Houston Public Media Composer Contest

Houston Public Media Composer Contest


Houston Public Media and Discovery Green invite Houston-area composers to reinterpret classic silent films for a new audience through the Houston Public Media Composer Contest. Deadline for Submissions is now closed. 

The Contest, presented alongside the Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green, is an open call to Houston area musicians to submit their original composition synced to silent film movie clips. The two winning compositions will each receive a $1,500 cash prize, a studio recording of their piece and the opportunity to perform their original work live Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green! A small musician stipend will be paid to the ensemble performers.  

The competition will feature two different 30 minute films. Entrants are asked to choose one of the films for their submission. For competition details and registration information, visit HoustonPublicMedia.org

Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert Series at Discovery Green

For the last 4 years, Discovery Green and Houston Public Media have partnered to provide a free-to-the-public arts series that presents the showing of silent films accompanied by a live orchestra performing an original score. This year, the series presents four free movie-and-concert events at Discovery Green, downtown Houston’s premiere urban park. Each event attracts an estimated 1,000 attendees, including families and young professionals. This series supports Houston Public Media’s and Discovery Green’s shared goal of making performance art accessible to the community.

For competition details, visit Houstonpublicmedia.org/arts/composer-contest 

Competition Quick Facts: 
Performance Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 from 7 - 10 p.m. at Discovery Green
Judging panel: Graham Reynolds and Jeffrey Mills
Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. 
The Prize Package: Two composers will be chosen, one composition for each of the films. Each winner will awarded $1,500 for their composition and the performance at the event. A stipend of will be provided to cover the ensemble’s rehearsal and performance. In addition, each winning composer will have access to rehearsal and recording space in the Houston Public Media Geary Concert Studio.