ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Guidelines

September 6, 2018


About the Award

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”) and the College Band Directors National Association (“CBDNA”) seek to recognize talented young composers who write for concert band. 

The specific details and requirements of the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize (the "Award") are set forth below.  Participation in the Award is subject to the ASCAP Official Awards General Rules and Regulations (the "Rules"). To the extent not specifically defined below, all capitalized terms have the meaning set forth in the Rules.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to enter, entrants must be, at the time of entry: (a) a US citizen, US permanent resident or enrolled student with a valid current US student visa; and (b) 18 years of age or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of permanent legal residence (“Eligible Entrants” or “Entrants”).  Eligible Entrants may not be older than 30 years of age as of January 1, 2019.  

If a musical work or composition submitted as part of the Submission (as defined below) is co-written, all co-writers shall be considered Entrants and must 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.  Previous recipients of The ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize are ineligible.

Award Period

The “Application Period” begins on 9:00 a.m. PDT on September 6, 2018, and ends at 11:59 PM PDT on October 10, 2018.  Hard copy materials must be postmarked no later than October 10, 2018.

Submission Requirements

To be considered for the Award, Entrants must: (a) complete and electronically submit an application available at [] (the “Online Application”) and (b) submit the following materials in hard copy to ASCAP: (i) a bound score (copy, not original manuscript), of ONE published or unpublished original concert work (no arrangements) (referred to herein as the “Score”); and (ii) a print-out of the Online Application together with a composer biography and list of works (the hard copy materials may optionally include a CD containing an electronic realization or recording of the work if the Online Application did not provide a URL from which such realization or recording may be streamed) (collectively sub-sections (1) and (2)(a)/(b) referred to as the “Submission”).

All Submission materials must separately bear the Entrant’s name together with all co-writer(s) of the work. Any optional CD submitted by Entrant must separately be marked with the name of Entrant and each co-writer, the title of the work, and the names of the performers. When submitting recordings of multi-movements works, each movement must be on a separate track and marked clearly in the score and streaming recording and/or CD.

Clearance of Rights:  For vocal compositions setting text or a translation of text, Entrants must provide evidence that the text or translation is either in the public domain or, if still protected, used with written permission from the author or translator or his or her respective representative (i.e., publisher or estate).

Return of hard copy materials: If you wish to have Submission materials returned to you, the Submission must be accompanied by a selfaddressed 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/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize
1900 Broadway
New York, New York 10023
Tel. 212.621.6329 • Email:

Judging Procedure & Criteria

Each eligible Submission will be reviewed by a panel of two (2) ASCAP composer members and two (2) CBDNA conductor members (the “Panel”). Rankings will be based on the significance and overall artistry and compositional elements of the Submission. The Panel is selected by ASCAP and the CBDNA in their sole discretion. Decisions of the Panel (including the selection of Award Recipient(s)) will be final and binding in all respects.

Prize and Award Ceremony

In accordance with the Judging Procedures and Criteria above, one eligible Entrant will be selected as the award recipient (the “Award Recipient”) and will receive a monetary Prize totaling $5,000.00 U.S.D. payable by the CBDNA. The winning score and Award Recipient will be announced at the CBDNA Forum during the Midwest Clinic 72nd Annual Conference, December 19-22, 2018 in Chicago and will be guaranteed a live performance by a prominent college band selected by the CBDNA in its sole discretion (the “Award Celebration”). 

Notification Date of Award Recipients

December 22, 2018

ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Online Application