Apply for The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize

Monday, August 17, 2020

Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra in concert with soloists (l-r) Dave Grusin, Christian McBride and Lee Ritenour

With the continuing success of its Commissioning Prize competition honoring former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director and ASCAP Board member, George Duke, the SJO is proud to announce its 6th annual ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize competition. The $5,000 prize is open to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of August 17. The Music Advisory Board of the SJO will select the winning composer, who will be commissioned to write a new orchestral score for the SJO, blending jazz & classical music – and beyond. The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the SJO in 2021/22 and entered in to the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions.

Created in 2002, the 68-member SJO is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. Led by Music Director Mitch Glickman, the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with leading guest artists including Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Raul Midon, Lee Ritenour, The Yellowjackets, Chris Brubeck, Miguel Zenon, and George Duke. The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund.

For eligibility and details how to apply for The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize, please visit sjomusic.org/commissioningprize or call 310-876-8130.

+Thinking of submitting? Read 5 tips on writing for jazz orchestra from Mitch Glickman.