Open to all composers of Original Concert Music (classical), The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers. This program selects several young composer recipients each year to receive the cash awards. It is named in memory of eminent composer and conductor Morton Gould who was ASCAP's President from 1986 to 1994, as well as The ASCAP Foundation's President. He was also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and had a lifelong commitment to nurturing young creators. Established in 1979, this program is funded through the Jack and Amy Norworth Memorial Fund and by The Morton Gould Fund. Jack Norworth wrote such standards as "Shine On Harvest Moon" and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." The ASCAP Foundation Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship is made possible by The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation for a composer 18 years of age or younger.
Each year the top award winner receives an additional cash prize, The ASCAP Foundation Leo Kaplan Award, named in memory of the distinguished jurist and music lover who served from 1967-1995 as ASCAP's Special Distribution Advisor. This award is funded through gifts from the Kaplan family.
Those wishing to apply must be composers who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or enrolled students with student visas, who have not reached their 30th birthday by January 1st, 2017. A panel of ASCAP composers selects the winners. Each applicant must submit an application -- by the deadline of February 2, 2017, one reproduction of an original score, biographical and educational information, and a list of compositions to date. Recipients are selected through a juried national competition.
Deadline: Online applications will be accepted until 11:59PM PDT on February 2, 2017. Hard copy materials must be postmarked no later than February 2nd.
For more information, write to:
Cia Toscanini, c/o ASCAP
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Click here for the guidelines and this year's ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards application
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