The Pulitzer Prize Board announced changes in its entry requirements for the music prize beginning with the 2005 awards.
The board stated that it would now consider a broader range of musical compositions, "from the contemporary classical symphony to jazz, opera, choral, musical theater, movie scores and other forms of musical excellence."
The previous requirements called for compositions that had been publicly performed for the first time in the last year. Now, either a public performance or a recording in the last year is permitted. Opening the door fully for improvisational works, composers will no longer be required to submit a score with their entry. The board also will widen its pool of music prize jurors. Previously, the jury had consisted of four composers and one music critic. On the new jury, there will be slots for three composers, one for critics and one for "presenters of musical programs, orchestra conductors, musical arts and other knowledgeable members of the music world."
Sig Gissler, administrator of the prizes, said: "The changes are not radical but they are significant. Indeed, the Pulitzer Prize Board believes that they will result in fuller consideration of the finest examples of American music across a wide range of compositions."
The 2004 Pulitzer Prizes were announced April 5 and were presented May 24 at the University. Columbia awards the prizes on the Pulitzer Prize Board's recommendation.