• Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) Song Competition

    SCALA started FOOM in 1994 with only three sections – Live, Demo and Master and from its humble beginnings it is now a song competition boasting seven categories with a myriad of prizes.

     

    The aim of FOOM is to encourage writing of new material and to showcase that new material to the world via an annual SCALA CD (and its online MP3 equivalent). Original Songs can be entered in any style and genre.

     

    FOOM is a worldwide song competition with entries comimg from USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Europe, as well as all of the states and mainland territories of Australia.

      2016 FOOM Competition

      We would like to congratulate everyone who entered FOOM 2016. The standard of songs was incredibly high! All of our winners are listed below.

       

      Live Section Winners

      • The Grand Parade; Simon Frank
      • A Fallen Soldier (Sweet Love Of Mine); Alexander Black
      • Shazam Kabam; Andy Armstrong

      Studio Open Section Winner

      • Earthquake; Zoe Tracas

      Lyric Only Section Winners

      • Dreaming Frame Of Mind; Tony McCall
      • Getting Through The Hurting; Geoff Hastwell
      • Tiny Seed Of Hope; Clayton Werner

      Demo Open Winners

      • Guns of Glanville; Ben Searcy
      • The Show Goes On; Chris Orchard
      • Just Bones; Holly Trueack
      • Your Secret Place; Chris Orchard
      • Aviary; Chelsea Turner

      Demo Instrumental Winner

      • Walking With The Wise; Alex Varlow

      Howard Kehl Rock Music Development Award Winner

      • Stay With Me Tonight; Peter Jenkins

      Star Encouragement Award

      • Chloe Warrick

      Robert & Jane Childs Songwriting Award

      • Catherine Blanch

      The full list of results from this year's competition can be found here.

      Categories and Prizes

      • Live – Recording and Mastering for CD and download; CD/download release; 5 copies of CD; 12 months SCALA membership; 12 months Song Central membership
      • Demo Open – Recording and Mastering for CD and download; CD/download release; 5 copies of CD; 12 months SCALA membership; 12 months Song Central membership
      • Demo Instrumental – Recording and Mastering for CD and download; CD/download release; 5 copies of CD; 12 months SCALA membership; 12 months Song Central membership
      • Studio Open – $100-00 cash; Mastering for CD (if not already mastered); 10 copies of CD; CD/download release; 12 months SCALA membership; 12 months Song Central membership
      • Studio Instrumental – $100-00 cash; Mastering for CD (if not already mastered); 10 copies of CD; CD/download release; 12 months SCALA membership; 12 months Song Central membership
      • Lyrics Open – $100-00 cash; 12 months SCALA membership; 12 months Song Central membership; Lyrics printed in SCALA Newsletter
      • Rock Music Development Award -  In memory of Adelaide local Howard Kehl, drummer, songwriter and mentor, focusing on the music that Howard loved - Rock!  (Recording and Mastering for CD and download; CD/download release; 5 copies of CD; 12 months SCALA membership; 12 months Song Central membership)

      Judges and organisers might split these prizes if there are multiple winners in the above categories. FOOMs development prizes have been awarded, depending on the quality of entries received.

       

      FOOM Rules - click here

      Further FOOM Information

      Songs are judged by panels typically consisting of a male and a female music professional. Judges are asked to complete a feedback sheet for all entrants. Feedback sheets contain a scale (with explanation) plus space for judges to provide constructive comments on each song as they see fit. Some panels provide combined comments. Whilst we encourage judges to provide feedback they are under no obligation to do so (but most judges do provide some feedback). Feedback sheets are returned (along with lyrics) to each entrant. Entrants are reminded that any such feedback represents only the view of the individual judges and usually is offered as a general guide only.

      Winning songs from the Live and Demo sections are re-recorded in professional studios and, with winning Studio section recordings, are mastered for release on albums forming part of the SCALA CD collection. Beginning with SCALA011: Another Lesson In Love, SCALA's albums are available in the SCALA store.

       

    • Previous FOOM Results

      We are gradually uploading all of the previous FOOM results to the SCALA website. Please bear with us while we go all the way back to 1994! 

      2015 FOOM Poster

      FOOM 2015

      Another fantastic year for original music. 

      With 213 entries across the 6 categories and 65 of these in the Lives, 2015 was a busy year for the FOOM comp and the standard was incredibly high. To read a full report and see the winners, click here.

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