The Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is moving from producing and promoting events to commissioning original Southern Jewish music.

The AJMF is holding a contest for Southern Jewish music acts to create at least two original pieces of music to premiere eighth annual spring festival in March.

“As the South’s only year-round producer and promoter of Jewish music, AJMF holds a unique opportunity and responsibility to our community, particularly Southern Jewish musicians,” the festival said in announcing the competition.

It’s fulfilling that responsibility by offering an $1,800 prize to the winner, who will retain ownership of the music.

The winning act can be an established solo performer, band or collaboration and must be available to rehearse in early 2017 and perform a 75-to-90-minute set in Atlanta in mid-March.

The only rules are that a solo performer or the majority of any group must self-identify as Jewish and live in the South, which for purposes of the contest covers Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas, West Virginia and Virginia.

Applications are being accepted through Oct. 31 by email to, which is also the address to use for more information. The application should include a description, in 250 or fewer words, of the new music, its purpose and how you will premiere it. Also submit a draft run of show that includes door time and set time and either an electronic press kit or some recorded songs, videos and biographical information.

The festival plans to announce the winner Dec. 1 and to pay the first half of the commission ($900) by the end of the year. The rest of the money will be paid in March.