Rudolf Nissim Prize Guidelines
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Rudolf Nissim Prize Guidelines

The specific details and requirements of The ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize (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 Award honors Dr. Rudolf Nissim, who served as head of ASCAP’s Foreign Department for four decades and also established the ASCAP Concert Music Department. Prior to fleeing to the United States in 1940, Dr. Nissim had been Managing Director of the Austrian Performing Rights Society (AKM) for seven years. Dr. Nissim’s dedication to concert music and concert music creators was an inspiration to his colleagues, and his generous bequest to the Foundation is a reminder of his legacy in perpetuity.

Eligibility Requirements

Entrants must be living ASCAP writer members in “Good Standing.” For ASCAP writer members to be in “Good Standing,” such writers must have been elected to membership in ASCAP, be eligible to vote at General Meetings of ASCAP, and have not, as of the date of determination, either (i) resigned from membership, or (ii) delivered an effective notice of intent to resign from membership. ASCAP may, in its sole discretion, disqualify any ASCAP member writer from this Award if, at any time prior to the awarding of the Prize, such writer is no longer in “Good Standing.” Prior Award Recipients in connection with this Award are ineligible to participate at any time in the future.

If a musical work or composition 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. Works which are set to a text protected by copyright must include permission of the author of the text (or the author's representative), as described below.

The following eligibility requirements apply to works submitted in accordance with the below “Submission” guidelines: A work with a performance history will be eligible only if earlier performances were, in the judgment of the Panel, clearly nonprofessional. Please note that performances by college, university, conservatory, community and youth orchestras are non-professional and eligible for this Award. Performances by non-academic concert military bands (i.e. Army, Marine and Air Force Bands) are considered professional and thereby ineligible. Works commissioned by a professional ensemble scheduled for a professional premiere are ineligible.

Award Period

Begins on 9:00 AM PDT on September 1, 2015, and ends at 11:59 PM PDT on November 16, 2015. Hard copy materials must be postmarked no later than November 16, 2015.

Submission Requirements

To enter the Award, eligible Entrants must: (1) complete and electronically submit the Online Application provided below, which is available only during the Award Period and (2) submit the following materials in hard copy to the Foundation (a) a bound score (copy, not original manuscript), of ONE published or unpublished original concert work (no arrangements) requiring a conductor, scored for full orchestra, chamber orchestra or large wind/brass ensemble (with or without soloists and/or chorus) not previously premiered or scheduled for professional premiere at any future date (referred to herein as the “Score”); and (b) a separate letter-sized envelope containing a print-out of the Online Application together with a composer biography, a complete list of all prior performances together with all related programs and announcements, and a list of works (the hard copy materials may optionally include a CD containing an electronic realization or recording of the work) (collectively sub-sections (1) and (2)(a)/(b) referred to as the “Submission”).

All works must be submitted anonymously, with a pseudonym appearing on the Score. Except for your pseudonym, remove all references to your name, the publisher name, as well as all dedications and/or acknowledgements from the Score. If you submit a CD, please clearly indicate your pseudonym and title of the composition. Do not include the name of the performing ensemble and conductor on the CD. When submitting recordings of multi-movements works, each movement must be on a separate track and marked clearly in the score and CD.

Note: 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).

Return of hard copy materials: If you wish the Submission materials returned to you, the Submission must be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with an official postage meter stamp from the U.S. Post Office with sufficient postage. Regular postage stamps will not be accepted.

Please send all hard copy materials (and inquiries) to:

Cia Toscanini, Vice President, Concert Music
The ASCAP Foundation/Rudolf Nissim Prize
1900 Broadway
New York, New York 10023
Tel. 212.621.6329 • Email:

Judging Procedure & Criteria

Each eligible Submission will be anonymously judged by a panel of 3 conductors (the “Panel”) based on the significance and overall artistry and compositional elements of the musical work or composition. The Panel is selected by the Foundation in the Foundation’s sole discretion. Award-recipient selection resides within the sole discretion of the Panel.

Prize and Award Ceremony

In accordance with the Judging Procedure and Criteria above, one Entrant will be selected as the Award Recipient and will receive the prize of $5,000.00 U.S.D. (to be shared equally among all co-writers of the musical work or composition that is the subject of the Submission) (“Prize”).

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

Notification Date of Award Recipients

February 15, 2016