Becoming A Member of NYCC

The New York Composers Circle welcomes new members, both composers and performers.

COMPOSERS: Composers who wish to join must first attend one or more salons at which they present their music and introduce themselves. Subsequently, an invitation to join may be issued by the Executive Director after receiving approval from the Steering Committee. To inquire about membership and to schedule a salon appearance, please write to Hubert Howe, Executive Director, at and include a short biographical note similar to those found on our Composer Profile pages.

Once officially invited to join NYCC, you will be asked to pay an annual membership fee. These annual dues are currently $150, payable through PayPal or check. Once your membership is confirmed, you will be given instructions on how to pay.

In addition to membership dues, composers whose works are selected for performance at NYCC concerts are expected to share in the additional costs associated with the concert's production, such as venue, advertising, and performer fees, which currently stand at $200 per performance. These costs are sometimes offset by the acquisition of grants, which help support these concerts’ overall operating costs.

PERFORMERS: After performing at one or more of our concerts, a performer may be invited to become a permanent member by a majority vote of the Steering Committee. To be considered for performance at one of our concerts, please write to David Mecionis, Artistic Director, at There are no fees to join as a performer member, and currently, our fees paid to performers are $200 per piece performed at a concert. This may be higher based on the difficulty level and/or length of the pieces performed. Performer members can always refuse to play a piece offered to them.

Benefits of Membership

The New York Composers Circle is a cooperative and thrives through the active participation of its composer members. Members help out by serving on committees or working on individual projects occasionally or continuously. See if you want to join by attending one of our upcoming salons. Click the CALENDAR tab in the menu bar above to determine when the next salon will occur. We hope to see you there.

Benefits include:

  • Active participation in our monthly music salons, with opportunities to “test fly” your works in progress.
  • Free entrance to all Circle events: Concerts, readings, and salons.
  • In-The-Loop updates, publicizing professional opportunities, the Circle’s latest news, and performances of NYCC members, including your own.
  • The opportunity to submit scores for possible performance in concert.
  • The opportunity to submit scores for possible performance on recorded readings.
  • Extended professional opportunities through the pooling of resources.

The opportunity to be part of an expanding new-music network of composers and performers that includes some of New York City’s finest musicians and the increased opportunities for creative exchange, collaboration, and professional development that this brings.

Inclusion in our Composer Members page, with links to your website, YouTube Channel, or SoundCloud pages.

The New York Composers Circle, Inc. is an IRS-registered tax-exempt nonprofit corporation under section 501(c)(3), recognized as an educational organization by the New York State Department of Education. Much of our support is through generous individual patron donations and various grants for arts and educational programming. We are governed by a set of bylaws written by our member committee and approved by our board of directors. You may read them by clicking HERE.