ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming

Applications for the 2014 ASCAP Awards are now closed. The following information is provided for reference only.

The ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming are made up of three award categories: Awards for Contemporary Music, the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming, and the Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours. Winners of the prestigious John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music and Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming will be selected from applicants to the Awards for Contemporary Music.

Awards for Contemporary Music

Awards for Contemporary Music encourage and recognize programming of orchestral music of our time composed in the past 25 years (1989 and after). Consideration will be given to all orchestras, including collegiate, youth, and festival orchestras.

Category First Prize Second Prize Third Prize
Group 1 Orchestras $3,000 & plaque $1,500 & plaque Plaque
Group 2 Orchestras $2,000 & plaque $1,000 & plaque e Plaque e
Group 3/4 Orchestras $1,500 & plaque $750 & plaque Plaque
Group 5/6 Orchestras $1,000 & plaque $500 & plaque e Plaque
Group 7/8 Orchestras $750 & plaque $400 & plaque Plaque
Collegiate $500 & plaque $300 & plaque Plaque
Youth $500 & plaque $300 & plaque Plaque
Festival $600 & plaque $400 & plaque Plaque


John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music
The John S. Edwards Award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music will be given to one orchestra whose programming indicates the strongest overall commitment to new American music. The winner of this award will be selected from applicants to the Awards for Contemporary Music. A cash prize of $3,000 will be awarded. The winning orchestra will not be eligible to receive another award.

Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming
The Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming will be given to one orchestra whose programming indicates extraordinary efforts to expand symphonic repertoire and develop and educate orchestra audiences. Additionally, it honors the orchestra for extraordinary efforts beyond their usual-and-accustomed activity in the area of new music and unusual programming. The winner of this award will be selected from applicants to the Awards for Contemporary Music. A cash prize of $3,000 and plaque will be awarded. The winning orchestra will not be eligible to receive another award.

Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming
The Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming will be given to one orchestra whose educational programs integrate the music of our time and are creative, relevant, and based on the best practices of music education. An orchestra must apply for this award specifically. A cash prize of $3,000 and plaque will be awarded. The winning orchestra will not be eligible to receive another award.

Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours
Special recognition will be given for exemplary programming of orchestral music by American composers on foreign tours. An orchestra must apply for this award specifically. The recipient of this award will receive a plaque and is eligible to apply for other awards.

Eligibility
All ASCAP-licensed Professional, Youth, Collegiate, and Festival member orchestras of the League of American Orchestras who operate within the United States are invited to apply.

Selection
Winners are selected by an independent, impartial panel and will be notified in April. Judging will be based not only on the number and duration of contemporary works performed but also on the balance and variety of programs, as well as the orchestra’s overall commitment to contemporary music. Special consideration is given to commissioned works and to world, United States, and local premieres.

We reserve the right not to offer an award where there are insufficient applicants that meet the award standard.

Eligible Repertoire
Applications may include contemporary orchestral repertoire, composed in 1989 or after, performed on subscription, run-out, tour, family, educational, and festival concerts between June 1, 2013, and May 31, 2014. For the purpose of these awards, orchestral music is defined as works requiring 10 or more players. Arrangements, pops and film music, as well as solo and small chamber works, will not be considered.

How to Apply
An orchestra may apply for one or all of the awards offered. Download the guidelines here and see application instructions for each category below. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2014.

Awards for Contemporary Music

Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming

Award for American Programming on Foreign Tours

Questions? Please contact James Barry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646 822 4045.