The MAP International Music Competition

Thank you for your interest and support! The MAP International Music Competition 2021 has closed applications on August 11, 2021 (PST).


The MAP International Music Competition (MAP-IMC) is an online music competition sponsored by the Marker And Pioneer International Cultural Exchange Center, a non-profit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California, USA. The competition is held two sessions each year. The contest is open to FREE preliminary applications for music players, music learners and music lovers of any nationality and age from all over the world. The competition is divided into instrument categories such as piano, string, wind, vocal and chamber music. Each instrument subject will be judged in groups based on the age of the contestants.


The competition is divided into preliminary and final (total of two rounds). Participants are required to submit video materials for preliminary application with FREE ENTRY. The final selection of the winners is based solely on the same video materials submitted in the preliminary contest. Multiple winners will be selected for each age group.


The MAP-IMC aims to encourage the healthy growth of young and professional musicians in the field of musical learning and performance. It also encourages the participation of music educators with positive rules and promotes music education with competitions. We believe that the competition will bring benefits to contestants and their instructors, and also provide them with an international platform to present their talents and help them build confidence even realize their dreams.


We hope that the competition will help build confidence for musicians and help them realize their dreams and potential. Our goal is to find musical artists and musical educators with outstanding personalities and provide awards to help them develop international careers.


We firmly believe that, in addition to strict training and natural talents, through the competition, we will also find performers with strong artistic personality and stage image. The purpose of the MAP International Music Competition is to find talented music performers who have reached a professional level and use them as a part of moving towards the international stage.

Competition Schedule: (North America Pacific Time Zone)

Preliminary Round Application Deadline: August 10, 2021

Finalist Announcement Date: August 25, 2021

Final Round Application Deadline: September 1, 2021

Final Results & Rewards Announcement Date: September 20, 2021

Competition Categories


  1. Keyboards: Piano, Accordion, Pipe Organ
  2. Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Harp
  3. Woodwinds: Flute (including Piccolo), Oboe (including English Horn), Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
  4. Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
  5. Percussions: Marimba, Xylophone, Timpani, Snare Drum, Jazz Drum, Setup, Drum Set, Hands-percussion
  6. Voice: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
  7. Chamber music: Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet, String ensemble, Wind ensemble, Brass ensemble
  8. Piano Four Hands


Repertoire Requirements:

Choose one or more music pieces from the following musical periods below:
I. Baroque (1600-1750)
II. Classical (1750-1820)
III. Romantic (1800-1910)
IV. Modern Classical (up to present time)


Age Groups & Programs Duration: (actual age calculated by the deadline for the preliminary application date: August 10, 2021)


  1. Under 5 Years Old (e.g. born on or after August 10, 2016): up to 5 min
  2. 5-7 Years Old: up to 5 min
  3. 8-10 Years Old: up to 6 min
  4. 11-13 Years Old: up to 7 min
  5. 14-16 Years Old: up to 8 min
  6. 17-19 Years Old: up to 10 min
  7. 20-22 Years Old: up to 12 min
  8. 23-25 Years Old: up to 15 min
  9. 25 Years Old and Up (e.g. born on or before August 10, 1996): up to 20 min

[Chamber Groups]

  1. Under 12 Years Old:up to 5 min
  2. 13-17 Years Old: up to 8 min
  3. 18-25 Years Old: up to 15 min
  4. 25 Years Old and Up: up to 20 min

Competition Rules & Prizes

The MAP-IMC Comprises 2 Rounds (Online)

I. Competition Format

Preliminary (FREE ENTRY)

Participants are required to visit the official website of MAP-IMC and fill in the preliminary round application form on the “Free Application” page, submitting a video recording link of their music performance. This contest accepts links to major global video websites: YouTube, Vimeo, *contestants in Mainland China region can also upload videos to BiliBili or Youku. Please be sure to fully comply with the “Video Requirements for Qualifying Preliminary Round” to demonstrate the respect of the participants to the international jury. If there is a situation that does not comply with the following rules, participants will automatically lose their qualifications for the final round.

[Video Requirements for Qualifying the Preliminary Round]:

  1. The entry video must be created and uploaded within 12 months before the participant’s application date.
  2. The recorded video is required to be performed by the applicant. Except for the accompaniment parts, the video should not contain noisy background sounds. The player’s face and the parts of the body used to play the instrument must be clearly visible in the video. *Audio-only links are not accepted for this competition.
  3. The videos of different music pieces can be spliced into one video link, but the video of a single musicpiece cannot be edited, and no effects can be added.
  4. The uploaded video link must be set up as “visible to the public”.
  5. The introduction or description column of the video link must clearly indicate the following content in English: MAP-IMC 2021, Participant’s name, instrument category, age group, composer(s) and full name(s) of work(s).

Final (Voluntary Application Based on Approved Invitation)

Only the contestants selected in the qualifying round (preliminary round) are entitled to advance to the final round.

Participants who are allowed to advance will use the same work submitted during the preliminary round as the content for the final round.

The selected finalists will receive an email invitation containing instructions on how to apply for the final round. Email invitations will be sent on the Finalist Announcement Date of the Competition Schedule section.

Applicants for the finals are required to REPLY to the “Finalist Invitation Email” before the deadline of the application for the finals, and attach the following items to complete the final application process:

  1. Final application form.
  2. An electronic high-quality personal photo.
  3. A personal biography.
  4. A scanned copy of personal identification (such as a personal passport or ID card).
  5. The proof of final application fee payment on PayPal listed on the official website of the competition.

Final application fee details:

Solo instrument finals application fee: USD $79/person

Chamber Group finals application fee: USD $49/person X the number of persons

*The final application fee is a non-refundable one-time voluntary payment. Participants should submit the proof of the payment by the deadline of the final application.

*Minors’ guardians need to sign a separate notice of “Allowing the Competition Organizer to Use Minors’ Names on Websites and Social Media” to allow the MAP-IMC to publish awards and personal images, video materials, and biography on major social media platforms around the world.


II. Jury & Placing System

The MAP-IMC 2021 jury will be composed of world-renowned concert artists, musicians, music educators, and professors from internationally renowned music education institutions. For details of the current judging members, please click the “Current Jury” page of the MAP-IMC’s official website.

Each jury score will be evaluated through the video materials presented by each participant. The final selections of winners will be based solely on the video recordings submitted. Judges should be independent. The judges’ votes remain strictly confidential and will not be shared or published. All Jury decisions will be final and irrevocable.

Each jury member gives points (0-25) evaluating the performances according to the following criteria: intonation (0-5), articulation/diction (0-5), rhythmical precision (0-5), interpretation and musicality (0-5), the level of program (0-5). The final score will be the average of the scores given by the individual members of each jury.


The prizes are given according to the following table:

Grand Prix: 25 points

1st Prize: 23-24 points

2nd Prize: 20-22 points

3rd Prize: 17-19 points

Honorable Mention: 14-16 points

Finalist Certificate: under 14 points


III. Certificates & Recommendation Letters

All award certificates of the competition will be sent to the winners via email after Final Results & Awards Announcement Date.

Those participants who have advanced to the final round of the MAP-IMC at least three (3) times with three (3) works in different styles will have the opportunity to obtain a letter of recommendation written by professors from internationally renowned music education institutions for colleges or university application.


IV. Prizes & Awards

  1. The “MAP-IMC Grand Prix” will be awarded to the winner earning a total score of 25 points, with a cash award of USD $300/person for solo contestants and $500/group for ensemble contestants.
  2. 1st Prize Winners will be awarded one FREE Masterclass from LAYVIMF (Los Angeles Young Virtuoso International Music Festival) or CIMFEC (California International Music Festival & Music Education Conference) in the following academic year.
  3. Outstanding winners of the “MAP-IMC Grand Prix” and the 1st Prize will have the opportunity to be invited to the United States to participate in the concert performances of internationally renowned music schools and to listen to music courses of colleges for free.
  4. The First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, Honorable Mentioned, and Finalist certificates will be awarded to the winners of each category.
  5. All finalists’ instructors will receive the Certificate of “Honorable Instructor”.
  6. The instructor with the largest number of students advanced in the final round will receive the Certificate of “The Best Instructor Award”.
  7. The winner of “The Best Instructor Award” for three consecutive competitions will be eligible to join the international jury.
  8. Photos, resumes and videos of the winners will be published on the official website of the MAP-IMC and majorsocial medias around the world.
  9. Our goal is to provide continuous support to the winners to help them promote and develop their music study and career in international performance stages.


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