Florida Federation of Music Clubs
 

FFMC Junior Composer's Contest

2018 ENTRY DEADLINE
15 November 2017

Please contact State Chairman for details:

Sherry Pollock
2217 Merritt Park Drive
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 802-7052

Send email with entry* to
 sherrilynnepollock@gmail.com

Carefully review rules for application process.  (Download)

* Signed application with fee(s) need to be submitted no later than November 15, 2017.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND via CERTIFIED MAIL OR REGISTERED MAIL.

See National Federation of Music Clubs poster: click here.

Visit NFMC Junior Composers Page: click here

Additional information: Junior Procedures Manual


Through this contest, sponsored by the Florida Federation of Music Clubs, Inc., junior composers through the age of
18 have the opportunity to express their musical creativity by writing their own compositions. Any medium is accepted (keyboard, voice, other instruments or any combination thereof).

Judges take into account both content and musicianship when judging. They give equal consideration to handwritten manuscripts and computer-generated manuscripts.  The abilities of the entrants for the age bracket in which they are entered are taken into account. Refer to FFMC Form JR 7-3 for Judge's Rating Sheet for FFMC Contest. Students will receive valuable feedback.

Juniors may enter only one composition in their State Junior Composer's Contest.   If you are a first or second place winner at the state level, your composition will be forwarded to the Southeast Regional Chairman for the next level of competition by March 1 on your behalf. Winners at that level are then forwarded by April 1 to the National Federation of Music Clubs for final adjudication.

First-place FFMC composition contest winners will receive a trophy and second-place winners will receive a ribbon by mail from the FFMC Junior Composition Chair unless other arrangements are made. NOTE: National first place winners in any class may not win in that class again.

Age classifications:
Junior I ages 9 and under
Junior II ages 10-12
Junior III ages 13-15
Junior IV ages 16-18
FFMC Awards for Winners - (MUST MEET STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE):
Junior I First Place $100.00 and a trophy
Second Place $50.00 and a ribbon
Honorable Mention Ribbon
Junior II First Place $200.00 and a trophy
Second Place $150.00 and a ribbon
Honorable Mention Ribbon
Junior III First Place $400.00 and a trophy
Second Place $250.00 and a ribbon
Honorable Mention Ribbon
Junior IV First Place $500.00 and a trophy
Second Place $350.00 and a ribbon
Honorable Mention Ribbon


Entrants may choose to enter the optional NFMC Federation Cup Program and, for a nominal fee, earn points toward a Federation Gold Cup. As with events entered at your district festival, each rating generates a number of points which earn gradually larger gold cups at increments of 15 points. A Superior for a Composition written for two or more instruments earns 8 points. A student who enters and does well every year can possibly earn a Grand Cup (75 points) by Grade 12. The cup fee must be paid with the entry fee at the time of the application. Questions? Contact Lisa Moore, FFMC Federation Cup Awards Chair: email

Score Rating Points
90-100 Superior (two or more instruments) 8
90-100 Superior (single instrument/voice) 7
80-89 Excellent 6
70-79 Satisfactory 5
60-69 Fair 3
59 or less Needs Improvement 1

STUDENT CAN EARN POINTS TOWARD THE NFMC FEDERATION CUP:

  1. Cup fee must be paid at the time of application. Due by November 15.
    For example: $25 + $5 = $30, payable to FFMC, Inc. (Mail all fees to state chair.)

  2. Federation Cup Report form must be included with application. Download: click here.
    Form must be typed. No hand-written cup forms will be accepted.

  3. If student is a transfer, please include a transfer form JR 3-1 to show previous teacher and their point record.

  4. After notification of score/rating from Composition Chair, teacher shall send two copies of Federation Cup Report to local district federation cup chair. (Cups are shipped with the bulk order to the local cup chair for pick-up.)

ELIGIBILITY: Entrant must be either a member of an active FFMC Junior Club or an Individual Junior Member and may enter only one composition in their state Junior Composers Contest. Include Form ME 1-1 with application materials submitted to state composition chair and membership fees for $13.00 annual dues, payable to FFMC, Inc.

Note: National first place winners in any class may not win in that class again. For additional information about the NFMC contest, please visit NFMC webpage: NFMC Junior Composers Award.

A valid Social Security # is now required of all entrants. This is an IRS requirement for any winning entry.


Juniors and teachers, when submitting your 2018 FFMC entry, please observe rules below:
1) Completed NFMC Application Form must be signed by student, parent, and teacher.
2) Entries for all Classes (I, II, III and IV) must be sent as a pdf, produced and notated via a notation software program or hand notated, scanned and emailed to the state chairman. Place the title, composer's name, age and class in the upper left corner of each sheet of the composition. Credit of verse in vocal compositions should be in the upper left hand corner. Save the manuscript as a (pdf) document.
3) Digital recordings in MP3 format only are required for ALL compositions and should be clearly marked with title, composer's name, age, and class.   (I, II, III, or IV)
4) Email score, copy of application and recording to State Chairman.  Deadline November 15.
5) Entry fee (minimum $25) should be made payable to FFMC, Inc. 
6) Mail completed NFMC Application Form with fees (see below) to State Chairman by deadline.
7) No refund, no items will be returned.
8) Keep a copy of your work in case your composition is lost in the mail.
9) Include the Federation Cup Form with cup fee* if participating. (Rating/points to be completed after judging.)
NFMC Contest Fee $5.00
State Fee $20.00
Optional Federation Cup Fee*
Individual Junior Dues ($13.00)
if not a member of a FFMC Junior Club
Total

* Note: To earn points toward the NFMC Federation Cup, cup fee must be paid and included with application.
Cup will be shipped to local distribution center. Contact your local federation cup chair for details. (Locate on district map for list.)

$5.00 composition for single instrument (or voice)

$5.50 composition for more than one instrument


See the NFMC Junior Composers Award page for further information.

2018 FFMC forms:

To enter the composition contest, download the Junior Composer's Contest entry form JR 7-2 and follow the instructions. State deadline is November 15. Contact the state chairman directly for assistance.

To obtain a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader, visit the Adobe web site to download. Clicking on the following logo:

 


2017 FFMC COMPOSITION WINNERS

Junior IV (ages 16-18)

First Place Winner:   $500.00 and a trophy

1st Place: Jack Wolfe

Second Place:  $350.00 and a ribbon

2nd Place: No Award Given

 

Junior III (ages 13-15)

First Place Winner:  $400.00 and a trophy

1st Place: Albert Wang

Second Place: $250.00 and a ribbon

2nd Place: Michael Conti

 

Junior II (ages 10-12)

First Place Winner  $200.00 and a trophy

1st Place: Loren Blumenfield

Second Place: $150.00 and a ribbon

2nd Place: Marcos Membreno

 

Junior I (ages 9 and under)

First Place Winner  $100.00 and a trophy

1st Place: Kelly Wilson

Second Place: $50.00 and a ribbon

2nd Place: No Award Given




NOTE to First and Second Place winners:

Materials will be forwarded to the Southeast Regional Chairman for the next level of competition. Good luck!
 

COMPOSITION WINNERS LISTS:

2017 Winners

2016 Winners


(Updated: Tuesday, October 24, 2017)