Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013 COMPETITIONS: updated deadlines & more

If you're a performing artist or composer, then you have recordings. The American Prize wants to hear them.
The American Prize is unique—the only national, nonprofit competitions in the performing arts based solely on the evaluation of commercial and noncommercial CD and DVD recordings of performing artists. The American Prize has awarded more than $10,000 in prize money since 2010.
    •    No live competition.
    •    No age limits.
    •    Few repertoire restrictions.
    •    1-page application form.
    •    Multiple divisions for professional, college/university, community, high school age musicians.
Complete information, application forms, biographies of judges and winners: www.theamericanprize.org

Winners of The American Prize receive cash awards, award certificates, and unbiased written evaluations from our national panel of distinguished judges, but more importantly, laureates of The American Prize at all levels of achievement derive local, regional and national recognition to help them generate jobs, build audiences and sustain careers.

In a world where the performing arts are more marginalized than ever before and media coverage harder than ever to get, The American Prize provides its contestants with the visibility and recognition they need to stand out from the rest.

2013 National Competitions for Individuals:
    •    Classical Vocalists (opera/operetta, art song)—Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, plus Chicago Oratorio Award (additional opportunity)
    •    Pianists (solo, concerto)
    •    Composers (divisions for orchestral & choral music, new divisions for band and chamber music)

Postmark Deadline Thursday, February 14, 2013
Automatic extensions (until February 25) are available to those who need more time. Simply email the office directly to let us know of your intention to apply: theamericanprize@gmail.com

2013 National Competitions for conductors, ensembles, arts administrators:
    •    Orchestras
    •    Choruses
    •    Bands/Wind Ensembles
    •    Opera and Musical Theater companies
    •    Conductors
    •    Orchestral Programming—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award
    •    Arts Administrators

Postmark Deadline Monday, March 18, 2013


    •    1-page application form (on website—see "competitions" to download) www.theamericanprize.org
    •    Send bio and photo by email.
    •    Send CD, DVD or VHS tape by mail. All applications are acknowledged upon receipt.

You need not prepare a special recording for The American Prize. A previous recording, whether of a concert made in front of an audience or one created in a recording session without an audience, is perfectly acceptable. Neither the location nor the repertoire of any qualified individual or ensemble limits eligibility, provided the general guidelines have been met. Excellence within categories is the primary criteria for the selection of finalists and winners. The competitions are open to US citizens living in this country or abroad and others studying or working in the U.S. There is no restriction against previous winners re-applying.

    •    No live competition. Contestants are judged solely through their recorded performances.
    •    No age limits.
    •    Separate categories for professional, college/university, community and high school musicians.
    •    Few repertoire restrictions.
    •    Written evaluations provided to all finalists, runners-up and winners from our distinguished panel of judges.
    •    Published timelines for the announcement of semi-finalists, finalists and winners.
    •    Minimal application fees.
    •    Not for profit organization.
Complete information: www.theamericanprize.org
Questions: please email theamericanprize@gmail.com

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