The deadline has passed, please check back in Spring 2017 for information on the next PQA cycle.

PUBLIQ Access (PQA) is an ongoing genre-independent initiative that creates new works for string quartet by emerging composers living within the U.S. PUBLIQuartet brings widespread exposure of this under-represented music, regardless of style, to concert-goers and engages audiences with talks, panels, and free concerts. This is a unique opportunity for composers to work with an ensemble that specializes in under-represented music in the string quartet repertoire; including jazz, world, improvised, non-notated, and electronic music.

Through a free submission process, composers present a project proposal and work samples. Selected composers will receive a commission fee and participate in a year-long collaboration to develop a new work with PUBLIQuartet. This collaboration includes residencies and free work-in-progress performances.


Each PQA cycle culminates in a high profile premiere performance in New York City. These events feature post-concert discussions between the audience and distinguished composers, performers, and academics. Past discussion panelists have included Tania León, Marcos Balter, Nadia Sirota, Mark Steinberg, David Bowlin, and Laura Kaminsky.

Within the last two years, PUBLIQuartet has represented the PQA composers on over 60 concerts on tour and even high profile events including their residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall debut, and debut album on CAG Records.

Collaborative work for PUBLIQ Access 2017 will run from November 2016-September 2017 and the World Premiere of the compositions will be held during the 2017-18 concert season.