Fellowship in Music Composition

The Competition for the 2024 CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition is now CLOSED.

The CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition competition is offered annually.

The winner of this year's Fellowship in Music Composition will be eligible to have their work, if suitable, performed as part of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival led by Orlando Jacinto García and being held at the FIU – Wolfsonian Museum. The corresponding experience and exposure of such prestigious performances represents a highly enriched award to the winner.

Candidates must submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 recordings, two should be recent works completed within the last 5 years. Recordings must accompany scores (MIDI recordings are allowed but not preferred). Scores must be received in pdf format. A list of all submitted works (including the date of each) must be provided, showing which works have been performed.

Since 1963, the CINTAS Foundation has awarded over 24 fellowships in music composition. In addition to supporting Cuban artists, many early in their careers, the CINTAS Foundation also maintains a growing collection of works by past awardees and other esteemed Cuban artists. For historical value and documentation, award recipients are encouraged to submit signed music scores (i.e., representative samples of their work) to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection after the grant period.

Eligibility: Creative artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Performing artists are not eligible to apply for CINTAS Fellowships. CINTAS Fellowships can only be awarded a maximum of 2 times to an individual. Students enrolled in graduate programs are eligible to apply in Music Composition.

All forms must be filled out and included in electronic submission or sent on flash drive or in exceptional cases as hard copies. All forms should be signed as required; electronic signatures are acceptable.


The full application must be submitted. The application may be completed in English or Spanish. Please complete all sections of the application.

Artist and Project Statements

Prepare two narrative statements: The Artist Statement describes your personal history, your development as an artist, and your plans for the future. The Project Statement describes the project or activity that you would undertake if awarded a CINTAS Fellowship. Please include a timeline for the project, and identify other sources, where/if appropriate, of funding for the project.

Letters of Recommendation

Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with the application. Letters may be submitted separately, if necessary, but must be received by the application deadline. Each letter of recommendation must be submitted as a PDF attached to an email, with the recommender's signature and written in English or Spanish (please see the attached form).

Submission of Work Samples

Submission of Work Samples: All materials should be submitted to t he CINTAS Fellowship Selection Program. Candidates are encouraged to send their materials electronically to the email address below. Acceptable methods include an email with the attached forms and scores in PDF and links to sound files in Soundcloud, Spotify, Bandcamp, Dropbox, and/or other similar site and/or personal web pages. Please make sure that access is available. Submissions where access is not available will be rejected.

Those with limited access to the internet wishing to apply can submit hard copies of all documents and work samples or materials on flash drive or CDs/DVDs via express mail. All materials must be accompanied by the Work Sample Form. Pieces should be carefully itemized on this form. As indicated earlier please limit the submission to 5 (five) samples.

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: The award ($25,000 US) is considered taxable income under US tax law and the Foundation will withhold appropriate US taxes. Fellows who are not U.S. citizens and who are living abroad must provide a U.S. taxpayer identification number when they accept the fellowship to receive payment. The address for the IRS website: www.irs.gov, at which the form is readily available. The Foundation's grant of an award is subject to current and future U.S. laws and regulations that may limit its ability to issue funds to Cuban Nationals.

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