2017 Entries for 2018 Awards
“The 2018 Contest”
RULES & CONDITIONS:
PLEASE NOTE: THERE HAVE BEEN RULE CHANGES FROM LAST CONTEST BUT ONLY IN THE YOUTH SECTION
The Contest year is named after the year of the Award presentation i.e. songs entered in 2017 are for the 2018 Awards so the contest is called the 2018 Contest.
• The National Country Songwriting Contest- for non-commercialised/ non released material has six (6) sections
DATES FOR ENTRY:
1st August, 2017 to 30th September, 2017
CATEGORIES FOR ENTRY:
- Alt Country, Blues & Bluegrass
- Lyrics (only)
- Open Traditional
- Open Contemporary
COST OF ENTRY:
$15.00 per song entry
$25.00 per song entry
BEFORE YOU ENTER THIS SECTION YOU MUST BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING GENERAL CONDITIONS (a-o) APPLICABLE TO THIS TSA SONGWRITING CONTEST:
a) Songs must be Country oriented describing 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.
b) Any Song entered in one section cannot be entered in another section except for the John P Toomey Commemorative section for Youth Songwriting Section. See that section
c) All entries 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 residents.
d) Songs maybe recorded outside Australia and may include backing musicians/vocalists from outside Australia. The competitions are about songwriting not the production or recording.
e) The Novice Section and the Youth section (only) will receive Judges feedback for entrants in the National Country Songwriting Contest. There is no feedback for the other divisions.
f) The songs MUST be submitted by MP3 (128kbps) via the online entry platform provided. For those unable to enter the National Country Songwriting Contest online the TSA will accept CD entries via post by pre arrangement. Any postal entry in the National Songwriting Competition will incur a further $10 on the entry fee per song to cover administration unless you are a member of the TSA at time of entry, in which
case, postal entries will not attract the $10/song administration fee but you must contact the TSA song competition co-ordinator 0408 601 246 prior to notify of your postal entry.
g) There is no instrumental section.
h) The judge’s decision is final and the TSA will not enter into any discussion regarding the results in any competition or any comments made by the judges in the National Country Songwriting Competition. In entering any TSA contest the entrant is deemed to have read and understood the rules and agrees by entering the competition that the conditions of entry and rules of the competition are acceptable to them. Judges comments are NOT the opinion of The TSA but are the opinions of external judges sourced from the music industry.
i) The TSA cannot be held responsible for any digression or non-compliance in any matter.
j) 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.
k) All prizes will be listed on the TSA website www.tsaonline.com.au. All Semi-finalists will be announced via the TSA website, general in December, Finalists will be announced on the TSA website either late December or early January. Awards will be presented in January at the TSA Concert and Awards show in Tamworth usually between 20-24th January, check the website for details. Finalists, if not attending the awards, should pre-arrange for the transport 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 and CC email@example.com. All Finalists will be notified prior to the Awards.
l) No cover versions of others work, use of poems or lyrics written by others, re arrangements or re working of traditional songs will be accepted in any sections, this is a Songwriting Contest for original material only both in lyrics and music.
m) Songs entered in previous years in the TSA National Songwriting Contest TSA may be re-entered provided those songs are not previous winners of any section.
n) Any song not accepted or ineligible will not generate a refund to the entrant.
o) A song that has won or was entered in the TSA National Country Songwriting Contest in a particular year may be entered in the Songwriter Salute Awards in any year following provided that song has been commercially released within the listed time period for eligible songs in the Songwriter Salute Awards and is available for sale and advertised as such.
In addition to the above general conditions the National Country Songwriting Competition has specific rules. Entrants must be familiar with both the general conditions as well as the rules specific to the contest they are entering.
Specific Rules for The National Country Songwriting Contest:
• Words and music must be original and NOT have been released for commercial purchase in any medium (including CD, vinyl, I tunes or the like, self-funded CD or placed with a publisher).
• The song will be eligible if it is on your personal website or the TSA website, YouTube, or Facebook conditional that the song/track is NOT advertised for sale or purchase on any website or the above websites.
• A Novice songwriter is defined below in the Novice section description. If you are NOT a Novice songwriter then you cannot enter the Novice section. This will be checked, no refunds can be given for false or mistaken entries. Novice songwriters may enter Novice and Open sections and the John P Toomey Commemorative Section for Youth Songwriting provided the writer is under 18 years at close of the competition.
• Feedback from judges for the Novice and JPT Youth section only will be available via the online entry portal after the contest has been judged. Postal entries in these sections will receive feedback by post.
• All songs submitted online will be deleted after completion of the contest.
• All songwriters must be Australian and/or New Zealand residents.
• To ensure impartiality, the judging system is “blind’’ so no names or identifying marks will be allowed in the lyrics, no announcement or reference to the songwriter will be allowed in the recording. The first round of judges will not know the identity of the songwriters. The judges in the final round, will know the writers as the songs will be listed as semi-finalists and the list will be published on the website approx. one month before the Awards Concert.
• A maximum of 10 songs can be entered in any one section.
• Judging is by different “pools” of judges, the top 10% of songs in each pool will advance to the semi-finals and be judged again by a different panel to find the finalists.
Sections within the National Songwriting Contest:
This section is for Australian and New Zealand residents only who have never won a section previously in a songwriting contest or had a commercial release except Youth. There is no restriction on backing. Material can be of any Country Music genre, Traditional, Contemporary, Alternative Country, Rock, Bluegrass or folk.
A Novice songwriter is one that:
• has never won a songwriting competition (except a Youth competition) and /or
• has never issued a recording of a song available for purchase or had any commercial arrangement associated with a recording after turning 18 years old. This includes give away’s that maybe sold-on or traded by others later and /or
• has never commercially released (or been part of a writing team that has commercially released) a song after turning 18 years old – this will be checked.
A Novice songwriter is eligible to enter the Novice and any of the Open sections but not with the same song.
A Novice songwriter (as is the case with any writer) is eligible to enter the Lyrics only section but not with a set of lyrics to songs entered in other sections.
If the Novice writer has co-writer(s) all co-writers must also be classified as Novice.
If a songwriter has won this Novice section or any novice section of a songwriting competition, that writer is NOT eligible to enter the Novice section again (either as an individual or as part of a songwriting team).
2. Open Traditional:
This section is for those who wish to compete with entrants who write songs in a traditional style and who structure their songs in the format of bush ballads and historical songs. Any backing may be used.
3. Open Contemporary:
This section is for those who wish to compete with others in contemporary/modern country songwriting, any backing can be used. Country Rock is applicable in this section so is Country Ballad.
4. Blues, Alt Country & Bluegrass:
This section is for those who have written songs that they feel do not fit into the Traditional or Contemporary genre. Or are folk, blues, bluegrass based. Any backing can be used, it is an open section.
5. The John P Toomey Commemorative Award for Youth Songwriting:
This section is reserved for those who are under 18 years old at the date of the close of competition. Any backing can be used, any style can be presented. The award will include the John P Toomey Perpetual Trophy for songwriting by a young Songwriter. It is possible for a youth songwriter to enter other sections with the same song but that entry has to comply with the rules of the other sections. If the entry complies with other sections and is also entered in this section that is permissible. The song cannot have been commercially released prior to close of the competition.
6. Lyrics (only)
This is for lyrics only whether written by novice, youth or established songwriter.
Lyrics text to be entered into the Lyrics field (box) of the online entry platform. Manual entries to this section will require the posting of a legible set of the lyrics sent by post to the TSA along with your personal information with contact details and appropriate fee plus $10 /song extra for a posted entry unless you are a TSA member in which case posted entries are free of the administration charge.
The lyrics to a song that has been entered in another section of the National Country Songwriting Competition or Songwriter Salute Awards or APRA/AMCOS/TSA New Songwriter of the Year Award is NOT allowable.
How to Enter the TSA National Country Songwriting Contest:
The TSA requests all entries to be via the online entry platform.
For entrants unable to enter online, there remains the option to send entries via the post. All entries via post will require the completion of an appropriately written entry nominating the song, the writer and what section the song is to be entered to, there is NO entry form. All entries submitted via post will incur further $10 per song administration cost unless the entrant is a current member of the TSA. Postal entries must ring the TSA song competition co-ordinator prior to entering 0408 601 246
CD’s and Lyrics will not be returned unless a self-addressed envelope is sent with the entry with the correct postage fee in stamps attached to return.
Entry for The National Country Songwriting Contest:
• Enter via the online entry www.songcentral.biz/tsa
• You may enter the competition and join the TSA at the same time on the entry site to receive the TSA member discount
• TSA Members: $15 per song entry
• Non-TSA Members: $25 per song entry
• Youth: $10 (regardless of TSA membership status)
• Add for option of postal entry $10/song extra for NON TSA Members if you enter that way.
• DO NOT add for GST.