The Generation competition is on pause until further notice.

1. Eligibility requirements

Generation is open to all composers who are Canadians or permanent residents of Canada, age limit 35 years (by application deadline). The candidate must have completed or is in the process of completing a Master of Music in Composition (or equivalent). To be eligible, the candidate must have studied composition in a Canadian graduate school of music for at least 2 years OR have lived in Canada for at least 15 years.

2. Financial conditions for Selected Composers

(1) Composition fees: Paramirabo guarantees each selected composer a minimum $5,000 fee, distributed as follow: $1,000 for the workshop's compositional work and musical material, and an additional $4,000 for the concert's compositional work and musical material. The payment of these fees is however conditional to the obligation for each composer to apply to all the Canadian grant programs, federal and provincial, to which they are eligible. ECM+ will provide the composer with a letter of support and/or any other necessary support material to help with these applications. In the event of the applications' total or partial refusal, ECM+ will pay the fees mentioned above up to $4,000.

(2) Per Diem and accommodation for the workshop in Montreal and the Canadian tour are provided by ECM+.

(3) Travel Costs: all travel is covered by ECM+.

3. How to apply

For any questions, please contact ECM+ at

4. FAQ

Why must one of my submitted scores be for at least 7 instruments?
Should you be chosen for the Generation project you might have opportunities to compose for larger chamber ensemble or symphonic orchestra. The jury needs to evaluate your capacities as well as a certain imagination.

I don't have a composition to submit for the application that fits the ECM+ instrumentation. What should I do?
The submitted scores in your application do not need to be something that ECM+ can perform. They are there only for the purpose of evaluating your compositional abilities.

Due to the nature of the project, with its workshop-approach, it is not the method to submit a pre-composed work in the competition stage (application) with the intention that it will be the final project. If you are selected for the project, you will then have an opportunity to write a completely new piece for the ensemble, with a workshop along the way to help you. That's where the proposal write-up portion of the application comes in to play. Check out the information in the application form to find the details about what you need to put into the proposal.

Do I propose a piece for the whole ensemble, what is the instrumentation?
Yes. See the application form to find out what instruments are available for this particular Generation project.

When will the workshop and tour take place?
The exact dates are not set. Usually the workshop takes place roughly one year after the competition deadline. The tour time is usually around 8 months after the workshop.

Is the age limit enforced?
It is possible for the jury to make exceptions – the age rule is there to avoid already-established composers. Factors other than age are most certainly in play, many taking precedence, with a goal to assemble a diverse group of highly talented participants.

Is the master‘s degree / in process requirement enforced?
The master‘s degree or equivalent criterion is there to represent the level of skill the Génération participants will have. In the history of the competition, all the winners have met this condition; however, in theory, there is the possibility for exception, where an applicant shows exceptional talent without this requirement.

For the Masters degree / in process requirement, it mentions that “an equivalent” is valid. What would that be referring to?
This acknowledges the Conservatoire system, which doesn‘t use the same terminology. It also acknowledges other experiences that could be considered equivalent, such as: private or non-diploma study, residencies, life experience, etc. For less standard options, we suggest that you provide a cover letter addressed to the jury that describes the details that make your experience(s) equivalent to a master‘s degree in composition.

Do I need to send a recommendation letter?
It is not an obligation, but a recommendation letter is strongly encouraged.

I am not a student anymore. Does the recommendation letter have to be from my past composition teacher?
No. We suggest you choose someone who is directly dealing with the field of composition, who knows you and your work well in this context. No prejudice is given to student versus non-student.

How do i send my recommendation letter?
The letter has to be sent by the recommender (the person who wrote the letter) at, no later than the application deadline. It's the applicant‘s responsibility to follow up on this matter with their recommender(s).

I am not a Canadian Citizen but I am applying for landed immigrant / permanent residency status. Can I still apply?
If you get the permanent residency or landed immigrant status by application deadline date, yes. If not, we encourage you to keep in touch for the next Generation competition in two year‘s time – it will come faster than you think.

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