SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music, together with the Brass Band Association of New Zealand and CANZ (Composers’ Association of New Zealand) is proud to present a composition prize for works for solo brass instrument, with optional accompaniment. This is the third time this prize will be awarded. The winner will receive $400 and will have their work performed at the National Championships in Christchurch.

See a list of previous winners here.

Download the rules, or read below. Entries are due 9 am, Monday 11 May 2020.


RULES

The piece:

  • For brass instrument soloist – unaccompanied OR accompanied by piano. The solo instrument must be commonly found in New Zealand Brass Bands: soprano cornet, cornet, flugelhorn, tenor horn, baritone, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, Eb bass, BBb bass.
  • 3-7 minutes in length.
  • Works must be suitable for the Invitation Slow Melody event at the National Championships of the Brass Band Association of New Zealand. In general terms ‘slow melody’ can be defined as works of a primarily expressive, singing nature intended to display the performer’s cantabile playing and lyrical imagination.
  • Pieces may have been performed before, but may not have been commissioned, professionally recorded, commercially published or won prizes.
  • Limit of one piece entered per composer.


Eligibility

  • Composers must be New Zealand citizens, or must be permanently resident in New Zealand.
  • There is no age restriction.


PRIZES

Winner:

  • $400 cash.
  • Performance of the winning work at the National Championships in Christchurch on 8 July 2020, at the James Hay Theatre.
  • The performance will be recorded and made available online.
  • One year’s membership of CANZ (Composers’ Association of New Zealand).


Finalist(s):

  • Performance of the winning work at the National Championships in Christchurch on 8 July 2020, at the James Hay Theatre.
  • The performance will be recorded and made available online.

In agreement with the composers, the scores and parts of the winning work and finalist works will be made available for sale worldwide through SOUNZ in hardcopy and via PDF download.


SUBMISSION

Your completed submission must reach info@sounz.org.nz by 9 am, Monday 11 May 2020. 

Submissions are accepted via email only. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. There is no entry fee.


What to send:

  • PDF of the score (and solo part, if applicable).
  • A second anonymous PDF of the score, with your name and any identifying marks removed. This will be used for adjudication.
  • Contact details: full name, address, phone number, preferred email.
  • Scores and parts may be computer generated or very neatly handwritten. Scores assessed as illegible by SOUNZ staff will not be accepted.
  • The winner and finalists (if any) must supply publicity materials (biography, photo etc.) within 7 days of being informed of the result.


ADJUDICATION

  • The competition will be adjudicated by a senior New Zealand composer. The identity of the judge will be revealed after the results are finalised.
  • Anonymised scores will be used for adjudication.
  • At the Adjudicator’s discretion, up to two finalists may be named in addition to the winner.
  • The Adjudicator’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


MISCELLANEOUS

By entering the competition, the composer:

  • grants SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music and The Brass Band Association of New Zealand the right to reproduce the work for the purposes of adjudication and performance within the context of this competition.
  • grants SOUNZ and BBANZ the right to stream a recording of the work online indefinitely without any additional compensation paid to the composer.
  • if requested, agree to be available for written, audio or video interviews to be used as resources on the partnering organisations’ branded media outlets, including broadcast and online.
  • understands photographs and film footage featuring themselves or their work can be made and used by the partnering organisations for documentary, archival, promotional and publicity purposes.

Any questions about the Prize or application process should be directed to info@sounz.org.nz.

SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music – sounz.org.nz

Brass Band Association of New Zealand – brassbanz.org.nz

CANZ Composers’ Association of New Zealand – www.canz.net.nz