The annual Church Music Submission is established to encourage the development of musical talent and to bring
new musical works to light. Some submissions may be published in Church magazines or on the Church music Web
site. All items for the submission must be postmarked by March 31 of each year, and award recipients will be
notified by July 1. Everyone who submits material will later receive a list of the awards.
The General Music Category is sponsored by the General Music Committee and includes six types of music:
- Songs are written as solos, duets, or trios and may have a different accompaniment for each verse.
- Children’s songs are suitable for children to sing.
- Hymns are usually written in four parts. All verses are sung to the same music.
- Anthems are original works written for choirs. Each verse may have a different accompaniment.
- Hymn arrangements consist of existing text and music arranged for vocal solos, small groups, or choirs.
- Instrumental works are sacred works that do not qualify for other categories, such as hymn preludes for organ or piano and instrumental hymn arrangements for solos or ensembles.
All entries should reflect gospel ideals and be suitable for home or church use. Submissions will be reviewed for artistic merit, usefulness for home or church, general appeal, ease of performance, originality, quality of text, and compatibility of music to text. Non-English submissions are welcomed. Shorter works are more likely to be suitable for Church publications, although longer works may be published on the Church music Web site. All types of entries in this category should include piano or organ accompaniment.
Awards of Distinction ($200), Awards of Merit ($100), and special recognitions may be given in each category. A grand prize ($300) may also be awarded. Award money will be divided equally among the coauthors and composers.
- Submissions may be made by Latter-day Saints
age 16 and over.
- Each submission should include (a) a clear copy
of text and music together, in neat handwriting or
computer manuscript form, on 8½- by 11-inch
paper, one side only; (b) a copy of the text only
(if applicable) on 8½- by 11-inch paper, one side
only; and (c) a signed statement described in rule
5 below; if two people collaborate, both should
sign the required statement.
- Please send a copy of the original music. The
copy will not be returned.
- Names must not appear on the submission.
- Please write the following statement on an 8½- by 11-inch sheet of paper: ”The work submitted,
titled __________, is my original work, is owned
by me, and conforms to the submission rules.”
Sign the statement, and type or print your name,
address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
- Before the awards are announced, do not transfer
ownership rights to the Church. When you accept
an award, you grant the Church a nonexclusive,
perpetual license for unlimited use. Submissions
are subject to editorial changes.
- Send the material to Church Music Submission,
20th Floor, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt
Lake City, UT 84150-6070. If you want to verify
that we have received your submission, please
enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard. You
may choose to submit an entry electronically (see
the information at music.lds.org/music/other
music/church music submission).
- You may submit only one item each year in the
General Music Category. Exception: An arranger
may submit one original work and be a co-contributor with one other person as his/her arranger.
- Beneath the title of your entry, write the name of
the type of music in parentheses. (See the
description of the six types of music above.)
- You must not use the services of a paid arranger.
An arranger who is a co-contributor must be a
member of the Church who is 16 years of age or
older. The arranger must sign the required
- Please do not send recordings, except for a
recording of an orchestral score or multi-voice
anthem or hymn arrangement.