KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD – A program for emerging composers held in Austin, TX the “Live Music Capital of the World”.   ***2021 info on applications TBD***

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD program provides an opportunity for selected composers from around the world, ages 21+, to submit a newly written work that is to be rehearsed, recorded in a professional studio and performed at a concert in Austin, TX. In addition, for 5-6 days, each composer will participate in lectures, networking events and establish professional relationships with colleagues in the music and arts industry.

The program name draws inspiration from the city of Austin’s motto of “Keep Austin Weird.” Most composers do not have professional studio recordings of their compositions, and most who do, have subpar live recordings. With quality studio recordings there is an opportunity to place compositions in film, commercials, and radio. In Austin, a city rich in music and culture, these visiting composers will also have the opportunity to build relationships and broaden their network.

KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD takes place for 8-10 days in Austin, Texas. Participants will be required to compose a work specifically for the program. Each composer will have the opportunity to work with an ensemble in a rehearsal and a recording session at Cacophony Records, recording and engineering done by Grammy winning producer, Erik Wofford. All tracking will be done in Austin, mixing and mastering will be conducted post-program and sent to the composer (composer retains all rights to music). A performance will be booked in advance and promoted to showcase each composer. In addition, conferences, panels, and mixers will be held at various venues around town to provide networking opportunities.  Participants will be provided with housing (house includes full kitchen, living room, backyard, Wi-fi, TV, A/C etc), catered breakfasts, lunches.

Participants (tuition + housing + two meals per day):  $1,560 USD (contributes toward recording, musicians, performance)
Application should be sent by email to keepcomposersweird@gmail.com (cost to apply is $15 USD)
1) Please send the following information:
a.  Name
b.  Birth date
c.  Nationality
d.  CV
e.  Short paragraph talking about yourself (i.e – interests, goals, etc)
f.  One letter of recommendation (if possible)

2) PDF files of one – two of your works with recordings or midi (if available)

3) $15(USD) fee payable by paypal to keepcomposersweird@gmail.com


Dec.3.2019: Application deadline
Dec.5. 2019: Announcement of results
Dec.15.2019:  Notification to reserve spot in program (via deposit; flexible)
Dec.20. 2019: The selected participants will receive instrumentation for their works
Jan.7.2020: Deadline for sending finished composition
Jan.12/13. 2020: – arrival and accommodation in Austin
Jan.219/20.2020: – departure from Austin




If you are interested in applying for the 2020 rendition of KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD, feel free to reach out at keepcomposersweird@gmail.com.