Music Competition 2021


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THE ARTISTS FORUM INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION, part of our Juried Arts programming, is open to musical artists of all genres seeking to gain exposure in the New York City and international music and media markets.

Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for songwriters and composers to present their best work for juried selection, increase artist communication and business contacts, provide career advancement opportunities, and publicly acknowledge talented artists in an industry-saturated arena. 

Our 2021 Competition Theme: (THE) POLITICS OF EMOTION.
See our submission site for competition theme details and our list of entry categories.


Each submission, reviewed by a panel of industry professionals, will be rated upon its individual merits. Finalists in each category will be judged against one another and a winner declared. Our list of competition jurors is forthcoming.

Winners in their category will receive an opportunity for production mastering of one track by music legend Man Parrish.

Our Grand Prize winner will be presented with an opportunity for mentorship sessions with a prominent music industry professional and will receive both a Mixing and Mastering session by Mr. Parrish.

All selected artists are eligible for a television studio or Zoom interview to be promoted on our online platforms and via THE ARTISTS FORUM: AFTV – a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

Submission Deadline: MAY 23RD, 2021

THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 22nd year, is a New York City based non-profit arts service organization specializing in events, juried competitions, and media for artists. The organization provides an unparalleled platform for emerging and mid-career artists to share their stories with the world’s creative communities.

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Giuliano Ciabatta

Giuliano is an Italian creative producer expert in audio-video and digital technology with a degree in fine arts and computer graphics. He started his career as musician, songwriter and sound engineer (Apple Solution Expert and Pro-Tools certified). He produced records and music shows in theaters and around the world with Carnival UK Cruise Ships.


Man Parrish

The Godfather of Electronic Music, Man is one of music’s most influential figures. He’s made over $5M in record sales + $80M via the Grand Theft Auto series. Two film scores and music video for “Hip Hop Be Bop” are in the MoMA permanent collection. Record/Remixing for Michael Jackson and others, he continues work as a lecturer, composer, and DJ.


Jonathan Solars

Jonathan is the NYC Managing Director of Florian Leonhard Fine Violins. With a degree in Violin Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and former Sales Manager for René A Morel, Jonathan formed his own consultancy in 2008. In 2015, He opened the NYC shop for Florian Leonhard, continuing their record of excellence in the US.



Katie Thomas

Violinist Katie Thomas earned her Bachelors and Masters at the Manhattan School of Music. She has collaborated with many prominent orchestras. Most recently, Katie has recorded on Sarah Jarosz’s Grammy winning album “World On The Ground,” Rosanne Cash’s album “She Remembers Everything,” and The O’Jays final album “The Last Word.”


Joi Veer

Joi Veer is an established artist of music for TV and has many diverse vocal and instrumental collections across multiple genres that continue to place in dramatic film, reality TV, sports, and YouTube. Human experience and condition are his most fascinating palettes delivered thru his signature vocals. He constantly redefines his artistic license.


Amos White V

Amos is an inter-disciplinary multimedia artist, event producer, and exhibit designer. A graduate of the College of Human Ecology at the University of Maryland, College Park, Amos bridges his passion for the arts and human relations with the formation of THE ARTISTS FORUM.


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