Goal: Conceived as a response to the difficult times recently facing our world, and choral art in particular, the Genesis Prize is a new initiative of the ACDA Composition Initiatives Standing Committee. The prize seeks to stimulate art emerging from crisis by funding both poets and composers to create new choral works that speak to our time with voices of comfort, hope, peace, and justice.
Prizes: Two prizes will be awarded to composer/poet partners. Each pair will receive:
- $2,500 for composer and $500 for a collaborating poet of the composer’s choice to collaborate on a new choral work.
- Winning poets will be offered (if desired) input from the poet Charles Anthony Silvestri on the art of collaborating with composers and writing lyric poetry for choirs.
- ACDA will promote the winning works through available means in the future, including possible online and/or live readings or performances.
Details for Proposed New Collaborative Work:
- Open to ACDA member composers. (Membership not required for poets).
- May be any difficulty, and any choral voicing (SATB, SSAA, TTBB, Children/Youth, etc.). Proposals from across the spectrum of choruses within ACDA are encouraged.
- Suggested length 3-5 minutes; a cappella or any accompaniment are acceptable.
- Composers looking for new collaborative poets are encouraged to contact poetry/literary organizations or local college/university English/Literature departments.
- Neither text nor music may be performed or published yet, and neither may be commissioned or funded by any other source except the Genesis Prize.
- Preference will be given to proposed works which provide expressions of response (specific or broad) to any of our current crises, including (but not limited to) themes of memorial, lament, comfort, peace, justice, encouragement, hope, or finding joy.
- Composer and poet retain all copyright/ownership of works funded by the Genesis Prize.
Application: Email the following materials to [email protected] by August 15, 2020. Please provide all materials (for both composer and poet) in PDF format, in one email.
- Current biographies for both composer and poet.
- Two contrasting choral scores by the composer in any voicing or style (required); you may also (optionally) provide online links to recordings if available (download or streaming, audio or video). No MIDI playback, please.
- Two contrasting poems by the poet; may be lyrics or standalone poetry.
- Description of the proposed new collaborative work, including voicing, instrumentation, goals, and how it would speak to our time in content/themes and experience for musicians and audience.
- Scan of a signed statement from both the composer and poet that includes the following two statements: 1. “If selected as a recipient of the ACDA Genesis Prize, we both agree to create this new artistic work as a joint commission from the American Choral Directors Association.” 2. “Neither the music nor poetry of this proposed new work is yet performed or published, and neither is being funded by any other source.”
- Applications Due: August 15, 2020.
- Winners Announced: September 15, 2020.
- Payment of First Half of the Commission Fees: by October 15, 2020.
- New Works finished, with scores/parts emailed to [email protected] : by January 15, 2021.
- Assuming prompt delivery of the scores, the remainder of the commission fee will be paid by Feb 15, 2021.
- Future promotion and performance efforts will be determined in consideration with the evolving health and safety precautions for singing; the January 15 deadline for the new works hopefully allows choirs to prepare the new works for reading or performance at the national conference.