Song & Tune Competition Form

2019 Illawarra Folk Festival
OPAL SONG & TUNE WRITING COMPETITION

Entries close 30 November 2018

Calling all songwriters and tune writers! The Illawarra Folk Festival invites all songwriters and musicians residing in Australia to enter our 34th Anniversary song contest.

The stone symbol for a 34th anniversary is the Opal. Australian composers of all ages are able to submit new compositions with a reference to opal and/or its meaning.

Here’s some information about the opal from the web:

Opal has always been associated with love and passion, as well as desire and eroticism. It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. It can also act as an emotional stabilizer. Wearing an opal is said to bring about loyalty and faithfulness.

In mystical circles, opal is considered a stone representing hope, innocence and purity. It has strong connotations of happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence. All of these are in spite of its significant period of darker connotations.

In more esoteric circles, the opal was considered to grant the power of invisibility when wrapped in a bay leaf and carried in the hand. The Greeks believed it granted the power of prophecy.

How you include the theme is entirely up to you, as long as it’s obvious enough for the judges to recognise it! Depending on the category, submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Lyrics (excludes songs that do not have lyrics)
  • Melody
  • Arrangement
  • Overall likeability

Entry is free. All entries must be received no later than the closing date of 30 November 2018.

There will be 4 categories:

Open Song Section – 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $150
Open Tune Section – 1st prize $300, 2nd prize $150
Youth (U25) Song Section – 1st prize $200, 2nd prize $100
Youth (U25) Tune Section – 1st prize $200, 2nd prize $100

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