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Welcome to SCI!

SCI is an independent organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, career goals, and objectives of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition. For Membership Information, including the member application, visit our membership information page.

Why SCI?

Society of Composers, Inc. is an independent volunteer-based organization concerned with the fellowship, collaboration, and career goals of new and contemporary music composers and those interested in topics related to composition.

But what does that mean? How does SCI do these things?


Every year, several multi-day conferences are coordinated by SCI members with the sole intention of presenting new and exciting works by fellow SCI composers. Not only are these conferences a vehicle to get your music performed and hear new pieces but also an opportunity to share ideas and  performance resources with other composers from across the country.  Professional contacts established at our conferences can benefit composers for their entire career.

SCI has one annual national conference in addition to the several conferences which happen on the regional level (and yes, you can submit works to regions other than your own!). SCI also has select conferences exclusively for student members.


SCI is also a great place to learn about opportunities for performances, awards, recordings, and commissions through the online list SCION. While SCI sends out a reminder about SCION once a month, new opportunities are listed all the time. SCION lists thousands of such calls for works each year.

SCI also provides certain opportunities which are only for SCI members. In addition to the conferences, SCI has partnered with ASCAP to create the annual SCI/ASCAP  Student Composition Commission. For all members, SCI publishes the Journal of Music Scores (consisting of members' scores) and thanks to our relationship with Parma Recordings, SCI offers composer-based recording opportunities and CD distribution.


With the conferences, the SCION opportunity list, the Journal of Music Scores, the Composers' CD Series, the Performers' CD Series, and the bi-monthly SCI Newsletter, SCI has a variety of ways to stay current and connected on the diverse world of contemporary music composition. You can even manage your own information, scores, and recordings using your personalized website available via your own mySCI Account!


One of the main reasons for all of these features is to foster a sense of community and to facilitate dialog and the open share of ideas and resources between SCI members. Anyone can join SCI regardless of your compositional interests and tastes. More members means more diversity; more diverse musical voices means more interesting discussions! Membership in SCI provides more than a website with calls for scores. Membership in SCI provides a wide spectrum of resources meant to cultivate a strong and vibrant community of creative musicians.

Recent SCI News Items

Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Mike McFerron), Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:36:00 +0000

SCI/ASCAP Competition Deadline is March 1!

Update on National Conference

Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (David), Thu, 09 Jan 2014 05:41:00 +0000
The review and programming process for the 2014 SCI National Conference is taking longer than originally anticipated. Notifications will be sent as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! ? Michael Pounds, Conference Chairman.

Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (Mike McFerron), Thu, 09 Jan 2014 02:34:00 +0000

Renewal Time!

For many SCI Members, it's time to renew your membership. Simply click the How to Join and follow the instructions.

SCI Dues for 2013-14

Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (David), Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:15:00 +0000
SCI Members, if you have not already renewed for 2013-14, it is time to do so. Follow the same instructions as for joining SCI in order to pay your dues for the next year.

With your renewal you are eligible to receive one free SCI CD. Choose from volumes 1-24 of the SCI Composers Series or any of the four CDs in the SCI Performers Series. Lifetime members may also request one free CD. To request your CD, send an email message to secretary@societyofcomposers.org with your mailing address (US only) and the title and number of your chosen CD.

2014 National Conference Call for Participation

Posted By: noreply@blogger.com (David), Tue, 15 Oct 2013 01:48:00 +0000
The Call for Participation for SCI's 2014 National Conference has been posted. The conference will be held March 20-22, 2014, at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. See the Call for Participation for full details on how to submit your composition, paper, or panel discussion.