2019 CAPMT-Social Music Works
James Ramos
International Video Competition (JRIVC)




The James Ramos International Video Competition (JRIVC), a joint project of CAPMT and Social Music Works, explores the global accessibility and community building of music making through the use of social media. Competition applicants are not required to travel to a physical audition site, freeing them to audition at the time most convenient for them. Travel expenses, transportation logistics, and time constraints are no longer barriers to entry, opening the competition field to participants worldwide!

In 2013–2014, Social Music Works launched the International Video Upload Competition (SMW IVUC) with James Ramos as Director of Innovation and Ideas. James passed away on May 25, 2016 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. SMW IVUC had been on hiatus since the middle of 2015, when James stepped down to receive treatments and therapies. The James Ramos Memorial Fund was established at CAPMT, and in 2017, CAPMT and Social Music Works re-launched the Competition in celebration of James’s life with new rules, guidelines, and categories to honor his commitment to creativity and access.

The James Ramos International Video Competition is open to all instrumental and vocal soloists of all ages in all genres, including classical, pop, rock, jazz, and improvisation.


Categories & 1st-Place Cash Awards

CategoryAge1st-Place Cash Award
A9 & under$250
B10–12$375
C13–15$500
D16–18$500
E19–25$500
F26–35 • CAPMT YPLN Members$500
G26 & above • Amateur Adults$500
H26 & above • Music Teachers
or Music Educators
$500

Application Fees

  • Application Fees
    • Categories A, B, C, D, E, G
      • Students of CAPMT Members: $40.00
      • Students of Non-CAPMT Members: $50.00
    • Categories E, F, G, H
      • CAPMT Member: $40.00
      • Non-CAPMT Member: $50.00

Online Application & Fees Payment Form

  • Application & Video Upload Deadline: October 5, 2019 (SAT)
  • Winners Announced: October 15, 2019 (TUE)
  • Winners Videos Screened at CAPMT State Conference: October 19, 2019 (SAT)

Rules & Guidelines

  • Age eligibility is based on the applicant’s age on September 1, 2019.
  • Proof-of-Age document is REQUIRED.
  • Previous 1st-place winners (including ties) in Categories A–E are NOT eligible to participate in the same Category again, but may enter a higher age Category.
  • Previous 1st-place winners (including ties) in Categories F, G, and H may enter the same Category again after sitting out for two years. For example, the 1st-place winner in Category F in 2017 may enter again in 2020, having sat out for two years: 2018 and 2019.
  • Repertoire Requirement
    • ONE WORK (may be multiple movements of the same larger work)
    • The Applicant may be accompanied, (e.g., violin sonata with piano accompaniment); but NO CHAMBER WORKS, CONCERTI, or OTHER WORKS originally composed for solo instrument/voice and orchestra are allowed.
  • Time Limit: 10 minutes for all categories
  • Video Upload Requirement: YouTube Link
    • Video Recording may be made with any technology available. Please note that the Applicant will be required to upload the video digitally to YouTube. If YouTube is not available in your country, you will be asked to provide an alternate URL viewable from the United States.
    • The Applicant may self-record, ask a teacher/friend/family member, or hire someone to make the video.
    • The Applicant is encouraged to test the video before uploading to make sure that it is viewable and that the audio is working.
    • The solo part of the Applicant’s video (“live performance”) will be entirely by the Applicant.
    • The video must have been recorded between October 5, 2018 and October 5, 2019.
    • The Applicant’s video will not have been edited, tampered with, or altered by any means.
    • The “live” performance must be a single continuous video recording.
    • The video and audio must be from the same “live” performance.
    • The Applicant’s face and hands must be visible at all times on the video recording.
    • While the Applicant may label or superimpose the composer name and/or title of the work on the video recording, no personal identification information, (e.g., the name of the applicant, teacher, or school), is allowed.
    • No advertising or explicit product placement, other than the piano and/or percussion equipment, may appear on the video recording, including website URLs, social media sites, and QR codes.
    • The video recording may not show or contain any profanity or viewable/audio content that the competition, in its sole discretion, finds objectionable and not suitable for all viewers.
    • The competition reserves the right to reject a video considered inappropriate for our audience.
    • The Applicant hereby grants permission for all of his/her performance in or associated with the competition to be electronically recorded, transferred, or filmed for distribution in all media at any time.