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To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), we, with the generous support of JW Pepper, are calling for compositions from students around the world. Compositions are to respond to the idea/topic “Music and ME”. Compositions of any length (minimum 2 minutes long) and in any genre are welcome.


Winners in each category will have the opportunity to have their composition performed at the 36th ISME World Conference that will take place in Helsinki in July/August 2024. A prize (to the value of US$500) will be offered in each category. Selected winners will be featured at the opening ceremony of the ISME conference in Helsinki.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
  • 10 years and under
  • 11 - 18 years
  • 19 - 30 years
  • President's Choice

Assessment Criteria

Compositions will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Technical control (effective control of musical elements and form and use of instruments/voices)
  • Musical effectiveness (eg. expressiveness, flow, communication of ideas, clarity)
  • Creativity (individuality, surprise, boldness, innovation or usefulness)
  • Presentation (effective and appealing written communication or audio finesse)

Due Date

Please send in your compositions by the 15th December 2023


Winners will be announced by the 1st February 2024

Apply Here

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