Submissions are now closed for AAF 2021 Music Contest.
However we encourage to you register an account to enter other available and future opportunties. You do not need to be on government assistance to register. Each contest or grant has individual requirements in this area.
Anyone (U.S. and international) with a verifiable disability who is not able to sustain a dignified financial standard of living with writing music is welcome to submit two tracks in the following categories:
You can write one track for each category or two tracks within one category.
Here’s our YouTube announcement video:
There will be two grand prize winners this year. Each winner will receive a single library of their choice from 21 contest participating AAF partners! And each category will have a ‘Top Ten’ list that will be reviewed by returning licensing partner, Hitlist Music, for onboarding consideration. Our library contest partners are as follows (in alphabetical order):
Note: If you are already a registered member of AAF or submitted music and documents for last year’s contest, you do not need to provide proof of disability again. Members can submit through their dashboard, and for last year’s entrants who are not AAF members, sign up using the same email as last year. Otherwise, you may need to provide proof of disability again.
For submitting tracks for the ‘Advertising’ category:
We recommend watching our interview with Christy Van House, CEO at Hitlist Music:
There are many guidelines and helpful suggestions that will increase your chances of winning the grand prize and having your music reviewed by Hitlist Music for onboarding consideration. Plus, the info Christy provides is flat out gold!
For submitting tracks for the ‘Any Genre’ category:
We also recommend watching our interview with film and tv picture editor Craig Tollis:
There are many guidelines and helpful suggestions that will increase your chances of winning the grand prize.
Round 1: AAF board members review and identify two ‘Top Ten’ lists
Round 2: Judges from Soundiron, Orchestral Tools, and other professionals judge the ‘Top Ten’ lists
Round 3: Grammy-nominated artists Monte Moir, Alzie Ramsey, and other professionals judge the ‘Top Ten’ lists
Scores are added up to identify both grand prize winners.
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