The ASCAP Foundation Rudolph Nissim Prize

Thursday, November 15, 2012

PRIZE: $5,000
Dr. Rudolf Nissim, who served as head of ASCAP's Foreign Department for four decades, also established the Concert Music Department. Prior to fleeing to the United States in 1940, Nissim had been Managing Director of the Austrian Performing Rights Society (AKM) for seven years. Dr. Nissim's dedication to Concert Music and its creators was an inspiration to his colleagues, and his generous bequest to The ASCAP Foundation is a reminder of his legacy in perpetuity.

All living concert composer members of ASCAP. Prior winners of this Prize are ineligible.

Postmark no later than November 15, 2012. Score Entry must be received no later than December 1, 2012.


  • Completed application form (Online Submission Is Preferrred)
  • The bound score (copy, not original manuscript), of ONE published or unpublished original concert work (no arrangements) requiring a conductor, scored for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, or large wind/brass ensemble (with or without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.
  • A work with a performance history will be eligible only if earlier performances were, in the judgment of the Committee, clearly nonprofessional. For this exception to be granted, complete information regarding all prior performances such as programs and announcements, must be submitted with the score.
  • Please note that performances by College, University, Conservatory, Community and Youth Orchestras are non-professional and eligible for this competition.
  • Works commissioned by a professional ensemble scheduled for a professional premiere are ineligible.
  • Works which set a text protected by copyright must include permission of the author or the author's representative.
  • Unbound scores will NOT be accepted.
  • You may include an electronic realization or a recording with your submission.
  • A separate letter-sized envelope containing a print-out of the Application together with a Composer Biography and list of works must be included with the bound score.
  • All scores and CDs shall remain the property of the composer. If you wish materials to be returned, the entry must be accompanied by a Self-Addressed Envelope (Mailer) with sufficient return postage (SASE).
  • 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.

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 composition. Do not include the name of the performing ensemble and conductor on the CD.

Three conductors will serve as jurors.

Cia Toscanini, Vice President, Concert Music
The ASCAP Foundation/Rudolf Nissim Prize
ASCAP Building - One Lincoln Plaza - New York, New York 10023
Tel. 212.621.6329 • Email:

To apply online, click here.