Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Guidelines

About the Award

The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (the “Award”) honors the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and The ASCAP Foundation’s former president Morton Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. Open to composers of original, classical concert music, the Award encourages developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers.

The specific details and requirements of The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (the “Award”) are set forth below. The Award is subject to The ASCAP Foundation 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

The Award is open to young composers (each, an “Entrant”) who have not reached their 30th birthday by December 31, 2018. Entrants must also be, at the time of entry, a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or enrolled student with a valid and current U.S. student visa.

Minor Applicants: For Entrants under the age of 18 (or the age of majority in the state or country of his or her residence), such Entrant’s parent or guardian will be required to complete and submit the Online Application (together with any other Submission materials) on behalf of such Entrant. In addition, for Entrants under the age of 13, such Entrant’s parent or guardian will be required to (a) complete and submit a paper Application (together with any other Submission materials) on behalf of such Entrant and (b) give Parental Consent (as outlined in the Official Awards General Rules and Regulations).

Co-Writers: No co-written Submissions (as defined below) will be considered for this Award. 

Previous Recipients of Foundation Awards: Previous recipients of any Foundation award other than this Award are eligible for consideration for the Award, but may only include in their Submission a work that was written after the work that was the subject of such previous award; however, previous recipients who have been awarded this Award a total of three or more times shall not be eligible for consideration for this Award.

Application Period

The “Application Period” begins on November 12, 2018, and ends at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2019. Hard copy materials must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2019.

Submission Requirements

To be considered for the Award, Entrants (or, if applicable, their parent or guardian) must complete and submit either (1) an Online Application (available at https://www.ascap.com/music-career/competitions/mortongould) or (2) for Entrants under the age of 13, a paper application available at (https://www.ascap.com/-/media/files/pdf/about/legal/awards-scholarships-rules/morton-gould-paper-application.pdf) (as applicable, the “Application”).

In addition, Entrants (or, if applicable, their parent or guardian) must submit the following materials in hard copy to the Foundation (a) a bound score (copy, not original manuscripts) of one published or unpublished original concert work (no arrangements) (the “Score”) and (b) 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. If applicable, the CD must separately be marked with the name of Entrant, 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 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).

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

Cia Toscanini, Vice President, Concert Music
The ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
250 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10107
Tel. 212.621.6329 • Email: concertmusic@ascap.com

Return of hard copy materialsIf you wish to have 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.

Judging Procedures & Criteria

Each eligible Submission will be judged by a panel of ASCAP composer members based on the significance and overall artistry and compositional elements of the musical work or composition. The judges are selected by the Foundation in its sole discretion. Decisions of the Foundation and/or judges (including the selection of Award Recipient(s)) will be final and binding in all respects.

Prize and Award Ceremony

In accordance with the Procedures and Criteria above, eligible Entrants will be selected as the Award Recipients and will receive a monetary prize (each, a “Prize”). The number of Award Recipients and the monetary distribution of the Prize resides within the sole discretion of the judges, and may include: the Leo Kaplan Award, in memory of the distinguished attorney who served as ASCAP Special Distribution Advisor awarded to the top award winner; the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship for a composer 18 years of age or younger; and a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Jack and Amy Norworth Fund. The total value of the Prize(s) to be shared among the Award Recipients shall be determined in the Foundation’s sole discretion. At the sole discretion of the Foundation, an award ceremony may be held to recognize the Award Recipient, the place and time of such celebration determined in the Foundation’s sole discretion (the “Award Ceremony”).

Notification Date of Award Recipients

May 15, 2019

Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Online Application