music for use

The Music for Use Project 

creating new relationships between student composers and youth music ensembles

The Music for Use Project provides opportunities for student composers to write new music for middle and high school ensembles, including bands, wind ensembles, and string orchestras.

By encouraging collaboration between composers, directors, and young musicians, the Music for Use Project aims to create meaningful new relationships that benefit local musical communities. 

The Music for Use Project was founded in 2014 by composer Cooper Ottum, with the support of the UMKC Conservatory Academy. In its pilot season (2014-2015), the Music for Use Project will oversee the composition and premiere of five new works for young ensembles in the Kansas City area. 

For more information, please see the Project details page. 

How to Apply (Music Directors)

Please contact Music for Use directly via the online form or send an email to Give a quick summary of the type of ensemble you have and an approximate performance date target.

There is no application fee, and there are no fees to participate.

The Project is not available to all applicants, and favors programs with unique needs (programs with unusual instrumentations, programs with limited budget for new repertoire, etc.). 

How to Apply (Student Composers)

Apply online. This process is designed to determine commitment to the project, not skill level or experience.

There is no application fee, and there are no fees to participate.

Please note that applications will only be accepted from UMKC composition students (with preference given to graduate students and students participating in the Composers in the Schools program) during the 2014-2015 pilot season. The project may be opened up to other student composers in the future. 

Applications are now closed for Fall 2014. 

For questions about the project, please send an email or use the generic contact form