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New! - 5th Apex International Music Competition Information and Application Procedures

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

Dear Friends and Colleagues:


Global Musicians and Arts Association (GMAA) and Pioneer Arts and Humanities Association (PAHA) are excited to announce that 5th Apex International Music Competition (AIMC) is now open for application. Our competition is based on “Live audition + Live Concert” format. The contestants will still have the option to do virtual audition through YouTube Submission or Streaming audition. Please review the details listed below for information on application, audition, concerts, and winners' 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, Vera's Music School 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 in 2019, Pioneer Arts and Humanities Association with Global Musicians and Arts Associations has successfully hosted four competitions. Our 4th AIMC was held early this year in three branches including North America, China, and Europe. More than 400 contestants attended the auditions and over 240 winners have performed in 6 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


Repertoire:

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.

Composition:

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

· New! - Group P: College or professional Level (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 5th 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 Globalmusicians8@gmail.com

  • Fill in the application form on our website (www.gimaaa.com) - for individual application only.

Application fee is $95 for solo and $75 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

226 US Highway 1, Unit M

Edison, NJ 08817

Submit your payment using Zelle to account globalmusicians8@gmail.com (Name of the Account is Global Musicians & Arts Association)

Deadline for Application is February 18, 2024


3. Audition

Live Audition Location:


NJ Location:

  • 3/23/2024

  • Arts Building at Raritan Valley Community College,

  • 118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg, NJ 08876


  • 3/24/2024

  • Vera's Music School

  • 258 King George Rd Floor 2, Warren, NJ 07059


  • 3/24/2024

  • Westminster Choir College

  • 101 Walnut Ln, Princeton, NJ 08540


NY Location:

  • 3/17/2024

  • 7th floor at Opera America,

  • 330 7th Ave 7th Floor, 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 globalmusicians8@gmail.com. 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 03/24/2024.


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


4. 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 and selected 1st place winners

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 7pm on June 21st, 2024

1pm on June 30th, 2024.

Concert fee: Solo- $300, Duet: 420, Group of 3 or more: $210 per person


  • Concert for 1st place and 2nd place winners

Merkin Concert Hall: 10am on May 25th, 2024,

3pm on May 25th, 2024

Concert fee: Solo- $260, Duet: 380, Group of 3 or more: $190 per person


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

The Concert Hall of Drew University: 2pm on June 15th, 2024

Concert fee: Solo- $230, Duet: 340, Group of 3 or more: $170 per person

  • Recital for 3rd place winners:

TBD

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.


The winner can select a repertoire that is different from what's performed in the audition with the music teacher's written permission. Final concert repertoire shall be one piece less than 6 minutes. An overtime charge will be applied to the concert fee if the winner selects a piece longer than 6 minutes.


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 a digital 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.


For 3rd place winners, a digital certificate (PDF) 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).


5. Winner Awards

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


  • Customized winner’s certificates by AIMC (See Section 4 for conditions)

  • Customized teacher’s certificate

  • Customized Trophies included for winners attending winners' concerts.

  • Special Medal for 3-year consecutive winners

  • Special award and college recommendation letter (if required) 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

globalmusicians8@gmail.com


Main Office Address:

Global Musicians & Arts Association

226 US Highway 1, Unit M

Edison, NJ 08817

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