Annual. Purpose: To cultivate future innovators of broadcast
radio. Eligibility: Students 17-24 years old currently
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. Competition: Winner
announced in late spring. Entrance Fee: None.
BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship
Pat Cook, Dir.
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 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. Competition: Winner announced in late
spring. Entrance Fee: None.
BMI Student Composer Awards
Deirdre Chadwick, Pres.
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007-0030 twitter.com/bmifoundation
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.
Entrance Fee: None.
Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions
138 W. 300 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 297-4250
Junior & Young Artists Competitions (2020), Artists
Competition (2022). Purpose: Recognize & encourage
superb artistry & assist career development of deserving
pianists.ianistic art. Eligibility: Junior (ages 11-14), Young
Artists (ages 15-18), Artists (ages 19-32). Prizes: $60,000
combined prizes Junior and Young Artists Competitions;
$105,000 combined prizes Artists Competition, concert
engagements, performances with Utah Symphony.
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2019, Junior and Young Artists
Competition. Competition: June 2020 (Junior & Young
Artists Competitions; Artists Competition (June, 2022).
Entrance Fee: $150 Junior & Young Artists Competition;
$200 Artists Competition.
Baltimore International Guitar Competition
Manuel Barrueco, Art. Dir.
Baltimore Classical Guitar Society
PO Box 4466 (443) 296-2247
Timonium, Maryland 21094 twitter.com/bcgsguitar
Every 3-4 years. Purpose: To foster the development of, and
appreciation for, the art of the classical guitar, encourage
performances at the highest artistic level, and promote
and support the careers of the world’s most outstanding
young guitarists. Eligibility: The competition is open to
guitarists of all nationalities between the ages of 15 and
32. Prizes: (1st) $35,000 ($20,000 cash prize, $15,000
Career Award); (2nd) $10,000 (3rd) $5000 (4th-12th)
$500; (Audience award) $2500. All competitors will receive
free hotel accommodations. Winner will present a concert
in the BCGS 2020-2021 concert season along with select
other performances. Deadline: July 10, 2020. Competition:
Sept. 22-27, 2020 (Baltimore, MD). Entrance Fee: $125.
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, 2022. Competition: Aug. 29-
Sept. 4, 2022.
Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach Competition
PO Box 699, Babylon, NY 11702 (516) 639-8575
Purpose: Competition for musicians performing works
composed for unaccompanied string instrument including
sonatas, partitas and suites. Eligibility: Violinists, violists,
cellists, bassists age 16-30. On-line application must
include video link of performance of two contrasting
movements of selected work. Prizes: Grand prize $5000;
(2nd place) $500. Winner will be featured performer at
the first annual Island Symphony Bach Festival, January
26, 2020. Deadline: Oct. Competition: Nov.-Finalists
announced. Dec.-Finals at Stony Brook University.
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 solo voice; the winning work will
be premiered in 2022. Deadline: June 1 each year for
materials to be received. Competition: Winners announced
by Sept. 15 each year. Entrance Fee: None.
the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation
Ronald DiPanni, Contact
55 Tremont St. (401) 942-2342, 241-5466
Cranston, RI 02920
Annual. Purpose: Scholarships to young American opera
singers for Vocal study. Eligibility: American opera singers,
21-33 years old; birth certificate proof of American
citizenship; no green cards. Prizes: Over $15,000 in
scholarships. Deadline: Nov. Competition: Oct.-Dec.
Entrance Fee: $20.
Bellini International Vocal Competition (Sponsored by
Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, Pres.
Maestro Marcello Abbado, Jury Chm.
Michael Yasenak, Dir.
568 Grand St., Penthouse 2001 (212) 387-0111
New York, N Y 10002
Annual. Purpose: To play a meaningful role in the discovery
& support of talented artists; dedication, hard work
& discipline on the part of the competitors will be
recognized by a distinguished international jury, with the
hope that all of the efforts will ensure the future of fine
music for everyone. Eligibility: Singers from all over the
worldSoprano, Tenor, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Contralto,
Bass, Countertenor, Jazz, Blues, Gospel; no age limit.
Prizes: New York Carnegie Weill Hall concert debut along
with additional concert engagements, CD recording,
scholarships. Deadline: Mar. 15, 2020. Competition: July
20-25, 2020; specific dates will be assigned to each
musician (not required to stay throughout the duration of
the competition). Entrance Fee: 150 euros for individuals.
Bösendorfer & Yamaha uSASu International Piano
Dr. Baruch Meir
ASU School of Mus., PO Box 0405 (480) 965-8740
Tempe, AZ 85287-0405
Biennial. Purpose: To assist young pianists in developing
international careers. Eligibility: Pianists of any nationality,
ages 19-32 (Bösendorfer Competition), 16-18 (Yamaha
Senior Competition), 13-15 (Yamaha Junior Competition).
Prizes: Bösendorfer(1st) $15,000 David Katzin Award, solo
recital in an important venue sponsored by Bösendorfer,
concerto performances with The Phoenix Symph.
(honorarium of $2000, travel & hotel expenses); (2nd)
$10,000;(3rd) $5000. Yamaha Senior(1st) $4000; (2nd)
$2000; (3rd) $1000. Yamaha Junior(1st) $4000, (2nd)
$2000; (3rd) $1000. Gold, silver, & bronze medals will be
awarded for each competition. Deadline: Nov. Competition:
Jan. Entrance Fee: $150 (Yamaha), $175 (Bösendorfer).
Bridges: A Jazz & Classical Fusion Composition
Competition (Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute)
Molly Sender, Admin. Dir.
418 Sheridan Rd. (847) 266-5000
Highland Park, IL 60035 twitter.com/raviniafestival
Annual. Eligibility: Composers of any nationality 18-30 years
old; newly composed works for string quartet & jazz trio.
Prizes: David Baker Prize of $2500. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2020
(no paper applications). Competition: Winners notified on
Mar. 1, 2020.
William C. Byrd International Young Artist Competition
for Strings Sponsored by the St. Cecilia Society of
Mrs. Carol Hintermam, Chm.
c/o Flint Institute of Mus.
1025 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48503 (810) 964-9399
Annual. For strings (2020), winds & brass (2021), voice
(2022) and piano (2023). Purpose: To annually provide a
competition with performance opportunities designed to
help launch musical careers. Eligibility: Musicians should
be no more than 32 years old on the competition date (no
more than 35 years old for voice competition only). Prizes:
1st) $6,000 & guest artist appearance with Flint Symph.
Orch.; (2nd) $2,500; $1,000 each for all other (three)
finalists. Deadline: Jan. 14, 2020 (received by the Byrd
Committee). Competition: Mar. 7, 2020. Entrance Fee:
$75 (additional fee of $200 if an official St. Cecilia Society
accompanist will be used).
CBu Graduate Fellowship in Composition
Dr. Josh Rodriguez
Dr. Glenn Pickett
8432 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504 (951) 552-8161
Annual. Purpose: This composition primarily seeks to
recognize pieces that fit into the tradition of art music
composition where all parts are clearly notated and the
music is completely original to the composer. Eligibility:
Any composers (ages 18-30) that are currently enrolled in
a university music program or have already completed a
college degree in music may apply. International applicants
welcome. Prizes: (1st) $12,000 scholarship over two years
to study composition at CBU; (2nd) $9000 scholarship
over two years to study composition at CBU; (3rd) $6000
scholarship over four years to study composition at CBU.
Honorable mentions are invited to a free lunch and lesson
with a member of the composition faculty, and potential
scholarship for study at CBU. Deadline: Jan. Competition:
Winners will be announced on Jan. 30 (by email). Entrance
a w a r d s American tracks Music Awards Max Chapman, Coord. firstname.lastname@example.org americantracksmusicawards.wordpress.com 441 N Lomita St, Burbank, CA 91506 Monthly. Purpose: To support and promote independent
artists. Eligibility: Worldwide, no age or genre limits. Prizes:
Award certificates, physical awards, live opportunities,
print and digital promotion, contacts with managers and
publishers, interviews. Deadline: Each month. Competition:
Live stage, networking & performance once a year in Los
Angeles in the Spring. Entrance Fee: $7-$20.
American traditions Competition Inc.
Mikki Sodergren, Art. Dir.
Allen Henderson, Board Pres.
PO Box 15972, Savannah, GA 31416 (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: Sept. 23, 2019. Competition: Feb. 17-21, 2020.
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. 7-11, 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
Annual. Purpose: To discover the most promising classical
musicians residing in the United States, assist their
early professional career development, & present their
world-class artistry to the community through concerts &
community partnerships 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 partnerships training; introductions to
presenters, managers, & conductors; entrepreneurial &
marketing consultation; new music commissions; & project
incubation. Deadline: Mar. Competition: May. Entrance
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, recording & 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 two optional
soloists & electronics. Prizes: CAD $50,000; work will be
premiered by Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal
on the occasion of the AMP Gala Concert ON October
22, 2020; work will be recorded for a future commercial
release with the multi-award-winning Analekta label; work
will receive two subsequent international performances.
Deadline: Sept. 1, 2019. Competition: AMP 2022-Choral
Music; AMP 2024- Orhcestral Music; AMP 2026-Oratorio /
One Act Opera-in-Concert.
BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting
Dan Spears, Dir.
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, NY 10007 twitter.com/bmifoundation