Grawemeyer Collection of Contemporary Music

About the Collection

All compositions submitted to the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition competition become the property of the University of Louisville and are deposited in an archival collection housed on the third floor of the Music Library. The collection includes scores and recordings for over 2,500 entries, many of which are unpublished and unavailable elsewhere. During visits to the U of L campus, composers, critics, and scholars have praised the establishment of this collection.

All submissions are searchable in the Grawemeyer Catalog. Submissions for the the current award year will be visible once the winner has been announced.

For more details about this collection, please contact the Music Library (see information below).

About the Award

Grawemeyer medal

The University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition is offered as an international prize, given in recognition of outstanding achievement by a living composer in a large musical genre: choral, orchestral, chamber, electronic, song-style, dance, opera, musical theater, extended solo work, etc. The award amount, originally one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), was raised to two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) in 1999. The competition is administered by the University of Louisville's Grawemeyer Music Award Committee, in consultation with a jury of three internationally recognized professionals. Each entry is sponsored by a professional musical organization or individual (performer or performing group, conductor, critic, publisher, or head of a professional music school of department). A composer may not submit his or her own work, and no more than one work of any composer may be submitted in one year. An official entry form can be requested by writing to: Grawemeyer Music Award Committee, School of Music, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

This international prize is made possible through the generosity of native Louisvillian H. Charles Grawemeyer. Mr. Grawemeyer, a graduate of the University's Speed Scientific School, was the chairman of Reliance Universal, Inc., and the founder of Plastic Parts, Inc., both Louisville-area industrial companies. A life-long music lover, Grawemeyer established the prize to recognize outstanding current mastery in music composition and at the same time to encourage the development of talented composers everywhere--the potential future winners of the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

More information (including a list of award recipients) can be found at the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award - Music Composition.