Competition rules: The commissioned composition must• Have its public premier at the 6th Annual Washington Heights Jazz Festival on November 4, 2023• Be 30 – 45 minutes long (single- or multi-movement), comprising the centerpiece of a 50-minute set to be performed by the composer’s ensemble at the Festival• Be written for 3-7 musicians (instrumentalists and/or vocalists)• Feature improvisation• Not be an existing, published, or recorded work, or an arrangement of a published work. Works-in-progress may be acceptable.The winning composer must• Reside in the Greater New York City area• Commit to performing in the 6th Annual Washington Heights Jazz Festival, November 4, 2023The performing ensemble must• Contain 3-7 musicians • Reflect racial and gender diversity
Winning composer retains all rights to the commissioned composition. Jazz WaHi, Inc. reserves the right to use audio and /or video recordings of the commissioned composition for promotional purposes. Winning composer agrees to credit Jazz WaHi and the Washington Heights Jazz Festival in all future performances and recordings of the commissioned work.
Timeline:• Submission deadline – Sunday, January 22, 2023. 11:00 pm• January 16 – February 14, 2023. Applicants are judged by a five-member panel.• Winner announced – Saturday, February 25, 2023
Payment:• Winner receives $300 upon acceptance of and agreement to terms.• The remaining $500 is paid to winner by November 8, 2023, after winner’s satisfactory completion of the competition’s requirements.• Winner receives remuneration for ensemble’s performance (amount tbd) by November 8, 2023, after completion of the Festival performance.• All funds received by winner are considered taxable income.
Application and submission:• All submissions should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject “Jazz Composition Competition”, and contain:o Your name, email address, mailing address, phone numbero Three mp3 recordings of your previous compositions attachedo A proposal - as an attached pdf - describing the piece you will compose if awarded the commission: concept, inspiration, instrumentation, projected length, etc. The more detail the better! • Important: As we use a blind judging process, there can be no identifying information in the recordings (e.g. a live recording with your name announced), or on the pdf document. • There is a $10 entry fee, CLICK HERE TO PAY.
Questions? Visit our Contact page Previous winners: 2021: Robert Fernandez: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter 2022: Jason Yeager: Upper Manahatta Musical Suite