The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

About the Awards

The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (the “Awards”) honor the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and The ASCAP Foundation’s former president Morton Gould’s lifelong commitment to encouraging young creators. Open to composers of original, classical concert music, the Awards encourage developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers.

The specific rules and requirements of the Awards, including but not limited to, eligibility, winner selection process, and award criteria, are set forth below (the “Award Requirements”). By participating in the Award process, all entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of The ASCAP Foundation (the “Foundation”) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”), which are final and binding in all respects. To the extent not specifically defined below, all capitalized terms have the meaning set forth in the General Terms.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for participation in the Awards, an entrant must be, at the time of entry, (a) at least 13 years of age; and (b) a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or enrolled student with a valid and current U.S. student visa (each, an “Entrant”). Entrants must also be under the age of 30 as of February 1, 2021.

Minor Applicants: If an Entrant is under the age of majority in their state, district, or territory of residence at the time of entry, such Entrant’s parent or guardian will be required to complete and submit the Online Application (as defined below) on such Entrant’s behalf, and sign and submit a copy of the Parental Consent form available at

Co-Writers: No co-written Submissions (as defined below) will be considered for this Award. 

Previous Recipients of Foundation Awards: Previous recipients of any Foundation award other than this Award are eligible for consideration for the Award, but may only include in their Submission (as defined below) a work that was written after the work that was the subject of such previous award; however, previous recipients who have been awarded a prize for the Morton Gould Young Composer Awards a total of three or more times in past years shall not be eligible for consideration for this Award.  

One (1) Submission per Entrant.  If multiple Submissions are received by the same Entrant, only the first Submission entered by that Entrant will qualify for entry into the Award; subsequent Submissions entered by that Entrant shall be disqualified.

Award Period

The “Application Period” begins on December 4, 2020, and ends at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2021. Completed hard copy Parental Consent forms must be received by February 1, 2021, as applicable.

Submission Requirements

To be considered for the Award, Entrants must complete and submit an Online Application (available at (the “Online Application”) during the Application Period. The Online Application shall include: (a) a score of one published or unpublished original concert work (no arrangements) (the “Score”) and (b) an mp3 (if available) of an electronic realization or recording of the musical work ((a) and (b) collectively referred to as the “Submission”).

If an Entrant is under the age of majority in their state, district, or territory of residence at the time of entry, such Entrant’s parent or legal guardian must complete and submit the Online Application on such Entrant’s behalf and download, complete, and return a copy of the signed Parental Consent form available at  to the email or physical address set forth below (as applicable, the “Application”).

The Submission must be entirely Entrant(s)’ original work (e.g. no sampling, etc.) written in 2018 or later.

All uploaded Submission materials must separately bear the Entrant’s name

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 the relevant representative (i.e., publisher or estate).

Please send all hard copies of Parental Consent forms, materials (and inquiries) to:

Cia Toscanini, Vice President, Concert Music
The ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
250 West 57th Street
New York, NY  10107
Tel. 212.621.6329 • Email:

Judging Procedure & Criteria

Each eligible Submission will be judged by a panel of ASCAP composer members based on the significance and overall artistry and compositional elements of the musical work or composition. The judges are selected by the Foundation in its 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 these Award Requirements, eligible Entrants will be selected as the Award Recipients and will receive a monetary prize (each, a “Prize”).  The number of Award Recipients and the monetary distribution of the Prize resides within the sole discretion of the judges.  The total value of the Prize to be shared among the Award Recipients shall be determined in the Foundation’s sole discretion.  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

The “Notification Date” is May 17, 2021.

Morton Gould Young Composer Awards Online Application