The Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition

Instructions and submission information for this prize are as follows:

Current prize amount:



Nominations for the 2018 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition will be accepted through February 1, 2018.


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. Former or present members of the Northwestern University faculty and employees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are not eligible for this prize. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

The person receiving the award must be available for a three-to-four-week residency at Northwestern University (the weeks may be non-consecutive) and able to interact with faculty and students.

Required Materials:

  • 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.
  • 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 February 1, 2018. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Submit Nomination Materials to: 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

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