Apply for The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra 7th Annual Commissioning Prize

Winner will receive a $5,000 commission to compose a new work for the 68-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra

DEADLINE: Monday, August 16, 2021

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Symphonic Jazz Orchestra with Eric Marienthal
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra performs with Eric Marienthal in 2017


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 7th annual ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize competition to mark what would have been George Duke’s 75th birthday. The $5,000 prize is open to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of August 16.

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 and classical music – and beyond. The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the SJO in 2022/23 and entered into the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions. Past winners of the ASCAP Foundation Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize include Scott Routenberg, G. Patrick Gandy, Remy Le Boeuf, and Jihye Lee.


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, The Yellowjackets, Chris Brubeck, 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.


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


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