With the Fourteenth Competition right around the corner, the
Cliburn has ample sponsorship opportunities that will showcase your
support of classical music. Please contact Lindy Eubank, director
of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you
are interested in contributing to one of the areas listed
Thank you to the following
foundations and corporations who have committed their support to
the Fourteenth Competition:
- Adeline & George McQueen Foundation
- Alann P. and Charles F. Bedford Fund of the Community
Foundation of North Texas
- Alcon Foundation
- American Airlines
- Amon G. Carter Foundation
- BNSF Foundation TX
- Cantey Hanger LLP
- City of Fort Worth, through a special grant from the Fort Worth
Promotion & Development Fund
- Communities Foundation of Texas
- Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America
- Fifth Avenue Foundation
- FMC Agricultural Products
- Forestar Oil & Gas
- Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Fort Worth Piano Teachers Forum
- Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities
- Higginbotham Community Fund of the Community Foundation of
- J.P. Morgan
- Jane and John Justin Foundation
- Luther King Capital Management
- Mary Potishman Lard Trust
- Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation
- Mollie and Garland Lasater Charitable Fund of the Community
Foundation of North Texas
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Neal Steffen Memorial Foundation through the Fidelity
Charitable Gift Fund
- Neiman Marcus
- Nicholas Varney Jewels, Inc.
- Qurumbli Foundation
- Raymond E. Buck Foundation
- Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn Foundation
- Sid W. Richardson Foundation
- Steinway & Sons
- T. J. Brown & C. A. Lupton Foundation, Inc.
- Texas Capital Bank
- Texas Commission on the Arts
- Texas Women for the Arts | Texas Cultural Trust
- The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
- The Burnett Foundation
- The Frill Foundation
- The Garvey Texas Foundation, Inc.
- The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc.
- The Robert S. and Joyce Pate Capper Charitable Foundation
- The Ryan Foundation
- The Walsh Foundation
- William E. Scott Foundation
- XTO Energy Inc.
as of March 21, 2013
American Composer Fees
The Cliburn has made a significant contribution to the standard
piano repertoire as the rules of the Competition have required
competitors to perform a newly-composed work since its inception in
1962. For the Fourteenth Competition, the Cliburn has commissioned
Theofanidis to compose a new work that will be performed by all
semifinalists. A native of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Theofanidis is one of
the most widely performed American composers writing today.
On June 9, after the jury has deliberated and picked the
medalists, the winners are announced in an Awards Ceremony, which
is filmed for the documentary covering the Competition and
broadcast nationally and internationally. There will be a press
conference immediately following the awards with a photo
opportunity for Sponsors with the new winners in the Green
A Closing Reception for 800 guests will be held on June 9, 2013,
at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel immediately
following the announcement of the awards. Guests include
competitors, volunteers, major donors, corporate sponsors, media
representatives, VIPs, and officials from across the United States
and around the world. Food, entertainment, and rousing toasts to
the winners make this truly a gala finale.
Competitor Travel Expenses
The Cliburn provides round trip air fare to each competition for
30 selected competitors. Since the First Competition in 1962, the
Cliburn has launched more than 80 professional piano careers and
hosted 468 competitors from 69 countries, and looks forward to
welcoming competitors from around the globe again in 2013.
Underwriting the expenses for the competitors to travel to Fort
Worth, one of the distinct aspects of the Cliburn Competition,
ensures that the best talent is able to come to Fort Worth to
Discretionary support allows the Cliburn the flexibility to
support those Competition programs that may not be fully
underwritten. This type of support ensures that the Competition
maintains its high quality throughout all areas.
Hospitality Suite and Press Corps Facility
A hospitality suite at the Worthington Hotel is available for
official guests, jurors, and other VIPs during the Competition.
Volunteer staff at the suite gives general assistance, keeps the
suite open throughout the Competition, and provides refreshments,
beverages, and information.
A separate office facility is provided for the press at the
Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall and includes working
space, photocopier, telephones, facsimile machine, supplies,
computers, and refreshments. Media coverage is essential to the
success of the competition.
International / National Advertising and Press
Over a two-year period leading up to the Competition, the
Cliburn places print ads in national and international music
periodicals in order to inform music professionals, managers,
presenters, and orchestra administrators of the upcoming
A press representative is hired to work in conjunction with the
Cliburn's director of marketing to secure international and
national print and broadcast coverage of the Competition. Major
media outlets covering the 2009 Competition included: National
Public Radio,New York Times, and the BBC.
The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition jury is composed
of some of the world's most prestigious musicians, conductors,
composers, and administrators. Since the First Competition in 1962,
the Cliburn has hosted 122 jurors from 36 countries. The jurors are
the core of the competition and are jointly responsible for judging
and selecting 30 exceptional young pianists to determine the
winners. The cost per juror includes honorarium, in-town
transportation, travel, hotel meals, supplies, and other related
expenses. Maestro John Giordano will lead the elite 13-member
international group of highly experienced music professionals for
his 11th time.
Media Project - Webcast, Radio broadcasts, and Documentary
For the Fourteenth Competition, the Cliburn will produce a media
project that includes a global live streaming hosted webcast, radio
broadcasts, and a film documentary intended for national broadcast
on PBS. Over the three-week period, other media project activities
will include social media strategies, Web blogs, chat rooms,
educational components, mobile apps, video-on-demand, archived
footage, CDs, and DVDs. During the Competition, the webcast will
stream live performances and archived video 24 hours a day, and
following the Competition, archival footage will be available for
view on the Cliburn's Web site in perpetuity. The live webcast is
more than a platform for showcasing the live performances of the
competitors, it offers hours of supplementary educational and
cultural content. Featured items will include original content,
on-demand performances, rehearsals, musical commentary notes,
performer bios, program information, an on-line audience vote, a
live host, performer portraits, video features, broadcast of the
symposia live, and backstage views.
Selections from the Semifinal Round will air American Public
Media's, which is broadcast on 245 public radio stations across the
country and heard by approximately 1.3 million people each
The Cliburn's three-year management of the six finalists'
careers is significantly assisted by the competition documentary.
Aired on stations of the Public Broadcasting Service in the United
States and syndicated nationally, the documentary makes millions
excited about the winners, and therefore eager to hear the pianists
perform in their communities. The documentary may be broadcast
three times over four years, reaching a potential audience of 105
million households, and are packaged as DVDs for retail sale.
Opening Dinner and Draw Party
The Opening Dinner and Draw Party on May 22, 2013, marks the
formal commencement of three weeks of music, festivity, and the
drama of Competition. At this event competitors draw for placement
in the competition. Attendees include the competitors, members of
the jury, media representatives, managers, distinguished official
guests, volunteers, host families, donors, board members, and music
lovers from throughout the world.
Platinum and Golden Reception area
The Platinum and Golden Circles Reception area is a specially
designed, private reception location in which patrons of the
Platinum and Golden Circles (purchasers of premium-located seats)
relax during intermission with complimentary beverages and
refreshments. Patrons often choose to stay in this area and watch
the competition on closed-circuit television.
Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final Rounds
In the Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final Rounds, the field of 30
competitors is narrowed to 12, and then six. All of the rounds take
place in the 2,000-seat Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance
Hall and are open to the public.
Round is a seven-day event from May 24-May 30, 2013, that
marks the first phase of the competition during which each of the
contestants performs two recitals, each one not to exceed 45
minutes in length of works chosen by the pianist.
The four-day Semifinal
Round from June 1-June 4, 2013, offers an opportunity for
the 12 semifinalists to demonstrate their prowess with chamber
music by performing a quintet with the Brentano String Quartet chosen
from works by Brahms, Dvořák, Franck, and Schumann. They also will
perform a solo recital not to exceed 60 minutes in length of works
chosen by the pianist, including the commissioned work by
Christopher Theofanidis. Each semifinalist plays twice during a
historically sold-out phase of the competition.
The Final Round is
held over the course of four days from June 6-June 9, 2013. The six
finalists will perform two concerti of their choice, the first will
be a chamber concerto chosen from works by Beethoven and Mozart,
and the second will be any concerto scored for full symphony
orchestra and piano. Both concerti will be performed with the Fort
Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of internationally
acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin for the first time.
Prizes and Awards
Cash prizes are an integral part of the Competition as they
recognize the superb talent and effort of the competitors.
Receiving a prize from the Cliburn Competition enhances the
credentials of the winners as professional pianists.
Screening Auditions and Jury
Over 250 pianists from around the world are expected to apply
for the Fourteenth Competition. After an extensive screening
process, approximately 120 will be invited to participate in the
worldwide Screening Audition Recitals. In January and February
2013, these live Screening Auditions will be held in Moscow,
Russia; Milan, Italy; Hannover, Germany; Hong Kong, and the United
States in New York City and Fort Worth, Texas. The applicant's
recitals will be free and open to the public and will be presided
over by a five-member jury who will also be members of the
Fourteenth Competition Jury. Support for the Screening Auditions
and jury includes underwriting travel assistance for applicants to
their nearest Screening Audition site, hall rental, piano tuning,
staffing, honoraria and travel expenses for the screening jurors,
and fliers to attract audiences.
Transportation for Jurors, Press Representatives, and Official
Transportation to and from hotels and entertainment facilities
is provided for jury members, official guests, and members of the
press. It is anticipated that buses to and from satellite parking
sites and Bass Performance Hall will also be required.