The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards Competition Guidelines
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The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards Competition Guidelines

The specific details and requirements of The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/ Virgil Thomson Awards (the “Award”) are set forth below. Entry into the Award is subject to The ASCAP Foundation Official Awards Rules and Regulations (the “Rules”). To the extent not specifically defined below, all capitalized terms have the meaning set forth in the Rules.

About the Award
The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards program recognizes books, articles and recording liner notes on the subject of music selected for their excellence. The Awards were established in 1967 to honor the memory of composer, critic and commentator Deems Taylor, who died in 1966 after a distinguished career that included six years as President of ASCAP. The Awards were renamed in 2014 to also honor the memory of Virgil Thomson (1896 – 1989), one of the leading American composers and critics of the 20th Century, and a former member of the ASCAP Board of Directors.

Eligibility Requirements
The following eligibility requirements apply to works submitted in accordance with the below “Submission” guidelines: Written works, specifically books, articles and recording liner notes only, must be published in English, during the calendar year of 2015. The subject matter may be biographical or critical, reportorial or historical -about music and/or its creators. However, instructional textbooks, how-to-guides, compilations of articles or essays, or works of fiction will not be accepted. Paperbacks that were originally published in hardcover are not eligible. Translations of works that were previously published in another language that are now being published in English for the first time are eligible.

If a book, article or liner notes submitted as part of the “Submission” (specified below) is co-written, all co-writers shall be considered Entrants and must consent to participation in the Award and satisfy these eligibility criteria, together with all other requirements set forth in the Rules.

Submission Requirements
To enter the Award, eligible authors (“Entrants” or “Eligible Authors”) must: (1) complete and electronically submit the Online Application available at http://www.ascap.com/music-career/support/deems-taylor-guidelines.aspx and (2) submit four (4) copies of one book, article or liner notes pertaining to pop or concert music, in hard copy, to the Foundation (collectively sub-sections (1) and (2) referred to as the “Submission”). There is a new feature for article submissions only. Uploading an article is the preferred method for submission, however the option of mailing hard copies of articles is still available. If you prefer to mail your article, submissions must be in letter-sized file folders. For article submissions, please submit a total of four (4) letter-sized file folders and label each folder with the author’s full name and contact information. Liner notes should be limited to 4,500 words and include (4) copies of each recording. Only one book, one article or one liner notes can be submitted per Entrant, per category.

Please send all hard copy materials (and inquiries) to:
The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards
ATTN: Julie Lapore 1900 Broadway New York, NY 10023
Please email jlapore@ascap.com with any additional questions.

Submissions will not be returned.

Award Period
Begins on 9:00 AM PDT on April 1, 2016, and ends at 11:59 PM PDT on May 31, 2016. Hard copy materials must be received by no later than May 31st, 2016.

Judging Procedure & Criteria
Each eligible Submission will be reviewed as follows by judges, who are ASCAP members selected by the Foundation in the Foundation’s sole discretion: two judges will review and rank the Pop Submissions, and two judges will review and rank the Concert Submissions; ranking shall be based on the significance and quality of the Submissions. Award-recipient selection resides within the sole discretion of the judges.

Prizes
In accordance with the Judging Procedure and Criteria above, the following monetary prizes totaling $2,750.000 U.S. Dollars shall be awarded to Entrants/Eligible Authors (to be shared equally among all co-writers of the book, article or liner notes that is the subject of the Submission) as follows:

  • Each Eligible Author of the two (2) highest rated book Submissions that are books focusing on the Pop Music Genre, shall receive $500.00 (U.S. Dollars);
  • Each Eligible Author of the two (2) highest rated Submissions that are books focusing on the Concert Music Genre, shall receive $500.00 (U.S. Dollars);
  • The Eligible Author of the highest rated Submission that is an article focusing on the Pop Music Genre, shall receive $250.00 (U.S. Dollars);
  • The Eligible Author of the highest rated Submission that is an article focusing on the Concert Music Genre, shall receive $250.00 (U.S. Dollars).
  • The Eligible author of the highest rated Submission that is a liner notes shall receive $500.00 (U.S. Dollars).

There is no official Award Ceremony in connection with this Award.

Notification Date of Award Recipients
October 31, 2016