Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) Song Competition
SCALA started FOOM in 1994 with three sections – Live, Demo and Master. It added Master Instrumental, Manuscript and Lyrics Only sections in 1995, retaining just the Lyrics section in FOOM competitions from 1996 to 1999. In 2000 the Master Instrumental section recommenced and added Demo Instrumental in 2002. In 2007 and 2008 SCALA had a Lyrics Only Under 18 section. The Masters sections were renamed Studio in 2008. In 2016 the Rock Music Development Award was added. So 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.
Categories and Prizes
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 SCALA001: Big and Strong, all SCALA's CDsare available in the SCALA store.
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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!
This year 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 really well attended despite the wild South Australian weather getting in the way for at least one heat!
We also added yet another 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 in lightning time
To see the winners, click here.
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.
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. Adding these to the Star Encouragement Award, given to an emerging talent, has meant that we can recognise the efforts of a wider group of performers.
To see the winners, click here.