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).

Note: ECM+ reserves the right to dismiss submissions that do not meet these requirements prior to jury review.

2. Financial conditions for Selected Composers

(1) Composition fees: ECM+ does not cover composition fees. Nevertheless, ECM+ will provide the composer with a letter of agreement suitable for provincial and federal grant applications. In the event of refusal from grant programs, ECM+ provides a $1,000 fee for the workshop and another $4,000 for the concert.**

(2) Per Diem and accommodation for the workshop and the tour is provided by ECM+.

(3) Travel Costs: For those living in Canada, all travel will be covered for both the workshop and the concert tour. Those living outside of Canada receive $800 towards their travel to Canada for the workshop, $800 towards their travel to Canada for the tour, and full travel coverage within Canada for the tour.

** Given that the composer applies to all the grant programs that he or she can apply to.

3. How to apply

The application form will soon be online. The next application date is March 1st 2019.
Questions? Contact ECM+ at or call (514) 524-0173

4. FAQ

Why must one of my submitted scores be for at least 7 instruments?
The Génération project will be for large chamber ensemble, the jury needs to know you can write for such a project.

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 the 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?
See the application form to find out what instruments are available for this particular Génération project. You can propose a composition for a subset of these instruments, or for the whole. Usually projects make use of the full instrumentation.

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.

Note: we reserve the right to dismiss submissions that do not meet this requirement prior to jury review.

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.

Note: we reserve the right to dismiss submissions that do not meet this requirement prior to jury review.

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 say “teacher” for the letter just because this applies to many of the candidates. However, a letter from a non-teacher will work too. 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) to Geof Holbrook at, no later than the application deadline. It's the applicant‘s responsibility to follow up on this matter with their recommender(s).

Can I submit my application in person?
We strongly recommend that you submit your application via the online form. If, for some reason, you can't, please contact Geof Holbrook at

I‘m not a Canadian Citizen but I‘m 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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