TAMWORTH SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION (TSA) SONGWRITING CONTEST RULES & CONDITIONS
THE SONGWRITER SALUTE AWARDS
For released material only and where song release dates apply for eligibibility to enter to the Songwriter Salute Awards (see below)
THE ANZAC SONG AWARD
For both unreleased material and released material – no release date restrictions apply (more information below)
PLEASE NOTE: THERE HAVE BEEN NO RULE CHANGES FROM LAST CONTEST
For this contest there is one special section for ANZAC themed songs. Songs can be released or unreleased. Enter songs via the www.songcentral.net/salute entry platform.
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.
Songwriter Salute Awards – for commercialised material released for sale between 1st October 2016 and 30th September 2017
BEFORE YOU ENTER ANY SECTION YOU MUST BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING GENERAL CONDITIONS (a-m) APPLICABLE TO ALL TSA SONGWRITING CONTESTS:
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.
c) 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 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) There is no judges feedback for these Awards.
f) The songs must be submitted by MP3 (128kbps) via the online entry platform provided All entries to the Songwriter Salute Awards will be via online.
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. 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.
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. Awards will be presented in January at the TSA Concert and Awards show held in Tamworth each January usually between January 20th and 24th. 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 Finalist who is not able to attend the awards must nominate a person to represent them at the Awards should they be successful. Please 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) Any song not accepted or ineligible will not generate a refund to the entrant.
Specific rules for:
The Songwriter Salute Awards
The Salute Awards are for songs first released during the 12 months – 1st October 2016 to September 30th 2017
(The Songwriter Salute Award Sections have changed temporarily to accommodate the section for ANZAC themed songs consequently there is no section this year for Children’s Songs.)
Songs entered in the ANZAC section do not have any release date restriction (see below for more rules pertaining to this special section).
The Songwriter Salute Awards (except for the ANZAC section) are ONLY for released commercialised, recordings of songs advertised for sale and available for purchase.• Words and music must be original, by the nominated songwriter or writers and must have been FIRST released for commercial purchase in any medium i.e. commercial CD, vinyl, I tunes or the like and /or self-funded CD’s between the dates 1st October2016 and 30th Sept 2017.
• A cover version of a song released earlier than the qualification date by the original songwriter (this means that a recorded version exists) or new arrangements of songs released outside the above dates are not eligible. That means, also that re-recordings of songs written by others where that song has been released before are NOT eligible.
• Released means that the song has any sort of commercialisation whether gifted
(promotion copy) or traded privately or via public medium at any point in its copyright life.
• The song will be eligible if it is on your personal website and the song is advertised for purchase.
• Any Song cannot be entered in more than one section.
• Entry will be by the online system 128kb/sec Mp3 file only, you may be requested at a later date to nominate the album that the song is lifted from and/ or where the song can be purchased as proof of its commercial release.
• All entries will be judged by a panel selected by the TSA from the “music industry”. A panel of three judges shall be involved in the final judging. Each member of the panel shall score the song on an overall basis. There may be different judging panels involved in the judging process in which case a semi-final system may be employed and a finals panel appointed to select the winner in each section. The TSA Country Song of The Year is selected from the winners of each section and selected, based on the highest rating of the song from those winning songs of the various sections the TSA Country Song of The Year.
• Entrants are responsible for the allocation of a song to a particular section. There will be no reallocations of songs after entries have closed. Each song is judged as applicable to the section entered.
• All songwriters must be Australian and/or New Zealand residents. If any members of a songwriting team is not an Australian or New Zealand resident the song will be ineligible.
• No more than (10) songs may be entered in any section by an individual or a songwriting team.
• An entered song maybe from a songwriting team. A team may be of two or more writers and provided that a team has a substantially different make up ( minimum 331/3% different writers) compared with another a team then that team will be classified as a separate songwriting entity and therefore has the ability to enter up to (10) songs in any section
• Entries will be received from original writers, appointed agents/representatives of original writers and/or publishers of the original writer.
SECTIONS IN THE SONGWRITER SALUTE AWARDS
1) The Bev Daniel Commemorative Award for Traditional Bush Ballad of the Year:
For bush ballad songs. Songs generally but not specifically written in a Pick/Strum style with a Historical or “Days Past”/ “Old Ways” feeling, this includes songs with Bush Ballad format.
2) Award for the Contemporary Country Ballad of the Year:
For songs exhibiting ballad style delivery usually a slow/ moderate tempo. Sometimes in ¾ time. Romantic or reflective subjects and mood.
3) Award for the Alt Blues & Bluegrass Song of the Year:
For songs that are not Contemporary, or Ballad or Traditional Bush songs but clearly fall into another bracket that reflects, Blues, Country Rock and Alt Country influences Folk type songs will fit in this category.
4) Award for Contemporary Song of The Year:
For songs of a contemporary nature and production, usually exhibiting Verse, Chorus and/ or, Bridge, components and up tempo. Not ballad songs as listed above and not Traditional Bush Ballad songs. It is the entrant’s responsibility to enter the song in the correct section.
5) Geoff Mack Commemorative Award for Novelty/Comedy Song of The Year:
For songs specifically and appropriately written and accepted as Comedy Songs
6) Award for the Gospel Song of The Year:
For spiritual, uplifting or religious content songs presented in any style.
7) Award for the Country Song of The Year:
Will be selected by a panel of judges from the winners of the above categories. You cannot enter this section separately.
This section is for songs reflecting any history of the ANZAC legend and can be set in any time period from 25 April 1915 to the present day.
For THIS section there will be one division for both released and unreleased songs. Songs entered in this division will not receive any feedback from judges.
The TSA acknowledges that there have been ANZAC songs written in the past that may be considered with other recent ANZAC songs to be worthy of recognition. An ANZAC themed song that has won a previous TSA Award other than this ANZAC section or released prior to 1st October 2017 is eligible for this section.
The TSA will donate a percentage of the Entry fee to Legacy (as nominated by the Sponsor the Australian War Memorial) which cares for returned Soldiers and/or their families.
HOW TO ENTER
ENTRY for the Songwriters Salute Awards and the ANZAC songs:
All songs shall be entered in mp3 format via the online entry system www.songcentral.net/salute
$15/ song ( no GST is applicable)
Remember, the songs in the Songwriter Salute Awards must have been first released between 1st October2016 to 30 September 2017 (except for the ANZAC section!)
NOTE; There is a maximum of 10 songs allowed for any entrant/ team in each section