The 11th JFC
Composers Award Application Requirements
Co-creation with instrument players/
The 11th JFC Composers Award calls for the chamber music composed for specific instrument players/ performers. We will
provide the instruments playing art and method guidance to the Entrants. And we will accept the provisional score submission ahead to that of the final version. After the provisional
submission, we will provide the occasion where the Entrants could ask the questions to instrument players/ performer.
Normally, on the composition competition regulation, addition and correction on the scores are not accepted.
But in the actual stage, composers and performers would co-work to make the best performance till the last minute. So we will
admit addition and correction on the score with condition that the Jury would assist the repetitions/ rehearsals. And all the processwould be subject to screen.
This type of composer award might have never been held before. But ability to cope with them could be supposed to be one the
So we dare to raise the questions “This is what composer award should be”.
Entrants are accepted regardless of age or nationality.
NOT the previous JFC Competition winner.
2-1. One entry per Entrant is allowed.
2-2. The ever staged/premiered work is eligible.
But award-winningwork before the Final Concert is NOT
2-3.Duration: maximum 12 minutes.
2-4.The maximum number of instrument players is 6.
Regarding the instruments including switchable instruments and
the players, please refer to the list here below.
Besides to the instruments on the list, simple instruments (prepared/
provided by the Entrant),
voice and physical performance could be added. Physical performance
without instrument is also good.
But please make it sure that total maximum number of the performers on
the stage are 8.
They are 6 performers/players, conductor and the Entrant himself/ herself.
AmiOIKE : Violin , Viola
Masanori OISHI : Saxophone
(Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone)
Hideo KIKUCHI :Clarinet (Clarinet in E♭,B♭,A,andBass
Shinya HASHIMOTO : Tuba, Serpent
Kei YAMAZAWA : Cello
Gaku YAMADA : Classic guitar (nylon strings),
Acoustic guitar (steel strings),
Electric guitar (effector negotiable), Electric base
If conductor is required, Jury of the Composer Award, Motoharu
KAWASHIMA would play the part. And in case conductor is not required,
KAWASHIMA is also available for some other performance parts.
Regarding KAWASHIMA’s performance, please refer to YouTube.
With search term “Motoharu Kawashima’s performances”, you can find them.
regardless he would join the stage or not, KAWASHIMA would assist all the
rehearsals so that he could acknowledge the process and the range of
And the Entrant himself/ herself could participate with some other
instruments besidesto the 6
players. In that case, please specify his/ her
part on the score and his/ her performance history.
So maximum number of the performers is 8, including Conductor. Piano,
percussion, and some big instruments are NOT accepted. But only if the
Entrant himself/ herself could provide and transport them, they are
Electric devices are also available only if the Entrant could handle them and
he/she could provide and transport them all through the rehearsals and
3. Guidance for the instruments playing art and method &
3-1. JFC will upload the instruments playing art and method guidance movies by
April 2021 on JFC homepage.
Regarding details, please refer to JFC homepage. The purpose of releasing
this movie is to guarantee fairness among the Entrants. Hence it is NOT
obligation to watch them. And the fact of composing the music without
featuring any special playing method/ techniques of the instruments
displayed in the movies would NOT affect to the result of screening.
3-2.From 1st June till 30 November 2021,
one provisional submission per
Entrant is accepted. Even the works were not completed, or even mere
we will accept them. The Entrant could request comment and
from the Jury, KAWASHIMA. And the Entrant can put any
/ inquiries to the instrument players / performers. It would be
them and replied would be
sent back. In case required, we may urge the Entrant to make direct
correspondence with the players / performers.
3-3. If you made a provisional submission, you are basically and ideally
requested to proceed the final submission. Provisional submission is NOT
condition for the final submission.
3-4. Provisional submission is to be sent by E-mail with PDF file (maximum
Or you can send it directly link such as uploader.
In both case, subject should be “JFC Composers
Please send it to KAWASHIMA Motoharu, the Jury.
4. Musical score:
4-1. Scores should be properly written. Graphic notation and text notation are
also accepted. But in case required, playing method or/ and instruction is to
be clearly stated.
Although Co-creation with the players is the assumption of the
Composers Award, still objectivity on the musical score is highly
4-2. On the top cover of the score, title and composer’s name are to be written in
4-3. On the score, instruments are to be written. And serial page number is to be put
down on each page.
5.Application period, methods and application fee
5-1. Application period : From 1st to 23rd
Transmission or/ and postmarked date and time 23:59 (JST) effective.
5-2. Application method : Sending PDF file (maximum 10MB) by E
Or sending link of Uploader and others service by E-mail
5-3. Application form is to be downloaded from JFC home page. ⇒ Application form download
Fill out it with profile
And with music scores altogether (maximum
10MB) send it to JFC Email
5-4. Entry fee: 10,000 Japanese yen.
Method of payment : Bank transfer to the designates bank account by closing
Payee for Entry Fee
Beneficiary Bank : MUFG Bank,LTD
Swift code : BOTKJPJT
Branch : Yotsuya branch Address of the bank : 1-6-1, Yotsuya,Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan Type of account : checking account Account number : 051 - 4593730 Account holder's name : The Japan Federation of Composers Inc.
All bank charges must be paid by the applicant.
6-1. Entries are to be screened by Motoharu KAWASHIMA, jury commissioned by
JFC. The result is directly informed to all the applicants by
10th January 2022.
The nominated work titles and the applicants are announced on the
JFC homepage. 6-2. Nominated works are to be staged at Final Concert of the 11th JFC Composers
Award held in Assembly Hall, Muza Kawasaki, Kanagawa, on 31st
After the stage, Composer Award result is announced. Jury : Motoharu KAWASHIMA
JFC Composers Award (one piece) : JPY 200,000-
8. Process after the nomination
8-1.Upon the result of nomination, advices and
suggestions from the Jury and the
Players are sent to the Nominated Composers. Taking them into the account, the
Nominated Composers are to submit the scores and part scores (if required) for
actual performance by 4th February 2022 to JFC.
8-2. Rehearsal In March 2022, 4 rehearsals in total are scheduled. Venues for the first
2 rehearsals are not yet decided. And the last 2 rehearsals are planned to be held
in Muza Kawasaki on 29th and 30th March 2022.
If the Nominated Composer him/herself will take part in the stage, he/ she must
participate in the all the rehearsals. Even if the Composer him/ herself will NOT
take part in the stage, basically he / she is required to participate in the
rehearsals. In case he/ she could not physically assist it, he/ she is required to
monitor/ supervise them by any remote systems.
After the first 2 rehearsals which are scheduled in early March 2022, addition and
correction on the scores are allowed to the extent permitted by the Jury, and the
revised scores could be submitted.
And this is the last and final version of the scores. After here, any further addition
or correction is NOT permitted.
8-3. Please be strict about deadline for the score submission after being nominated.
If the score submission was made after the deadline, the nomination could
8-4. In this composer award, process of brushing up is seen as one of the composers'
quality and that could be subject to screening. But it dose not mean that you
should always revise it. In case the work does not require any of then, you may
submit untouched form the original version.
9-1. If there are any defects in the application form, data etc., the Entrant may be
9-2. Plagiarismis unacceptable and, if proved, may result in disqualification even after selection. With cited poems, lyrics and words, in case the
copyright was not
cleared, even after selection, the Entrants are disqualified.
9-3. The transportation fee and the accommodation fee of the Nominated
Composers to participate the rehearsal and/ or concert are the Nominated
9-4. Copyright fee is to be paid pursuant toJapanese
Society for Rights of Authors,
Composers and Publishers (JASRAC)regulation.