TSA SONG WRITING CONTEST 2019/2020 AWARDS
Song Contests are a great way to test your songs in competition with others and improve your songwriting skills.
ENTER VIA: WWW.TSA.SONGCENTRAL.BIZ
SONGWRITING CONTEST OPEN 1st AUGUST 2019
CONTEST CLOSES FOR ENTRIES – 14th OCTOBER 2019
The TSA songwriting contest for 2019/2020 will be ONE contest called the Songwriter Salute Awards.
RULES In short:
- there is no National Songwriting Contest anymore
- there are no restrictions regarding commercial release/or release dates anymore for any entries in any category except for NOVICE and the APRA/AMCOS New Songwriter Award (see more details below)
- there are separate sections for BUSH BALLAD and TRADITIONAL songs
- A Song is defined as a combination of Lyrics and Melody (music) therefore this competition is NOT open to instrumental entries.
- Songs must be oriented to Australian Country life, scenery, subject material and attitude. This can include romantic interest and city comparison but not songs with only a city setting/context.
- Multiple entries of Songs only apply to ANZAC, YOUTH and APRA/AMCOS/TSA NEW SONGWRITER sections if the writer qualifies for Youth and/or New Songwriter. Songs entered in any category can be entered again in ANZAC section if applicable to the ANZAC section. Songs entered in any section can be entered in YOUTH if the writer qualifies for Youth. Songs entered in any section can be entered in the New Songwriter section. Any songs entered in any section cannot have their Lyrics lifted and entered in the Lyrics Only section ( see below).
- Do not enter the lyrics of a song in the Lyrics Only section where those song lyrics belong to a song that has been entered in any other section. This applies to all and every section.
- All entries for any section must be written by an Australian and/or New Zealand resident. If there is a co-writer the co-writer/s must also be Australian or New Zealand resident. Resident also means that each member of the songwriting team is alive at the date of entry.
- Songs maybe recorded outside Australia and may include backing musicians/vocalists from outside Australia. The competitions are about songwriting not the production or recording.
- There is no judges feedback for these Awards.
- The songs must be submitted by MP3 (128kbps) via the online entry platform provided by Songcentral. All entries to this competition, The Songwriter Salute Awards will be via online.
- The URL for the entry platform will be advertised shortly Or go to www.songcentral.com.au and search for the TSA Songcompetition
- TSA members ONLY may post entries by prior arrangement with TSA Songcompetition co-ordinator Judy Smith.0408601246.
- The judge’s decision is final and the TSA will not enter into any discussion regarding the results in any competition. In entering any TSA contest the entrant is deemed to have read and understood the conditions and agrees by entering the competition that the conditions of entry of the competition are acceptable.
- The TSA cannot be held responsible for any perceived digression or non-compliance in any matter.
- Offensive material, or songs containing language considered by the judges to be not in keeping with general acceptable language standards, i.e. containing swearing and foul language will not score well in the competition so don’t waste your entry fee.
- All winning songs except ANZAC ($400) and APRA AMCOS /TSA New Songwriters of the Year Award ($1000) will receive a cash payment of $200. The writers of the winning song will also receive a Trophy. Up to three trophies only will be presented for a winning song. Additional trophies may be ordered from TSA at cost. The awards will be presented in January at the TSA Concert and Awards show. Finalists will be notified and if not attending the awards, should pre-arrange for the transport of trophies from Tamworth of their Awards at their own cost, should they become winners, or arrange to have trophies received by their representatives at the Awards. Any Finalists who is not able to attend the awards must nominate a person to represent them at the Awards should they be successful. Email firstname.lastname@example.org CC email@example.com.
- Cover versions of others work will NOT be accepted. Use of poems or lyrics written by others not of your nominated songwriting team, re-arrangements or re-working of songs written by others not of your songwriting team will NOT be accepted; this is a Songwriting Contest for original material only, both in lyrics and music. Note rule (5) also.
- Any song not accepted or declared ineligible will not generate a refund to the entrant.
- A previous winning song cannot be entered again in any section.
Country Song of The Year: There is an award for Country Song of the Year. The song will be selected from the winners of all the sections and will be selected by a special panel based. The award will be a separate presentation on the night.
Songs entered on behalf of others: Apart from Entries received from original writers, entries will be accepted from appointed agents/representatives of original writers and/or publishers of the original writer. Note that all conditions (1-17) are applicable in this case.
All entries will be judged by various panels selected by the TSA from the music industry. A panel of three judges shall be involved in the judging process. Each member of the panel shall score the song on an overall basis. Semi finalists will be judged again by a different panel to determine the finalists and the eventual winners.
How to Enter & Fees:
Entrants are responsible for the allocation of a song to a particular section. There will be no re-allocations of songs after entries have closed. Each song is judged as applicable to the section entered.
Entry fees are $15/song for members of the TSA and $25/song for non -members of the TSA. Do not add for GST.
You MUST join the TSA before you enter songs if you wish to enter as a member and receive the discounted entry fee.
Go to www.tsaonline.com.au to join prior to entering your songs.
Click here to enter: www.tsa.songcentral.biz
Categories for Entry
Please note: open section means that the song can be either recorded, released published or not:
Sections/Categories for entry:
- BUSH BALLAD – Bev Daniel Commemorative Award- open section
- TRADITIONAL – open section
- BLUEGRASS – open section
- GOSPEL/SPIRITUAL – open section
- COUNTRY ROCK – open section
- COUNTRY BALLAD – open section
- COUNTRY BLUES -open section
- ALT COUNTRY – open section
- ANZAC – open section
- LYRICS ONLY- open section
- COMEDY /NOVELTY- The Geoff Mack Commemorative Award – open section
Restricted Categories/Sections for entry:
- NOVICE – only unreleased material from a writer/team of which all the members have never won a songwriting contest and are not released/published writers.
- YOUTH – John P Toomey Commemorative Award for under 18 entrants. U18 as at close of competition date.
- APRA AMCOS/ TSA NEW Songwriter of the Year- date restricted for first ever commercial release see conditions below:
THE APRA AMCOS/TSA NEW SONGWRITER of the YEAR:
Eligible entrants (and each member of the songwriting team – if a team is involved) MUST have had their first commercial release within 5 years before the close of this competition i.e not before 1st October 2014 & the song has to have been recorded/released after October 2018. Also, no member of the song writing team has won a songwriting contest with a commercially released song.
The new Songwriter of The Year Award (for a team or individual) is to recognise and promote new talent in Australian Country Music. There is a cash prize of $1,000.00 for the song. This award is for original material – Lyric and Melody.PRIZES
All winning songs (except ANZAC – $400 and APRA AMCOS /TSA New Songwriters of the Year Award – $1000) will receive a cash payment of $200. The writers of the winning song will also receive a Trophy (see rule 14 above).