Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters

June 7, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Philip Bates Trust in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire

The 2016 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters, jointly run by the Philip Bates Trust and Birmingham Conservatoire, is now open for entries.

Young composers from all over the UK are invited to enter the 2016 Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters. Budding musicians between the ages of 16 and 25 may submit works in any style as long as they are for one or two singers/vocalists and between two and five players. The application deadline is Friday 8 July 2016 and the winning entries will receive a cash prize and a public performance.

Composition competition prizes
The competition offers three cash prizes:

£300 awarded by Birmingham Conservatoire
£300 awarded by the Philip Bates Trust
£200 awarded by the audience.
Shortlisted works will be performed at Birmingham Conservatoire and an opportunity will be given for one of the prize winning works to be performed again at ‘A Touch of Basil’ a concert organised by the Philip Bates Trust.

In memory of Philip Bates
Philip Bates, a young man from Castle Bromwich with a promising musical future ahead of him, was tragically killed shortly after his nineteenth birthday in March 2000.

To honour his memory, the Philip Bates Trust (founded to encourage young musicians like Philip) and leading music college Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University) jointly run the annual Philip Bates Prize for Composers and Songwriters.

Competition Entry Requirements
This exceptionally broad competition has recognised talent in a variety of genres in the past.

It encourages entries in everything from classical, jazz and folk to singer-songwriter ballads, Asian music and rock, as long as the work is suitable for live performance and appealing to a wide range of concert-goers.

Works should last between six and 12 minutes and instrumentation is up to the composer. Only one entry may be submitted per composer.

How to Enter
Philip Bates Prize
FOR COMPOSERS & SONGWRITERS

Conditions of Entry & Submissions

• The competition is open to all young composers between the ages of 16 and 25
on 1st September 2016 and born/studying/resident in the UK.

• Entrants are invited to submit songs or vocal compositions in any genre of music, suitable for live performance and appealing to a wide range of concertgoers.

• The submitted work should be for 1 or 2 singers / vocalists (independent lines) and between 2 – 5 players. The choice of text is at the discretion of the composer. The style of the work can draw on any background (classical, jazz, rock, folk, Asian, fusion, etc). Instrumentation is up to the composer.

• The submitted work should last between 6 and 12 minutes, and may include more than one movement / section if desired. We regret that works with a duration of less than 6 minutes or more than 12 minutes will not be considered.

• Two copies of the work must be provided. Normally, these should be in the form of neatly handwritten or typeset musical scores, but entries in other formats may be considered in consultation with the Deputy Head of Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire (see below). To aid the selection process, competitors are encouraged to provide a recording of the submitted work (either live or computer-generated) as a sound file on CD or memory stick.

• An accompanying letter, signed and dated by the composer, should give:
• the composer’s date of birth
• a statement confirming that the music is entirely the work of the composer
and, where necessary,
• a statement that the copyright holder of the text has given full permission for its use

• A stamped addressed envelope, of size and stamp value suitable for the return of the score to the entrant, should be enclosed with each entry.

• Only one entry is permitted from each composer.

• The closing date for entries is Friday 8th July 2016. Entries should be sent or delivered to Ellie Crean (see below).

Shortlisting, Judging & Prizes

• Short-listed finalists will be announced by the end of July 2016.

• At the short-listing stage, judges reserve the right to consider none of the works suitable.

• Short-listed works will be performed at a special event promoted by Birmingham Conservatoire, to take place on Tuesday 1st November 2016, when the winning pieces will be chosen.

• Finalists will be responsible for providing their own performers for this event and for organising any necessary rehearsals beforehand. Rehearsal time will be allocated to each group of performers for a run through in the hall on the day of the final.

• Provision of performance material (parts etc) for the short-listed works will be the responsibility of the composers.

• There will be three Philip Bates Prizes available for award: Two of these will be equal in value (£300 each), one being adjudicated by the Philip Bates Trust and the other by Birmingham Conservatoire. An Audience Prize (£200) will be awarded according to audience vote.

• More than one prize may be awarded to the same entrant.

• An opportunity will be given for one of the prize winning works to be performed again at
A Touch of Basil in September 2017, a concert organised by the Philip Bates Trust.

Enquiries & Submissions Address

All submissions should be addressed to:

Dr Michael Wolters, Deputy Head of Composition
c/o Ellie Crean, First Study Administrator (Jazz, Composition, Music Technology)
Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham City University
Paradise Place
Birmingham B3 3HG

Any enquiries should be sent to:
info@philipbatestrust.org.uk

Conditions of entry and submissions

Short-listed works will be performed at a special event promoted by Birmingham Conservatoire, to take place on Tuesday 1 November 2016, when the winning pieces will be chosen.