CQ MINUTE COMPETITION
CQ MINUTE 2020
The Catalyst Quartet believes that art can thrive in the digital age, and be a continued source of inspiration and innovation. In commemoration of our 10th anniversary, we are commissioning 10 composers from diverse backgrounds to write miniature string quartets. These pieces will exist as stand alone compositions and be featured as 10 individually unique music videos that will comprise a Video Album— better representing the way most people experience music today.
9 composers have already joined the project but the 10th will be decided through a national competition focused on promoting new and emerging talent.
Confirmed composers are:
ANDY AKIHO
KISHI BASHI
BILLY CHILDS
PAQUITO D’RIVERA
TANIA LEON
JESSIE MONTGOMERY
KEVIN PUTS
CAROLINE SHAW
JOAN TOWER

THE COMPETITION!
One composer and their composition will be selected through national competition to complete the roster and be featured on our new video album! The winner will receive a $750 prize, as well as multiple performances of their work in connection with the project.

ELIGIBILITY
-Applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 35 as of July 1, 2020.
-Applicant must be a citizen of the United States of America.
-Applicants should be composers at the early stages of their careers.
-Applicant must follow application instructions- incomplete applications will not be accepted.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for a piece that is 1-2 minutes in length that is part of a larger narrative that chronicles the ten years of the Catalyst Quartet. The winning composition will be the final piece on the video-album, and so we ask that you consider the following directives while writing your piece:
FUTURE
INNOVATION
PURPOSE
OPTIMISM

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Through the free online application, you will be asked to submit the following:
-Biography
-Score for the 1-2 minute string quartet
-A copy of your passport.

DEADLINE: JULY 1, 2019

NOTIFICATIONS AND PRIZE DETAILS
-The winner will be announced by March 1, 2020.
-Only one composer and his/her piece will be chosen.
-The selected composer will be awarded a cash prize of $750.
-The selected composer will be featured on a video album by the Catalyst Quartet to be released in the summer of 2020.

For questions please email cqminutecompetition@gmail.com.

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