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Alma Mater Competition Rules

Competition Rules

  1. Only one work may be submitted per composer.
  2. Entries must be the composer’s original work. It cannot have previously been written, performed, published or recorded.
  3. Entries must be submitted anonymously (see detailed instructions below).
  4. The decision of the judging panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the competition.
  5. By entering the competition, you agree, if chosen as the winner, to take part in post-competition publicity and to your name being publicly known.
  6. By entering you agree that, if selected as the winner and in return for a prize payment of $1,000, to sign an agreement assigning the rights to the composition to the University in order to ensure that the University can use the composition.
  7. By entering you agree to abide by these rules. Entries which do not comply will not be considered.

How to Enter – Please Read Carefully

  1. Entries should be submitted in standard musical notation (handwritten or electronic) with appropriate text underlay.
  2. At a minimum, your submission should be a notated melody with suggested chords. (If you wish, you may also include a notated piano accompaniment, or a four-part choral setting with your melody as the soprano voice, or a fully scored arrangement for vocal solo with small wind ensemble accompaniment but this is not required.)
  3. Sending an mp3/midi mock-up with your score is encouraged but not required.
  4. So that all entries can be judged anonymously you must submit your work under a pseudonym, which should appear both at the top of the score and in the file name. Please ensure your real name does not appear anywhere on the score or in the file name.
  5. Your email address and personal information will only be seen by an administrator outside the judging panel, in order to preserve anonymity in the judging process.
  6. We will contact the winner via the email address used to enter, so please use an account you check regularly.
  7. The deadline for entries is February 15, 2024.