Call for Submissions:

2016 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition

POSTED BY: Per Bloland | Wed Oct 21st, 2015 5:07 p.m.

The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) is pleased to announce the 2016 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Composer Commissioning Program.

The purpose of this program is to stimulate student participation in SEAMUS activities, and to encourage young composers to pursue creative endeavors in electro-acoustic music. The program is administered by SEAMUS and funded by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) .

The submission deadline is November 7, 2015. Please note that this differs from the 2016 SEAMUS conference submission deadline.

For more information, please visit the ASCAP/SEAMUS Competition information page:
To submit via the online application, please visit the current submission site:
For more information on the conference at Georgia Southern University, please visit the conference site:

Please note that you must be a current member of SEAMUS to submit to the competition. You can join or renew your membership at the SEAMUS website, Joining takes only a few minutes. Once logged into the submission system, you must supply your seamusonline username to complete your ASCAP/SEAMUS submission.

If you previously submitted to the 2015 SEAMUS Conference at Virginia Tech, your Start Conference submission username and password are still valid. Note that this is distinct from your seamusonline username.


All submissions are to be made online, through the submission site: Only one work of electroacoustic music may be submitted, which must adhere to the following guidelines:

• Audio Files: music submissions should include a representative audio recording of the work. If a concert work, it must be the complete composition. Installations may be represented by an excerpted recording not to exceed 10 minutes in length. Judging of music submissions for ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Competition will be from audio files in the MP3 format. Multichannel works will be judged from a stereo mix, also MP3. Please assist us by submitting in MP3 format. Audio files must be prepared as a single LastnameFirstname_audio.MP3. Be sure to anonymize your MP3 by removing any metadata (ID3 tags).
• Scores: for submissions involving a score, please submit an anonymized PDF score for review. Please do not mail in printed scores. Score submissions must be prepared as LastnameFirstname_score.PDF.
• Video Submissions: note that for works involving video, only the audio portion will be considered for judging purposes. You must be the composer of the music for the video. Please submit an MP3 of the music as specified above.
• Only one (1) entry per student.

Other than the filename, please make sure to remove your name from all files, including MP3 metadata and PDF scores. Please limit the total size of all files to 40MB.

This same work may be submitted to the SEAMUS 2016 National Conference via the conference submission page. All finalists in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition must attend the SEAMUS 2016 National Conference. Submissions by High School and Undergraduate students will automatically be considered for the Allen Strange Memorial Award as well.


A maximum of two prizes may be awarded. The decision of the judges will be final.

First Prize

• Commission of $1250 for a new work of electro-acoustic music
• Performance of commissioned work at the 2017 SEAMUS National Conference
• Recording of the commissioned work in the SEAMUS Compact Disc Series
• Certificate of recognition

Second Prize

• Commission of $750 for a new work of electro-acoustic music
• Performance of commissioned work at the 2017 SEAMUS National Conference
• Certificate of recognition


Applicants to the 2016 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commissioning Competition must be student members of SEAMUS and must be either currently enrolled in an academic program in the United States (high school through doctoral studies) or a United States citizen studying abroad. All completed submissions will be verified for student status against current SEAMUS membership records.

Per Bloland
SEAMUS Member-at-Large