MAY 31 – JUNE 2, 2018

2017 Call for Scores

Our 2017 Call for Scores is now closed. The submission period ran from January 25 to March 25. Notifications of acceptance into the festival will be made on April 13. Below are the 2017 submission guidelines.


Submissions may be made in any of the following categories:

Performers will be provided. The available instruments are as follows: flute (2), all clarinets/saxophones (3), oboe, trumpet (2), horn, trombone (2), tuba, guitar, piano, soprano (2), percussion (5), cello.

Additional Guidelines

Two works will be selected to be choreographed by professional choreographers. If you wish your submission to be considered, indicate this in the appropriate box on the application.

Black Bayou Composition Award

The Black Bayou Composition Award will be presented for the piece “that best reflects the connection between music and nature.” This award is sponsored in part by Friends of Black Bayou, and will be adjudicated by composers and performers outside of the festival staff. The winner will receive $500, and two runners-up will receive $100 each.

Travel and Lodging

The primary goal of the festival is to bring new music from composers around the world to members of our communities and to engage in the dialogue about the future of new music. No financial assistance for travel is available but recommendations for discounted hotels will be posted as the festival nears.


Professional audio recordings will be provided at no charge to composers after the festival. Professional video recordings will be available at a nominal price. New Music on the Bayou reserves the right to use recordings and images from the festival on our website and promotional materials. Click here to view our map of venues.