NATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

2017 ACMF NATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

Terms and Conditions – PRIMARY SCHOOLS

1. CLOSING DATE. All entries must be submitted online no later than midnight on Friday 20 October, 2017. The ACMF reserves the right to extend this date under reasonable circumstances, its discretion.

2. ENTRANTS. All entrants must be primary school students. The entrant must be a writer or co-writer of the song entered. Songwriter/s may not have assistance from a person who is over 18 years of age, or who is not a school student.

3. MULTIPLE COMPOSERS. Songs may be written by primary school students working together in a group. If an entry is submitted by a group, the composition must be entered in the grade appropriate to the eldest songwriter. Songs with more than 4 writers must complete an entry form under a group/class name and fill the form out as ‘one person’.

4. NUMBER OF ENTRIES. There is no limit to the number of individual songs students or groups may enter but the same song cannot be entered into multiple categories. Each song entered must have its own entry form listing all composers. Each entry must be accompanied by an MP3 audio file online, with accompanying song lyrics.

5. COMPOSITIONS. Material submitted must be original, should not have been previously entered in any competition and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of third parties.

6. LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH. Where a song has been composed in a language other than English, a full written translation of the song in English must be provided.

7. ENTRY FORMS. Failure to properly complete all sections of the entry form will void the entry. Each song entered must have its own application form.

8. ENTRY MATERIAL. Recordings must be submitted online via www.acmf.com.au in MP3 audio format ONLY. Each entry must be labelled with the composer’s name, song title, and school grade/year and school name. Lyrics  must also be included with the entry, except for entries in the Instrumental category. Entries may be acoustic/live recordings, and will not be judged on production values.

9. CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY RECEIPT. A confirmation of entry receipt will be sent to the email address stipulated on the entry form within one week of receipt of entry. If you have not received confirmation for your entry within a fortnight of submission to the ACMF, please email: sconolan@acmf.com.au

10. JUDGING. All entries will be subject to a preliminary judging round before the finalists are selected and presented to the final judging panel. The Judges’ decision at both the preliminary and final round is final with no exceptions, and no correspondence will be entered into.

11. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS. Winners and runners-up will be posted on the ACMF website on completion of the judging process, after winning entrants have been informed via phone. A Prize Claim letter will be sent to relevant entrants and schools.

12. PRIZES. Winners in each category will receive a certificate and up to $1000 (inc. GST) worth of musical equipment or music tuition. Please consult the prizes and categories for more information.

13. MULTIPLE WINNERS. In the event of a winning entry being a song with more than one composer the allocation of the prize is a matter to be determined by the winning group. ACMF will make the payment to the parent/guardian of the allocated entrant on the form.

14. PRIZE CLAIMS. All prizes must be claimed within four months of issuance of the Prize Claim letter. Prizes not claimed within this period will be forfeited and will remain the property of the ACMF. Prizes cannot be exchanged for IT equipment such as iPads and computers, though the purchase of music software will be considered. PRIZES MUST BE REDEEMED IN AUSTRALIA ONLY.

15. PROMOTIONAL USE. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that entry materials may be used by the ACMF for nonsale promotional purposes. This may include placing samples of the winning entries and reproducing the winning lyrics on the ACMF website and social media. The rights and ownership of the songs will remain with the composers.

16. PROTECTION AND DESTRUCTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION. The ACMF will not use or distribute the entrant’s personal information for marketing or any other purposes. All personal information shall be destroyed within a reasonable time after the determination of winners. However, in the event that personal information is accidentally accessed or transmitted, the ACMF will not be liable.

17. RETURN OF ENTRY MATERIAL. Entered material will not be returned.

18. PERFORMANCE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES. By entering the competition, winners of the National Songwriting Competition automatically agree to publicly perform their winning song at the request of the ACMF for a 12-month period from November 16th 2017. Entrants also agree to conduct various media interviews as requested by the ACMF.

By submitting an application form to the ACMF, the entrant agrees to be bound by The Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s entry rules and regulations.

2017 ACMF NATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION

Terms and Conditions – SECONDARY SCHOOLS

1. CLOSING DATE. All entries must be submitted online no later than midnight on Friday 20 October, 2017. The ACMF reserves the right to extend this date under reasonable circumstances, at its discretion.

2. ENTRANTS. All entrants must be secondary school students. The entrant must be a writer or co-writer of the song entered. Songwriters may not have assistance from a person who is over 18 years of age, or who is not a school student.

3. MULTIPLE COMPOSERS. Songs may be written by secondary school students working together in a group. If an entry is submitted by a group, the composition must be entered in the grade appropriate to the eldest songwriter. Songs with more than 4 writers must complete an entry form under a group/class name and fill the form out as ‘one person’.

4. NUMBER OF ENTRIES. There is no limit to the number of individual songs students or groups may enter but the same song cannot be entered into multiple categories. Each song entered must have its own entry form listing all composers. Each entry must be accompanied by an MP3 audio file online, with accompanying song lyrics.

5. COMPOSITIONS. Material submitted must be original, should not have been previously entered in any competition and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of third parties.

6. LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH. Where a song has been composed in a language other than English, a full written translation of the song in English must be provided.

7. ENTRY FORMS. Failure to properly complete all sections of the entry form will void the entry. Each song entered must have its own application form.

8. ENTRY MATERIAL. Recordings must be submitted online via www.acmf.com.au in MP3 audio format ONLY. Each entry must be labelled with the composer’s name, song title, grade and school. Lyrics must also be included with the entry, except for entries in the Instrumental Categories. Entries may be acoustic/live recordings, and will not be judged on production values.

9. CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY RECEIPT. A confirmation of entry receipt will be sent to the email address stipulated on the entry form within one week of receipt of entry. If you have not received confirmation for your entry within a fortnight of submission to the ACMF, please email: contact@acmf.com.au

10. JUDGING. All entries will be subject to a preliminary judging round before the finalists are selected and presented to the final judging panel. The Judges’ decision at both the preliminary and final round is final with no exceptions, and no correspondence will be entered into.

11. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS. Winners and runners-up will be posted on the ACMF website on completion of the judging process, after winning entrants have been verbally informed. A Prize Claim letter will be sent to relevant entrants and schools.

12. PRIZES. Winners in each category will receive a certificate and up to $1,500 (inc. GST) worth of musical equipment or music tuition. Please consult the prizes and categories for more information.

13. MULTIPLE WINNERS. In the event of a winning entry being a song with more than one composer the allocation of the prize is a matter to be determined by the winning group. ACMF will make the payment to the parent/guardian of the allocated entrant on the form.

14. PRIZE CLAIMS. All prizes must be claimed within four months of issuance of the Prize Claim letter. Prizes not claimed within this period will be deemed forfeited and will remain the property of the ACMF. Prizes cannot be exchanged for IT equipment such as iPads and computers, though the purchase of music software will be considered. PRIZES MUST BE REDEEMED IN AUSTRALIA ONLY.

15. PROMOTIONAL USE. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that entry materials may be used by the ACMF for non-sale promotional purposes. This may include placing samples of the winning entries and reproducing the winning lyrics on the ACMF website and social media. The rights and ownership of the songs will remain with the composers.

16. PROTECTION AND DESTRUCTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION. The ACMF will not use or distribute the entrant’s personal information for third party marketing or any other purposes. All personal information shall be destroyed within a reasonable time after the determination of winners. However, in the event that personal information is accidentally accessed or transmitted, the ACMF will not be liable.

17. RETURN OF ENTRY MATERIAL. Entered material will not be returned.

18. PERFORMANCE AND MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES. By entering the competition, winners of the National Songwriting Competition automatically agree to publicly perform their winning song at the request of the ACMF for a 12-month period from November 16th 2017. Entrants also agree to conduct various media interviews as requested by the ACMF.

By submitting an application form to the ACMF, the entrant agrees to be bound by The Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s entry rules and regulations.