Call for Works - Guadeamus Award 2020

Deadline: 1 October 2019 23:45

There are less than two weeks to go until the deadline of the Gaudeamus Award 2020. Send in your work before the 2nd of October 2019!

The Gaudeamus Award is an incentive prize for young composers. The entries will be judged by an independent jury. For the 2020 Award, the jury consists of Greek-Dutch composer Calliope Tsoupaki, Jordanian-German composer Saed Haddad and British composer Oscar Bettison. A maximum of four composers will be nominated for the Gaudeamus Award in 2020. The jury selection will be announced in November.

Registration for the Gaudeamus Award is open to composers and music pioneers worldwide. In addition to diversity in ethnic-cultural background, Gaudeamus also strives for an equal gender balance. For this reason, as of 2020 the age limit to apply has been raised from 30 to 35 years. Gaudeamus proactively invites composers to register for the Gaudeamus Award whose work is currently underrepresented in contemporary music.

Composers of any nationality or background who were born after 13 September 1984 may enter their works. Works may already have been performed, but must be composed no more than 3 years ago.

We ask you to submit 3 pieces:

Four composers will be nominated for the award. The nominees will be part of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2020 (9-13 September). On the final night of the festival the winner of the Award will be chosen by an independent jury. The price consists of a commission worth €5,000 for a new composition to be premiered at a future edition of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek. The nominees’ main entries for the competition as well as additional submitted pieces will be performed during the festival. They will also be commissioned to develop a new piece especially for the festival.