Song Competition 2017

Write a folk song competition 2017

Magic and Mystery
Could you write a new folk song? Well this is your opportunity. Watford Folk Club invites entries for its sixth annual competition for song writers. Our previous themes for this competition have revealed a wealth of talent across the region and for 2017 our theme is “Magic and Mystery“. Historical or contemporary, the choice is yours, but the connection to the theme must be clear and apparent.

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Competition rules:

    • Songs must be submitted on CD only with artist/artists’ names and song title written on it to the address below.
    • Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form and a lyrics sheet.
    • The deadline for the receipt of submissions is 1st October 2017.
    • Songs submitted as competition entries must be entirely the creation and the property of the entrant(s).
    • Where joint entries are submitted both names must appear on the entry form and the box marked “Joint entry” must be ticked.
    • Songs submitted and recordings thereof remain the property of their creator who shall retain all rights relating to their material (but see rule 11).
    • The entrant must either be the solo performer or the lead performer where supporting musicians are required, or, in the event that the entrant is not a performing musician they may nominate amateur musicians to deliver their song.
    • The names of these musicians must be recorded on the entry form in the “Supporting musicians” box.
    • The use of professional musicians for this purpose will lead to disqualification.
    • Musicians will not be permitted to appear more than once in the grand final. Therefore where nominated or support musicians are employed, entrants should determine whether musicians are also competitors in their own right. (see rule 6).
    • Non-performing songwriters must tick “Non Performing song writer” on the entry form.
    • This section no longer applies :: WFC – 9 May 2017
      For the purpose of this competition the title  Magic and Mystery will require that songs should clearly relate to some actual aspect of a magical or mysterious happening rather than a fictitious event.
  1. Songs should not exceed four minutes in duration (entrants are invited to e-mail the judges for an adjudication before submission if they are uncertain about eligibility on the grounds of either theme or length).
  2. Live performances at the grand final will not be disqualified in the event that a song exceeds four minutes in length provided that it is the same song as that submitted as a recording in the first round and that any increase in length is due only to the pace of the performance
    • This is a competition for new songs.
    • A new song shall be defined as follows: The song will have been completed  no earlier than October 1st 2016, that is to say six calendar months prior to the start date of this competition.
    • The song will not have been heard extensively in venues within a twenty mile radius of Watford. Song writers may wish to trial their material and that is acceptable, even to the extent of a single trial performance at a Watford folk club sing-around. However, performers must not reveal that their song is to be a competition entry.
    • Songs must not have been exploited for commercial gain or charitable purposes.
    • Songs must not appear on any album for sale nor be part of a set for any paid performance until after the competition final (Friday 24th November 2017).
    • Songs written prior to October 1st 2016 may be eligible at the discretion of the judges.
    • Song writers wishing to enter such songs must e-mail the judges to seek an adjudication.
    • It will help the judges if song writers provide a short history of the song, including a record of any performances in local venues.
    • All entries will be considered by a team of judges in order to select a short list of ten for the final.
    • In the first round the judges will operate “blindfold”. Songs will be judged only upon their lyrical and musical integrity regardless of the quality of the recording. Entrants may make multiple submissions. Each submission must be accompanied by a completed entry form and lyrics sheet.
    • At the end of round one, the identities of the short listed songwriters and their nominated or supporting musicians will be reviewed. In the event that any entrant has more than one song in the final short list or that their nominated or supporting musicians appear elsewhere in the short list, those songs will be referred back to the judges to select the best to go forward to the final.
    • The judges will then review the previously unselected songs from the remaining unidentified entrants to select additional songs for the final.
    • This selection process will continue until the short list comprises ten songs by ten different songwriters presented by different performers.
    • Ten selected finalist will be invited to the grand final which will take place on Friday 24th November 2017 at 8pm, at the Pump House, Local Board Road, Watford, Herts, WD17 2JP (Map).
    • Prospective entrants should ensure that they can be available to appear at the final should they be short listed.
    • Entries selected for the final must be performed with live vocals and instrumentation.
    • Electronic reproduction of prepared music in support of a performance is not permitted. There will be no amplification available and prospective entrants are advised that they are not permitted to bring their own amplifiers.
    • The final will be an entirely acoustic event.
    • A second team of judges will consider the performances at the grand final. From these performances the judges will choose a winner and runner up.
    • The winner will receive a trophy and a certificate.
    • The runner up will receive a certificate
    • Watford Folk Club reserves the right to use sound recordings from the final, photographic images from the final and CD submissions from the first round in its publicity materials free of charge.
    • Watford Folk Club will not seek permission for such use nor will it enter into negotiation for payment or reward of any kind.
    • All decisions and judgements made in the course of the competition are final and will not be the subject of discussion or correspondence.

Send your completed entry form with accompanying CD and lyrics to:
Kim Olyett,
Watford Folk Club,
c/o The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre,
Local Board Road,
WD17 2JP.

All submissions will be acknowledged to confirm safe receipt.

Note:  This competition is open to everyone except committee members of Watford Folk Club and their immediate families as well as the previous year’s winners.