Here’s a wonderful composition contest to enter for all my composer friends:

This $5000 cash prize is presented annually to an ASCAP concert composer for a work requiring a conductor that has not been performed professionally. A jury of conductors selects the winning score. Dr. Rudolf Nissim, former head of ASCAP’s Foreign Department and a devoted friend of contemporary composers, established this annual prize through a bequest. Support for the world premiere of the selected work will be provided. Previous recipients are ineligible.

ELIGIBILITY: All living concert composer members of ASCAP. Prior winners of this Prize are ineligible.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Postmark no later than November 15, 2011.

MATERIAL TO BE SUBMITTED: The bound score (copy, not original manuscript), of ONE published or unpublished original concert work (no arrangements) requiring a conductor, scored for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, or large wind/brass ensemble (with or without soloists and/or chorus) not previously premiered or scheduled for professional premiere at any future date. A work with a performance history will be eligible only if earlier performances were, in the judgment of the Committee, clearly non-professional. For this exception to be granted, information regarding performances such as programs and announcements, must be submitted with the score. Please note that performances by College, University, Conservatory, Community and Youth Orchestras are non-professional and eligible for this competition. Works commissioned by a professional ensemble or scheduled for a professional premiere are ineligible. Works which set a text protected by copyright must include permission of the author or the author’s representative.

Please download the application below. Unbound scores will NOT be accepted. So that submitted material may be returned, you are required to provide a large self-addressed postage-paid mailer. A separate letter-sized envelope containing the Application and Composer Biography must be included with the bound score. Please indicate duration on the score. You may include an electronic realization or a recording with your submission.

ANONYMITY: All works must be submitted anonymously, with a pseudonym appearing on the score. Except for your pseudonym, remove all references to your name, the publisher name, as well as all dedications and/or acknowledgements from the score. If you submit a CD, please clearly indicate your pseudonym, and the performing ensemble and conductor.

JUDGES: Three conductors will serve as jurors.

Download Application Materials in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.


Frances Richard
Vice President & Director of Concert Music
The ASCAP Foundation/Rudolf Nissim Prize
ASCAP Building – One Lincoln Plaza
New York, New York 10023

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