Friday, July 31, 2009

Composition Competition Tip #1: Give Them What They Want

Find out what a contest/conference is really looking for, and tailor your submission to that.

I recently posted (below) about the SCI 2010 Student National Conference's Call for Participation. Their site mentions a conference theme of "Giving Voice: Social Justice and the Arts." It says: "Compositions and paper proposals that fit with theme are encouraged, though all submissions will be considered."

Don't ignore this! When conference/contest organizers express a preference for something, try to acknowledge that by what you choose to submit. For calls that allow multiple submissions, include at least one that fits the theme.

Giving those in charge of programing a choice that truly fits the concept of the event can give you a leg up on someone who submits their same great piano trio every time.

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