In summer 2021 the Local 4 Music Fund launched an annual concert series highlighting female (with a focus on regional) living composers. The concert series was be presented by a diverse group of performers in three concerts June 25th-27th 2021, in collaboration with the Cleveland Composers Guild and supported by the Ohio Arts Council, the Music Performance Trust Fund, the Bascom Little Fund, and the Sweeney Group.

In 2022, now with additional grant assistance from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, we will continue our efforts to help support the work of regional female composers. Concerts will take place June 24th-26th, 2022. 


'She Scores' 2022 Composer Guidelines


‘She Scores’ is open to living female composers of any age or nationality who live or work in the State of Ohio.


Deadline for scores submission is January 5th, 2022 by 11:59AM via email to


You will be informed if your composition has been selected by February  1st, 2022

  • Each composer may submit a maximum of two works for consideration

  • Compositions should be written by one, sole composer

  • Compositions should not be arrangements of other composers’ work

  • Compositions should not exceed 30 minutes

  • Compositions should not have more than 10 players

  • Composers must submit scores electronically in three parts: one .pdf of the score, one .pdf of the score with composer name/identifying information scrubbed, and either a live recording or midi rendering of the work in .mp3 or .wav format if available

  • Works may include non-interactive electroacoustic elements (e.g., CD playback)

  • Works may include live-interactive electroacoustic elements but must also have live instrumental/vocal performance component

  • If a work has either live-interactive or non-interactive electroacoustic elements, a write up of technical specs/equipment required for performance must be included

  • Compositions may be existing works which have been previously performed, or new works

Compositions will be evaluated by a committee made up of professional musicians and composers from the Cleveland area. Your composition will be assigned a code and submitted to the committee anonymously.

If your composition is selected, it will receive a professional performance in Cleveland OH on the ‘She Scores’ 2022 concert series held June 24th -26th, 2022. The Music Fund will formally purchase scores/parts from you/your publishing company and handle any performance or mechanical licenses that may apply to the performance of your work. You will be invited to work with the musicians, concerts will be recorded, and you will receive an audio copy of the performance.

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