Call for Scores
DUE TO OTHER PRESSING PROJECTS, THE 360ᵒ JAZZ INITIATIVE WILL NOT HOST A SCORE SUBMISSION/COMPOSER COMPETITION FOR THE COMING SEASON. PLEASE CHECK BACK AGAIN FOR UPDATES – Stephen Anderson
360ᵒ Jazz Initiative invites composers of any age, nationality, race, or gender to submit new jazz works to be performed and/or recorded by the 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative Ensemble. Up to eight works will be selected to be performed on the competition winners annual concert. Selections will be based on the general creativity of the work, as well as how effectively scored/idiomatic the parts are for the jazz ensemble. The ensemble instrumentation includes:
- 1 Trumpet
- 1 Tenor Saxophone
- 1 Guitar
- 1 Piano
- 1 Bass
- 1 Drums
- 1 Percussion (vibes, marimba, congas, bongos, claves, etc.)
Composers may submit scores (or even lead sheets) that do not include all of the above instruments, however we may not be able to program submissions that require additional instrumentation.
Scores or lead sheets may be submitted through the form below. Please submit scores in a PDF format only (no Finale/Sibelius etc. files), and any audio files must be sent as links to sound files that are stored on another webpage where the audio can be accessed (i.e., Sound Cloud, YouTube, or a personal webpage etc.). Please do not email or try to upload the actual audio file as we do not have the capacity to store audio for all of the submissions by email or on our server.
Accepted scores or lead sheets will demonstrate an awareness of jazz scoring techniques (i.e., chord changes, space for improvisation, and melodies and grooves that are idiomatic to the art form etc.). The 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative is not seeking slightly jazzy classical works that are composed in an aesthetic that is more suited for a new music ensemble which has expertise in performing modern classical works. Please see the competition winner’s scores that are posted on the by the composers biographies and the scores for the 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative CD are posted at the homepage.