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4th Apex International Music Competition Information and Application Procedures

Updated: Mar 13

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Pioneer Arts and Humanities Association is excited to announce that 4th Apex International Music Competition (AIMC) is now open for application. As everything is gradually returning to normal, our competition is moving back to the original “Live audition + Live Concert” format. The contestants will still have the option to do virtual audition through YouTube Submission. Please review the details listed below for information on application, audition, concerts, and winner awards.

Introduction to Apex Competition

Fulfill Your Music Dream, Express the best of yourself.

Apex International Music Competition (AIMC) is organized by Pioneer Arts and Humanities Association, a Non-profit Organization to promote youth arts, music and humanities events in the United States. AIMC is also co-organized by Global Musicians and Arts Association, Alliance of Youth Leaders in the United States, American Xinglong International Media and American Descendants of Dragon Foundation. Our goal is to provide an international music platform for all nationalities who love music and want to demonstrate their talents to public.

AIMC is open for young musicians that perform piano, other instruments, voice, chorus, and composition.

Since it was founded on 2019, Pioneer Arts and Humanities Association with Global Musicians and Arts Associations has successfully hosted three competitions. Our 3rd AIMC was held early this year in three branches including North America, China, and Europe. More than 300 contestants attended the auditions and over 180 winners have performed in 5 winners’ concerts in Merkin Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall.

We are proud of our past achievement and are committed to provide more opportunities and awards to our future participants.

Competition Process and Requirements

1. Eligibility & Repertoire Requirements

Eligibility: Age 5-25 of all nationalities


Piano & Instrument:

One piece less than 10 minutes from the baroque, classical, romantic, modern, and contemporary musical eras.

Voice (Including Chorus):

One piece less than 6 minutes.


One piece less than 8 minutes

The competition is divided into 5 different age groups:

· Group Y: Age 5-7

· Group J: Age 8-11

· Group I: Age 12-14

· Group T: Age 15-18

· Group A: Age 18+

Contestants must perform their music pieces from memory.

The audition performances will be judged within their age group.

2. Application Please submit the completed application form through one of the following methods:

  • Download the 4th AIMC application form from our website. Complete and mail the form to our main office’s address.

  • Email the completed application form in DOC or PDF format to

  • Fill in the application form on our website ( - for individual application only.

Application fee is $90 for solo and $70 for each member of duets and group of 3 or more. Application fee shall be submitted along with the application form by either a check or Zelle. Application fee is non-refundable.

All application forms and checks shall be submitted to the main office of AIMC:

Global Musicians & Arts Association

168 US Highway 1, STE 101

Edison, NJ 08817

Submit your payment using Zelle to account (Name of the Account is Global Musicians & Arts Association)

Deadline for Application is February 19, 2023

3. Audition

Live Audition Location:

NJ Location:

3/25/2023 & 3/26/2023

Arts Building at Raritan Valley Community College,

118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg, NJ 08876

NY Location:

3/18/23 & 3/19/2023

Charles MacKay Studio at Opera America

330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Once we receive the application forms with payments from the applicants, we will email the audition schedule with specific details including the exact audition time to all the applicants at the email addresses provided in their application forms, no later than 7 days prior to the scheduled live audition time. Judge Evaluation Forms will also be attached to this email and the contestants must print, fill out and bring the evaluation forms to the live auditions.

Contestants who cannot attend live auditions, may provide a YouTube link to a video of their performance, and email the link to Please indicate recording on the application form. Video recording must be continuous and cannot be altered, edited, and rearranged. The email with the YouTube video link must be accompanied by the name of the performer and the title & composer of music piece. YouTube Recording is due on 03/26/2023.

*In-person live audition is recommended by Apex Judge Committee.

5. Winners’ Concert

Both the Live Audition and YouTube recordings will be evaluated by the Apex Judge Committee. Winners and rankings will be selected according to the final scores provided by judges with the consideration of the age group. Grand Award, 1st and 2nd Award winners are eligible to perform in the following venues:

  • Concert for grand award winners

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 1pm on July 1st, 2023.

Concert fee: Solo- $290, Duet: 400, Group of 3 or more: $200 per person

  • Concert for 1st place and selected 2nd place winners

Merkin Concert Hall: 10am on May 27th,2023 and 3pm on May 27th, 2023

Concert fee: Solo- $250, Duet: 360, Group of 3 or more: $180 per person

  • Concert for 1st place and selected 2nd place winners

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre: 2pm on June 24th,2023 and 6:30pm on June 24th, 2023

Concert fee: Solo- $250, Duet: 360, Group of 3 or more: $180 per person

  • Concert for 1st place and selected 2nd place winners:

The Concert Hall of Drew University: 2pm on June 11th, 2023

Concert fee: Solo- $220, Duet: 320, Group of 3 or more: $160 per person

Famous local and international musicians including professional pianists, singers, and composers will be invited as guest performers to participate in all concerts.

Concert fee shall be submitted by check or Zelle two weeks prior to the concert date.

Important! For contestants that are eligible to receive awards and are current residents in the NJ/NYC areas, the winners’ concert is part of the competition. In order to receive certification and any awards shown in the section below, the eligible winner participants shall physically perform in the winners’ concerts and may not leave the concert until its conclusion. Eligible contestants who do not participate in the concert may be considered withdrawn from the competition and may not receive certificate and award.

For Contestants from other states or overseas, winners’ concert is optional and an electronic copy of the certificate will be emailed to each winner. Paper copies of the certificate and trophies can be ordered for winners out of tri-states (Shipping & Handling fee must apply). More information regarding the winners’ concert will be sent out to eligible winners through emails prior to the concert.

6. Winner Awards

Selected winners will receive special awards from Apex Competition Committee which include:

  • Customized winner’s certificates by AIMC

  • Customized teacher’s certificate

  • Customized Trophies

  • Special Medal for 3-year consecutive winners

  • Special award and college recommendation letter for 5-year consecutive winners

  • Many levels of cash prizes up to $1000 for the top winners.

  • Publicity Promotions by Global Musicians and Arts Association

  • Young Musicians Award to our youngest winners

All awards will be distributed at the winners’ concert only

Registration and Zelle Account Email

Main Office Address:

Global Musicians & Arts Association

168 US Highway 1, STE 101

Edison, NJ 08817

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