Generative Music Prize


Submission period

Mon Oct 16 at 04AM UTC

End of submission period

Mon Oct 30 at 10:59PM UTC

Results date

Fri Jan 26, 2024 at 05PM UTC
The Generative Music Prize is an international competition that highlights the creative potential of music generated with algorithms. This first edition is organized by IRCAM to mark the 30th anniversary of the IRCAM Forum.


Music generation software is a sophisticated computer application that harnesses intricate algorithms to produce sound/music compositions independently and without direct human input. By utilizing trained models, rules and/or non-musical data, this software usually programmed in languages and applications such as C++, Python, javascript, Max, PureData, Chuck and SuperCollider can generate original musical pieces.

Whether serving as a wellspring of inspiration, a laboratory for experimentation, or a tool for crafting adaptive soundscapes, music generation software opens up new fields of applications, across various domains. From music composition, where they formalize an entire musical process, to dynamically producing soundtracks for films and video games, or creating evolving ambiences for artistic installations and therapeutic experiences. They may be also employed for enriching online content, interactive music education, live artistic experimentation, and even immersive game development. Overall, they push the boundaries of creativity and redefine how music is created and experienced in a multitude of fields.

The Generative Music Prize highlights the intelligence of music generation software in relation to the challenge it faces. Participants, be they individual developers, collaborative teams, or corporate entities, submit their proposal for scrutiny, undergoing rigorous assessment based on a comprehensive set of criteria:

Clear description of the generative algorithms.
Artistic quality of the generated music.
Suitability for targeted field of application or artistic objective.
Innovative and original approach.
Ease of implementation and use of software.

The Generative Music Prize serves as a platform not only to spotlight technical advancement but also to foster creative thinking, as well as to accord recognition to accomplished developers who have significantly contributed to the growth of this dynamic and evolving field.


The awards ceremony takes place on March 22, 2024, to mark the 30th anniversary of the IRCAM Forum, at IRCAM, Paris.

1st award: 2500€ + 1 year IRCAM Forum Premium Membership
2nd award: 1000€ + 1 year IRCAM Forum Premium Membership
3rd award: 500€ + 1 year IRCAM Forum Premium Membership

Following the event, not only the winners but also other willing candidates will have the opportunity to promote their software and music free of charge on the Dafne+ platform via the IRCAM Forum.

IMPORTANT DATES: September 12, 2023 - October 30, 2023 : Submission portal opens
January 26, 2024: Notification to the awardees
March 22, 2024: Award Ceremony during the IRCAM Forum workshops 2024

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