Call for Scores 2019:
Solo Piano Anthology

DEADLINE: May 31, 2019

Please read the submission instructions below

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 its 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

The NewMusicShelf Anthologies of New Music are a bold, new publishing initiative aimed at bringing new composers and repertoire to student and professional performers alike. With an emphasis on works not found in the traditional publishing ecosystem, each volume is curated by performers who have a reputation for championing new music, with an eye toward selecting works with a range of styles and difficulties that are suitable for concert and recital performance.

With this innovative mode of publishing, NewMusicShelf advocates for self-published composers in a way previously unheard of in the realm of classical music: all self-published composers retain full ownership of their work while earning a generous royalty on every sale.

In addition to publication in the Anthologies, selected works receive performance in New York City, and will also be recorded and released on a companion CD.

Submission Instructions

Eligible Composers

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

Eligible Works

Composers may submit up to two works (or excerpted movements from a larger work) for consideration for each instrument.

Eligible works must be:

  • original works by the composer, not arrangements of another composer’s work
  • for solo piano – works with additional or alternative instrumentation (including electronics) will not be considered
  • under 10 minutes in duration
  • published by the composer him-/herself OR submitted with the written approval of the publisher

Submissions may be excerpted movements from a larger multi-movement work, so long as they can stand alone in performance. Some preference may be shown to these submissions because of the potential they have to spur greater interest in the composer’s broader body of work for the instrument.

Arrangements of pre-existing works within the composer’s catalog are allowed so long as they adhere to the above requirements. Arrangements of other composers’ works are ineligible.

Special consideration will be given to works of moderate difficulty suitable for undergraduate and advanced high school players.

How to Submit

  1. There is no fee for submission.
  2. Submissions are neither anonymous nor pseudonymous.
  3. Create a PDF of the score with the following naming convention: [INSTRUMENT LastName – Title] (e.g., “PIANO Mason – The Never-Ending Ocean of Identity”) [Why is this important?]
  4. If available, include an MP3 of the work 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.)
  5. For works not published by the composer, please upload a copy of a letter giving you express permission to submit the work(s) in question.
  6. Complete the application form. PDF & MP3 files are uploaded through the online form.

Submissions are due by May 31, 2019.

Notification of acceptance (with contracts) will go out in Winter 2019.


How many total works can I submit?
In total, you may submit up to two works (or excerpted movements from larger works) for each instrument.

What if I have a piece that’s not specifically for any one instrument? Can I still submit it?
Yes. Just be sure that it’s appropriate for the instrument that you’re submitting it for.

Why are you making these anthologies?
Many music teachers struggle to find new “classical” repertoire for their students (or themselves) that is written by living composers, and composers frequently have a difficult time having their works discovered by performers who they aren’t directly connected with. With these anthologies, NewMusicShelf hopes to bridge the gap between the two communities, and introduce young performers and their teachers to a broader range of composers who are living and working today. Because NMS is composer-forward, the anthologies are also intended to offer composers broader exposure of their works along with fair royalties for their use.

How many anthologies has NMS published so far?
NewMusicShelf has published four volumes to date: Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. In 2019, NMS will publish (or begin work) on volumes for viola, alto saxophone, solo piano, bass-baritone, and countertenor.

I have another question
Please email nmssubmissio[email protected] with any other questions you may have.

Learn More

Podcasters Dennis Tobenski & Garrett Hope talk about NewMusicShelf and the Anthologies of Vocal Music on the Music Publishing Podcast
Q&A with the curators of the vocal anthologies