Opportunities for composers to get the works to be performed and video recorded by professional musicians in concert halls. 

"What should composers today do with the music they have created? This is the critical question of our times. Should our works be kept aside, waiting a long long time to be realized and performed and get royalties? Or shall we get our works to have every opportunity to be performed and to be heard before worrying about our performing rights and royalties?" ... Quoted from: A Message from the Artistic Director

Sydney Contemporary Orchestra is a nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to exploring and promoting the new music of contemporary composers. It provides a service for composers who wish to make sponsorship to share the fees with other composers for a symphony orchestra to perform and to video record their works in concert form.
 
Thanks to the SCO Foundation support, we can reduce the composers' sponsorship fees to a very small portion of the entire cost.
 
Thanks to our volunteer managers of the SCO Management Committee that enables us to continue providing services to composers.
 

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The sharing fee covers:

  1. Concert Performance - Selected works will be performed by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra in concert halls in Sydney Australia.
  2. Open Rehearsals - Composers are welcome to the open rehearsals to discuss and explain their works;
  3. Video Recording - The recording will be taken during the concerts,
  4. Digital Publishing -The recordings will be published on our website via YouTube, enabling a lasting legacy for personal and/or commercial purposes.
  5. List composers' names and the works on our website - All recorded works will be listed on our website, one of the largest websites for contemporary composers and contemporary compositions with a high visitor traffic flow.

 

REGULATIONS OF PARTICIPATION

Composers of all nationalities and ages who wish to video record their music may submit the works to apply for a fee-sharing position. There are three categories with four different rates of each to meet composers' needs.

 

6 categories:

A. Contemporary Piano Music
B. Contemporary String Quartets
C. Contemporary Chamber Music
D. Contemporary Orchestral Music I (Single winds orchestra)
E. Contemporary Orchestral music II (Double winds orchestra)
F. Contemporary Orchestral Music III (Triple winds orchestras)


Category A - Contemporary Piano Music
Instrumentation: Piano solo

up to 5 minutes $300 AUD
More than 5 up to 10 minutes $600 AUD
More than 10 up to 15 minutes $900 AUD
More than 15 up to 20 minutes $1200 AUD

Category B - Contemporary String Quartets
Instrumentation: Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello.*

up to 5 minutes $500 AUD
More than 5 up to 10 minutes $1000 AUD
More than 10 up to 15 minutes $1500 AUD
More than 15 up to 20 minutes $2000 AUD

Category C - Contemporary Chamber Music
Any combination of the following instrumentation: 1.1.1.1., 1.1.1.1., 1 perc., 1.1.1.1.1.*

up to 5 minutes $2000 AUD
More than 5 up to 10 minutes $2500 AUD
More than 10 up to 15 minutes $3500 AUD
More than 15 up to 20 minutes $4500 AUD

 

Category D - Contemporary Orchestral Music I
Single winds orchestra: 1.1.1.1., 2.1.1.1., 1 perc., 5.4.3.2.1.*

up to 5 minutes $2000 AUD
More than 5 up to 10 minutes $3000 AUD
More than 10 up to 15 minutes $4000 AUD
More than 15 up to 20 minutes $5000 AUD


Category E- Contemporary Orchestral Music II
Double winds orchestra: 2.2.2.2., 4.2.2.1., Timp. 1 perc., harp. 10.8.6.6.4.*

up to 5 minutes $3000 AUD
More than 5 up to 10 minutes $4500 AUD
More than 10 up to 15 minutes $6000 AUD
More than 15 up to 20 minutes $7000 AUD

Category F - Contemporary Orchestral Music III
Triple windes orchestra: 3.3.3.3., 4.3.3.1., Timp. 2 perc., harp. 12.10.8.8.6. *

up to 5 minutes $4000 AUD
More than 5 up to 10 minutes $5000 AUD
More than 10 up to 15 minutes $7000 AUD
More than 15 up to 20 minutes $8500 AUD

 

*Piccolo, Cor anglais, Bass clarinet, Contrabassoon can be doubled in all wind sections.
 Any additional instruments OR solo instruments in addition to the specified instrumentation of each category will apply for extra fees. Contact us for detailed information.

 

 

SELECTING CRITERIA:

  1. High artistic value and musical content.
  2. High level of originality and compositional techniques.
  3. Willing and be able to make sponsorships.


HOW TO SUBMIT:


Provide the following materials:

  1. Score
  2. Orchestral parts (if ready)
  3. Audio or video (if available)
  4. Photo
  5. Biography
  6. Program notes
  7. A cover letter stating that you have read and consented to the regulations, and you are willing and able to pay your sponsorship fee.


The materials can be submitted by:


There is no deadline for submission. 
The finalized program for each concert will be announced whenever the 90 minutes music is confirmed.  Later submissions may be scheduled for next year. 
If the work is selected you will receive an official confirmation letter/invoice and an instruction for payment methods.
After the payment is completed you will receive an official receipt and the details of the concert and rehearsal schedules. 

For any questions please contact us:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(Please specify the category and duration of your pieces when making inquiries.)

COMPOSITIONS PROMOTED

 

 

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I really want to thanks a lot for this beautiful opportunity, the performance was great, I'm very happy of that.
I hope to collaborate again with you again in the future.

Matteo Tundo - Composer (Italy) 

 

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....an amazing energy, funding and collecting works is needed to organize and realize an orchestra such as SCO and all these wonderful concerts, you make the quality of music rise in every musical work and there are not a lot of you out there.

Trimor Dhomi - Composer (Kosovo)

 

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The SCO has been doing very interesting work indeed and certainly worthy of support.

Prof  Stuart Geoffrey Andrew Greenbaum - Composer (Australia)