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
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.
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 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
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
June 12, 2020
Announcement of commissionees
June 12 - July 31, 2020
August 1 - August 31, 2020
September 1, 2020
October 1, 2020
Composers must identify as American Citizens - either born or naturalized in the U.S.
Composers must be available to work within the proposed timeline.
Composers must have an internet connection that supports working remotely with NYNME’s team.
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