How to Apply

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Please be sure to refresh your screen before viewing this site. Please note that for the 2020 Commissioning Program, all applicants must submit final application materials on or before March 1, 2020.

Certain application materials must be submitted electronically, while others must be submitted in a physical package. Please read the Commissioning Procedure for further information and specific application instructions.

  1. Read the program guidelines described in the Commissioning Procedure. Please note that late or incomplete proposals are unlikely to be funded.

  2. Complete the required application form. This form must be typed.

  3. Send an Application Email (on or before March 1, 2020) to Include the following items in this email:

    • Subject line of the email should read: “Application for [Name of Composer].”

    • Application Form. This form must be completed and typed. It should be attached to the email as a PDF file or as a Word file.

    • Music scores. See Commissioning Procedure for music submission requirements. Submit each score as a PDF attachment to the application email. Each score must be clearly identified and submitted as a separate attachment.

    • Links to audio files. See Commissioning Procedure for instructions on the submission of audio files. Links to audio files must be included in the body of the application email.

  4. In addition to materials submitted electronically, each application must also contain certain documentation in hard copy; these physical materials must be mailed. See the Commissioning Procedure for complete details.

  5. Submit all physical application materials in one package by the postmark deadline (on or before March 1, 2020) to:

    Koussevitzky Music Foundation
    611 Pennsylvania Avenue SE #118
    Washington DC 20003-4303

  6. It is important that your email addresses remain current during the entire application and review process.

  7. Please note: no materials submitted by applicants will be returned.

  8. Your application will not automatically be acknowledged, and mailroom receipt does not imply receipt by the Koussevitzky Foundation offices. If you wish to confirm receipt of your application, please email

The Koussevitzky Music Foundation
Commissioning Procedure

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress will consider applications from performing organizations from any country for the commissioning of composers of any nationality.

The performance period for works submitted under the March 1, 2020 deadline may begin with the 2020-2021 Concert Season (not before September 2020). Performances are not expected until two years following the completion of the commissioned work, however, so the period may extend through several future seasons.

Although there is no set date for the announcement of commissions, successful grant recipients typically are notified by August following the application deadline.

This commissioning program is designed primarily for orchestras and chamber groups that have a record of excellence in the performance of contemporary music. Other types of ensembles with records of excellence in the performance of contemporary music may also be eligible; please inquire with the Foundation.

Commission fees for works for chamber groups range from $10,000 to $15,000. The Koussevitzky Foundation will fund the entire commission fee in the case of a work for a chamber group. The Foundation will fund up to $20,000 for a symphonic work, of which the submitting performing organization must provide at least 50% of the amount funded by the Foundation as a minimum matching grant. The performing organization may raise the matching funds from any source available, provided that the dedication to the foundation, which is required to appear on the score of each commissioned work, is placed in first position of all dedications or acknowledgments appearing on that score; the foundation must be credited in first position on all publicity and program listings, as well. The commissioned works will be performed by the sponsoring organizations. The composer’s original manuscript (or, if no manuscript exists, original computer score in hard copy) will be deposited with the Library of Congress as part of the Music Division's permanent collection. We recommend that a copyright notice be placed on the submitted item.

A performing organization may propose only one composer for a joint commission each year. PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in 2010, the Foundation accepts applications only for composers who have received no more than one prior Koussevitzky Commission, provided that the prior commission was not awarded within the past ten rounds of the program. Please see the Recent Grants page of this web site for a list of commissions awarded during the last ten commission rounds. Please consult the Foundation if there are questions regarding a composer's eligibility.

We accept applications for composers of any nationality. United States citizenship is not required for consideration, nor is the sponsoring performing organization required to be based in the United States.


All applications must contain materials as described in the following list. Certain materials are to be submitted electronically, either in the body of the Application Email or as attachments to the email. Some of the application materials are to be submitted in hard copy. Please read instructions for detailed directions.

Electronic? Yes √
Hard Copy? Yes √

Electronic? No X
Hard Copy? Yes √

Electronic? No X
Hard Copy? Yes √

Electronic? Yes √
Hard Copy? Yes √

Electronic? No X
Hard Copy? Yes √

Electronic? No X
Hard Copy? Yes √

Electronic? No X
Hard Copy? Yes √

Electronic? Yes √
Hard Copy? No X

Incomplete applications are unlikely to be funded.

Since the Koussevitzky Foundation cannot assume responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, material submitted for consideration, only duplicate copies of all material should be forwarded. Please note the Foundation’s policy that no materials submitted will be returned.

IMPORTANT: Please note address for all 2020 applications: All submissions should be mailed to:

The Koussevitzky Music Foundation
611 Pennsylvania Avenue SE #118
Washington, DC 20003-4303.

Send the Application Email on or before March 1, 2020 to:

Please do not send materials to the Library of Congress or to any address other than that provided in these guidelines. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2020.

For questions about the application process, please telephone the Music Division of the Library of Congress at 202-707-5503 or e-mail

Rev. November 2019

Required Application Form

The application form for the Foundation's Commissioning Program is available online in Word and PDF format:

Word - You can download this file and it should open as a word-processing document in either the Windows or Mac versions of Microsoft Word. This will allow you to complete the form in your word processor.

Portable Document Format - You can download the application to your computer as a PDF file where it can then be viewed and printed using Adobe's free Acrobat Reader.

Note: If you have trouble downloading the Word or PDF files, Windows users try clicking on the link with the right mouse button and selecting "Download to disk"; Mac users try clicking on the link while holding down the "Control" key and selecting "Download to disk".

If you need Acrobat Reader, download it here.