The Filscap Foundation Inc. has set February 15 as the deadline for submission of entries to the FILSCAP Songwriting Competition.
The contest is broken down into four categories—pop; R & B (dance, house beat, hip-hop and rap); rock (folk, metal, alternative, tunog banda, etc.); and novelty (all types).
Three finalists will be chosen for every category with the following prizes: P50,000 (first prize); P30,000 (second prize); and P20,000 (third prize). The first prize winners of the four categories will in turn compete for the Grand Prize of P200,000 and the chance to participate in the Song Summit Conference in Sydney, Australia on June 19-21, 2010.
The competition is open to all Filipino songwriters of all ages, both professional and amateur, residing in the Philippines, except members of the Board of Trustees of FILSCAP Foundation Inc., Board of Trustees of FILSCAP, members of the Competition Steering Committee, FILSCAP employees, and all Grand Prize Winners of previous major songwriting competitions held in the Philippines.
HOW TO JOIN:
1. Entries must be recorded with voice and instrument on CD and submitted with the corresponding lyric sheet and official entry form. Entries may also submitted in MP3 format to firstname.lastname@example.org with the lyrics sheet and filled out entry form as attachments.
2. Contestants can submit only one entry.
3. Entries must be wholly original, not licensed to any publisher, have not been recorded before and must not infringe on any existing copyright or other rights of other parties. The Competition will not be liable for any problem that may arise out of copyright infringement and other related problems. Contestants must agree to indemnify the Foundation for any liability that arises out of copyright infringement.
4. Entry forms are available at the FILSCAP office and other areas to be announced, or online at http://songwritingcompetition.filscap.com.ph.
5. Entries can be sent by registered mail or courier or delivered personally to the following address:
The FILSCAP Songwriting Competition Secretariat
140 Sct. Rallos St., Barangay Sacred Heart
Quezon City 1103 Philippines
6. For entries to be submitted by personal delivery, registered mail or by courier, the CD, lyric sheet and filled out entry form should be contained in a long brown envelope with no marks or other forms of identification.
7. Entries will be given an Entry Number upon submission. This number will be the sole identification of the entry until the names/s of the composer/s are revealed after the selection of the twelve (12) finalists.
8. Entries will be accepted during a two and a half month period starting on December 1, 2009, Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, until February 15, 2010.
9. Entries received later than 5:00pm of February 15, 2010 will not be accepted but will instead be returned to the owners who must claim them at the FILSCAP office. Entries that remain unclaimed after May 31, 2010 will be destroyed.
10. The competition will not be responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, stolen or misappropriated entries.
11. There is no entry fee.
JUDGING OF ENTRIES:
1. Preliminary screening will be held at a date to be determined by the Steering Committee and will be conducted by a panel composed of 20 music industry professionals who will choose the 10 semi-finalists per category and the twelve finalists (3 finalists per category). Non-FILSCAP members whose entries qualify as finalists must become FILSCAP members.
2. Entries will be judged on originality, song structure, prosody and impact on listeners.
3. Announcement of the 3 winners per category and the awarding of the prizes will be on March 31, 2010.
4. The four 1st prize winners of the four categories will vie for the Grand Prize on the Grand Finals Night which will be held on May 6 or 7, 2010 at the venue to be announced later.
5. The Grand Prize Winner will be chosen by an international panel composed of 9 jurors, 2 experts in each of the categories and one Chairman of the Board of Judges. The decision of the Board of Judges shall be final and unappealable.
UNDERTAKING BY THE FINALISTS:
1. The composers/lyricists of the twelve song finalists shall execute an undertaking assigning all rights to their musical works to FILSCAP for a period of five (5) years from the time of the announcement of the finalists, after which all the rights shall revert back to the original composers/lyricists. FILSCAP reserves the right to re-assign the rights to the songs to another publisher of its choice within the 5-year period.
2. Any of the twelve finalists may be chosen to represent the Philippines in music competitions abroad.
3. The finalists also agree to allow the Competition the use of the song, free of charge, to advertise and promote the Grand Finals and the album (if a commemorative album should be decided), up to the Finals night by way of radio and TV commercials, newspaper advertisements and other means.
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