James Ramos International Video Competition (JRIVC)

James Ramos
Memorial Fund

For more information about
James Ramos,
the James Ramos Memorial Fund,
or to make a donation to the fund, please visit the
Music Improvisation and Creativity webpage

The James Ramos International Video Competition, 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 has been on hiatus since the middle of 2015, when James stepped down to receive treatments and therapies. The James Ramos Memorial Fund established at CAPMT has 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.

Please e-mail jrivc@capmt.org

Winners Videos will be screened at the CAPMT State Conference: October 19–20, 2018 (FRI–SAT)

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who participated in the 2018 James Ramos International Video Competition. We had over 100 entrants this year, and the level of playing was outstanding!

Dr. Heidi Jacob

Christopher O’Riley

1st-Place Winners Video Playlist

Video Upload Instructions

Video Recording may be done 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 Applicant may be accompanied, (e.g., violin sonata with piano accompaniment), but no chamber works or concerti are allowed.
  • The video must have been recorded between May 25, 2017 and August 25, 2018.
  • 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.

James Ramos International Video Competition
Rules & Guidelines

  • Age eligibility is based on the applicant’s age on May 25, 2018.
  • 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 works originally composed for solo instrument/voice and orchestra are allowed.
  • Time Limit: 10 minutes for all categories
  • Video Upload Requirement: YouTube link

Entry Fees

All Categories A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H
Students of CAPMT Members: $30.00
Students of Non-CAPMT Members: $40.00


Category A
age 9 & under
1st Place: $250

Category B
ages 10–12
1st Place: $375

Category C
ages 13–15
1st Place: $500

Category D
ages 16–18
1st Place: $750

Category E
ages 19–25
1st Place: $1,000

Category F
ages 26–35
1st Place: $500

Category G
ages 26 and above
Amateur Adults
1st Place: $500

Category H
ages 26 and above
Music Teachers/Educators
1st Place: $500

Winners Videos were screened at CAPMT State Conference: October 14, 2017 (SAT)
1st-Place Winners Video Playlist

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