Composer Competition Details

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), we are calling for compositions from students around the world. Compositions are to respond to the idea/topic “Music and ME”. Compositions of any length (minimum 2 minutes long) and in any genre are welcome.
Winners in each category will have the opportunity to have their composition performed at the 70th International Society of Music Education World Conference in August, 2024, Helsinki. A prize (to the value of US$500) will be offered in each category. Selected winners will be featured at the opening ceremony of the ISME conference in Helsinki.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
  • 10 years and under
  • 11 - 18 years
  • 19 - 30 years
  • President's Choice
Assessment Criteria
  • Compositions will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Technical control (effective control of musical elements and form and use of instruments/voices)
  • Musical effectiveness (eg. expressiveness, flow, communication of ideas, clarity)
  • Creativity (individuality, surprise, boldness, innovation or usefulness)
  • Presentation (effective and appealing written communication or audio finesse)

Due Date: 15th December 2023
Results: Winners will be announced by the 1st February 2024

Questions can be directed to

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* 1. Full Name

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* 2. Email Address

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* 3. Current Age

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* 5. Composition Genre

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* 6. Please paste the link to your Composer Statement.
Here, you will describe the piece and your process for composing it. Please provide English subtitles if you are speaking in a language other than English. 
(Video should be no longer than 2 minutes)

File name format: "YourName_ComposerStatement"
(Example: JaneSmith_ComposerStatement)

You can do this by using platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, etc...

For an entry to be considered for the competition, either one or both questions 7 and 8 must be answered.

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* 7. Please add a link to your audio file of your composition here. 
File name format "YourName(Age) - CompositionTitle"
(Example: JaneSmith(15) - SummerSong)

You can do this by using platforms such as SoundCloud, YouTube, Google Drive, etc.

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* 8. Please paste the link to the video of your composition here.

Video title format "Your Name(Age) - Composition Title"
(Example: Jane Smith(15) - Summer Song)

You can do this by using platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, etc.