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20 May 2016

We Sing Pop! International Music Competition

Discipline:
Modern Voice, including Pop, Jazz, Funk, Folk, and Rock music.
Place:
New York, United States of America
Entry fee:
See website for details.
Prize:
USD 5,000 Grand Prize, 2 USD 1,000 Distinction Prizes, numerous other awards
Description:
Submit a video recording of your performance of at least two modern music pieces, either through YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, etc. or through a DVD submission, with an application form. Final round participants are selected from the initial applicants and invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, in front of a live panel of judges. Winners are selected at the performance and prizes are awarded.
For more information visit the official site
31 May 2016

Basel Composition Competition

Discipline:
Composition
Place:
Basel, Switzerland
Dates:
from 16 Feb 2017 to 19 Feb 2017
Entry fee:
50 CHF
Prize:
First Prize: Second Prize: Third Prize: CHF 60,000 CHF 25,000 CHF 15,000
Description:
The first edition of the Basel Composition Competition, or BCC, shall take place from on 16 – 19 February 2017. Directed by the Head Juror Wolfgang Rihm, the international event was conceived by the Basel music manager Christoph Müller and the Paul Sacher Foundation as a means to attract the most exciting composers of today to Basel and have their works premiered by Basel orchestras. In this respect, the competition carries the spirit of the late Basel-born conductor and patron Paul Sacher. The BCC is open to composers of all ages and nationalities and welcomes new, non-premiered orchestral works. Ten of which shall be shortlisted by jury members Wolfgang Rihm, Michael Jarrel, Oliver Knussen and Felix Meyer to be premiered by Sinfonieorchester Basel and Kammerorchester Basel in the Competition, open to the public. The three winning works shall receive prizes for a total of CHF 100,000.
For more information visit the official site
01 Jul 2016

MUSLAB 2016 International Festival Mexico, Brasil, Argentina, Cuba.

Discipline:
Electroacoustic Music
Place:
Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires., Mexico
Qualifications:
MUSLAB 2016 International Festival of Electroacoustic Music
Dates:
from 01 Oct 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Entry fee:
No entry fee
Prize:
The pieces will be programated between October 1 and December 31 2016 in the different venues of the festival. Participant’s compositions could be broadcast on radio.
Description:
Camin-Art Cultural Association and MUSLAB Ensemble invite composers of electroacoustic music, sound artists and visual artists to participate in the Muestra Internacional de Música Electroacústica MUSLAB 2016. (International Festival of Electroacoustic Music - MUSLAB 2016). This exhibition will take place at different locations in soon to be announced countries, between the months of October and December of 2016. The International Electroacoustic Music Exposition MUSLAB 2016 is a project which main objective is to help recovering public spaces and promote social interaction and peaceful coexistence through artistic interventions as electroacoustic music and video projection on buildings (Video Mapping).
For more information visit the official site
01 Jul 2016

VocalMatch Contest for Singing and Songwriting

Discipline:
Singing and Songwriting
Place:
Bloomfield, United States of America
Qualifications:
USA and Europe
Dates:
from 28 Mar 2016 to 01 Jul 2016
Entry fee:
Free Entry for First 100 Contestants Till 1st July
Prize:
$3000
Description:
By joining our membership free of charge, we offer a spotlight on stage for you to share your talents with fans around the globe. For singers, we share a chosen song, offer you the opportunity to download the music track, the lyrics, and produce your version, upload it at Vocal match, and tell your friends and relatives to log on and vote for your rendition. For songwriters, submit your original song, and the judges at VocalMatch will choose the next song to be featured at center stage.
For more information visit the official site
01 Oct 2016

All Russia TV Vocal Competition

Discipline:
Popular music
Place:
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Dates:
from 02 Nov 2016 to 04 Nov 2016
For more information visit the official site
31 Dec 2016

International Grumiaux Violin Competition

Discipline:
Violin
Place:
Namur, Belgium
For more information visit the official site
   
 

Among MusicaNeo community members there are a lot of talented musicians, excellent performers and gifted composers who have already won awards at various international music contests or are preparing to take part in them. To support this most brave, venturesome and determined part of our community, MusicaNeo curates a list of music competitions. We are inviting you to take part in enriching our list and post information about international Performing/Composing contests and competitions that will take place in years 2012 – 2013 in different parts of the world. Listed are competitions for pianists, composers, vocalists, violinists, cellists, performers on wind and percussion instruments, as well as contests for choirs and chamber ensembles. In order to find a competition in the list, use the search tool by nomination, country, application date and set the earliest date suitable for you.

For any musician entering a competition is a bold step that can completely change his/her creative career. To participate in a music competitions is very time-consuming – the process of preparation itself takes up plenty of time, efforts and resources, not talking about the numerous rehearsals that turn into real proof of stamina for musicians. Despite all that, for some well-known artists taking part in a music contest became a turning point in their professional careers. Among academic performers who gained popularity after winning in an international contest are: Van Cliburn, Itzhak Perlman, Luciano Pavarotti, Maxim Vengerov, Anna Netrebko. Music competitions played an important role in the development of many now famous artists and bands – Julio Iglesias, Andrea Bocelli, ABBA, Celine Dion, Toto Cutugno, Secret Garden – to name just a few.

Of course, many have different attitudes to competitions in general and to a jury’s competency in particular. But no one would argue that it takes great effort from contestants, training, practice and endurance to get through in a competition, especially those open to participants form all over the world. The most talented and technically advanced performers compete and there is no chance for a second try.

It goes without saying that regardless of the results, being accepted and participating in an international contest is always a victory in itself and a big step to the next professional level in music.

 
   
 
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