Current Fromm Commission Application

The 2022 Fromm Commission Application is now closed.


Winners will be announced in November 2022.  Details for the 2023 Commission Application will be posted early next year.

Fromm Foundation Commission Overview

The Fromm commission is available for all types of compositions regardless of idiom, instrumentation, style, or the use of technology. Submissions in jazz, hybrid, electronic, or other idioms are welcome.

Amount of Commission: $12,000

Awardees will receive an advance payment of $6,000 at commissioning, and completed scores are requested within three years of the award date.

Procedural Guidelines Overview

To be eligible, a composer must be a legal resident of the United States for a term of one year or more during the time of the application. For these purposes, "residents" shall be deemed to include U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, temporary residents, asylees, refugees, and nonimmigrants who have been lawfully admitted to, and reside in, the United States and can ensure they are legally able to be paid for services by Harvard University. Individuals must be able to provide work authorization (i.e. visa sponsor permission).

Please note: if you previously received a Fromm Commission, there is a fifteen-year waiting period (from the time it was awarded) before you can apply again. The commission is to create a new work and cannot be applied to projects that have been awarded other commissions or previously composed.

The Fromm Music Foundation does not accept applications for composers from organizations. The composer must apply directly.

For more detailed information, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions.