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RULES & REGULATIONS

AIMA TIMELINE 2023

June 15th, 2023 Registration Open
July 31st, 2023 : Registration Deadline
August 5th, 2023: Notification of the approved contestants
August 5th – 11th, 2023: Application for Competition Round
September 2nd, 2023: Winners Competition Round Announcement
September 12th, 2023: Nominees Announcement
September 15th, 2023: Announcement of Special Awards

2023 ELIGIBILITY

The AIMA are open to instrumentalists (keyboard, string, wind and percussion instruments), vocalists and interpreters of chamber music of all nationalities. Candidates must send a link to a videoclip of their musical interpretation. This contest accepts links to the main video websites worldwide: YouTube, Vimeo, BiliBili o Youku.

Instruments accepted:

  • Keyboards: Piano, Accordion, Organ
  • Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Harp
  • Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
  • Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
  • Percussions
  • Four Hands Piano
  • Classical Voice: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
  • Chamber Music (including instrument ensemble and singing groups): Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet, String ensemble, Wind ensemble, Brass ensemble, Chamber Choir Group

Repertory:

Contestants are free to choose their repertory from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods.

Age Groups & Program Duration:

The age of contestants is determined by the age that they are on the closing date ( July 30th 2023 ).

  • Prodigy (Age 5 and younger) / up to 5 min
  • Kids Star (Age 6-7) / up to 5 min
  • Kids Talent (Age 8-9) / up to 7 min                                 
  • Intermediate Star (Age 10-11) / up to 7 min
  • Intermediate Talent (Age 12-13) / up to 9 min
  • Advance Star (Age 14-15) / up to 9 min
  • Advanced Talent (Age 16-17) / up to 12 min
  • Up-and-coming Star (Age 18-19) / up to 12 min
  • Up-and-coming Talent (Age 20-21) / up to 15 min
  • Master Star (Age 22-23) / up to 15 min
  • Master Talent (Age 24-25) / up to 20 min
  • Professional (26 to No age limit) / up to 20 min

Multiple winners may be chosen in each of the age groups.

FORMAT 2023

The AIMA awards consist of a Preliminary Round, a Competition Round and a Nomination Round. Once the competition round results have been published the contestants will receive their diplomas. Participation in the nomination round does not require an additional payment.

1. Preliminary Round (FREE REGISTRATION)

Candidates must send a videoclip (audio is not acceptable) of their performances using the link on our website. Contestants can send a single video link that may contain different pieces, or movements recorded on different days in different places. The video must contain recordings made during the 18 months before the deadline. Each age category has a maximum duration for the video.

More than one camera may be used for the video recording, but sound effects must not be added to the recording (it is acceptable to have opening credits with the name of the musician, the title of the piece and the composer). Each piece must be a continuous recording. Recordings may be paused between each piece.

The competition will accept video recordings with piano, orchestra, chamber ensemble, wind, percussion or any other accompaniment required by the composer in the published work.

COVID-19 exception. The awards will accept recordings with pre-recorded accompaniment for any entries that cannot record live with accompanying musicians due to social distancing.

Contestants must be dressed appropriately and professionally with their best performance outfit.

Contestants may be disqualified from the competition for breaking any of the rules or regulations. AIMA reserves the right to make changes. All contestants will be notified as soon as possible if any changes are made.

The deadline for registration to the AIMA is July 30th, 2023.

2. Competition Round  (INVITATION & APPLICATION)

Contestants who pass the preliminary round will receive an invitation by email with instructions on how to apply. Only contestants that pass the preliminary round will be able to advance to the competition round.

The application fee for the competition round is € 85 euros. For chamber music and four hand piano it is € 150 per group. We will provide a secure link for the payment. Once the entrance fee has been paid, it cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

All contestants will receive a diploma in high resolution digital format once the results of the competition round have been published.

3. Nomination Round (INVITATION & FREE APPLICATION)

Once the competition round has concluded, the AIMA organization will announce the candidates nominated for the special awards. The nominees will be chosen from the candidates that have obtained a platinum or gold prize in the competition round.

For the nomination round, the AIMA will carry out the selection and evaluation from the video material presented by each contestant in the competition round. Participation in the nomination round does not require an additional payment.

A selection of nominees will be invited to appear in the Gala Concert that will take place at the Salzburg Mozarteum next October 2023.

MARKING SYSTEM 2023

  • Platinum Prize 100 points
  • Gold Prize 94-99 points
  • Silver Prize 87-93 points
  • Bronze Prize 78-86 points
  • Special Prize 71-77 points
  • Honour Prize 65-70 points
  • Finalist’s Certificate 55-64 points

The number of awards is limited, but they can be shared if more than one contestant reaches the same mark.

The deadline for registration to the AIMA is July 31St, 2023.