All composers with a permanent residence in a European country or individuals who are currently enrolled as full-time students at a European university or conservatory are invited to participate. The competition is restricted to composers at the age of 30 (born after November 14, 1989). Awardees of the competition in 2017 are suspended from a repeated participation.
The submitted piece must be an original composition that has not been recorded or published prior to the competition. Arrangements are not accepted. The premier performence is reserved for the JAZZ COMP GRAZ. The duration cannot exceed eight minutes, including all solo sections. The piece must be written exactly for the following instrumentation:
5 reeds 1 as/ss/fl 2 as/ss/fl 3 ts/cl 4 ts/cl/bcl 5 bs/bcl 5 trumpets/flugelhorn 3 trombones 1 bass trombone piano/e-piano upright bass or electric bass guitar drums opt. vocal
Any instrument can be used for improvised solos. The score and parts must be transposed. The whole piece must not have any leads to the composer’s identity.
Compositions that don‘t match the criteria will be disqualified from the competition.
All participating compositions will be recorded in the KUG studio during a reading session by the KUGJazzOrchester. The rough mixes and scores will then be sent to the members of the jury. The rough mixes will exlusively be used for the jury and not be sent to any of the applicants. If the composition is chosen to be part of the final concert on November 13, 2020 in Graz, the participant agrees to premier his/her composition at that concert and that the final concert will be recorded and published presumably in the first half of 2021 as part of the Klangdebüt series of the KUG.