FOOM rules 2020

Songwriters, Composers, and Lyricists Association (SCALA)

GENERAL

APPLIES TO ALL SECTIONS

1. The aim of the FOOM Song Competition is to encourage the writing of new material. Original songs can be entered in any style.

2. There is a limit of two songs per songwriter in the Live section only. There is no limit onthe number of entries in the Recorded, Instrumental or Lyrics sections but each song must be accompanied by an Entry Form correctly completed with the correct entry fee. Collaborators may also enter individually penned songs in conformity with this rule.  The same song may not be entered in more than ONE section.

3. Songs must be original and the entrant must sign the copyright declaration on the entry form. The entrant agrees to indemnify the organisers of the competition from any copyright claims which might arise from infringement of copyright laws. Winning songwriters must also agree to enter into a specific agreement with SCALA for the recording and use of their song.

4. Songs must not be previously recorded for commercial distribution or radio airplay (including independent release), offered for commercial download, published, be subject to recording or publishing agreements or have won prizes in other competitions.

5. Entrants must make their own arrangements (at their expense) to take advantage of any prizes won from this competition. Entrants living outside South Australia are STRONGLY advised to consider entering only the Recorded, Instrumental or Lyrics Only Sections. SCALA reserves the right to impose any conditions on recording as it sees fit.

6. Except in the Lyric Section, songs or music should be no more than 6 minutes long.  In taking up recording prizes entrants must agree to meet any costs above the value of prizes offered if completed recordings of songs are longer than 6 minutes.

7. The songwriter can nominate another person or persons to perform the song. The songwriter of a winning song is responsible for organising suitable musicians to record the song.

8. All entries to be submitted online via the FOOM Online Entry Portal (www.foom.songcentral.biz) run by Song Central where (MP3) sound recordings and (PDF) lyrics can be uploaded, and entry payment made online.

NB: Online SCALA membership payments can be made through the SCALA website www.scala.org.au/join-scala.

9. The judges are instructed to first judge the quality of the song as it is presented to them. This will include taking into account the overall presentation of the song. Judges reserve the right to not choose a winning song in a section if, in their view, there is insufficient overall quality in that section.  The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.  The competition organisers reserve the right to interpret these rules as they see fit and these interpretations are final.

 

Categories

Live Performance Section

10. Live Performance heats will be held at SCALA’s
Performance Venue at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George Street, Thebarton, South Australia on
Thursday 20 August, Thursday 27 August, Thursday 3 September, Thursday 10 September,
Thursday 17 September 2020 commencing at 8:00pm. SCALA will determine the number
of heats depending on the number of entries received. Finalists will be selected
from each heat with the winning songs judged in performance on the evening of Thursday
24 September 2020 commencing at 8:00pm. 

Entrants in the Live section must be available to perform their songs (or have arranged someone else to perform the song) on any of these dates.

Entrants will be advised of the date of their heat via email. Entrants in each heat and in the final must also comply with registration and running order instructions of the organisers.

11. For staging reasons there is a maximum of TWO performers on stage per song. Each performer may play any number of instruments and there is no restriction on multi-voice keyboards, loop devices or MIDI equipment but any equipment used must be set up within the time limits outlined in Rule 12.  Full drum kits and elaborate keyboard/synthesizer instrumentations are NOT recommended because of the time taken to set up.  Excessive instrumentation is not encouraged. Backing audio must not be used. Songwriters with backing audio should consider entering the Demo or Studio sections.

12. Performers have a six and a half minute limit in which to perform their songs including any introduction and setup.

Recorded Section

13. Recorded songs must be of a good quality so that they
can be judged audibly and clearly. There is no limit on the number of performers or instruments
used on the recording. This section will be prejudged and, subject to these conditions,
the winner/s will be announced at the Live Performance Final Thursday 24
September 2020. 

Instrumental Section

14. Recordings must be of a good quality so that they can be judged audibly and clearly. There is no limit on the number of performers or instruments used on the recording. Entries in the Instrumental section will not have lyrics.
This section will be prejudged and, subject to these conditions, the winner/s will be announced at the Live Performance Final Thursday 24 September 2020.

Lyrics Section

15. Lyrics must be original. This section will be prejudged
and, subject to these conditions, the winner/s will be announced at the Live Performance Final
Thursday 24 September 2020. The winning songs from the Live, Instrumental and Recorded
Sections will be released as digital downloads – subject to Agreement between SCALA and
the songwriter/s. See the full list of major prizes below.