"A Frame Dance Productions engagement is more than a dance concert; it's an immersive experience that allows the audience to appreciate movement in ways that go beyond the proscenium stage." -- Houston Press

Frame Dance is committed to 100% new music. 

Frame Dance exists to help people in Houston and beyond discover the power of dance and movement to communicate, inspire, and connect to the world and others. 

We believe 
community collaboration, artistic collaboration, and technology are the secret ingredients of our craft today, and are completely necessary to expose contemporary dance to more people in our society. 

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Ends on 1/10/2016

Frame Dance Productions announces its competition to select 2-3 pieces of music for its upcoming 2016 season. Its two-fold purpose is to offer outstanding emerging composers a forum for their recognition as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the dance performance company, Frame Dance Productions. We are looking for completed pieces.

Award and Performance
The winning composers' music will be the basis of new original work– film and/or live performance, and your music will be exposed to new audiences.  The composer and music will be featured prominently as a collaborator with Frame Dance Productions.  There are often press opportunities to increase the composer’s visibility as well as the possibility of future commissions.  The composer will, in essence, have a fully produced evening centered around his/her work.

All composers, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible.

Submission Guidelines
This year, works may be written for solo, duo, trio, or quartet.
Acoustic works that utilize electronic playback are also acceptable.
Electronic music is accepted and encouraged.

PLEASE NOTE: This year, we are working in partnership with Baylor Percussion Group, and at least one piece we select this year will be for percussion, which will first be performed at Baylor University by the Baylor Percussion Group, and then in concert with Frame Dance.  This work should be for 2-3 players with no large instruments such as marimba, timpani. Please make sure it's portable.

Interested composers should submit:

• a recording of the piece(s) NO MIDI files will be considered; please include instrumentation in the notes

• a biography 

Entry Fee and Deadline
The entry fee is $15.00. Composers may submit one, two, or three pieces for the single entry fee.

The deadline is Friday, January 8, 2016. The winning composition will be announced at FrameDance.org on Friday, January 29, 2016.  For additional submission details please email Lydia.Hance@FrameDance.org.

For more information on Frame Dance Productions, please visit FrameDance.org.

By submitting a composition to this competition, you hereby grant Frame Dance Productions a royalty free, fully paid up right and license to use, have used, copy, make derivative works, perform, and have performed the submitted composition, including the score and any audio recordings thereof, if such composition is selected as a winner of the competition (the “License”). By submitting a composition to this competition, you hereby represent and warrant that you have the right and authority to grant the License.  

Past Winners

2015: Alex Freeman, Gabriel Bolanos, Leah Reid, Joel Love

2014: Robert Honstein, Matthew Peterson, Jonathan Russell, D. Edward Davis

2013: Robert McClure

2012: Charles Halka

2011: Micah Clark

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:What length are you looking for?
A: We are flexible!  Probably nothing under three minutes or over 20 minutes, but if it's the right piece, we won't hold to those numbers.
Q: What do you mean that I grant Frame Dance to "make derivative works" if I am selected as a winner?
A: We often make promotional videos and utilize the composers' music-- sometimes in its entirety and sometimes as an excerpt.  We have no intention of cutting up your music and reworking it, but we do present clips in things like promotional videos.
Q: Will my music be performed live with Frame Dance?
A: Yes, we make every effort to present your work live, and this year the percussion piece will be performed by the Baylor Percussion Group.  We frequently work with musicians from Rice University and the University of Houston.  We often perform in non-traditional spaces, and if we re-set the work for one of these spaces it may not always allow for live performance.  This is why we ask for an excellent recording at the time of submission.  We try to perform your works as much as possible, to expose you and Frame Dance to new audiences, and this means doing it with live musicians and occasionally the recording.