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”), see link below. To the extent not specifically defined below, all capitalized terms have the meaning set forth in the Rules.

About the Awards

The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards program recognizes books, articles, and linear 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 for consideration for the Award: Written works (i.e., concert books, pop books, concert articles, pop articles, and recording liner notes) must be written in English and published in the United States during calendar year 2016. The subject matter may be biographical or critical, reportorial or historical, about music and/or its creators. Instructional textbooks, how-to-guides, compilations of articles or essays, or works of fiction will not be accepted. Paperbacks that were originally published before 2016 in hardcover are not eligible. Reprints or translations of works that were previously published outside of the United States that were first published in the United States in 2016 are eligible.

If a book or article submitted as part of the Submission (as defined 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.

Application Period

The “Application Period” begins on 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on April 3, 2017, and ends at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 31, 2017.

Submission Requirements

To be considered for the Award, eligible authors (“Entrants” or “Eligible Authors”) must: (1) complete and electronically submit an Online Application by clicking on the link below and (2) submit copy(ies) of the applicable book, article, or recording liner notes pertaining to pop or concert music by the methods described below (clauses (1) and (2) are collectively referred to as the “Submission”). Only one book, one article, or one recording liner notes may be submitted in each category per Entrant.

For books and recording liner notes, Entrants must submit four (4) copies of the work in hard copy to the Foundation. Recording liner notes should be limited to 4,500 words and include four (4) copies of each recording. For articles, Entrants may either (1) submit their work by uploading the article as part of his or her Online Application, which is the preferred method of submission, or (2) submit four (4) copies of their work (each, in separate letter-sized file folders labeled with the Entrant’s full name and contact information) in hard copy to the Foundation.

All online applications and hard copy materials must be received by the Foundation prior to the end of the Application Period. Submissions will not be returned.

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

The ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards Attention: Julie Lapore 1900 Broadway New York, NY 10023

Please email jlapore@ascap.com with any additional questions.

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, whose decisions will be final and binding in all respects.

Prizes

In accordance with the Judging Procedure and Criteria above, the following monetary prizes totaling $3,000.00 U.S. Dollars shall be awarded to Entrants/Eligible Authors (to be shared equally among all co-writers of the book, article or recording 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); and
  • The Eligible Author of the highest rated Submission in the recording liner notes category 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, 2017

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