• Festival Of Original Music (FOOM)

    Applications are now closed until 2018

     

    Think it’s time to get your act together? Bring your songs out of the bedroom? Share your hits with the rest of us? Give them wings and a winning chance? We’re all ears.

     

    The Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) is a song competition encouraging the writing of new material to be showcased live and through the release of SCALA CDs and online downloads. Each year entries come from around Australia as well as the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Europe. Yep, we’ve gone global and you can too!

     

    To download the FOOM rules CLICK HERE.

     

    You can enter your original songs in any or all of the categories as outlined below. Please note, the same song may not be entered in more than ONE category.

     

  • Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) Categories

    To register your Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) entry click on the categories button that’ll take you to our dear friends at SongCentral who’ll carry your entries with kid gloves to our team of judges.

    Soon after we’ve heard your opus, you might just hear from us. Good luck!

    Live Category

    Entries for this section are for LIVE performances only. Yep, that means you (or someone on your behalf) needs to hit The Wheaty stage running during one of our live heats in August. We’ll contact you with your performance date ASAP so that you can bring along everyone who loves you. And if the judges love you as much, you’ll be in the FOOM Grand Final. Entries in this category are limited to 2 songs per person.

    Demo Open Category

    Love your toilet’s acoustics? Enter your home recordings. There is no limit to the number of performers or instruments you can use on this one but you’ll need to submit them soon! This section will be prejudged and, winner/s announced at The Wheaty during the Live Performance Grand Final. Please note: our judges are pros, not miracle workers. If your recordings are so lo-fi and dodgy that we can't fairly judge them - you’re out - so go heavy on a clean mix and easy on the toilet paper.

    Instrumental Open Category

    Feeling flamboyant? Instrumental recordings can be 'demo' or 'studio' quality but remember what we said about ‘Demo’ quality (above). There’s no limit to the number of performers or instruments you can use on your track so get it big, get it lush but get it in soon! This section will be prejudged and the winner/s announced at The Wheaty during the Live Performance Grand Final. Please note: contrary to popular belief, musos are smart but Instrumental Open Category still means no lyrics, no socio-political slogans, no Wiggles wordsmithery... just, kinda…music 'n instruments…kinda…like.

    Studio Open Category

    We’re not talking Abbey Road but we ARE expecting professionally recorded, commercial CD/radio airplay quality. We need your track to be unsigned, and unreleased with you as the copyright owner. The sky’s the limit on the number of performers or instruments you can use for this one so channel Phil Spector or George Martin but get it in soon! We’ll be judging your track based on the quality of the recording, the musicianship and the presentation of the song. The winner/s will be announced at The Wheaty during the Live Performance Grand Final, hopefully to a victorious wall of sound.

    Lyrics Open Category

    Got something to say? Get it off your chest and onto our entry form. But remember, it’s lyrics only. And they must be original, of course. This section will be prejudged with the winner/s announced at The Wheaty during the Live Performance Grand Final.

    Rock Music Award

    We may have gone global but we still honour our local legends. This one’s in memory of Adelaide local Howard Kehl, drummer, songwriter and mentor. Howard loved Rock so Rock it is! Get out of the mosh and submit your best head-banger soon! Our Rock panel wants to judge it shortly and announce the winner/s at the Wheaty during the Live Performance Final. Then join you in the mosh pit.

  • Previous FOOM Results

    Each year SCALA receives hundreds of entries into the Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) songwriting competition.

    Scroll through the slider to view and download previous results.

  • SCALA 2016 FOOM Song Competition

    2016 FOOM Results

    FOOM 2016 had over 170 entries across the 7 categories and in an ever upward trend, the quality of entries was sky high! The live section this year had 5 heats and a grand final, all held at The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton. Each heat was well attended despite the wild South Australian weather getting in the way for at least one heat!

    We also added a new award - the Rock Music Development Award - in memory of Adelaide local musician and mentor Howard Kehl, drummer, songwriter and mentor.

    Particular mention to Patrick Stapleton, who videoed each and every performer through the live competition and made those clips available on YouTube.

    SCALA 2015 FOOM Song Competition

    2015 FOOM Results

    FOOM 2015 was another fantastic year for original music. With 213 entries across the 6 categories and 65 of these in the Live Performance, it was a busy year and the standard was incredibly high.

    For the 2015 competition, we formally added two more awards to the list; the Patrick Stapleton Video Prize, which awards the winner with Patricks’ services to create a video clip for their song, and The Robert & Jane Childs Songwriting Award. The R&JCS Award is given to a songwriter who is not only writing great songs but who is also using their talents to benefit the wider community.

     

    SCALA 2014 FOOM Song Competition

    2014 FOOM Results

    Click the button below to download the list of 2014 FOOM winners.

    SCALA 2013 FOOM Song Competition

    2013 FOOM Results

    Click the button below to download the list of 2013 FOOM winners.

    2017 FOOM Results

    FOOM 2017 had over 200 entries across the 6 categories with just more than 60 for the Live Performance category alone. The live section this year had 5 heats and a grand final, all held at The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton. Special thanks to Ben Searcy and Patrick Stapleton for capturing all live performance heats and finals on video and to Bryan Foley for the wonderful photographs.