2023 Call for Scores

A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers
Hugh Levick, Artistic Director


Deadline: NOVEMBER 1, 2022
Festival dates: April 13, 14, 15, 16, 2023

Open to Los Angeles area-based composers. If you are writing innovative, contemporary, classical concert music, and you live and work primarily in Los Angeles, you are eligible to submit a work in
one of the following categories:

Larger chamber ensemble

For the first time in our history, the 2023 Hear Now Music Festival will include two pieces for a conducted chamber ensemble of up to 17 musicians:

  • 1 singer
  • 1 each of flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (each with relevant doublings)
  • 1 each of horn, trumpet, trombone and/or tuba (each with relevant doublings)
  • 1 percussion
  • 1 keyboard (multiple keyboard instruments possible)
  • 1 harp
  • 2 violins
  • 1 viola
  • 1 cello
  • 1 double bass

Different instrumentation combinations from the above list are of course acceptable. Please keep in mind, however, that no more than two pieces in this category will be presented in the festival.

Acoustic chamber music

  • For 1 to 8 players (fewer if possible)
  • No more than 15 minutes in length.
  • All combinations of voice, strings, woodwinds and brass will be available. We will have a piano.
  • Percussion (if not too large a setup)

Electroacoustic music

  • In addition to the electronic element, 1-6 players can be used. The core ensemble for this concert consists of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, though other instruments can be included as well.
  • Electronics can be live or fixed media. In addition to other materials, a detailed description of technical requirements must be provided with the application.
  • No more than 15 minutes in length.
  • Brightwork Ensemble will provide the musicians.

How to submit

Please make sure that score and sound files are ANONYMOUS. Non-anonymous submissions cannot be considered.

Send two emails, following these instructions carefully:


Please send the following BY NOVEMBER 1, 2022 11:59PM to hearnowcomposersfestival@gmail.com:

Please use the subject line: “HEAR NOW 2023 SUBMISSION

  1. ANONYMOUS Score in PDF format
  2. ANONYMOUS mp3 audio samples (MIDI acceptable).
    • Please send files which do not show composer/performer/album info when opened in iTunes. MP3 files without watermarks help us maintain anonymity.
    • Please do not send links to recordings on websites such as SoundCloud, YouTube or your personal website.
    • Please DO include the title of your piece.
    • If your sound files are too large to be attached to an email please send them via Hightail or Dropbox, or a comparable email service.


FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS please also send the following confidential information in a separate email to: hearnowcomposersfestival@gmail.com

  • Use the subject line “HEAR NOW 2023 SUBMISSION INFO“.
  • Please send this information as regular email, and not part of your Hightail, Dropbox, Yousendit, WeTransfer, etc. — large file services, and from your usual email address.
  • Include the following:
    • The title of your piece
    • Your contact info, including home address
    • Instrumentation
    • Duration
    • Any other (brief) information about the piece you would like to share (Will it be a premiere of any kind? Are there standalone movements? Recommended local musicians for difficult or thorny parts, etc.)
  • Please include the statement: “I agree to request and receive permission from all musicians performing my work for the Hear Now Music Festival before posting the recording publicly in any form.”*
  • (Optional) Do you identify as a part of an historically underrepresented group (also including women, LGBTQ, etc.)? Please specify.

Further information

Submissions may have been performed before, and multi-movement works are acceptable. If you have any questions, please contact Hugh Levick or General Manager Heidi Lesemann at the above email address.

Our review and selection process is detailed here


The 12th annual Hear Now Music Festival will be held April 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2023. Performing ensembles include

We are very much looking forward to hearing your music!

About recordings

*The HEAR NOW Music Festival is audio- and video-recorded, and, if your work is selected for the festival, the recordings will be made available to you. By submitting your musical materials, you take responsibility for obtaining a media release from all musicians who perform your work in the festival before posting it publicly in any form (YouTube, your website, etc.). You may submit a recording or video from the Hear Now Music Festival performance as documentation for a grant proposal, or to provide a sample to other musicians or organizations for future performances, which is for private use only, without having such permissions. You also understand that Hear Now may use your festival recording for artistic documentation for grant proposals and in short (30-60 second) excerpts for promotional purposes without requiring your permission.

HEAR NOW Music Festival promotes the breadth and diversity of concert music being written by composers living in and associated with the LA area by presenting concerts and informative activities of high artistic quality to the general public. HEAR NOW strives to achieve equity and inclusiveness by reaching out in an Open Call to all composers in the area.