The 2023 MATA Festival seeks submissions of small ensemble works for 6-8 musicians/artists or less from composers and sound artists in the early stages of their careers for our 2023 MATA Festival of New Music in New York City. The 2023 MATA Festival will be curated by the 2022-23 Artist-In-Residence, Found Sound Nation (FSN), who will form the core collaborative group of interpreters for this year’s festival.
We welcome works that engage with ideas around individual and community transformation and/or collaborative music-making, reflecting the core values and approaches to music creation as outlined on this page. Submissions can be pre-written pieces/scores, audio recordings of pieces, or written descriptions of pieces. Scores can be notated traditionally or non-traditionally, including graphic scores, text-based scores, and beyond. Composers can apply to perform their own work in collaboration with a selection of players drawn from the FSN ensemble.
In addition to this call for submissions, the panel will also consider up to 3 paid commissions for this year’s MATA Festival. If you are interested in also being considered for a commission, please check the relevant box in the application. Please note the timeline – notifications for this application will be sent out by January 2023, and the performance of a commissioned piece will be scheduled for May 2023.
For more information, please visit https://www.matafestival.org/mata-festival-call-for-submissions-2023
- Artist Information
- Artist Statement: Please tell us about yourself and your work as an artist, including why you consider yourself to be at the early stages of your career. To learn more about what MATA considers to be an early-career composer, visit: www.matafestival.org/earlycareer-composer
- Work Samples: Present links to two pieces that you would like to be considered for the 2023 Festival
Deadline: October 15, 2022
MATA is a welcoming and safe place for artists to experiment. We encourage applicants who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, and people from diverse social, educational, and economic backgrounds.