ASMAC 2015 Big Band Arranging Competition

Ok, for you young arrangers, here are details on an arranging competition that you will want to be aware of. Unfortunately, you have to be 30 years of age or under to participate, which rules out most of us, but I wanted to put this out there nevertheless.

If you are 30 and under and have some big band charts you would like to get heard, take note.

The American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) is pleased to announce its 2015 ASMAC Pete Rugolo BIG BAND Arranging and Composing Competition.

The esteemed panel of judges includes: Emmy-nominated orchestrator Brad Dechter, Grammy-winning arranger Nan Schwartz, legendary arranger and band leader Bill Holman, big band leader and Grammy-winning composer Gordon Goodwin, big band leader and composer Kim Richmond, and Emmy-nominated orchestrator Chris Guardino. Bandleader and arranger Elliot Deutsch is the Chairman of the Competition.

The committee is looking for the world’s most promising young arrangers and composers of jazz orchestra music. Submissions are due November 1, 2015 and must be written for a standard big band instrumentation and under 10 minutes in length. The competition is free to enter, but entrants must be under 30 on November 1, 2015 and be current student member of ASMAC. [Join on line at, if you are not yet a member!] The prizes are: $1,000 first place; $300 second place; and $200 third place.

All winning submissions will be read by the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra and the awards will be presented at the ASMAC Holiday Brunch in December at Catalina’s Jazz Club in Hollywood. For more information, email Elliot Deutsch (ASMAC Board of Directors) at

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