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The National Saxophone Museum prize for Creative Saxophone Expression






1. Entry Period. Entries in the National Saxophone Museum (NSM) Saxophone Competition for Creative Saxophone Expression (the “Contest”) must be submitted between 12:01 a.m. ET on Feb 1, 2021, and 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2021.

2. Eligibility. The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and residents of Canada, who are at least eighteen (18) years old and of the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the opening of the Contest.  Employees of Sponsor, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and divisions, their immediate families (parent, child, sibling, spouse), and persons living in the same households of such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate in the Contest. 

3. How to Enter. Enter up to 3 separate submissions if you like (each submission requires a separate entry fee).  Entries are submitted by filling out the submission form online at during the Entry Period. Entrants should be prepared to record a hi-quality video upload it to a video hosting/sharing web site that provides a free link to access the recording (such as YouTube).  Finalists will share their full video (mp4 format) via a dropbox link to be provided by NSM.

Entrants should be prepared to write a short (100-350 word) artistic statement giving some insights about their work (what it means to you, what was your inspiration for the work, what message are you trying to convey, etc….). This statement is fairly open-ended in terms of content and is meant to complement your work by providing some context for the judges.

Entry fees are due upon submission of the entry.  An email confirmation of the credit card or PayPal charge will be your receipt. 

Fees are $35 per submission and due by midnight on April 30, 2021. 

4. Additional Requirements for Entries. The video must feature the saxophone and be from 1 to 7 minutes in length. It can be a solo or group performance of any genre of music from traditional genres of jazz or classical to free expression or anywhere in between. You must specify if any audio modification effects are used in your application. Creative use of electronic effects is permitted and encouraged if it’s integral to the performance, but we need to know what tools you used. Use of Auto-Tune is strictly forbidden. Further, addition of artificial reverb, or use of other sound enhancing tools to an otherwise acoustic performance must be disclosed and is generally discouraged unless used with a specific intent in mind (not just I wanted to get a warmer sound). 

All works must be original. “Original” means that the work must be performed by the submitting artist and recorded during the COVID pandemic (defined for purposes of the Contest as between March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021). For recordings that use unpublished music or music based on unpublished material that does not belong to the entrant, eligibility requires that the artist obtain written permission from the composer to use their work in this Contest.  Recordings that have been used or published for any other commercial or academic purpose are NOT considered original and are not eligible.

By entering, you represent and warrant that your entry is your original work, that your entry does not infringe the rights of any third party, and that you have all the rights necessary to submit the entry and to assign the rights in the entry.

Works deemed indecent or unsuitable for publication or that do not meet above criteria, in the sole discretion of Sponsor, are not eligible. Works previously published at the time of submission to this contest in any other national or international competition or receiving or having received an award from any national-level event are not eligible. 

5. Limited Grant of Rights. By entering, you grant to Sponsor, its licensees and designees, the worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free right to use the entry in Sponsor’s newsletter, on Sponsor’s websites, in Sponsor’s digital products, and in ads promoting future competitions, without further permission, compensation, or notification.  You further agree that Sponsor shall have the right, but not the obligation, to use your name and/or recording for the same purposes.

6. Judging and Notification. There will be a total of six (6) Winners: one First Place Winner, one Second Place Winner, one Third Place Winner, one Honorable Mention, one Young Artist Award (23 and under) and one People’s Choice Award.  For the purposes of this contest, you are deemed to be the age you are at the time of the opening of the contest on Feb 1st, 2021.  Limit one (1) prize per entrant.  All eligible entries will be judged in two rounds using the following criteria:

- Expression and Emotive appeal

- Creativity and Inspiration

- Artistic technique and command of the instrument

- Overall impression/impact (including taking into account the artistic statement)

Judging will be by qualified judges. Initial screening will be done by the NSM board and staff (with the exception of Jeff Coffin, Victor Goines). Jeff Coffin, Victor Goines, Mark Overton, Robert Young and Jan Berry Baker will judge the final round and will name the Winners, the Honorable Mention, and the Young Artist Award. The People’s Choice Award will take place on our Facebook Page and will be judged by unique likes during a 30 day period shortly after the official contest closes (exact dates to be announced after the contest closes). With the exception of the The People’s Choice Award, judging will be blind; no information regarding the entrants will be shared with final judges until all scoring has been made final.  In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score in overall impression/impact will be deemed the Winner.  If there is still a tie, the judges will reevaluate the entry deemed to be the most impactful overall.

Potential Winners will be notified within ninety (90) days of the close of the Entry Period, by email.  Each Potential Winner will be required to complete and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Compliance with Official Rules, a Publicity Release, and a Release of Liability within ten (10) days of notification. If a Potential Winner does not respond to notification or does not return the forms in the required time, the prize will go to the person with the next highest score.

7. Prizes. 

- The First Place Winner will receive a $2,500 cash award

- The Second Place Winner will receive a $1,000 cash award

- The Third Place Winner will receive a $500 cash award

- Young Artist Winner will receive a $400 cash award

- Honorable Mention and People’s Choice winners will each receive a combination of the following (~$300 value): $75 Gift Certificate to Key Leaves, D’Addario prize pack, Silverstein HEXA Ligature, and/or Jody Jazz mouthpiece (choice of HR, Jet or Rousseau hard rubber models). 

- Winning entries will be featured on and receive special mention in the NSM blog and social media sites. Winners will also be awarded featured spots during our livestream event in June. 

Total retail value of all prizes is $5,000.00.

If a portion of the prize becomes unavailable for any reason, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of the same approximate retail value.  All federal, state, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

8. Odds. Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries.  Sponsor cannot predict the number or quality of entries. 

9. General Conditions. Void where prohibited.  Any entrant suspected of tampering with or disrupting any aspect of the Contest will be disqualified.  All decisions of Sponsor are final.  By your participation in the Contest, you (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, (ii) agree to release, indemnify, and hold Sponsor, their affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, and divisions, and all of their officers, directors, employees, and agents harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, losses, and damages of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from your participation in the Contest, from Sponsor’s use of your entry, or from your acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any Prize, and (iii) agree that any dispute or claim will be resolved individually and without resort to class action.

10. Limitation of Liability. SPONSOR MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT WITH RESPECT TO THE PRIZES.  SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT PERMIT LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES.  CHECK YOUR LOCAL LAWS TO DETERMINE IF ANY OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, or unintelligible entries, including entries not received because of interrupted or unavailable network servers, failed communications networks or equipment, computer hardware or software, or other errors or malfunctions whether human, mechanical, or electronic.  Should Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determine that the Contest has been compromised by virus, bugs, hackers, or other causes beyond its control, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or revise the contest and choose the Winner in a fair and reasonable manner from among all eligible entries submitted prior to termination.

11. Privacy. With the exception of the Winner’s name, city, and state, information collected by Sponsor solely in connection with the Contest will not be shared with third parties.

12. Winner’s List. For the name, city, and state of the Winners, please send a request to after the results have been made public and no later than December 31st, 2021.

13. Sponsor. The Sponsor of the Contest is the National Saxophone Museum, 2114 Cherokee St., Saint Louis, MO 63118.