Welcome

The BritchamDR Young Musician of the Caribbean Award is a musical initiative that will benefit the promotion of Western Classical music throughout the Caribbean Islands and represents a partnership between BritchamDR (The British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic), The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (London, UK), Bangor University (Bangor, Wales) and The British Embassy (Dominican Republic).

The BritchamDR Young Musician of the Caribbean Award (YMoCA) will be offered to ‘Classical’ instrumentalists (all instruments) or vocalists by way of a two round competition. Applications from performers of jazz, popular, folk, R&B music etc.,will not be considered.

Caribbean Islands: Applications from young musicians from the following islands only will be accepted:

  • Anguilla,
  • Antigua and Barbuda,
  • The Bahamas,
  • Barbados,
  • Bermuda,
  • Cayman Islands,
  • Cuba,
  • Curaçao,
  • Dominica,
  • Dominican Republic,
  • Grenada,
  • Guadeloupe,
  • Guyana,
  • Haiti,
  • Jamaica,
  • Martinique,
  • Saint Barthélemy,
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis,
  • Saint Lucia,
  • Saint Martin,
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,
  • Trinidad and Tobago,
  • Turks and Caicos,
  • British Virgin Islands.

The Final Round of this music competition, held in January 2020, will include three age groups, namely:

  • Young musician aged between 12 & 16 years
  • Young musician aged between 17 & 21 years
  • Young musician aged between 22 & 26 years

Residency: At the time of registration (closing date, 11.59 p.m. (Santo Domingo time) on Monday, July 1st, 2019), all competitors will be required to prove that they were born on one of the Caribbean Islands by uploading a scanned copy of their birth certificate together with their Application form and hold a passport or Identity Card from one of the Caribbean islands (a scanned copy of the competitor’s passport or Identity Card will be required & uploaded with the Application form). Please note: Applications from participants born outside the Caribbean or holding a passport/Identity Card from a country beyond the Caribbean will not be considered. Failure to present the scanned copy of the passport/Identity Card & birth certificate will result in the application for YMoCA being rejected.

Under 18 year old applicants: Applicants under 18 years of age will be required to present a scanned, notarized copy of their Birth Certificate & a scanned copy of their father or mother’s passport or Identity Card.

If selected to compete and perform during Round #2 (Final) in Santo Domingo in January 2020, competitors under 18 years of age living outside the Dominican Republic must travel accompanied by an adult (e.g. a parent, relative or music tutor). Written confirmation for all under-18 year old competitors will be circulated prior to Round #2 and will be regarded as a mandatory part of BritchamDR YMoCA. Failure to complete the form will result in the disqualification of the performer.

Repertoire: All YMoCA applicants (all ages) may select to play 1 piece or a series of pieces to meet the requirements of the competition. Applicants may choose to perform the same work/works in Round #1 and in Round #2 of the competition. Applicants may select works from a range of different musical eras as part of their programme (e.g. 1 piece from the Baroque period and 1 piece from the 20th century).

Registration for Round #1 of YMoCA. All applicants will be required to:

  • complete a simple, on-line application form (in Spanish or English)
  • upload a scanned, notarized copy of his/her birth certificate
  • upload a scanned copy of his/her passport or Identity Card [under 18 year old applicants should provide a scanned copy of a parent’s passport or Identity Card]
  • provide a YouTube web-link of the applicant’s programme of his/her choice (see below)
  • provide a full list of works performed during the Round #1 video
  • pay a Registration Fee of $20 (US dollars)

The above must be submitted on or before 11.59 p.m. (Santo Domingo time) on Monday, July 1st, 2019. Failure to present any of the items listed above will result in the application being rejected.

Video recordings on YouTube: Applicants for Round #1 of YMoCA should upload a video recording by Monday, July 1st, 2019 as follows: Age 12–16 (up to 5 minutes in duration); Age 17–21 (6–8 minutes in duration); Age 21–26 (8–10 minutes in duration)

Registration fee (Round #1): A Registration fee of $20 (US dollars) or the equivalent in Dominican Pesos (for Dominican contestants) will be required for each YMoCA application from each individual applicant submitting before the deadline on Monday, July 1st, 2019. Failure to pay the $20 US dollar Registration fee, will result in the on-line application not being considered.

Payment of the Registration fee (Round #1): Competitors living outside the Dominican Republic should make the $20 US payment at the time of submitting the YMoCA Application to:

Bank: Banco Dominicano del Progreso, S.A.
Address: Ave. Winston Churchill No. 5, Urbanización Fernández, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, República Dominicana
SWIFT code: BDPRDOSDXXX
Account number: 4160005132
Type and currency: Savings/ USD$
Account holder: Cámara Británica de Comercio de la República Dominicana, Inc.
Account Holder’s Address: Ave. San Martín No. 253, Edificio Santanita I, Suite 203, La Fe, Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, República Dominicana

Banks available to receive transfers in dollars

Wells Fargo WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.
New York City
SWIFT: PNBPUS3NNYC
ABA: 026005092
Dollar account number: 2000192002613
Banco Beneficiario: Banco Dominicano del Progreso
SWIFT: BDPRDOSDXXX

Citi CITIBANK, N.A.
SWIFT: CITIUS33
ABA : 021000089
Dollar account number: 36310377
Banco Beneficiario: Banco Dominicano del Progreso
SWIFT: BDPRDOSDXXX

BNY Mellon BANK OF NEW YORK
SWIFT: IRVTUS3N
ABA: 021000018
Dollar account number: 803–3095–393
Banco Beneficiario: Banco Dominicano del Progreso
SWIFT: BDPRDOSDXXX

Payment of the Registration fee (Round #1): Candidates living in the Dominican Republic should pay the Registration fee in pesos to the following bank account:

Account in pesos (for candidates living in the Dominican Republic)
Account number: 960-119494-9
Name of bank: Corriente
Account name: Cámara Británica de Comercio de la República Dominicana

Round #1: All video recordings submitted via YouTube will be auditioned by a competent panel of musicians based in the United Kingdom. Only the successful applicants in Round #1 will be invited to perform publically during Round #2 of the YMoCA competition.

Round #2 Finalists: All Round #2 finalists in the BritchamDR YMoCA competition will be notified in early October 2019.

Round #2 of The BritchamDR Young Musician of the Caribbean Award competition will be held in a suitable concert venue in Santo Domingo, The Dominican Republic on on Saturday, January 25th (2020) before a fee-paying, public audience. During Round #2 of the YMoCA, invited participants in the YMoCA competition will be required to perform a programme of works within a specified duration. Participants invited to Round #2 will be required to provide copies of the works to be performed at least 3 weeks before the competition. Participants may wish to provide their own accompanists (at their own cost) or perform with YMoCA’s official accompanists (provided free of charge). All participants in YMoCA Round #2 will be granted up to one hour’s rehearsal time with YMoCA’s official accompanist or their own accompanists on the day of the public recital.

Adjudicators: Three, high profile musicians from the United Kingdom will be appointed as adjudicators to determine the outcome of Round #2 of YMoCA. Individual adjudicators will be appointed by ABRSM (London), Bangor University (Wales) and The British Embassy (The Dominican Republic). The adjudicators’ decision in Round #1 and in Round #2 will be final.

Prizes: The first three places in each category will be awarded a trophy, cash prize and a certificate of participation endorsed by BritchamDR – YMoCA. The first place in each category will also receive a cash prize and certification to participate in a Masterclass to be held in July 2020.

Competitors’ travel, accommodation and subsistence costs: All costs incurred by YMoCA competitors prior to and during Round #1 (on-line) and Round #2 (to be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) will be the responsibility of the individual performers. Costs will not be covered by YMoCA. Applicants & their families/partners/accompanists should arrange suitable insurance to mitigate any loss.

Damage & liability: The YMoCA Board will not be responsible for any damage to musical instruments, to individuals or property owned by competitors/participants during Round #1 (on-line) or Round #2 of the YMoCA competition.

Broadcasting: The YMoCA Board reserves the right to record & broadcast all performances, interviews etc., held during Round #2 of the competition.

YMoCA Rules and regulations: All competitors will be notified (by email) of any alterations or changes to the above rules & regulations.

Further enquiries: Any enquiries should be directed to: administracion@britchamdr.com