American tracks Music Awards
Matt Beurois, Founder
441 N. Lomita St., Burbank, CA 91506 (310) 461-9824
Monthly Purpose: To support independent artists. Prizes:
Live on stage, print and digital promotion, contacts with
managers and publishers, interviews. Deadline: Each
month. Competition: Live stage once a year in Los Angeles
in May. Entrance Fee: $10-$30
American traditions Competition Inc.
Mikki Sodergren, Art. Dir.
Allen Henderson, Board Pres.
PO Box 10422, Savannah, GA 31412 (803) 702-0305
Annual. Purpose: To celebrate the diversity and breadth
of American musical styles. Eligibility: Men & women,
age 18 & older. Prizes: (1st) Gold Medal, $12,000; (2nd)
Silver Medal, $6000; (3rd) Bronze Medal, $3000; Finalists, $1200; Semifinalists, $600; Quarterfinalists, $300.
Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018. Competition: Feb. 18-22, 2019.
Entrance Fee: $60.
Marian Anderson Vocal Award
Jamie Broumas, Dir., Kennedy Center Classical & New
2700 F St. NW
c/o John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC 20566
Annual. Purpose: To recognize a young American
singer who has achieved initial professional success in
the area of opera, oratorio, or recital repertory, & who
exhibits promise for a significant career. Eligibility: Artists
can be nominated by opera companies, orchestral &
choral organizations, agents, professional music critics, &
other organizations & individuals across the country. Self-nominations are not permitted. A selection committeeof
distinguished members of the opera & classical music
communities will review & select the recipient of the
Award. Prizes: $10,000 cash, a Kennedy Center recital,
& participation in a short residency at the opera workshop
program of Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the
Arts. Competition: Winner announced annually in Mar.
the Art of the Duo (Boulder International Chamber
3300 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 206, Boulder, CO 80303
Biennial. Eligibility: Nationals of all countries 18-35 years old;
pianists & other instrumentalists who perform together
in the genre of chamber music duo. Prizes: (1st) $7000;
(2nd) $4500; (3rd) $3000. Competition: Oct. 2020.
Astral National Auditions
Julia Rubio, Exec. Dir.
Leslie Johnson, Dir., Concerts & Artist Servs.
230 S. Broad St., Suite 300 (215) 735-6999
Philadelphia, PA 19102 twitter.com/AstralArtists
early professional career development, & present their
world-class artistry to the community through concerts &
community engagement programs. Eligibility: Applicants
must reside in, & be legally eligible to perform & be
compensated in the contiguous United States (the 48
states that do not include Hawaii & Alaska, & territories
of the United States). Prizes: Inclusion on Astral roster.
Astral provides individually tailored services that include:
career guidance & superior performance opportunities;
non-exclusive agency representation by Astral; intensive
community engagement training; introductions to
presenters, managers, & conductors; entrepreneurial &
marketing consultation; new music commissions; & project
incubation. Deadline: Applications due Mar. Competition:
Live audition rounds, late spring. Entrance Fee: $75.
Azrieli Music Prizes
Betty Olivero, Jury
22 St. Clair Ave. E., Suite 202 (416) 322-5928 x 326
Toronto, ON, Canada M4T 2S3
Biennial. Purpose: Established in 2014 by the Azrieli
Foundation, the Azrieli Music Prizes offer opportunities
for the discovery, performance & celebration of high-quality new Jewish Music. Eligibility: Living composers
of all nationalities, ages & levels of experience, & of all
faiths, backgrounds & affiliations; eligible works must
have been written after Jan. 1, 2010 & have never been
commercially recorded; may have already been premiered.
Composer must prove in his or her written statement the
relevancy of the proposed composition to Jewish Music.
Duration: minimum 15 minutes; maximum 25 minutes.
Instrumentation: Chamber Ensemble up to 14 instruments
(fl,ob,cl,bn,hn,tp,tb,2vln,vla,vcl,pno,perc) with optional
soloist & electronics. Prizes: CAD $50,000; work will be
premiered by a major Canadian ensemble in Montreal on
the occasion of the AMP Gala Concert, 2020; work will
be recorded for a future commercial release with a multi-award-winning record label. Deadline: TBA (July 2019)
Competition: AMP 2020 - Chamber Ensemble AMP 2022.
BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting
Dan Spears, Dir.
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, N Y 10007 twitter.com/bmifoundation
enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited US college
or university; students accepted for future enrollment are
not eligible; degree candidates with an academic focus
in radio broadcasting; applicable majors include, but are
not limited to, broadcast & emerging media, broadcast
communications, broadcast journalism, broadcasting,
broadcasting & mass communications, electronic media
& broadcasting, radio & television broadcast technology.
Prizes: $5000. Deadline: Jan. 1, 2019. Competition: Winner
announced in late spring, 2019. Entrance Fee: None.
BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship
Pat Cook, Dir.
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, N Y 10007 twitter.com/bmifoundation
Annual. Purpose: To pay tribute to the artistic excellence of
jazz pioneers while providing crucial support for emerging
performers. Eligibility: Currently enrolled full-time at a
NASM-accredited US college or university; students
accepted but not currently enrolled are not eligible; former
winners (other than Honorable Mention) of this Scholarship
are not eligible; degreecandidates in one of these majors:
jazz & studio music, jazz composing & arranging, jazz
performance, jazz performance & pedagogy, jazz studies,
jazz studies & contemporary media. Prizes: $5000.
Deadline: Jan. 1, 2019. Competition: Winner announced
in late spring, 2019. Entrance Fee: None.
BMI Student Composer Awards
Deirdre Chadwick, Dir. www.bmifoundation.org/sca
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, N Y 10007
Annual. Purpose: To assist young, classical composers in
furthering their education. Eligibility: Under 28 years old as
of deadline; citizen of Western Hemisphere; enrolled in an
accredited public, private, or parochial secondary school,
in a college or conservatory of music, or engaged in the
private study of music with a recognized & established
teacher (other than a relative); any composer having won
this award three times (Honorable Mention excluded) is
not eligible. Prizes: Total of $20,000 or less. Deadline:
Early Feb. Competition: Winner announced in late spring,
2019. Entrance Fee: None.
the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions
138 W. 300 S. (801) 297-4250
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
International Piano Festival (2019), International Junior &
Young Artists Competitions (2020). Purpose: To further
classical piano music by holding international piano competitions, solo recitals, & educational sessions with the
aim to ( 1) enrich the community by providing significant
musical experiences for audiences & performers; ( 2) build
an artistic/educational environment that will educate musicians & non-musicians to a higher calibre of performance
& appreciation; ( 3) recognize & encourage superb artistry
& assist career development of deserving young pianists;
( 4) promote & perpetuate the pianistic art. Eligibility: Junior
(ages 11-14), Young Artists (ages 15-18), Artists (ages 19-
32). Prizes: (1st) $50,000, recording contract with Arkiv;
(2nd) $25,000; (3rd) $15,000; concert engagements,
Bachauer CD recording. Deadline: Sept. 13, 2019.
Competition: June 2020 (International Junior Competition, International Young Artists Competition). Entrance Fee: $200.
Banff International String Quartet Competition
The Banff Centre, PO Box 1020, Sta. 23 (403) 762-6231
Banff, AB, Canada T1L 1H5
Triennial. Purpose: To help launch the careers of the world’s
best young string quartets. Eligibility: Quartets whose
members are all under 35 years old at the time of the competition. Prizes: (1st) $25,000 cash, concert tours, Banff
Centre creative residency, CD recording; (2nd) $12,000
cash, Banff Centre creative residency; (3rd) $8000 cash,
Banff Centre creative residency; Canadian Commission
Prize, $3000; Székely Prize, $3000; R.S. Williams & Sons
Haydn Prize, $3000; further prizes to be announced.
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2019. Competition: Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2019.
Rebecca Ott, Admin’r
A-501 Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU (801) 422-8611
Provo, UT 84602
Annual. Emphasis alternates each year among choral,
large & small chamber, orchestral, & others. Purpose: To
encourage excellence in new music composition. Eligibility:
Open to any composer without regard to nationality, age,
race, creed or sex; composers who have won a Barlow
Competition or commission during the previous year are
not eligible. Prizes: $12,000 commission to compose a
major new work for Pierrot ensemble + percussion and
electronics; the winning work will be premiered in 2021.
Deadline: June 1 each year for materials to be received.
Competition: Winners announced by Sept. 15 each year.
Entrance Fee: None.
a w a r d s American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation Harold Calhoun firstname.lastname@example.org www.agohq.org 475 Riverside Dr., Suite 1260 (212) 870-2310 New York, NY 10115
Biennial. Purpose: To further the art of improvisation by
recognizing & rewarding superior performance in the field.
Eligibility: Open to all organists regardless of citizenship.
Prizes: (1st) $3000; (2nd) $2000; (3rd) $1500; Audience
Choice, $1500. Deadline: Jan. 1, 2019 (tentative for initial
application). The application is online and can be submitted
from the AGO website. Competition: Final round is held in
even-numbered years at the AGO National Convention
(2020 in Atlanta, GA). Entrance Fee: $75.
American Guild of Organists National Young Artists
Competition in Organ Performance
475 Riverside Dr., Suite 1260 (212) 870-2310
New York, NY 10115
Biennial. Purpose: To discover & present new & exciting
talent in organ performance. Eligibility: Organists
between 22-32 years old. Prizes: (1st) $13,000 & career
development assistance from Karen McFarlane Artists for
two years & CD recording on the Pro Organo label; (2nd)
$5000; (3rd) $3000; Audience Choice, $1000. Deadline:
Fall 2019. Competition: Initial taped round, from which
5-9 semifinalists are chosen. The finals & semifinals are
held in even-numbered years in conjunction with the AGO
National Convention (2020 covention will be in Atlanta,
GA). Official rules & information published in The American
Organist Magazine & online at www.agohq.org. Entrance
Fee: $75 (AGO members), $125 (non-members).
American Musicological Society Inc. Noah Greenberg
Robert Judd, Exec. Dir.
20 Cooper Square, Floor 2 (877) 679-7648
New York, NY 10003
Annual. Purpose: Established by the Trustees of the New
York York Pro Musica Antiqua in memory of their founder
& first director. The award is intended as a grant-in-aid to
stimulate active cooperation between scholars & performers by recognizing & fostering outstanding contributions to
historical performing practices. Eligibility: Both scholars &
performers may apply, since the award may subsidize the
publication costs of articles, monographs, or editions, as
well as public performance, recordings, or other projects.
Applicants need not be members of the Society. The applicant must submit, in triplicate, a completed cover sheet,
a description of the project, a detailed budget & supporting
materials such as articles or tapes of performances which
are relevant to the project. Prizes: The award will be given
annually. The winner receives a monetary prize ($2,000)
and a certificate, conferred at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society by the chair
of the committee. Deadline: Aug. 15. Competition: Initial
taped round, from which 5-9 semifinalists are chosen. The
finals & semifinals are held in even-numbered years in
conjunction with the AGO National Convention (2020 covention will be in Atlanta, GA). Official rules & information
published in The American Organist Magazine & online at
www.agohq.org. Entrance Fee: None.
American Pianists Association
Joel Harrison, Pres. & CEO
4603 Clarendon Rd., Suite 030 (317) 940-9945
Indianapolis, IN 46208-3443 twitter.com/APApianists
Biennial, alternating between jazz & classical piano.
Purpose: To discover, promote & advance the careers of
young, world-class, American jazz & classical pianists.
Eligibility: By nomination only, 18-30 years old, citizen of
the US. Prizes: Winner receives a $50,000 cash award & a
two-year Fellowship to include in-kind career assistance,
publicity, professional fees & other opportunities worldwide,
all valued at over $100,000. Deadline: Fall 2019 (Classical
Awards nomination); Fall 2021 (Jazz Awards nomination).
Competition: Fall 2019 through Spring 2021 (Classical
Awards). Entrance Fee: None.
the American Prize National Non-Profit Competitions
in the Performing Arts
David Katz, Chm., Chief Judge
HCMT/The American Prize
25 Hamilton Dr., Suite 100 (203) 746-2694
Danbury, CT 06811 twitter.com/americanprize
Annual. Purpose: The American Prize is a series of national
non-profit competitions unique in scope & structure, designed to recognize & reward American excellence in
various fields of the performing arts & at differing levels of
endeavor: for ensembles & individuals at the community,
church, secondary school, college/university & professional
levels. Application is made through submitted recordings, either online or on disc. There is no live competition. Eligibility:
US citizens & persons living & working in the US. In general,
no age limits (see website for details). Conducting (
orchestra, chorus, band, opera, music theater), chorus, orchestra &
band performance, vocal performance (opera, art song, oratorio, musical theater), solo instrumental performance, classical piano performance (solo & concerto), opera & musical
theater production, stage direction, composition (orchestral,
choral, chamber music, vocal or instrumental, theater/op-era), chamber music performance, arts administration
(marketing), acting. Prizes: Cash prizes up to $500; written
professional adjudication; award certificates; regional, national & international recognition. The American Prize has
awarded more than $50,000 in all categories since 2010.
Named prizes: Friedrich& Virginia Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice, Lorin Hollander Award for Piano Concerto Performance, Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance
of American Music, Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award
in Orchestral Programming, Charles Nelson Reilly Prize in
Stage Directing. Deadline: April 1 & May 1, 2019.
Competition: April 1 & May 1, 2019. Entrance Fee: $45 (individuals);
$65 (chamber ensembles); $80 (conducted ensembles).