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PMF 30th Anniversary
Fanfare Composition Competition

This year marks the 30th anniversary of PMF, and in commemoration of this milestone we are holding a PMF Fanfare Composition Competition!

For centuries, fanfares have served not only to signal beginnings, but also to bring listeners together and raise their spirits. It is our hope that PMF will be able to continue sharing the beauty and wonder of classical music, raising listeners' spirits long into the future, and with this in mind we are seeking a new fanfare, written for the festival. The selected fanfare will be performed by members of the Academy as the very first sound of the PMF 30th Anniversary Opening Concert - and more! Anyone is welcome to submit, from those with no experience composing to professionals.

Share the music in your heart with the world for PMF's 30th anniversary!

photo:Picnic Concert


April 26 (Fri)

Fanfare submissions begin (online only)

June 7 (Fri)

Submission deadline

Late June

Announcement of the winning fanfare

July 6 (Sat)

Premiere of winning fanfare at the PMF 30th Anniversary Opening Concert

(and possibly other concerts as well!)


  • Submitted fanfares should be primarily for brass instruments for up to 10 players in total, from among 5 horns, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenor and 1 bass), 1 tuba, and 2 percussionists. The fanfare should be 3 minutes or less in length.
  • The fanfares must not have been previously published or performed.
  • There is no limit to the number of pieces a person may submit.
  • Only one fanfare will be chosen.
  • PMF may arrange the winning fanfare as needed.

Required Qualifications

None - all are free to submit!

Entry Fee



In addition to the premiere of the selected fanfare at the PMF 30th Anniversary Opening Concert and Picnic Concert, the winner will be presented with a 30,000-yen iTunes Gift Card, and tickets to both the Opening and Picnic Concerts.

How to Submit

  • First, go to the online Submission Form (a link is at the bottom of this page). Enter your full name and contact information.
  • Send score (required) and audio files (recommended) to fanfare@pmf.jp using a file-transfer service as needed. The file names must include the composer's name (for example: Miles_Davis_score.pdf).
  • Submit scores as PDFs, along with the notation-software files if applicable. Audio files should be either in WAV or mp3 format.

Submission Deadline

June 7 (Fri) at 12:00 noon Japan Time
The deadline has now passed. Our thanks go out to all who submitted!

Announcement of the Winning Fanfare

The winning composer will be contacted in late June, and the results will be announced on the PMF website.

Performance & Arrangement Rights

The Pacific Music Festival Organizing Committee will retain ownership of the winning fanfare and maintain all related rights, including the right to arrange the piece in any way (rights will be retained for all arrangements as well), and to perform it an unlimited number of times, indefinitely.

On the Use of Personal Information

Personal information will be used exclusively for the purposes of this competition and will not be provided or disclosed to any third party. All submitted files/materials will be deleted after the competition ends.


Pacific Music Festival Organizing Committee
Fanfare Competition
Tel: +81-11-242-2211 // 011-242-2211 (Mon-Fri 9:00-17:30 JST)
Email: fanfare@pmf.jp