Nu Works Initiative

MORE INFO FOR 2018 Deadline coming soon

Nu Deco Ensemble is launching a Nu Works Initiative calling for orchestral scores to be performed in its third season! With a mission to inspire, enrich and connect new and diverse audiences, the Nu Works Initiative will compliment the genre-bending musical experiences that Nu Deco has cultivated over its first two seasons in Miami. Composers of selected pieces will be provided with a domestic flight or $500 travel stipend for an international flight and housing in the Greater Miami area during the duration of rehearsals and performances. Composers will work closely alongside Co-founders and Artistic Directors Jacomo Bairos, Conductor and Sam Hyken, Composer and will receive hands-on experience with musicians from the orchestra during their time in Miami.  Selected participants will be featured through Nu Deco Marketing, Socials and Media platforms as Nu Works Initiative Recipients. Pieces will be given ample rehearsal time, will be professionally audio & video recorded and performed by Miami's 21st-century orchestra, Nu Deco Ensemble. Depending on which venue (The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, The New World Center, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts) selected compositions could receive up to 3 performances of accepted scores. While works to be world-premiered are encouraged and preferable, we will also accept previously performed pieces. Nu Works is also open to re-imaginings of classical pieces as well as reinterpretations of popular, non-classical and non-traditional artists and idioms as well. Check out Nu Deco Ensemble on our Youtube channel. 

Top Row left to right: Nu Deco Ensemble performances from Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, New World Center, North Beach Bandshell, The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse

Bottom Row left to right: Danay Suarez & Nu Deco Ensemble at The Light Box, Charlton Williams on sound-board at The Light Box, DJ Boo spinning at Adrienne Arsht Center, Kristin Lee & Nu Deco Ensemble at Arsht Center.

All photos credited to Alex Markow Photography

Deadline to Submit:


Announcement of Winners:

  • TBD


  • Open to composers of any nationality and age
  • Open to works of all genres
  • Entry Fee: $35 for one score
  • Orchestration of submitted works can be for smaller chamber groups or larger than Nu Deco Ensemble orchestration requirements, yet will need to be reduced/re-orchestrated for Nu Deco Ensemble by composer before performance
  • Orchestration should be written for: 1*.1*.2*.1 - - electric guitar - electric bass - pfo - keys (moog & synth) - 4perc, to include Timpani and Drum Set - up to strings (*indicates doubling)
  • Preference will be given to those scores with accompanying piano, midi, live audio, or video recording
  • Score can include re-imaginings of existing classical works for which you have been granted permission to arrange/re-imagine
  • Score can include arrangements or re-imaginings of crossover/popular/non-classical artists
  • Score can also be an electronic composition/production (to be orchestrated at a later date)
  • Please specify if this will be a world premiere, a US premiere, or an east coast premiere
  • Nu Deco Ensemble will provide winner(s) with: mixed audio recording, video recording, one (1) domestic flight or $500 travel voucher for international flight to live performance, and housing in Miami for performance week

Submission Instructions:

  • Create a folder titled with the following format: Last Name_First Name
  • Place your resume (PDF), one-page bio, score (PDF), and audio or video recording into your folder
  • Please label all files with your last name, first name and a short description of the file. Example: Smith_John_Resume
  • Login to your cloud based storage system (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, iCloud Drive, etc) and create a shareable folder
  • Paste the sharing link in the "Message" area below
  • Click submit
  • To finish your application, submit the entry fee at the bottom of this page. Your file will not be opened until the entry fee has been paid.

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