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National Youth Music Arranging Competition - 2020

Composition Opportunity

National Youth Music Arranging Competition - 2020 : Music Arrangers Guild of Australia

  • Discipline/Field: Big Band
  • Deadline date: 30 Jun 2020 [Delivery Deadline]
  • Date held: The winners will be announced on or before 27th July, 2020
  • Location: Australia
  • Total prizes: AUD 1,500 and performance/recording
  • Entry fee: AUD 20
  • Entry restriction: Only Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or Students on a Visa (Subclass 500), under the age of 30 as at 30th June, 2020, are eligible to enter.
  • Work duration: No more than 5 minutes


Further Details

This year, the MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition will feature Big Band arrangements with the winning entry receiving $AU 1000 as prize money as well as the chance to have their arrangement played by a professional Big Band.

  • 1st place - AUD 1,000
  • 2nd place - AUD 300
  • 3rd place - AUD 200

The competition opens on 1st February 2020 and closes 5pm AWST 30th June 2020.


The MAGA National Youth Music Arranging Competition is open to any music arranger(**) under the age of 30 as at 30th June, 2020. Any non-member of MAGA or Certificate Member may apply. No Full MAGA Member will be eligible.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd pace winners will also be considered for complimentary three year MAGA Certificate of Merit Membership to help them work towards Full MAGA membership.

** Only Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or Students on a Visa (Subclass 500) are eligible to enter.

1. Rules and Guidelines:


  • The arrangement will be selected from a lead sheet provided by 4 Australian composers and can be downloaded from the MAGA website. (See 4. Composer works below);
  • Only one work can be submitted per contestant.
  • The work shall never have been published nor publicly performed.
  • The arrangement must show creativity in accompanying the original melody.


In 2020, the orchestration is Big Band. Next years competition will be for a different genre/ensemble type. The arrangement should include:

3-5 woodwinds (Saxes, Flutes, Clarinets),
3-4 Trumpets (including flugels),
2-3 Trombones,
Bass Trombone,
Piano, Guitar (opt.), Bass & Drums.


Your work should be no more than 5 minutes in length.

2. Submission of Materials:

Online Application: Entry will be using a secure online application form available on the MAGA website.

Application: 1 completed application form with accompanying entry fee of AUD 20.00 payable to the MAGA Secretary.

Score: Your score should be a transposed score in PDF format. Please do not send notation files.

Note: Please ensure there are no identifying marks on your score to ensure anonymity for judging.

Proof of Eligibility: 1. Australian citizenship; 2. Permanent Residency; or 3. Student Visa (Subclass 500).

Audio: You must provide a recording of a synth or live rehearsal version of the work. Please convert to MP3 format.

Deadline: All materials (incl. payment) must be received by 5pm AWST (Perth Time) 30th June, 2020.

3. Adjudication:


Judges will include members of the MAGA National Executive Board and recognised award winning Australian arrangers under the direction of Ian Boath, the "Competition Chair".

All entries will be anonymous to the judging panel.

Winner Announcements:

The winners will be announced on or before 27th July, 2020. The 1st Prize winner must supply a complete set of copied parts in order to have their works rehearsed, performed and recorded by Matt Amys Really Big Band.

The competition results are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the winners.

4.Composer Works:

The arrangements must be made from one of the following four works by Australia composers. See the MAGA website for lead sheet downloads.

  • Jenna Cave: Little Girl.
  • Andrew Batterham: Battys Bounce.
  • Andrea Keller: For Bernie.
  • Alex Taylor: Play Crazy for Me.

Website: https://www.magainc.org.au/arranging_competitions.php

Contact: The Secretary, Music Arrangers Guild of Australia

Mailing Address: GPO Box 1647 Sydney NSW 2001 AUSTRALIA

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