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SAI Pittsburgh Alumnae Margaret Blackburn 2021 Biennial Composition Competition

A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded to the female student composer who submits the winning musical composition in the 2021 Biennial Blackburn Memorial Composition Competition. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college, university or graduate music program for the 2020-21 academic year.
Compositions should be for a small ensemble of no less than two instruments, which may include voice, and no more than twelve instruments including voice. Works for instruments and electronic sounds, digital media, CD, interactive compositions or works for electronic sounds alone can be included. No published scores will be accepted.
An entry fee of $25 (U.S.) is required. Membership in Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is not required. To enter, please use the application form available at:
You should pay the application fee electronically at the SAI website:
Only one submission per person is allowed. Questions regarding specifics of the competition may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include “Blackburn” in the subject.
Deadline: April 16, 2021
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Women Band Directors International will again be offering 5 scholarships for collegiate women planning to pursue a career as a band director. These are open to all college students who identify as a woman and are enrolled in a music program with the intent to become a band director.
Applications are open now, and can be completed here:
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2020.

Ford Musicians Awards

Applications for the 2021 Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service are open!

Now in its fifth year, the awards program, made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, celebrates and honors professional orchestra musicians who are devoting increased personal resources to community engagement and educational activities that extend far beyond the concert hall – and pivoting in new and creative ways to deliver this work virtually during the pandemic.

The League of American Orchestras welcomes applications directly from musicians of all backgrounds, as well as the nomination of musicians by orchestra administration.

About the Awards:
• Five musicians will be selected.
• Each musician winner will receive a cash award of $2,500.
• The winning musician’s orchestra will receive a grant of $2,500 to support professional development for its roster of musicians.
To learn more about the Awards and to apply or nominate a musician, please visit our website.

Deadline: February 8, 2021

International Women’s Brass Conference

IWBC exists to educate, develop, support, and inspire all women brass musicians. For over 20 years, IWBC has successfully worked towards its mission by:
• Hosting seven international conferences
• Supporting outstanding musicians through the Susan
Slaughter Solo Competition, many of whom have
moved on to successful careers in the music field.
• Commissioning new pieces for brass
• Publishing NoteWorthy, the biannual newsletter
of the IWBC

Maud Powell Society

The MPS has announced that the four-volume Maud Powell Favorites collection of Violin transcriptions, Brahms Concerto Cadenza, Music Analyses and Editions, and Music Dedicated to, Commissioned by or Associated with violinist Maud Powell is available to all SAI chapters, school libraries, and string teachers at a discounted price of $95.

The Music Teachers National Association

The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) offers numerous composition, performance, and chamber music competitions, with age requirements ranging from elementary school through adult. Entrants must study with a MTNA member teacher or pay a non-member fee, as well as be a US citizen or hold a US Visa or resident card.