Composer Programs We Sponsor

SCI/ASCAP Student Composition Commission

Winners will receive a premiere performance of their work at the Society of Composers, Inc. national conference and placement in the SCI CD series. SCI/ASCAP Commission is open to US citizens, legal residents or student members of SCI. Applicants must be full time students in high school or a college composition degree program.

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ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission and Recording Prize for Student Composers

For student composers on the cutting edge of electronic technology. The winner is commissioned to write a work to be performed at the annual Society for Electro-Acoustic Music conference and recorded as part of the SEAMUS CD Series. Open to full-time students who are US citizens or legal residents, as well as student members of SEAMUS.

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ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize for the Best Original Score for Concert Band

Awarded bi-annually by ASCAP & the College Band Directors National Association. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or enrolled students with a student visa. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 by January 1st, the year following the deadline date.

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Rudolf Nissim Prize
A program of The ASCAP Foundation

The award honors Dr. Rudolf Nissim, who served as head of ASCAP’s Foreign Department for four decades and established the ASCAP Concert Music department. Dr. Nissim’s dedication to concert music and composers was an inspiration to his colleagues, and his generous bequest to the Foundation is a reminder of his legacy in perpetuity.

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Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
A program of The ASCAP Foundation

These awards honor the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and former ASCAP Foundation President Morton Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. Open to composers of original, classical concert music, the awards encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers.

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The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards A program of The ASCAP Foundation

These awards are granted annually to encourage talented young jazz composers during the earliest stages of their careers. The Herb Alpert Foundation, a non-profit, private foundation established in the early 1980s, makes significant annual contributions to a range of programs in the fields of arts, arts education and compassion and well being. Its funding is directed toward projects in which Herb and Lani Alpert and the Herb Alpert Foundation President play an active role.

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