BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Now Accepting Applications

Posted in News on June 14, 2005
Applications are now being accepted for the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, a unique collaborative environment for professional jazz musicians. The Workshop, which focuses on composition for the large jazz ensemble, meets bi-weekly at the performing right organization's New York headquarters from September until June.

Fellowships in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop are awarded through a competitive process based on proven ability in composition, orchestration and arranging for large ensemble. The Workshop is open to emerging and established jazz professionals seeking the opportunity to develop and hone composition skills in a workshop environment drawing on the experience and creativity of fellow professionals.

Led by internationally-renowned composers Jim McNeely and Michael Abene, the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop is funded in full by BMI, so there is no cost to members. In addition, the Workshop's BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra regularly reads and performs new works created throughout the year, and awards the Manny Albam Commission of $3,000 to the best composition during the orchestra's annual summer concert at Merkin Hall.

Applications must be received by September 1, 2005 and should include (1) copies (no originals, please) of two scores, (2) a CD or tape cassette recording of those pieces, and (3) a completed application.