Dear Colleagues,

I hope you have been encouraging your creative students to enter the Jr. Composers Contest. The benefits of composing are huge, and we never fail to be inspired and challenged by the comments of our excellent judges each year. Remember that in order to enter students in this contest your NFMC/AFMC membership must be up to date. The deadline for entry is near, and there is only one change of which you need to be aware. Instead of submitting your entries to me, we will all be submitting them to a portal on the national web site.

Note that the state deadline for receipt of entries is January 15, 2019. The total entry fee is $18.00. (National fee is $5.00, State fee is $13.00, and the optional Gold Cup fee is $6.00.)

These fees will be payable by credit card when you complete your online registration.

New this year is the requirement that all submissions be made online at www.nfmc-music.org/applicant-file-upload. Be prepared to submit the signed application form, composition score, and MP3 recording of the composition. Details are below:

APPLICATION: can be found at https://www.nfmc-music.org/competitionscategory/junior-composers-awards/. You may download the form, directly type in your information, save to your computer, print, obtain all the signatures, and then scan as a PDF.

COMPOSITION SCORE: may be produced and notated via a notation software program or hand notated. The title, composer’s name, age as of March 1, 2019, and Jr. Class must appear in the upper right hand corner of each page. The score must be converted or scanned to PDF and submitted in that format.

RECORDING: The composition must be digitally recorded in MP3 format only. Label the recording with the title, composer’s name, age as of March 1, 2019 and Jr. Class.

Classifications are grouped by ages (by March 1, 2019):

Jr. Class I – ages 9 and below
Jr. Class II – ages 10 – 12
Jr. Class III – ages 13 – 15
Jr. Class IV – ages 16 – 18

To review all the Rules, download the JR 7-1 form here:
https://www.nfmc-music.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/JR-7-1.pdf

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or e-mail.

Musically yours,
Linda Kennedy
7 Pinecrest Lane
Maumelle, AR 72113
(501) 851-7127
Text: (501) 920-8737
PianoLK@aol.com