Once received, submissions are first registered and screened by our staff for eligibility and completeness.
Submissions are then pre-screened by a small team of staff and Jury members to evaluate their fit and relevancy to Prize themes. Those submissions that clear the pre-screening process are then delivered as qualified submissions to the AMP Jury for Jewish Music for their evaluation.
The Jury reviews and grade the qualified submissions using the following three main criteria: Artistic Merit, Technical Merit and Thematic Fit. These criteria are weighted based on their level of importance to arrive at a score out of 100 for each evaluated submission.
Artistic Merit (60 points)
This is the most important criteria the Jury applies in evaluating each submission. It is directly tied to the composer’s proven ability to write original concert music of high artistic merit.
The Jury will determine:
- the level of creativity displayed in the conceptual, formal/structural and musical ideas of each qualified submission;
- the ability of the submitted musical examples to sustain a listener’s attention over their entire length;
- the level of authenticity and distinctiveness displayed in the composer’s artistic voice;
- the composer’s ability to work successfully within the complex format of orchestral music (i.e. up to 60 musicians); and
- the composer’s capacity to generate high quality, original and professional musical material based on the 2022 AMP guidelines for instrumentation and duration.
Technical Merit (20 points)
The Jury will evaluate each qualified submission with the aim of identifying how well thought-out it is in regards to its use of rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, dynamics and orchestration. They will evaluate these elements especially in regard to how well they express or positively reinforce the composer’s purpose and intentions for the submitted work, and as they relate to the objectives of the Azrieli Music Prizes.
Thematic Fit (20 points)
The Jury will evaluate whether the qualified submission offers a topical and original fit to the objectives of the Azrieli Music Prizes based on the approved guidelines of what constitutes Jewish music.
The decisions of both AMP Juries are final and non-negotiable. There is no appeal process.