Construct Radiate

International composition competition


Submission period

Fri Oct 4, 2019 at 10:24 AM UTC

End of submission period

Wed Jan 1 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Fri Feb 28 at 5 PM UTC


Composers of any nationality born after 1 January, 1980 are invited to submit:

  • one score & recording of a representative work for chamber ensemble (5 to 14 musicians); works with electronics are accepted
  • a brief biography (not more than one page)
  • scan of ID (passport, identity card etc), clearly showing the applicant's full name, nationality & date of birth

The selected composer will receive a commission from neuverBand Ensemble für neue Musik Basel (see available instruments below) to be premiered in Basel (Switzerland) in the opening concert of the ensemble's 2020-21 season.

  • there is no application fee
  • the new work may make use of electronics
  • only applications received by email will be considered
  • submitted scores must be in .PDF format
  • submitted recordings must be in .MP3 format (WAV/AIFF files will not be accepted)
  • if the total size of all files exceeds 10mb, please use wetransfer; emails containing attachments of more than 10mb will be blocked by our server

The winning composer will receive a commission fee of CHF2,000 for the composition of a new work for neuverBand Ensemble für neue Musik Basel.

Travel expenses, allowing the winning composer to attend the premiere of his/her work (up to a maximum of CHF500) will also be awarded.


Applications will be assessed by a panel of judges consisting of:

  • Dieter Ammann
  • Franck Bedrossian
  • Paul Clift
  • Uli Fussenegger
  • Katharina Rosenberger


  • The commissioned work must make use of the entire ensemble (nine performers), with or without electronics.
  • Submitted works which are not awarded the commission may still be considered for performance. All materials must be sent by email to no later than 1 January, 2020; applications received after the deadline, or incomplete applications, will not be considered.
  • Only one entry per composer is permitted.
  • The selected composer must be available to attend the work's premiere which will take place in October, 2020 (date TBC).
  • Composers who have already received a commission from neuverBand, including previous winners of the Construct Radiate Composition Competition, are ineligible to apply.
  • The decision of the jury shall be deemed final and therefore not be subject to appeal on any grounds.

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