International Composition Contest Contest Rules

TimingICC2020logo

  • Deadline for sending the score and recording for preselection: 30/09/2019
  • Announcement of 4 finalists: 15/10/2019
  • Deadline for sending in scores of new (premiere) piece for final: 01/01/2020
  • Final: 12/01/2020

 

Prizes

  • Finalists:
    • Commission to write a premiere for the final: €1000
    • Professional video and audio recording of your piece
  • Winner: cash prize of €2000

 

Rules

 

  1. Age

The competition is open to entrants of all ages.

 

  1. Contest format

A participant sends in a composition of their own for big-band instrumentation, which will be evaluated by a preselection jury. If a composer is chosen as a finalist, he or she will be commissioned to write a new work that will be judged in the final round. Brussels Jazz Orchestra will perform the work, conducted by the composer, before an international jury during the Brussels Jazz Festival.

 

  1. Instrumentation

Both the entry for preselection and the entry for the final should be for the following instrumentation:

Instrument

Doubling(s) possible

Solos

Alto saxophone 1 - lead

Soprano saxophone/flute

Solos possible

Alto saxophone 2

Soprano saxophone/flute/clarinet  

Solos possible

Tenor saxophone 1

Soprano saxophone/flute/clarinet  

No clarinet solos

Tenor saxophone 2

Soprano saxophone/clarinet

No clarinet solos

Baritone saxophone

Bass clarinet

No bass clarinet solos

Trumpet 1 - lead

Flugelhorn

No solos

Trumpet 2

Flugelhorn

Solos possible

Trumpet 3

Flugelhorn

Solos possible

Trumpet 4

Flugelhorn

Solos possible

Trombone 1 - lead

 

Solos possible

Trombone 2

 

Solos possible

Trombone 3

 

Solos possible

Bass trombone

No solos

Piano

 

Solos possible

Electric guitar (optional)

Solos possible

Contrabass

Electric bass

Solos possible

Drums

 

Solos possible

 

  1. Preselection: your own composition

Participants register and send in a recording and score of a composition for jazz orchestra by 30/09/2019. The recording does not have to be professional quality. The composition will be judged by a preselection jury (www.brusselsjazzorchestra.com/internationalcompositioncontest).

  • The score and audio file should be sent in digital form to koen@brusselsjazzorchestra.com via WeTransfer. The online registration form must be completely filled out.
  • The score must be sent, in concert key and in a transposed version, to the contest organisers in PDF format (print-ready). They must be written using Sibelius or Finale (not hand-written).
  • The recording must be at least 7 minutes long and no longer than 9 minutes.
  • At least 2/3 of the total time of the composition must be through-composed, not including any backgrounds (accompanying solos).
  • Each participant may send in only one work.
  • Both the recording and the score must be made anonymous for the jury (no references to the composer, either in the score or in the audio file (tags)).
  • A jury will choose four finalists from among the entries.
  • The names of the finalists will be announced (and finalists will be contacted) on 15/10/2019 at the latest.

 

  1. Final: commissioned work

The finalists will be commissioned to write a new work for the final.

Each of the four composers will receive compensation of €1000.

Their work will be evaluated by an international jury.

  • The score (in concert key and in transposed version) and parts must be sent to the contest organisers in (print-ready) PDF format. All files must be written in Sibelius or Finale (not hand-written).
  • The finalist will declare in writing that the work has been composed especially for the final and that none of it has been previously performed.
  • The score sent in must be a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 9 minutes long.
  • The composition must be for the instrumentation listed in article 3.
  • At least 2/3 of the total time of the composition must be through-composed, not including any backgrounds (accompanying solos).
  • The score and parts must be made anonymous (no references to the composer in either the score or parts).
  • The final work will be performed during the final by Brussels Jazz Orchestra. Any solos or soloistic passages must not involve additional musicians.
  • All communication and information about the contest will be in writing.

 

  1. Final: 12 January 2020

On 12 January 2020, Brussels Jazz Orchestra will perform the works by the four finalists, conducted by the respective composers during the Brussels Jazz Festival in Flagey. The awards ceremony will take place on the day of the final, immediately after the jury has made its decision. Each finalist will be able to rehearse their work with Brussels Jazz Orchestra for one hour on 11/01/2020. BJO will prepare the pieces before this rehearsal, on 9 and 10 January 2020, without the composers present.

 

  1. Authorisations of the organisers and jury
  • The preselection-round compositions will be evaluated by a Belgian jury and the final compositions by an international jury.
  • The contest is not open to jury members or musicians of the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.
  • If a juror is aware that one of his/her students has sent in a score, then he/she must inform the contest directors, and the juror may not cast a vote on this composition.
  • The contest managers are authorised to take any and all measures necessary for the contest to run smoothly.
  • Noncompliance with deadlines and other conditions as listed in these rules will automatically exclude further participation in the contest.
  • The jury’s decision cannot be appealed.