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The Lotte Lehmann Foundation and ASCAP announce the launch of the 2009 ASCAP / Lotte Lehmann Foundation Song Cycle Competition. The competition was founded in 2005 by the Lehmann Foundation, which invited the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) to co-present and to help bring the competition to the attention of as many composers as possible.


  • Previous winners in all categories are ineligible.
  • Applicants must be citizens, permanent residents of the United States, or enrolled students with student visas, who have not reached their thirtieth (30th) birthday by January 1, 2010.
  • Only one original art song with English text, per composer may be submitted.
  • Arrangements of pre-existing music are ineligible.
  • All scores and recordings remain the property of the composer.
  • So that materials may be properly returned, please enclose a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage (SASE).
  • Permission to set the text MUST be inlcuded to be eligible.
  • All materials must be postmarked no later than September 15, 2009.
All Applications Must Include:

  • Completed and signed application form.
  • The reproduction of one (1) manuscript / score.
  • If a text protected by copyright has been used, written permission from the literary publisher must be included. If the text is not published, a letter from the author or author's representative granting permission to the composer must be enclosed.
  • A printed copy of the English text.
  • A brief biography/CV of the composer, not to exceed 200 words.
  • A compact disc/cassette recording of a live performance of the work submitted. (MIDI realizations will not be accepted). The recording must be clearly marked with the composer's name, title of the composition, identification of the performers, and properly cued. Multimovement works should include track numbers for different movements. Compact discs must be playable on a standard CD player.

The Lotte Lehmann Foundation & ASCAP will award commissions to compose new works to the prise-winning composers.
  • First Prize: ($3500) commission to compose a Song Cycle for voice and piano, to be published by E.C. Schirmer, and performed in three major American cities.
  • Second Prize:($1000)commission to compose an art song for voice and piano.
  • Third Prize ($500) commission to compose an art song for voice and piano.
  • Fourth Prize: ($500) commission to compose an art song for voice and piano on poetry by Andr´┐Że Brunin, with a world premiere of the newly commissioned song slated for the 2010 "Albert Roussel International Festival" in France.
With approval of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, composers will select the English language text for the commission. If a protected text is selected, the composer will assume the obligation of acquiring all necessary rights and permissions required to fulfill the commission. After the Lotte Lehmann Foundation approves the text, and receives permission documentation, the commission agreement will be executed, and the first half of the commission fee will be awarded. Upon timely submission and acceptance of the completed work, The Lotte Lehmann Foundation will pay the second and final payment of the commission fee. The Lotte Lehmann Foundation will support costs to prepare the materials for performance.

All rights to the commissioned work will remain with the composer, save for the customary credit acknowledging the prize. E.C. Schirmer Publishing has agreed to publish and new-issue to retailers the first prize commissioned work, if the composer is not already udner contract to a publisher. The Joy in Singing Foundation and the Phoenix Concerts in New York and two other national presenters have peldged to perform the first prize commission within two years of completion. The Lotte Lehmann Foundation will bring all the prize-winning commissions, and works earning Honorable Mention in the competition, to the attention of notable members of the cocnert music community interested in song.

The Lotte Lehmann Foundation reserves the right not to award a prize, if no winner is selected by the panel of adjudicators.