2017 Fromm Commission Application AVAILABLE NOW

March 17, 2017


ONLINE APPLICATION AVAILABLE HERE   https://frommfoundation.slideroom.com


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.


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.

Materials needed for application:

Work samples to submit in the online application

*A pdf of a complete sample score for review

*A five-minute audio selection of the score submitted. (mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac, m4a accepted)

*A complete recording of this work submitted through SoundCloud.

To submit through mail:

A hard copy of the entire sample score

Additionally to be completed online:

*Short description of proposed composition

*Resume of compositional activities

*Emails of TWO recommenders to be submitted through the online application to include:
ONE letter of recommendation from a teacher, colleague, or mentor. 
ONE letter of commitment from the performer/presenter of the composition being proposed.



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