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Creativity in Music Awards

Purpose

The purpose of the Creativity in Music Awards is to support music students who pursue inventive projects. Initiative objectives include:
•    Cultivating and recognizing creativity in our student population
•    Marrying artistic excellence with creative potential
•    Fostering a safe space for innovation and experimentation
•    Developing critical / independent thinking
•    Developing written communication skills
•    Broadening student understanding of success
•    Exploring beyond traditional music school requirements

Focus

The 2017/2018 focus celebrates creative live performance events. These include:
•    Degree recitals
•    Chamber music performances
•    Student organized studio performances
•    Educational events
•    Non-required performances (on or off campus)
•    Other student-driven events involving musical performance and an audience

Proposed projects must be completed by April 4, 2018.

Prizes

A maximum of six finalists receive a 30-60 minute consultation and up to $250 to support related expenses. Finalists compete for three top awards:

1st prize - $1500
2nd prize - $1000
3rd prize - $500

Judges have discretion over which awards to offer and the amount of each award. They may opt to present less than the maximum depending on the quantity and quality of proposals.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants include all full-time music majors, undergraduate and graduate. Proposals may come from individuals or teams involving at least one music student.

Process

1. Required info meeting (Oct. 16 and Oct 17, 4:45 p.m., Room 106)
Competition overview, Q & A.
2. Proposal due (Fri., Nov. 3 by 5:00 p.m.)
3. Finalists announced (Nov. 27)
A maximum of six proposals advance to the final round. Each is awarded up $250 for event support in addition to a 30-60-minute consultation with a Spark advisor.
4. Event (Nov.–April)
Perform and video your event between Nov. 28 and April 4.
5. Final Report due (April 5)
Video of performance plus a 500-word maximum description of event. (This can  be borrowed from original proposal, though some events will evolve from the initial description.)
6. Winners announced (April 18, 1:10 p.m.)
Finalists and top three winners announced during the School of Music Awards Day.

Final Report

All finalists must submit a final report consisting of two parts:

Part 1 - Brief Video (2-4 min) summarizing the project.

Part 2 - Concise written responses to the questions on the Final Round submission form, including:
a. Project summary: Description of how the project developed and when it was completed.
b. Lessons learned: What did you learn from this project? Any surprises?
c. Next steps: How will future choices be influenced by what you learned in this project?

Judges

Initial round applications: Spark team
Finalist round: Music professionals not involved with USC School of Music

Assistance

Members of the Spark team are available to consult about project design and the application process. If you have questions or would like to meet with someone, please email spark@mozart.sc.edu.

Applications are to be completed using the online submission process.
Late proposals or project summaries will not be accepted.