1. Eligibility

  1. Amateurs Only: The competition is open to amateurs only, an amateur meaning one who does not derive the major part of their income as a performer or teacher in the particular area in which they have entered.
  2. Age Limit: All competitors must be under the age of 26 on the 6th of September 2021.
  3. Definition of Novice: A student who has not yet reached preliminary level.

2. Music

  1. (a) Definition of Original Student Composition: One that has been composed by the entrant from an original idea.
    (b) Definition of Arrangement: One that has been arranged from an existing work by the entrant.
  2. Copy of Sheet Music: The competitor must provide the adjudicator with a printed copy of the sheet music together with the completed AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society) forms on the day of the competition.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification. 
  3. Level of Difficulty: Submitted pieces/songs do not have to be taken from the AMEB syllabus, but the levels must be equivalent to the AMEB grade for each section. The organisers reserve the right to adjust the level of the entry if necessary.
  4. Use of Photocopies: Photocopies of music which is still in copyright are illegal and may not be used by competitors, accompanists and any other performers. Using illegal copies will disqualify the competitors. Copies for use by the adjudicator are permitted by AMCOS and must be provided with the sheet music on the day of the competition. Failure to do so will also result in disqualification.
  5. Accompanists: There will be no official accompanist. Competitors must provide their own accompanists who will be responsible for their own original copies of music. Pre-recorded accompaniments or backing are not acceptable.

3. Entries

  1. Entry forms must be received before the 8th August 2021. Late entries received after this date may be accepted at the discretion of the committee and will incur a late fee of $20.
  2. If there are insufficient entries in any section, the section will be cancelled and entry fees returned. No other refunds will be made.
  3. The Organising Committee reserves the right to reject any entry without assigning any reason for so doing.
  4. The decision of the Organising Committee in all questions and disputes arising out of, or not provided for in these rules and regulations, shall be final. All entries received are subject to this proviso and shall not be subject to any appeal at law. Complaints should be directed to the Association’s office and not to any individual.

4. Competition Sessions

  1. Etiquette: Silence must be observed during performances. No entry to or exit from the auditorium will be permitted during a performance. Competitors are required to remain for the duration of the section. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
  2. Time Limits: Time limits must be strictly adhered to, i.e. duration of performance may be less than the set time limit but not more. Failure to observe this regulation could result in disqualification.
  3. Order of Competing: The order in which competitors shall compete will be drawn randomly in lottery fashion after the closing of entries and shall be as printed in the official programme. If not present when called up, competitors forfeit their right to compete.  
  4. Programme Alterations: Competitors must arrive at the time stated on the competitor’s attendance notice and should be prepared to perform from this time. The organisers will adhere as closely as possible to the programme as printed, but serve the right to amend if necessary. The Organising Committee regrets any inconvenience caused by unforeseen delays. 
  5. Admission: Competitors, accompanists and one accompanying adult will be admitted free of charge for the section in which they are competing. There will be a small charge for programme booklets.
  6. Recording of Performance:  Flash photography is distracting to a performance and is not permitted. Please use your discretion when taking videos and non-flash photos of your own children. These must be done discreetly so as not to restrict the view of other audience members or to impact the performing student. Photographing or videoing other performers is not permitted.
  7. Adjudication: On no account may competitors or teachers talk to the adjudicator during the course of a session. Failure to observe this regulation could result in the disqualification of the competitor. The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

5. Awards

  1. Awards: If there are three or fewer competitors in a section, the adjudicator is authorized to use discretion concerning awards. The adjudicator has the right to withhold an award in any section where sufficient merit has not been displayed. 
  2. Duet and Ensemble Awards: The Duet and Ensemble Award will be divided between the performers. 
  3. The adjudicator’s decision will be final. All prizes will be awarded at the adjudicator’s discretion. No correspondence will be entered into.
  4. Prize Cheques: Cheques issued to awardees will be honoured up to a period of 6 months from the date of issue on the cheque. After that time the award will be considered forfeit and funds returned to the prize pool for the following year.
  5. Winners' Concert Attendance: Awards are kindly donated by interested persons and organisations and each award will be presented by that sponsor at the Winners' Concert on Sunday 19th September at Zenith Auditorium, Claremont, commencing at 3:00pm. As a matter of courtesy and protocol, the recipient must be present to receive their award.
  6. Winners’ Concert Performances: The Organising Committee has the right to call on award winners to perform at the Winners’ Concert. Performers are expected to make themselves available. 

6. Liability

  1. The West Australian Music Teachers’ Association (Inc) accepts no responsibility for public liability.
  2. The West Australian Music Teachers’ Association (Inc) accepts no responsibility for damage or loss of personal property of persons attending the competition.

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