The Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize is awarded annually to the composer of the best original work created in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, a noted creative forum for big band jazz composition. The award was established in 2000 and honors the memory of legendary jazz saxophonist, Charlie Parker.
The winner is chosen by a distinguished panel of judges at the Workshop’s Annual Showcase Concert in New York City. Past judges include GRAMMY-winning jazz musicians and historians Slide Hampton, Gil Goldstein, Bill Kirchner, Dan Morgenstern, and Phil Schaap.
The $3,000 prize funds a commission to write a new work for premiere at the following year’s showcase concert by the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, a 17-piece modern repertory ensemble featuring leading New York-based musicians. Past winners of the Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize include GRAMMY-nominated musicians Rufus Reid and Darcy James Argue, pianist José Beviá, and bassist Noriko Ueda.
By invitation only, no applications accepted.