Nominations

The Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Northwestern University invites nominations for the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, which will be awarded during the 2019-2020 academic year. The Prize includes payment to the recipient of $100,000.

Criteria

The Michael Ludwig Nemmers in Music Composition will be awarded to a classical music composer who shows the highest level achievement in a body of work and a unique creativity. Composers must be nominated, preferably by recognized authorities in the field of classical music, such as prominent artists, critics, scholars, or administrators, via a letter to the Selection Committee. Should the winner not have an orchestral composition, appropriate chamber groups from the Symphony will be utilized. The winner must be available for a two- to three-week residency at Northwestern University (the weeks may be non-consecutive) and able to interact with faculty and students. A cash allowance will be provided to the winner to cover expenses connected with the residency.

  • The Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize is for outstanding career achievement rather than a specific work.
  • The Prize is international in focus and therefore open to any classical composer without regard to citizenship or institutional affiliation.
  • Only living composers may be nominated.
  • The person receiving the award must be available for a two- to three-week residency at Northwestern University (the weeks may be non-consecutive) and able to interact with faculty and students.
  • Former or present members of the Northwestern University faculty and employees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are ineligible for this prize.

Deadline

Nominations for the 2018 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition will be accepted through January 31, 2020.

 

Nomination Process

  • Nominations should preferably come from recognized experts in the field of classical music.
  • Nominations should be made via a typewritten letter of no more than two pages and should describe the nominee's accomplishments and qualifications. The letter may include such areas as ways the nominee has distinguished him or herself; recognition the nominee has enjoyed; ways in which the nominee has influenced composition.
  • The nominee’s resume is welcome but not required.
  • Scores and tapes will not be accepted. Those that are sent will not be returned.
  • The names of the nominators will not be made public; however each nominator must list their name and contact information on their letters of nomination. Anonymous nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominators may nominate any number of candidates.
  • Nominations must be received by January 31, 2020. Late nominations will not be accepted.

  

Submit Nomination Materials to

nemmersmusic@northwestern.edu or via postal mail to:

Secretary to the Selection Committee
Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition
Office of the Dean
Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music Northwestern University
70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60208

Questions?

Please email nemmersmusic@northwestern.edu

For full information on the prize and its requirements, visit www.music.northwestern.edu/nemmers.