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Competition for Classical Soloists / Chamber Ensembles and Collaborators

The IMPACT PERFORMANCE prize goes to the most compelling interdisciplinary and/or multimedia performance designed to generate productive conversation and offer positive means of action addressing a social justice issue, particularly one related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) prioritized to be achieved by 2030.

Applying artists should also propose one or more new works (of at least 10 minutes total) which will be commissioned for the performance itself and integral to its implementation. 



  • $20,000 Touring Fund
  • $10,000 Development/Commissioning Fund
  • Two-Week Incubation Residency for Beta-Testing at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • 5 Performances for Renowned Concert Series (Presenting Partners listed here)
  • Paired Engagement Events in Presenter Communities


  • $3,000 honorarium


  • $2,000 honorarium



Application due:  June 1, 2020 by 11:59pm PT.  Submit via the application portal linked below.
Winner announced:  September 2020
Incubation Residency dates:  fall 2020/spring 2021 (exact dates TBD with Grand Prize Winner and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music)***
Approximate touring period for Grand Prize Winner:  September 2021 through June 2022**


  • Artists may submit multiple performance proposals, but each proposal must have its own separate application.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  No exceptions.
  • Submission fees of $50 are non-refundable under all circumstances.



**The original touring period was listed as September through December 2021, which we have now expanded to go through June 2022. Although we hope that a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed as soon as possible, and hopefully by fall 2021 at the latest, we’re expanding the tour dates for the Grand Prize Winner’s 5 performances and paired engagement events.  Tour dates will be during the full 21/22 season, with as many of the 5 performances scheduled in the second half of 21/22 as possible.  If a scheduled performance/engagement event pairing must be postponed due to COVID-19, the presenters are committed to rescheduling any affected dates to the 22/23 season.

***In addition, Alain Barker (Director of Indiana University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development) has made a contingency plan available for the Grand Prize Winner’s two-week Incubation Residency at the IU Jacobs School of Music, which is scheduled to occur during the upcoming 20/21 academic year.  If it’s not possible to host the winner on the ground in Bloomington, he and his staff and students will make a “virtual residency” possible, in which the winner is still able to intersect with the resources and departments on campus.  Part of the residency could involve IU collaborating with the winner on a performative project of some kind, utilizing some of the emerging artistic practices of musicians in quarantine.

  • Applicants must be classical soloists or chamber ensembles. 
  • The total number of touring artists/collaborators (including accompanying technicians, if applicable) must range from 3-6 people.
  • Soloists must have an active performance history of at least two years.
  • Chamber ensembles must have an established membership with an active performance history of at least two years.
  • All ages welcome.
  • All members of the winning ensemble (including collaborators or other touring personnel) must be able to tour in the United States during the Grand Prize touring period of September 2021 through June 2022.  
  • Any international applicants must be able to tour in the U.S., securing their own work visas and CWAs.
  • Commissioned works must be completed and delivered to artists/collaborators well in advance of the Grand Prize touring period
  • The proposed performance should be as “tour friendly” as possible, without sacrificing the quality of the performance.
  • The entire submission and judging process is remote.
  • There will be three judging stages – preliminary, semi-finals, and finals.
  • In an effort to mitigate implicit bias, the judging panels will be made up of varying ratios of concert presenters, industry thought leaders, and Ariel roster artists, all from diverse backgrounds.