The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Guidelines
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The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Guidelines


The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards are granted annually to encourage talented young Composers of Concert Music (classical).  Morton Gould was President of ASCAP and The ASCAP Foundation from 1986-1994. He was a distinguished and versatile composer, and the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. ASCAP honors Morton Gould’s lifelong commitment to nurturing young creators by naming the annual Young Composer Awards in his memory. The winning composers share over $40,000 in ASCAP Foundation Awards.


Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America, or enrolled students with STUDENT VISAS. Applicants must be under the age of 30 as of January 1, 2015.

Previous ASCAP Foundation Award recipients must submit the score for a composition written after the work which won the award. The submitted composition need not be written during the year of entry.

Only Original Concert Music (classical) will be considered. However, works which have previously earned awards or prizes in any other national competition are ineligible. Arrangements are ineligible.

Jazz Scores should be submitted by December 1 to The Herb Albert Young Jazz Composer Awards Competition.

Submission Deadline: February 2nd, 2015


  • Completed application form.
  • Biographical information including music studies, background and experience, and a list of compositions to date.
  • One copy of a manuscript or score.
  • Only one composition per composer may be submitted.
  • The score reproduction submitted must be legible, and must bear the applicant’s name. It should be submitted either on regular music paper, or be reproduced by an accepted reproduction process.
  • Only copies or reproductions should be submitted. The original score should be retained by the applicant.
  • Do not submit Parts.
  • A CD of the composition submitted may be included, but must bear the composer’s name, the title of the work and the names of the performers. (Electronic Simulations will be accepted).
  • When submitting recordings of multi-movements works, each movement must be on a separate track and marked clearly in the score and CD.
  • Electronic music must include written information concerning source material and electronic equipment used.
  • A score containing an electronic part should be accompanied, insofar as possible, by a CD of the complete work.
  • For vocal compositions setting text, provide evidence that the text is either in the public domain, or if still protected, used with written permission from the author or author’s representative (publisher or estate). For setting a translation of text, provide evidence that the translation is either in the public domain, or used with written permission from the translator or translator’s representative (publisher or estate).
  • All submissions shall remain the property of the composer.
  • Although scores and CDs are the property of the composer, if you wish your score returned, the proper postage amount MUST be affixed to the return envelope.
  • Materials without Sufficient return postage (SASE) will not be returned.
  • Please note that Post Office rules REQUIRE a POSTAGE METER STAMP for returning all packets weighing over 13 ounces. Regular postage stamps will not be accepted.
  • Proper care will be taken to protect all music materials submitted, but each applicant releases all persons connected with The ASCAP Foundation (including the members of the Screening Panel and Selection Committee) from any claims resulting from possible loss and/or destruction of works/CDS/ materials submitted.


The names of those serving on the Selection and Screening Committees will be made public on or before May 1, when the awards are announced.


As required by Federal law, a year after receipt of the award, each recipient will be required to report to The ASCAP Foundation on the use of the funds; progress made to improve skills; and accomplishments during the year of the Award.

Any individual shall be eligible to receive an award except members or officers of The ASCAP Foundation, members of the Board of ASCAP, members of the Screening or Selection Committees, and members of the families of the foregoing.

The money for the award program comes from The ASCAP Foundation’s Jack and Amy Norworth Memorial Fund, the Leo Kaplan Fund and the Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation.