PRIZE: $5,000 commissioning prize to compose a new work for the 67-member Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (“SJO”).

PURPOSE:  To commission a new orchestral score for the SJO, blending the worlds of jazz & classical music – and beyond.

The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the SJO in 2020/21 and entered into the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions.

Created in 2002, the 67-member SJO is dedicated to blending the worlds of jazz and classical music through its commissioning, performing and educational programs. Led by Music Director, Mitch Glickman, the ensemble has performed throughout Southern California with such leading guest artists as Dave Grusin, Christian McBride, Raul Midon,  Lee Ritenour, Ernie Watts, The Yellowjackets, Miguel Zenon, and our former Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke. The ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund.

The composer agrees to assign the rental administration of commissioned work (the “Composition”) to Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Music (the “Administrator”), the publishing designee of the SJO.  Administrator will print all orchestra parts and scores. The composer will retain the copyright of the commissioned work.


All direct composer members of ASCAP. No age or geographic restrictions.


Postmark no later than August 31, 2019.


  • Completed application form (Online Submission Is Preferred).
  • One entry per composer.
  • Representative score of ONE original instrumental work written since 2011. Ideally, this work is scored for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, or large ensemble that integrates elements of jazz or other related genres.
  • Please submit bound score (copy, not original manuscript). Unbound scores will NOT be accepted.
  • Optional CD recording of the work may be submitted or an electronic realization with your submission.
  • Digital audio submission (mp3 file) can be made by sending an email to with the attachment. Please include your name and the name of the piece.
  • Composer Biography and list of works must be included with the bound score.
  • All scores and CDs shall remain the property of the composer. If you wish materials to be returned, the entry must be accompanied by a Self-Addressed Envelope (Mailer) with sufficient return postage (SASE).
  • Please note that Post Office rules REQUIRE a POSTAGE METER STAMP for returning all packets weighing over 13 ounces. Regular postage stamps will not be accepted.
  • Proper care will be taken to protect all music materials submitted, but each applicant releases all persons connected with the SJO (including the members of the Screening Panel and Selection Committee) and The ASCAP Foundation from any claims resulting from possible loss and/or destruction of works/CDs/materials submitted.
PO Box 1421
Culver City CA 90232

Composers will be notified by Oct. 31, 2019


Members of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s Music Advisory Board.


Administrator shall have the exclusive rights to include the Composition into its catalog of commissioned works and to rent print versions of the Composition to other ensembles.

Administrator shall have perpetual worldwide right to perform, record, administer and exploit the Composition and to execute jointly along with the composer’s publisher, and with the express permission of composer’s publisher, any and all licenses and agreements whatsoever affecting or respecting the Composition solely with regard to the public performance and rental of print versions of the Composition.  The composer acknowledges and agrees that Administrator shall be named “co-publisher” of Composition as administrator of 50% of the publishing share with the appropriate performing rights society and shall be entitled to and shall receive and directly collect 50% of the publisher’s share from ASCAP.

ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize Entry Form

Music Advisory Board

Music Advisory Board

Billy Childs

John Clayton

Joseph Conlan

Rashid Duke

Peter Erskine

Mitch Glickman

Ruth Cameron Haden

Eddie Karam

Christian McBride

Bob Mintzer

Ernie Watts


ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize

PO Box 1421

Culver City, CA 90232  USA