Call for Scores: 2017 Art Song Anthologies

About NewMusicShelf

NewMusicShelf is an online marketplace for independently-published composers of concert music to sell digital editions of their sheet music.

Founded in 2010, the company allows composers to directly upload works for sale through their online platform. NewMusicShelf handles all transactions and digital delivery, leaving composers more time to manage all other aspects of their careers. Composers retain all rights to their work, and, because NewMusicShelf is a non-exclusive distributor, are allowed (and encouraged) to sell their works through other outlets.

About the Anthologies

In 2018, NewMusicShelf will release four anthologies of new art song by living composers. Each voice-type-specific volume of 20 songs will be curated by professional singers, and will be released in print and digital format. Songs included in the anthologies will also be performed in a concert of the anthologized works, and recorded and released in a companion CD.

Composers will retain full ownership of their work, and will receive royalty payments for every copy of the anthology and CD sold.

Submission Instructions

Eligible Composers

Composers of all ages and nationalities are eligible for inclusion in the anthologies. Composers who are included should be able to receive royalty payments either via check in USD or internationally through PayPal.

Eligible Works

Composers may submit no more than two songs per voice type for consideration.

Eligible works must be:

  • for voice and piano only – works with additional or alternative instrumentation will be disqualified
  • under 10 minutes in duration
  • published by the composer him-/herself (composers published by outside publishers must secure permission in writing from their publisher, and include a scanned PDF of that letter with their submission)

Submitted songs may be selections from a cycle or collection of songs (some preference may be shown to these works because of the potential they have to spur greater interest in the composer’s broader vocal catalog).

Arrangements of pre-existing works are allowed so long as they adhere to the above requirements.

How to Submit

  1. There is no fee for submission.

  3. For each voice type that you are submitting for, create a Dropbox or Google Drive folder titled with the voice type of the submission and your last name with the format: [VOICE Last] (e.g., “TENOR Tobenski” or “SOPRANO Biscardi”).

  5. Upload a PDF of the score to the folder, titling the file with the voice type, your last name, and the title of the song as: [VOICE Last – Title] (e.g., “TENOR Tobenski – The Gallant Weaver” or “SOPRANO Biscardi – Someone New”).

  7. If available, upload an MP3 of the song with the same naming convention as above. (Recordings are not required, but are helpful to the curators in evaluating your work. MIDI is acceptable but not preferred.)

  9. Complete the application form, including the link to the corresponding Dropbox/Drive folder. Complete a separate application for each voice type that you are submitting for.

  11. Share the folder(s) with

  13. Ensure that the Dropbox/Drive folders and their contents are available through the end of January 2018

Submissions are due by August 31, 2017.

Notification of acceptance (with contracts) will go out in late Fall 2017.