The Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards discovers and champions youth and emerging composers from around the world. The awards were created to honor the late Marvin Hamlisch, paying tribute to his remarkable legacy as both an artist and an advocate for emerging talent.

The awards first began as the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest, presented by the Washington, DC-based nonprofit CINE since 2013. Hundreds of composers worldwide competed annually in this unique contest for emerging media composers. In 2019, the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards will launch to continue and expand the contest’s impact, adding three additional categories. Emerging composers will be able to apply for the following categories: composition for musical theatre, film scoring, classical composition and jazz composition.

Composers from around the world are eligible and encouraged to compete, with registration opening in late 2019. To receive email updates, please join our email list.

The awards will be presented annually in New York City at the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards ceremony. The inaugural Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards will be held on November 18, 2019 in partnership with Queens College, The City University of New York, at the Lefrak Concert Hall of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. For more information about the event, and to receive an email when tickets go on sale, please join our email list. We are proud to partner with Queens College to honor its legendary alumnus, Marvin Hamlisch.

The Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards is a New York State registered Charitable Not-For-Profit 501(c)3 Corporation.


To foster and champion a new generation of composers through an international music competition.


Recognizing talent and building a community of young composers worldwide, continuing Marvin Hamlisch’s legacy and passion for music.

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