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for proposals to create a new work to be recorded and released by NYNME’s socially distant performers using home technology


Four (4) composers/creators


with NYNME to create a new work that is specifically written to be recorded remotely


 NYNME will record, mix, master, and release each selected commission

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American composers with an adventurous appetite for creating new audio/video work in a non-traditional performance setting as NYNME’s socially distant members remotely record select works.

commission DETAILS

Each of the four (4) selected composers will receive a $500 commissioning fee. While micro-works can be a few minutes long, there are no duration restrictions. All commissioned works will be remotely recorded and released by NYNME at no expense to the composer.


For more than 40 years, NYNME has proudly commissioned new music from composers/creators with whom we have developed long-term, meaningful relationships. We miss getting to do just that during this time of social distancing! To remain thoughtfully engaged with our core mission, NYNME has created a way to collaborate with each other, and with the composers who write the music we love to perform.

In addition to general household items, NYNME’s members can offer...




Tech: Iphone 7, Ipad pro 2nd generation, Macbook pro

Audio: Blue Yeti external usb mic

Instruments: many percussion instruments- please ask

Other: NYC urban wonderland




Tech: iphone Xs, iPad pro 1st generation, MacBook pro

Audio: R88 microphone, apogee Duet 2 interface

Instruments: Flutes: C Flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, baroque flute (415), french baroque flute (392), classical flute (430). Other: Piano, Melodica (very bad at both)

Other: dog barks, sounds of waves, chainsaw, power-washer


Chris finckel


Tech: 2015 Mac Book Air  Iphone 8

Audio: Nakamichi CM 100 mics,   M Audio MobilePre USB

Instruments: 3 Cellos (available for scordatura or other preparation?)




Tech: 2015 Mac Book Pro, iphone 6s

Audio: Shure sm 58 dynamic microphone

Instruments: piano, 4-octave midi keyboard



Conductor, percussion, electronics

Tech: Canon 90D dslr, Canon 60D, Canon Vixia 4K camcorder

Audio: 4 condenser  mics, RME UFX interface, Bricasti reverb

Instruments: 5 octave marimba, midi controllers 

Other: lots of nature around PA, including black bears


Commissioning funds will be paid out: 50% upon signing of commission contract (mid June), with the remaining 50% upon completion of the work’s recording (late August).

June 5, 2020

Proposal deadline

June 12, 2020

Announcement of commissionees

June 12 - July 31, 2020

Composition creation/workshop/collaboration

August 1 - August 31, 2020


September 1, 2020

Post production

October 1, 2020

Recordings Released


  1. Composers must identify as American Citizens - either born or naturalized in the U.S.

  2. Composers must be available to work within the proposed timeline.

  3. Composers must have an internet connection that supports working remotely with NYNME’s team.

  4. Preference may be given to projects that utilize all 5 NYNME performers and stay within the items/instruments offered

We highly encourage applications from

  • Composers who have not worked with NYNME in the past

  • Lesser known composers who have not yet received significant recognition

  • Applicants from populations under-represented in the music composition world

NYNME is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. While this special call is for American composers, all applicants may receive consideration for a commission without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, ability or age. We also encourage composers of ANY nationality to send scores to us for future program consideration at


Fill out the proposal application and send to

nynmecommissions [at] gmail [dot] com



What do you mean by "how do you intend for your proposal to be recorded remotely"?

With today's technology, there are many ways one can create music. We are curious to know what your intended method for recording your piece is and what things we might need to do so. Please be specific about what methods you would like NYNME to use to record your work, whether they be a specific type of technology, or technique.

For example, will this be recorded:

to a click track

in “real-time” on zoom

using field recordings from the performer’s environment

using Ableton live (or any other software program) 

we are open to any number of possibilities, but would like to know how you envision your piece to be recorded.


I want to apply but I'm not an American citizen...

Unfortunately we can only consider American citizens for the Socially Distant Micro-Commissions Call, but we are always excited to hear from composers of all nationalities regarding future collaborations! 


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