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May 01, 2020 2020-05-01

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High School Music Creator Awards

NextNotes is a national program, sponsored by the American Composers Forum, to nurture the next generation of creative voices in music of all styles. Talented young artists convene as a cohort and receive mentorship, scholarship funds, and recognition through a national awards ceremony. Any student in grades 9–12 (aged 14–18) is eligible to participate by submitting a complete piece of music they have created in any style. A panel of five professional musicians with diverse musical backgrounds will review all submissions through a multiround review process. The pieces will be evaluated according to the following criteria: Originality, Creative Potential, Overall Musical Effect, Technique, and Impact on the artist and his or her work. Six NextNotes Creators will receive mentorship from professional mentors and musicians over a two-day workshop, flights to and from the workshop, room and board during the workshop, a public concert of the winning works, a scholarship of $1,000 to be used for music creation studies, a recording of the culminating concert, and Finale music notation software. They will also be eligible to nominate a music educator to receive a one-year SmartMusic Educator subscription and up to $500 to share their accomplishment with their hometown. Up to 30 applicants will be chosen for Honorable Mention and will receive written feedback on their piece from the panel of judges.

Deadline: January 2021 for submissions; check website for details

Music Interning/Mentoring Scholarships

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