With the continuing success of its Commissioning Prize competition honoring former Symphonic Jazz Orchestra (SJO) Co-Music Director and ASCAP board member, George Duke, the SJO is proud to announce its 7th annual ASCAP Foundation/Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize competition to mark what would have been George Duke’s 75th birthday. The $5,000 prize is open to all direct ASCAP composer members, with a submission deadline of Aug. 16th. The Music Advisory Board of the SJO will select the winning composer, who will be commissioned to write a new orchestral score for the SJO, blending jazz & classical music – and beyond. The newly commissioned work will be premiered by the SJO in 2022/23 and entered into the SJO’s catalog of symphonic jazz commissions. Past winners of the ASCAP Foundation Symphonic Jazz Orchestra Commissioning Prize include Scott Routenberg, G. Patrick Gandy, Remy Le Boeuf, and Jihye Lee.