Call for Composers

Leanna Keith and Kelsey Mines photo by Lisa Hagen Glynn

Earshot Jazz is calling for composers from the Puget Sound region! Selected artists will present new work that will be premiered at the 2023 Earshot Jazz Festival in October/November.

How to Apply:

Email the following materials to info@earshot.org:

A personal narrative about 250 words or less

A 3-6 sentence description of the concept

General information including contact information, social media handles for promo, and address

An artistic sample of your work

If your proposed commission is different than your typical work, please send an additional sample that is representative of the new concept.

Artistic sample does not have to be the same instrumentation as proposed work.

Can be standalone audio or audio accompanied by video/visuals.

More Information:

A community panel will meet in February to review submissions and notifications of the panel’s decision will go out via email. Three composers will be selected to commision a musical work and will receive $3,000 each. Young composers are encouraged to apply! If selected, your commissioned work:

Must be an original composition

Must be a minimum of ten minutes

Can be written for 3-7 artists

Should result in a printed score, lead sheet, or some other form of graphic notation

Must be completed prior to the 2023 Earshot Jazz Festival, by October 1, 2023

Earshot Jazz will have the exclusive right to present the world premiere of the work at the 2023 Earshot Jazz Festival. Newly commissioned work will remain the property of the artist/composer and will not be used by Earshot Jazz without express written permission of the artist.


Application deadline is Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 11:59pm PST. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to info@earshot.org. We’re happy to help! We look forward to reviewing your submission.


Posted on

January 2, 2023