from previous competitions were merged.

Ruth Anderson Prize for a New Sound Installation  Read this blog post by 2014 winner Sky Macklay for tips on writing a good proposal. The post is hosted on the coordinator’s Elusive Music blog.