Festival Rules and Information

The Junior and Senior Festivals give students the opportunity to perform for a judge and be evaluated on their musical growth.  Students are praised for what they do well, and given constructive suggestions as to how they can improve.  The New Jersey Federation of Music Clubs strives to nurture a love a music as well as a growing technical mastery.


“Festivals are designed for all members of the National Federation of Music Clubs.  The Festival is not a competitive event but an opportunity to perform and receive evaluation.  The rules are set by the National Federation of Music Clubs.” (NFMC Federation Festival Bulletin, ii)


General Festival Information

Materials Necessary:     National Festival Bulletin (available through nfmc-music.org) and the information and forms found on this website.


Child Protection Policy:

The National Federation of Music Clubs has established a Child Protection Policy to ensure that all students have a safe and positive experience at the Junior Festivals.  As part of this policy, the New Jersey Federation of Music Clubs has two adults in a judging room, and follows the guidelines set out in the pamphlet Preventing Child Sexual Abuse”.  All adults working as judges and proctors in the NJFMC Junior Festivals are required to read this pamphlet, and need to sign the Child Protection Form on a yearly basis.  The Child Protection forms will need to be signed at the Festival Centers.


Rules & Regulations:



In order to participate in the Festivals, the following forms are due to be submitted online by JANUARY 15th. (Please Note: While all forms are to be submitted online, payments are to be made by check and mailed. We hope to be receiving credit card payments in the near future.) Total Fees are due upon receipt of your invoice. Make one check payable to NJ Federation of Music Club, Inc. and send it to our Festival Payments Manager:  Reed Bodenstein (See membership directory for for address.)

Please note, registration forms received after January 15th are subject to a $75 late fee.

1)  Junior or Senior Festival Teacher Registration Form

2)  Junior or Senior Festival Student Registration Form

3)  Junior or Senior Festival Online Video Submissions Form


3)  Rating Sheet:


DAY OF  FESTIVAL (For In-Person only) - Teachers:

Please note:  All children at the Festivals must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  All children are the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.  No child may be left unattended in the waiting room or judges’ room.  This includes the children of teachers/judges.

DAY OF FESTIVAL (For In-Person only - Refer to NJFMC disclaimer on Teacher Registration Form) - Students:

Festival Generated Awards:

1)     Superior Certificates: 

2)     Gold Cups: The Gold Cup Plan is described in detail in the Festival Bulletin, available through the NFMC website (nfmc-music.org).  The following is a summary:

Superior = 5 points

Excellent = 4 points

Satisfactory = 3 points

Fair = 2 points

Needs Improvement = 1 point

 3)     The New Jersey Trophy

GOLD CUP CONCERT (TBD due to Covid19)

Please plan to attend and encourage your students to attend as well.  It is a wonderful opportunity to hear our young musicians.