I just stumbled across a competition calling for big band arrangers to arrange a chart based on Dave Brubeck’s music. The competition is part of the 2013 Detroit jazz festival, and pays out $1000, including a performance at the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival. You must be 35 or younger to submit a chart.
A panel of judges including Chris Brubeck (son of Dave Brubeck), Chris Collins (DJF Artistic Director), and Detroit Professional Arrangers will select finalists based on: Artistic excellence; creativity; technique; integration of soloists, improvisational elements, and ensemble elements; originality; and stylistic continuity.
Grand Prize: Winner will be awarded $1000; their winning arrangement will be performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival by Detroit All-Star Big Band.
Runners-Up: Two finalists will be awarded $500 each; recognition on our website and from the stage at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Applications must be submitted along with original score here, or burn a PDF of your score onto CD-R and mail to Detroit Jazz Festival, Attn. Arranging Competition, 19900 Harper Avenue, Harper Woods, MI 48225. All applications must be received by July 1, 2013.