Photo: Bianca Pugliese

Photo: Bianca Pugliese

TCML 2019 has three application streams: Performer, Composer, and Ensemble. These are outlined below. For a detailed overview of the TCML 2019 experience for each stream, click here—we strongly advise reviewing the TCML 2019 page before beginning your application.

There is no application fee.


Applications for TCML 2019 are now closed.


  • Anyone who self-identifies as an early-career performer, composer or ensemble is eligible to apply.

  • Previous TCML performers may re-apply for TCML 2019.

  • Due to limited space for composers, previous TCML composers cannot reapply as a composer but may reapply as a performer or as part of an ensemble.

Composers // Write a new piece for their designated working group. In addition, each composer has the chance to participate in 1 opt-in activity as part of their TCML experience. You can refer to the opt-in activity options on the TCML 2019 page.

Ensembles // An individual representative for an ensemble should apply on behalf of the group. This person will be responsible for communications between TCML organizers and ensemble members. If selected, each ensemble member will complete individual registration, and pay an individual registration fee. TCML organizers will pair a chosen ensemble with one of the participating composers to create a new work. In addition, individual members of the ensemble will be able to choose a combination of opt-in activities and/or participating in a second working group with a different composer and a different configuration of TCML performers. See “performer” text below for more details.

Performers // Each performer, including individual ensemble members, is invited to customize their experience. A performer can either: take part in 2 working groups and select 1 opt-in activity to augment their experience, or; take part in 1 working group and select 2 activities to augment their experience. Refer to the opt-in activity options on the TCML 2019 page.

Individuals can apply in both the “composer” and “performer” categories, although you are only permitted to participate as either composer or performer. Artists who both perform and compose will have an opportunity to share their work in performances or presentations through opt-in activities.

If you have any questions about the application process, or have any specific accessibility concerns regarding applications that the TCML team can assist with, including requesting to submit an application in a non-written format (i.e. as an audio or video file), please feel free to get in touch.


  • Participants are chosen through a process convened by TCML organizers

  • The selection committee includes members of the TCML team and invited guest artists—including former TCML participants and local artists.

  • Written statements of intent are the most important elements of the application

  • Technical and aesthetic assessments of the applicant's supporting materials are a secondary consideration—with your support material, show us what you value in the music you make, not what you may anticipate as being valued by a jury.

Selected participants will be contacted in February. Registration will be completed in February, and working groups will be introduced in March. Artists who are not selected will be notified in February. TCML organizers will endeavour to provide feedback upon request to applicants.