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Catalyst New Music is joining forces with Boston Singers' Resource to bring you FUSE: Collaborations in Song, a uniquely collaborative song-development process between singer, composer, and poet that will result in the creation of amazing new songs that are tailor-made for the singers who will give their world-premiere performance!


We will be assembling 5 artist trios, each comprised of a singer, composer, and poet, who will together explore themes of mutual interest to develop a song or set/cycle of songs for a total of 8-12 minutes of music. 


  • Artists with a collaborative spirit are strongly encouraged to apply, and we are committed to lifting up the voices of those who have been historically excluded from the creative process.   

  • The instrumentation must be for one singer and piano.

  • Singers must be fully learned, memorized, and off-book for the performance. 

  • Guidance and input from artistic staff at Boston Singers' Resource and Catalyst New Music will be available as desired. 

  • All artists will be expected to attend in the virtual Meet & Greet and Workshop with guest composer, Matthew Aucoin, on Oct 22, 2022 from 11:30am-2:00pm EDT.

  • All artists will be provided with a professional recording of the final recital performance on February 11, 2023. Composers/poets are encouraged but not required to attend in person.


Complete this application by October 15 to be considered, and don't forget to hit SUBMIT at the end! You will hear from us by October 21. Please hold October 22 from 11:30am-2:00pm EDT (Meet & Greet) and the evenings of February 11 & 18 (Performance & snow-date) in your calendar.



FUSE Schedule:


Oct 15 - Applications Close

Oct 21 - Final decisions sent out to applicants

Oct 22 - Virtual Meet & Greet and Workshop with guest composer, Matthew Aucoin (11:30am-2:00pm EDT)

Nov 1 - Deadline to hold initial group meeting

Nov 14 - First draft of poetry due

Nov 21 - Final draft of poetry due

Jan 13 - First draft of song(s) due

Jan 20 - Final draft of song(s) due

Jan 23 - Feb 10 - Singer attends 1-2 rehearsals with collaborative pianist, Brendon Shapiro.

Feb 11 - FUSE Performance (Time/Location TBA)

Feb 18 - Performance snow-date (Time/Location TBA)




Singers: $200

Composers: $400

Poets: $150


(NOTE: These stipends are of course not a reflection of the value of one's artistry, but simply a recognition of the differing time commitments that this process will likely entail.)


We look forward to reviewing your submissions! Please send any questions you may have to info@bostonsingersresource.org and/or info@catalystnewmusic.com


*Singers must live in New England and BSR members will be prioritized. Join BSR!

*Some priority may be given to composers and poets who live in New England.

We are currently looking for enthusiastic artists and lovers of new music to join our visioning team and our board of directors!


please reach out if you might be interested or have any questions! we'd love to hear from you.