Music Competition 2023


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

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 award the work and talents of creative artists.

Our 2023 Competition Theme: THE BODY POLITICAL.
See our submission site for competition theme details, submission categories, and our Rules & Terms for eligibility.

Our 2023 Film & Juried Arts Festival will be held on OCTOBER 12 – 15, 2023 in New York City at the Dolby Screening Room.


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. Please see Rules & Terms for eligibility.

Award recognition will be given at a ceremony in New York City, alongside screenings of selected films. In the case of COVID-19 restrictions, our award ceremony will be conducted online and then televised on Manhattan cable stations shortly thereafter.

All finalists will be considered for a MEET THE ARTISTS video profile and promoted on our online platforms.

Winners will be considered for a formal studio or Zoom interview with host to be promoted via THE ARTISTS FORUM TELEVISION – a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

Our Grand Prize winner will be presented with an opportunity for mentorship sessions with a prominent industry professional.

Opening Date: MARCH 1, 2023
Earlybird Deadline: MARCH 30, 2023
Regular Deadline: APRIL 28, 2023
Late Deadline: MAY 31, 2023
Extended Late Deadline: JUNE 21, 2022

THE ARTISTS FORUM INC., now in its 24th 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.


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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