Application Process & Rules

Application Process

There is no entry fee. There are two parts to a submission for this prize.




  • Describe the idea or concept of the work to be composed.
  • Provide the approximate duration of the work.
  • Provide the proposed instrumentation.

Examples of Work

  • Submit scores with recordings of up to 30 minutes of music previously composed by them for any medium.
  • The first five minutes of the recording should be excerpts of the composer's most representative work.
  • The excerpted portions must be clearly marked in the scores.
  • The scores and recordings may be either published or unpublished, although all should be clearly marked with the title, date of composition, and composer's name.
  • Recordings must be either on CD or MP3 files.
  • Scores should be marked to indicate those portions included on the accompanying recording.
  • Program notes may be included.
  • Accompanying the submission will be a brief biography of the composer including academic training and employment as well as a list of works composed with dates of their first performances.

Please use the online application form to begin the process. If you would instead would like to send a printed application it should be sent to:

The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Award
c/o The Department of Music University of Connecticut
1295 Storrs Road, U-1012
Storrs, CT 06269

The Selection Process

A panel of advisors will make a preliminary evaluation of the submitted proposals and will submit a limited number of proposals (Finalists) to the jurors. Finalists may be asked to provide additional copies of their application for the judging panel. A distinguished panel of composers and performers will select the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize winner. The entrants will be notified of the winner on or about August 15th.

The Final Submission

The winning composer will then submit the score and parts by August 15 of the following year. The premiere of the work will take place in March the following semester.

Restrictions and Miscellaneous Notes

  • Composers of any nationality are welcome to enter.
  • There are no restrictions of any kind as to musical style or compositional approach.
  • Any individual is limited to one proposal.
  • The decision of the adjudicators is final and binding. At its discretion the final adjudication panel may decide not to award the prize for this year.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • By entering the composition entrants agree to abide by all rules and regulations of the competition and agree to appear at the performances of the work at Storrs and Stamford , Connecticut if requested to do so . Reasonable travel expenses will be borne by the University of Connecticut for these appearances.
  • The composer will retain all copyright and publication rights to the winning composition. On the first page of any score submitted for publication the following statement will appear prominently: Winner of the 2XXX/2XXX University of Connecticut––Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize.
  • Materials will be returned upon request. All precautions will be taken to ensure those manuscripts and CDs are returned safely. The University of Connecticut cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage in transit. A self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included for return.