Composition Competition

How to enter the Composition Competition?

School students of all ages are invited to compose a melody and enter it in the International Jazz Day 2019 Composition Competition. All entries will be considered by an expert panel and the winning entry will be selected by Herbie Hancock.

James Morrison playing pianoA big band arrangement of the winning entry will be made available to schools and will also become the theme of International Jazz Day 2019. The winning composer will be invited to come to Sydney for the Global Concert on 30 April 2019.

James Morrison provides helpful advice about how to compose a great melody, and more information about the competition, in the learning modules that have been created to support student participation in this competition. NB. whilst these modules have been created for teachers, they are also very accessible and useful for students to watch.

Enter here

Important things to note:

  • This competition is open to all school-aged students - Kindergarten to Year 12.
  • Students are asked to create a melody only - no lyrics, no harmony.
  • There is no set length for these melodies.
  • Watch James's learning modules to hear more about what is required.
  • Students can submit entries in a number of ways (up to 10mb):
    • PDF of hand written or computer generated manuscript.
    • Photograph of hand written or computer generated manuscript.
    • mp3 or M4A of a sung, played or computer generated melody.
  • A virtual excursion with James Morrison to support student participation in this competition will be broadcast on Monday 12 November 2018.
    • An opportunity for students to submit questions and melodies for James's consideration will be provided in advance.
    • More information at DART
  • Judging of entries will be the sole responsibility of the James Morrison Academy of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
  • The winner will be advised in January 2019.
  • There is no capacity to provide feedback on entries.
  • All entries will be only be used for the purpose of this competition.
  • Entries close: Friday 7 December 2018.