MATA seeks submissions from composers in the early stages of their careers for their 2020 Festival of New Music in New York City and additional concerts during their 2019-2020 season. MATA has no aesthetic bias: they welcome all types of music from fully notated to improvised, sound art, video, electronic, found instruments, toys, installations, and everything in between. Composers are selected on the strength of their overall portfolio, and will receive either a performance of a pre-existing work or a commission to write a new piece. Performers featured by MATA have included leading chamber ensembles and soloists from New York and the world as well as installation works and other time-based arts that defy categorization.
Music at the Anthology’s (MATA) mission is to present, support, and commission the music of early career composers, regardless of their stylistic views or aesthetic inclinations. Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa in 1996 as a way to address the lack of presentation opportunities for unaffiliated composers, MATA has since developed into the world’s most sought-after performance opportunity for young and emerging composers: for its 2017 Festival, MATA received the music of 1159 composers, from 72 countries.
MATA presents an internationally-recognized festival, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, each spring in New York City of new music by early career composers selected from a free global call for submissions; MATA Presents, an acclaimed series of occasional concerts held at venues throughout New York, now in its eleventh season; and MATA Jr., currently entering its third season: an evening of music by pre-college composers, mentored by emerging composers, and performed by an ensemble of their peers.
In addition to these regular offerings, over the years MATA has presented numerous other events and activities open to the general public, included among them: public sound art installations, (2003, 2008-10, 2015); lectures and panel discussions (2002-04, 2007-09); workshops related to the business of composing (2011-present); a “Composer’s School” (2014-15); public art events (Composer’s Petting Zoo, 2005; Super Critical Mass’s Swelter, 2011; David Bird’s Fields, 2014); Interactive apps (MATA Walk With Me, 2015); composer reading sessions (2002-04, 2013-14); and showcases (MATA at the Atlantic, 2015).
MATA’s festivals and events are critically acclaimed and broadly respected: The New Yorker has hailed MATA as “the most exciting showcase for outstanding young composers from around the world.” The New York Times has called it “nondogmatic, even antidogmatic;” The Wall Street Journal said that it “tells us a lot about how composers are thinking now.” Composers that have been presented by MATA early in their careers include future Rome, Alpert, Takemitsu, Siemens, and Pulitzer Prize-winners, Guggenheim Fellows, and MacArthur “Geniuses.” In 2010 MATA was awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Aaron Copland award in recognition of its work.
APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 11, 2019
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