Rudolf Nissim Prize Guidelines
About the Award
The Award honors Dr. Rudolf Nissim, who served as head of ASCAP’s Foreign Department for four decades and also established the ASCAP Concert Music Department. Prior to fleeing to the United States in 1940, Dr. Nissim had been Managing Director of the Austrian Performing Rights Society (AKM) for seven years. Dr. Nissim’s dedication to concert music and concert music creators was an inspiration to his colleagues, and his generous bequest to the Foundation is a reminder of his legacy in perpetuity.
The specific details and requirements of Award are set forth below. Participation in 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.
To be eligible for consideration for the Award, an entrant (each, an “Entrant”) must be, as of the expiration of the Application Period, an ASCAP writer member in good standing. For a writer member of ASCAP to be in good standing, such writer must have been elected to membership in ASCAP, be eligible to vote at General Meetings of ASCAP, and have not either (a) resigned from membership or (b) delivered an effective notice of intent to resign from membership. The Foundation may, in its sole discretion, disqualify any Entrant if, at any time prior to the awarding of the Prize, such writer is no longer in good standing with ASCAP.
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: If a musical work 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.
Previous Award Recipients: Previous Award Recipients are not eligible to receive the Award.
The “Application Period” begins on September 17, 2019, and ends at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on November 15, 2019. Hard copy materials must be postmarked no later than November 15,2019.
To be considered for the Award, Entrants (or, if applicable, their parent or guardian) must complete and submit either (1) an Online Application (by clicking the link at the bottom of the page) 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/nissim-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 copy of the score (no original manuscripts) 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 (the “Score”) and (b) a print-out of the Application together with a composer biography for each co-writer, list of works for each co-writer and, a CD (if available) containing such realization or recording (collectively with the Application, the “Submission”).
Submissions Under a Pseudonym: 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 the composition. Do not include the name of the performing ensemble and conductor on the CD. When submitting recordings of multi-movement works, each movement must be on a separate track and marked clearly in the score and CD.
Non-Professional Performance History: A work will not be eligible for Award consideration if its performance history includes, in the sole judgment of the Panel, professional performances. Please note that performances by college, university, conservatory, community and youth orchestras are considered non-professional performances and eligible for this Award. Performances by non-academic concert military bands (i.e., Army, Marine and Air Force Bands) are considered professional and thereby ineligible. Works commissioned by a professional ensemble scheduled for a professional premiere are ineligible.
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/Rudolf Nissim Prize
250 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10107
Tel. 212.621.6329 • Email: email@example.com
Judging Procedure & Criteria
Each eligible Submission will be anonymously judged by a panel of three conductors (the "Panel") based on the significance and overall artistry and compositional elements of the musical work or composition. The Panel is selected by the Foundation in the Foundation's 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 Judging Procedure and Criteria above, eligible Entrants will be selected as the Award Recipients and will receive a monetary prize of $5,000.00 U.S.D. (to be shared equally among all co-writers of the musical work or composition that is the subject of the Submission) ("Prize"). 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
February 15, 2020