Boston New Music Initiative announces first ever call for proposals

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Boston, MA – December 12, 2017 — The Boston New Music Initiative, Inc. (BNMI) announces its Call for Proposals of new works to be written in collaboration with visual artists for the upcoming 2018-2019 concert season. The theme of BNMI’s Tenth Season is “The Beauty of the Line” and will aim to illuminate the relationship between visual art and music. Chosen proposals will be presented at a gallery show/performance to take place in Spring of 2019.

Proposals will be reviewed for new collaborative work created by a composer and visual artist, working together. Existing composer/visual artist teams are encouraged, though musical proposals without an attached artist are welcomed as well. Submissions of music without an artist will be offered to a group of visual artists already committed to participating in this project.

“We hope to create an opportunity for composer/visual artists teams to work together to create truly unique art works,” says Beth Ratay, BNMI Artistic Director. “I am looking forward to seeing the creative ideas put forth by applicants.”

Proposals for The Beauty of the Line collaborative works should be no more than 750 words, and should include details regarding instrumentation, duration, reliance on electronic equipment, and a description of the music and visual art included in the proposal. The Boston New Music Initiative will plan the 2018-2019 season, its tenth, depending on the types of submissions the organization receives in this call for proposals.

Composers and artists are not limited in the number of proposals they can submit, though each proposal must be submitted as a separate entry. All submissions must also be anonymous. Details on submission of proposals can be found at

Composers wishing to submit scores must become members of BNMI; Associate Membership is free and Full Membership is $20 a year.

Featured photo by Tom Bishop.