THE UNIVERSAL MARIMBA COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2024

The Universal Marimba Competition Belgium (UMCB), under the High Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Paola, is acclaimed as one of the most prestigious Competitions in the World since its foundation. The winning laureates are all launched to embark their International career. The new Composition division (UCCB) focus from 2015 to support the career development of composers and to promote new creative contemporary and classic repertoire for marimba & percussion through its own musical activities, contacts with International organizations, concert- and recording productions and publishing facilities. This International praised Competition is a unique event and is important for the promotion of composers and marimba performers worldwide.The next edition of the biennial UCCB will take place in 2024. 

  • Composition category: Marimba Solo, Marimba Duo, Marimba Chamber music, Marimba Ensemble and Marimba Concerto.
  • Notice: only winning compositions for Marimba Solo and Duo can be handled and considered as repertoire pieces of  the Universal Marimba Competition's future editions.  
  • Jury committee will include distinguished marimba virtuosi and composersDr. Ludwig Albert BE, Ru Wen (CN), Igor Lesnik (HR); Filippo Lattanzi (IT), Rodrigo F. Marques - composer in residence (PT) and representatives of the Belgian composers society.  
  • Winning compositions will also be introduced for performances at international percussion and marimba festivals. 
  • The winning laureates will receive by post the winning laureate diploma's and offered Prizes. 
  • Winning Compositions will be offered an International Publishing contract by Splendid Arts Edition BE. 

PRIZE AWARDS 

1st Prize Laureate Composition

-will be announced and international promoted as the 1st Prize Composition Laureate of the UCCB 2024
-will be published with offered publishing contract by Splendid Arts Edition. 
-will be worldwide distributed and promoted by Splendid Arts edition. 
-will be added as repertory and/or obligatory piece of the universal Marimba Competition 2024.
-will be added in the repertory list of the UMCB future editions.
-will receive the 1st Prize Diploma.
-will receive 200 Euro. 


2nd Prize Laureate Composition

-will be announced and international promoted as the 2nd Prize Composition Laureate of the UCCB 2024.
-will be published with offered publishing contract by Splendid Arts Edition. 
-will be worldwide distributed and promoted by Splendid Arts Edition. 
-will be added in the repertory list of the UMCB future editions.
-will receive the 2nd Prize Diploma.
-will receive 150 Euro 


3rd Prize Laureate Composition

-will be announced and international promoted as the 3rd Prize Composition Laureate of the UCCB 2024.
-will be published with offered publishing contract by Splendid Arts Edition. 
-will be worldwide distributed and promoted by Splendid Arts Edition. 
-will be added in the repertory list of the UMCB future editions.
-will receive the 3rd Prize Diploma
-will receive 100 Euro 


Extra Prizes 
It can appear that publishing is offered to non-winning compositions as well.
In that case the composers will be contacted by the organization after the Competition 2024. . 

 

PRELIMINARY RULES & REGULATIONS
 
- Maximum one work of each category: Marimba Solo, Duo, Chamber Music, Ensemble and Concerto can enter the competition.     
- The competitor can participate in one or more disciplines with maximum one work for each discipline: 
 
- The duration: 
Solo: minimum 7 minutes / maximum 12 minutes
Duo:  minimum 7 minutes / maximum 12 minutes 
Chamber music: minimum 7 minutes / maximum 12 minutes 
Ensemble: minimum 7 minutes / maximum 12 minutes 
Concerto: minimum 15 minutes / maximum 25 minutes 
- It is allowed to add extra tape!
- Scores has to be delivered electronically before September 1st, 2024 
- The works are composed for 5 octaves ranged marimbas performed with 2 to 4 mallets
   for each player.
- Works which are awarded a prize in any other competitions, or have been published and
   performed before or are scheduled to be published in the near future cannot enter the
   competition.
- The competitor agree that the winning compositions will be worldwide promoted and published by Splendid Arts Edition (unless the composer is already contracted with a publish company). Splendid Arts Edition offers a contract against the best offered conditions mattering selling Royalties and rights, printing quality, lay-out and international promotion.
- *If the competitor is bound exclusively to another publisher, he/she shall be responsible for obtaining an exemption (clearance) to participate the competition with this work and to agree to inform clearly the official title of the Universal Marimba Competition Belgium  and the obtained Prize on further publishing's. 
- It can appear that publishing is offered to non-winning compositions as well. In that case the composers will be contacted by the organization after the competition 2024 . 
- The music score has to be finalized ( Sibelius, Encore or Finale sheet music...) for publication review.
Handwritten manuscripts are not accepted.
- Only the title, the year and date of the composition and the duration of the work may be included in the score. The composer's name may not appear in/on the score so that the selection committee can judge the scores anonymously. The organization will handle to identify a registration number on the received scores.
- The composer's name, his/her correspondence address, and the title of the work must be clearly written in the application form.
- After the application the competitor will receive a registration number to be used for all communication and identification.
- The competitor will deliver electronically all materials before September 1st, 2024.
  • A) a biography of the composer (in English, max 150 words)
  • B) a commentary on the work(s) (in English, max 100 words)  
  • C) finalized score(s)
  • D) the audio MIDI file of the work(s)
  • E) a signed declaration dated by the composer stating that the work(s) were not awarded before with a winning Competition Prize and that the works have not been published. 
  • F) a signed declaration stating that the composer is interested and agrees to have his composition published by Splendid Arts Edition and/or if the composer is already contracted with a publish company. 

- Further and future performances during the Universal Marimba Competition & Festival may not result in charges such as rental fees.
- All entered works will be deleted. Only the selected winning compositions will be kept in the library of the UCCB and Internationally promoted.
- The participation fee is non-refundable.
- All entering compositions will be judged and selected for the UCCB Prizes by an International selected jury committee.
- The jury reserves the right not to award a prize by non-appearing required level and its decisions are final.
- By entering his/her work, the competitor indicates his/her acceptance of the conditions and the decisions of the selection committee on the entry forms.
- Works by composers who do not submit to the requirements above will be disqualified.

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