2013 Barlow Prize GuidElines
The winning composer will receive a $15,000 commission from the Barlow Endowment to compose a major new work for wind ensemble—a group of 40-45 players that make up the standard instrumentation for that group. A national performing consortium of three prominent bands and wind ensembles will premiere the work in 2015: United States Marine Band (Washington D.C.—Col. Michael Colburn, Director); Brigham Young University Wind Symphony (Provo, Utah—Dr. Donald Peterson, Director); and a Florida State University Wind Orchestra (Tallahassee, Florida—Dr. Richard Clary).
The 12-15 minute work is expected to meet the highest artistic requirements for the medium. Additional specifications for the work will be negotiated among the Barlow Endowment, the composer, and the performing consortium. Half of the commission fee will be paid when the contract for the commission is signed, but no sooner than January 1, 2014, and the other half will be paid when the finished score is submitted to the Endowment.
There are no restrictions with regard to musical style, nationality, age, gender, race, religion, or political persuasion. The only limitations are: 1) composers who have won the Barlow Prize in the previous five years will not be considered; and 2) members of the Barlow Boards are not eligible.
2. APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Composers may apply for the Barlow Prize by filling out an application found on our here on our website. Anonymous submission is not necessary. Supporting materials should be sent by regular or express mail and must include a résumé of compositional activity and exactly two sample scores (hard copies). One of these compositions must be no more than five years old. At least one score must show a command of writing wind ensemble. The other may be any example that showcases the composer at his/her best. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. Scores with recordings are considered extremely helpful in the judging process. For ease of handling, judges urge composers to burn a single CD containing both submitted works, and to use multiple tracking for multi-movement works. Be certain the CD case lists detailed program and track information. The judging panel will not be able to review cassette tapes, MP3, DVD, video, midi, or DAT formats. FAQs
Applications must be received no later than June 1, 2013. This deadline is absolute--the Endowment is not obligated to respond to composer requests for any exception, and will not consider applications received after that date. We encourage contestants from outside the United States to mail their materials early to avoid problems caused by postal delays.FAQs
The Barlow Prize will be judged by the Barlow Endowment Board of Advisors and additional guest judges representing the interests and perspectives of the performers. The Barlow Endowment will notify the winner, participants, and friends of the Endowment of the results before August 31, 2013. If, in the opinion of the judging panel, no applicant merits the Barlow Prize, it shall not be awarded.