ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Guidelines
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ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize Guidelines

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

About the Award

ASCAP and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) seek to recognize talented young composers who write for concert band. The Award is named after ASCAP composer Frederick Fennell, an internationally recognized conductor of wind bands and a major influence on music pedagogy in the USA and abroad.

Eligibility Requirements

The Award is open to young composers: (1) who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or enrolled students with valid student visas for the U.S. and (2) who are between the ages of 18 and 30 as of January 1, 2017.

If a musical work or composition submitted as part of the “Submission” (specified 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.

The following eligibility requirements apply to works submitted in accordance with the below “Submission” guidelines: works that have previously earned awards or prizes in major national or international competitions are ineligible.

Award Period

Begins on 9:00 AM PDT on August 26, 2016 and ends at 11:59 PM PDT on October 17, 2016. Hard copy materials must be postmarked no later than October 17, 2016.

Submission Requirements

To enter the Award, eligible Entrants must: (1) complete and electronically submit the Online Application provided below, which is available only during the Award Period and (2) submit the following materials in hard copy to ASCAP (a) a bound score (copy, not original manuscript), of ONE published or unpublished original concert work (no arrangements) (referred to herein as the “Score”); and (b) a separate letter-sized envelope containing a print-out of the Online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. The CD must separately be marked with the name of Entrant (including all co-writer(s)), 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.

Note: For vocal compositions setting text, provide evidence that the text is either in the public domain, or if still protected, used with written permission from the author or author’s representative (publisher or estate). For setting a translation of text, provide evidence that the translation is either in the public domain, or used with written permission from the translator or translator’s representative (publisher or estate).

Return of hard copy materials: If you wish the 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.

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 and Criteria

Each eligible Submission will be judged by a panel of two ASCAP composer members and two (2) CBDNA conductor members (the “Panel”) 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. Award-recipient selection resides within the sole discretion of the Panel.

Prize and Award Ceremony

In accordance with the Judging Procedure and Criteria above, one eligible Entrant will be selected as the Award Recipient and will receive a monetary Prize of $5,000.00 USD payable by the CBDNA. The winning score and Award Recipient will be announced at the CBDNA Forum during the Midwest Clinic 70th Annual Conference, December 14-17, 2016 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 14-17, 2016