Annual for Avery Fisher Career Grants; no specific timetable
for Avery Fisher Prize. Purpose: Awards for excellence; not
a competition. Eligibility: Instrumental soloists or chamber
music groups who are US citizens or permanent US
residents. Nominations are made by a recommendation
board & recipients are chosen by executive committee. No
applications will be accepted. Prizes: Avery Fisher Career
Grants $25,000 each; Avery Fisher Prize $100,000.
Competition: May 8-10, 2020.
5 towns Music & Art Foundation Competitions
Selma Seider, Rinat Holzwanger
PO Box 238, Hewlett, NY 11557 (516) 374-1967
Annual. For piano, voice. Eligibility: Applicants between 17 &
28 years old & whose futures are in the field of professional
musical performance; solo instruments & voice competitors
shall have four works of baroque, classic, romantic &
contemporary styles ready for presentation; music theatre
competitors shall have six selections from the standard
stage repertoire ready for presentation. Prizes: (1st)
$1000, (2nd) $500, (3rd) $350, in each category. Deadline:
Application shall be submitted before Apr. 30. Competition:
May. Entrance Fee: $30.
Fort Worth Symphony Young Artist Competition
Lindsey Stortz Branch, Dir. of Ed. & Community Programs
330 E. 4th St., Ste. 200 (817) 665-6500
Fort Worth, TX 76102 twitter.com/Ft WorthSymphony
Annual. Purpose: The Fort Worth Symphony’s Young
Artist Competition is held every spring and is open to
exceptional young instrumentalists and vocalists. Eligibility:
Applicants must be 18 years of age or under on the day of
the competition and must not have completed high school.
Applicants must be current residents of the state of Texas.
Standard orchestral instruments, piano, harp, and voice.
Prizes: $5000 scholarship and the chance to perform as
soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Deadline:
Feb. 3, 2020. Competition: Mar. 14, 2020. Entrance Fee:
Forte International Music Competition
2733 Cropsey Ave. (718) 755-2110
Brooklyn, NY 11214 twitter.com/ForteCompete
Annual. Purpose: Discovery & development of talented
musicians through competitions, festivals, & other
performing opportunities. Eligibility: Piano, strings,
woodwinds, brass, or vocalists ages 4-35 from any
country. Prizes: Platinum Award & $1000 cash; 1st Prize
Award & $150 cash; Gold/Silver/Bronze Award; Certificate
of Achievement Award; Special Awards; Teacher Awards.
Deadline: Nov. 5; early bird & late fee registration is also
available. Competition: Feb. 9, 2020 (Final Round at
Carnegie Hall). Entrance Fee: See fortemusicart.org/
international-competition/registration for more details.
Fremont Symphony Young Artist Competition
Jung-Ho Pak, Art. Dir., Cond.
Paul Iannaccone, Exec. Dir.
PO Box 104 (510) 371-4860
Fremont, CA 94537 twitter.com/FremontSymphony
Annual. Purpose: To encourage serious young music
students to strive for excellence, to have their performance
evaluated by qualified judges, and to win cash prizes and
an opportunity to perform with a professional symphony
orchestra. Eligibility: Students under 23 years of age who
live or attend school in one of the nine San Francisco Bay
Area counties-Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San
Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma.
Prizes: Phyllis Merrifield Award-$1000 and an opportunity
to perform with a professional symphony; several smaller
awards. Students under 16 years of age may compete for
the Alvin Dockter Award, performing a single movement
of a concerto. Deadline: Nov. 25, 2019. Competition: Jan.
13-14, 2020. Entrance Fee: $50 reg. fee.
From the top
Gretchen Nielsen, Exec. Dir.
Javier Caballero, Scholarship & Recruitment Mgr.
Austin Boyer, Assoc. Dir. of Marketing & Communications
140 Clarendon Street, 301 (617) 437-0707
Boston, MA 02130 twitter.com/classicalkid
Annual. Purpose: America’s largest national platform
dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, & character of
classically trained young musicians. Through live events,
NPR & You Tube broadcasts, scholarships, & leadership
programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary
young people to engage & inspire music lovers of all ages.
Eligibility: Ages 8 to 18 & have not enrolled in a college
or conservatory; live in or have a significant training
connection to the US. Prizes: Selected performers will
appear on NPR’s From the Top & participate in education
& outreach activities; young artists with financial need
can apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award of
up to$10,000 for studying classical music at a high level.
Deadline: Deadline I: Sept. 30, 2019; Deadline II: Jan. 6,
2020; Deadline III: Mar. 2, 2020. Competition: Rolling;
high school seniors are encouraged to apply as early as
possible, preferably by Feb. 1.
Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard univ.
Ingrid Monson, Chair
Harvard Univ., 3 Oxford St. (617) 495-2791
Cambridge, MA 02138
Annual. Purpose: To strengthen composition, the vital source
of musical culture, & to bring contemporary music
closer to the public, by ( 1) commissioning young & less
known composers as well as established composers,
( 2) sponsoring the annual Fromm Mus. Foundation at
Harvard Concert Series & ( 3) co-sponsoring, together
with new music ensembles, premiere performances of
Fromm Foundation commissioned works. Eligibility: US
citizen or resident. Deadline: June 1 annually, postmarked
deadline (commissions awarded once each year in Dec.).
Competition: Rolling; high school seniors are encouraged
to apply as early as possible, preferably by Feb. 1.
Entrance Fee: None.
Fulbright uS Student Program for Graduate Study,
Research & English teaching Assistantship
Daniel Kramer, Program Lead
809 United Nations Plaza (212) 984-5525
New York, NY 10017 twitter.com/FulbrightPrgrm
degree or equivalent. Deadline: Mid Oct. for grants tenable
the following academic year abroad. Competition: Opens
Mar. 3. 1 Entrance Fee: None.
Garth Newel Piano Quartet Composition Competition
403 Garth Newel Lane (540) 839-5018
Hot Springs, VA 24445 twitter.com/GarthNewelMusic
Biennial. Purpose: To broaden the piano quartet repertoire
& to support the Center’s ongoing commitment to
contemporary music. Eligibility: Any composer, regardless
of age or citizenship; work must be for piano, violin,
viola, & cello (stereo playback allowed); no time limit;
compositions are ineligible if they have received a
professional premiere, been professionally recorded
for commercial CD release, or been published. Prizes:
(Winner) $3000 cash; performance of the winning work
by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet on their 2018 Summer
Music Festival; a travel stipend to attend the premiere in
Hot Springs, VA; & a new residency. Deadline: Nov. 1,
2019. Competition: Winner announced by Jan. 31, 2020.
Entrance Fee: None.
Gershwin International Music Competition
PO Box 225, Westbury, NY 11590 (917) 535-9362
Bi-annual. Purpose: To help talented musicians to reach
their career goals. Eligibility: Pianists 18-37 years old
(Artists Category); 13-17 years old (Young Artists); 8-12
years old (Talent Show). Prizes: Piano, Artists Category,
(Grand-Prix) $5000; (1st) $1500; (2nd) $1000; (3rd) $500,
concerts; winner eligible for Grand Prix that is awarded
to one contestant among all categories & instruments.
Competition: 2021. Entrance Fee: $100.
Gilmore Artist Award
Pierre van der Westhuizen, Dir.
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 101 (269) 342-1166
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 twitter.com/gilmorefestival
profound musician; ( 2) has both charisma & breadth of
musicianship; ( 3) desires & can sustain a career as a
major international concert artist who possesses the
ability to make a significant impact on music; & ( 4) has a
developing career that can be enhanced by the award’s
money & prestige. Eligibility: Candidates are not judged
in a competition, but rather they are evaluated discreetly
over a period of time & numerous performances for their
musicianship & performing abilities. Pianists under scrutiny
have no knowledge that theyhave been nominated.
Nominations are received from a wide range of sources,
including a large group of internationally recognized
musical performers & educators who are polled biennially
for their suggestions. The names of all nominees are known
only to the six-person Artistic Advisory Committee. Prizes:
$300,000, career advisement & appearances at the
biennial Irving S. Gilmore Int’l Keyboard Festival.
Competition: 2022. Entrance Fee: None.
Gilmore Young Artist Award
Pierre van der Westhuizen
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 101 (269) 342-1166
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 twitter.com/gilmorefestival
Biennial. Purpose: To support the professional development
of exceptionally gifted young American pianists. Eligibility:
Exceptional American pianists age 22 & younger who
demonstrate the talent & drive to become career concert
pianists. Candidates are not judged in a competition,
but rather they are evaluated discreetly & over a period
of time & numerous performances for their musicianship
& performing abilities. Nominations are made by leaders
in the field of music, & nominees are not told of their
inclusion in this noncompetitive selection process. Final
decisions are made by the director of The Gilmore & an
anonymous Artistic Advisory Committee. Prizes: $15,000
over two years to further awardee’s musical career &
educational development, as well as a commission for a
new piano work to be composed for them. A number of
appearances at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival are also
part ofthe Award. Competition: 2020. Entrance Fee: None.
Marcello Giordani Foundation
110 West 90 St., Suite 5C (917) 423-5559
New York, NY 10024
Purpose: To help & support young opera singers to enable
them to pursue & achieve their career goals & to succeed
on international opera stages. Eligibility: Promising &
talented young singers. Prizes: Career assistance &
financial support, including scholarships & awards.
Global Music Awards
Thomas Baker, PhD, Competition Coord.
7946 Ivanhoe Ave., Suite 201 (858) 779-1420
La Jolla, CA 92037 twitter.com/GMAMusicAwards
independent musicians. Purpose: To judge the quality
of the music, & not whether an artist is chart-based; to
showcase original music, unique voices & emerging
artists; to gain consideration & recommendation for the
music; to help schedule bookings, shop the music, seek
distribution & radio play. Eligibility: Independent musicians
of any genre. Prizes: Honors include Best of Show - Critics
Pick; Gold Medal Winner - Award of Excellence; Silver
Medal Winner - Outstanding Achievement. Only one Best
of Show is awarded each entry deadline. No more than
10% of entries receive Gold Medals & no more than 15%
of entries receive Silver Medals. The judges may also
recognize a percentage of other noteworthy entries as
Bronze Medal Winner - Official Nominee - Musician Being
Followed. Three Special Honors are Odyssey Award -
Lifetime Achievement in Music; Humanitarian Award -
Music Dedicated to Social Justice, Charitable Causes or
Environmental Issues; Heretic Award - Protest/Activist
Music. Deadline: See www.globalmusicawards.com for
seasonal deadlines & competitions. Competition: 2020.
Entrance Fee: $50.
Glenn Gould Prize
Brian Levine, Exec. Dir.
Gary Goldberg, Pres., Bd. Dirs.
69 Yonge St., Suite 1401 (416) 962-6200
Toronto, ON, Canada M5E 1K3
Biennial. Purpose: To award an individual for a unique
lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition
through the arts. Eligibility: Living candidates of any
nationality; disciplines include but are not limited to musical
creations or performance, theatre, writing, technology, film,
video, television, radio & recording, architecture & design;
nominations are made by the public; selection is made by
a jury. Prizes: Laureate receives CAD 100,000 & the Glenn
Gould Prize Statue. At the Awards Gala, the Laureate
will present the Glenn Gould City of Toronto Protégé
Prize to an outstanding young person who embodies the
qualities of creative promise, innovation & career potential
demonstrated by Glenn Gould in his youth. Deadline: Sept.
(for nomination submissions). Competition: Sept.
Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition
(see Univ. of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music
Guild of temple Musicians Young Composers Award
David Shukiar, Chm.
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com t
c/o Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Dr.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Annual. Purpose: To encourage gifted young Jewish
composers to create worthwhile music for Jewish
worship & Jewish concert programming; to encourage
the composition of mutually literate, Judaically sensitive
musical settings which will be of lasting practical use for
religious services or concert performances, following the
compositional form & design to be announced each year;
to encourage Jewish communities to listen to, perhaps
participate in, & to value Jewish musical expressions of
quality which are reflective of our own time. Eligibility: For
Jewish composers 18-35 years old. The criteria for the
award is available at thegtm.org. Candidates may submit
more than one entry in any given year; new submissions
may be sent during succeeding years, but no candidate
may win the award more than twice. Prizes: Up to $2500
cash award for the winning composition, plus performance
& publication opportunities. Deadline: Aug. 2, 2019.
Competition: June 28-July 2, 2020. Entrance Fee: None.
the Gurwitz International Piano Competition
Elena Portnaya, DMA, Art. Coord.
firstname.lastname@example.org mbaw.org; thegurwitz.org
23705 Frontage Road, Ste. 101 (210) 630-9711
San Antonio, TX 78257
Quadrennial. Purpose: The 2020 competition will be a part
of MBAW’s 7th International Music Festival: a showcase
of novel pairings and commissioned works by some of
the most esteemed musicians from around the globe.
An international panel of judges will consist of some of
the world’s top pianists, conductors, instrumentalists,
and managers, including Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Olga
Kern, Afa Dworkin, Boris Slutsky and Yaron Kohlberg.
The competition consists of four rounds, the final round in
partnership with the San Antonio Symphony - conducted
by Head of Jury, Maestro Sebastian Lang-Lessing.
Eligibility: Pianists from any country up to 32 years old
on the day of the 1st Round of the competition (January
26, 2020). Prizes: (1st) $25,000; (2nd) $15,000; (3rd)
$10,000; Audience Award $5000. Deadline: July 15, 2019.
Competition: Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2020.
Woody Guthrie Fellowship
BMI Foundation in cooperation with the Woody Guthrie
c/o BMI Foundation
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St.
New York, N Y 10007
Annual. Purpose: To support in-depth, scholarly research of
Woody Guthrie’s life & legacy. Eligibility: Must have a
project-based research topic that leads to the creation of
an original scholarly publication or product & is sufficiently
extensive as to require a suggested minimum of two weeks
of research at the Woody Guthrie Archives. Prizes: Total of
$5000. Deadline: Jan. Competition: Winners announced in
spring. Entrance Fee: None.