Updated: Aug 25, 2020
The San Francisco Conservatory is partnering with the San Francisco Symphony in the interest of developing Black composers.
The SF Chronicle Datebook has recently released an article announcing the opportunity for developing Black composers to have their music commissioned and developed.
According to Datebook:
"The initiative, called the Emerging Black Composers Project, is supported by a $250,000 donation to the Conservatory. Winning composers will each receive a $15,000 commissioning fee and musical mentorship from three Bay Area music directors: Oakland Symphony Music Director Michael Morgan, S.F. Conservatory Music Director Edwin Outwater and incoming San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen."
This initiative seems to be the culmination of the desire to discover undeveloped talent as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.
Motivations aside, this sounds like a terrific program and an incredible opportunity for emerging Black composers to be mentored and have their music publicly displayed. Spread the word and take advantage of it if you can!
The submission deadline is December 31. You can find all the details here.