ICEcommons is a crowdsourced index of newly composed music. It is a searchable repository of the catalogs and works of emerging, established, published, and unpublished composers. By collecting the metadata (instrumentation, duration, composer name, title) of living composers’ works, coupled with the means of acquiring sheet music (links to score downloads, rental, and purchase sites), ICEcommons aggregates and organizes new scores into one place—an open, public library hosted by, through which performers, scholars, composers, and listeners can discover and obtain new works. With the help of performers and composers like you, ICEcommons will grow to become a vital programming resource for ensembles around the world.

In a project made possible by a new partnership with The Jerome Foundation, the International Contemporary Ensemble seeks six creators in the practice of performed sound (composers, sound artists, generative music makers) residencies beginning in early 2019, culminating in world premiere performances at one of our OpenICE concerts in New York City during the upcoming concert season.

Selected artists will receive:

  • commission fees starting at $2,500, depending on size and scale of work
  • compensated workshop time with musicians of the International Contemporary Ensemble, including individual and group sessions
  • electroacoustic technical support
  • intermedia design support
  • documentation, including high definition performance video available for free at
  • marketing/PR support

International Contemporary Ensemble encourages applicants who are female-identifying, POC, transgender, LGBQ, immigrant, individuals with disabilities, as well as people of diverse social, educational, and economic backgrounds. Everyone, regardless of their country of origin, is welcome to apply. 

The selected cohort will include a number of early career artists from New York City and Minnesota, whose commissions will be made possible through leadership support of The Jerome Foundation. Residents of those locations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Questions? Contact us at

Additional works will be selected by ICE member-curators throughout our seasons. 

Performances will be documented through HD video and audio and made available through (after review by the composer and performers). Through partnering with ensembles and organizations in future seasons, the size and reach of ICEcommons will vastly expand, allowing the ensemble to continue to advocate for performances of rare and underrepresented works by emerging and lesser-known living composers. Submissions to ICEcommons will remain on so that ensembles and soloists around the world may program them. The PDF submissions will not be available to the public.

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