• Festival Of Original Music (FOOM)

    Applications 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 2017 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 Development 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.

  • Conditions Of Entry

     

    Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) song competition

     

    GENERAL (APPLIES TO ALL SECTIONS)

    1. The aim of the FOOM Song Competition is to encourage the writing of new material. Original songs can be entered in any style (with the sole exception of the Rock Music Genre category).
    2. There is a limit of two songs per songwriter in the Live section only. There is no limit on the number of entries in the Studio, Demo, or Lyrics sections but each song must be accompanied by an Entry Form correctly completed with the correct entry fee. Collaborators may also enter individually penned songs in conformity with this rule. The same song may not be entered in more than ONE section.
    3. Songs must be original and the entrant must sign the copyright declaration on the entry form. The entrant agrees to indemnify the organisers of the competition from any copyright claims which might arise from infringement of copyright laws. Winning songwriters must also agree to enter into a specific agreement with SCALA for the recording and use of their song on CD.
    4. Songs must not be previously recorded for commercial distribution or radio airplay (including independent release), offered for commercial download, published, be subject to recording or publishing agreements or have won prizes in other competitions.
    5. Entrants must make their own arrangements (at their expense) to take advantage of any prizes won from this competition and entrants living outside South Australia are STRONGLY advised to consider entering only the Studio Open, Instrumental Open or Lyrics Only Sections. SCALA reserves the right to impose any conditions on recording as it sees fit.
    6. Except in the Lyric Section, songs or music should be no more than 6 minutes long. In taking up recording and CD prizes entrants must agree to meet any costs above the value of prizes offered if completed recordings of songs are longer than 6 minutes.
    7. The songwriter can nominate another person or persons to perform the song. The songwriter of a winning song is responsible for organising suitable musicians to record the song.

    ENTRY

    1. All entries to be submitted online via the FOOM Online Entry Portal Song Central site where recordings and lyrics can be uploaded and entry payment made online.

    NB: Online SCALA membership payments can be made through the SCALA website.

    1. The judges are instructed to first judge the quality of the song as it is presented to them. This will include taking into account the overall presentation of the song. Judges reserve the right to not choose a winning song in a section if, in their view, there is insufficient overall quality in that section. The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. The competition organisers reserve the right to interpret these rules as they see fit and these interpretations are final.

    CATEGORIES

    Live Performance Section

    1. Live Performance heats will be held at SCALA’s Performance Venue at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, 39 George Street, Thebarton, South Australia on Thursday 3 August, Thursday 10 August, Thursday 17 August, Thursday 24 August, and Thursday 31 August 2017 commencing at 8:00pm. SCALA may alter the number of heats depending on the amount of entries received.  Finalists will be selected from each heat with the finalists judged in performance on the evening of Thursday 14 September 2017 commencing at 8:00pm. Entrants in this section must be available to perform their songs (or have arranged someone else to perform the song) on any of these dates. Entrants will be advised of the date of their heat via email.  Entrants in each heat and in the final must also comply with registration and running order instructions of the organisers.
    2. For staging reasons there is a maximum of TWO performers on stage per song. Each performer may play any number of instruments and there is no restriction on multi-voice keyboards, loop devices or MIDI equipment but any equipment used must be set up within the time limits outlined in Rule 12. Full drum kits and elaborate keyboard/synthesizer instrumentations are NOT recommended because of the time taken to set up. Excessive instrumentation is not encouraged. Backing audio must not be used. Songwriters with backing audio should consider entering the Demo or Studio sections.
    3. Performers have a six and a half minute limit in which to perform their songs including any introduction and setup.

    Demo Open Section

    1. Recordings can be ‘home recording’ or ‘demo’ quality, however these recordings would need to be of a sufficient quality so that they can be judged audibly and clearly. There is no limit on the number of performers or instruments used on the recording. These sections will be prejudged and, subject to these conditions, the winner/s will be announced at the Live Performance Final.

    Instrumental Open Section

    1. Recordings can be ‘home recording’ or ‘demo’ quality, however these recordings would need to be of a sufficient quality so that they can be judged audibly and clearly. There is no limit on the number of performers or instruments used on the recording. Entries in the Instrumental section will not have lyrics. These sections will be prejudged and, subject to these conditions, the winner/s will be announced at the Live Performance Final.

    Studio Open Section

    1. Studio recordings must be owned by the copyright owner of the song who can give permission for their use by SCALA.
    2. Entries must be professionally recorded to commercial CD/radio airplay quality, unsigned and unreleased. There is no limit on the number of performers or instruments used on the recording. This section will be prejudged. The judges will be asked to judge the quality of the recording, musicianship and presentation of the song as well as the merits of the song but the quality of the song will have greater weight. Subject to these conditions the winner/s will be announced at the Live Performance Final.

    Lyrics Only Section

    1. Lyrics must be original. This section will be prejudged and, subject to these conditions, the winner/s will be announced at the Live Performance Final.

    The winning songs from the Live, Demo and Studio Sections will be released on a SCALA compilation CD of original music and also as a digital download – subject to Agreement between SCALA and the songwriter/s. See the full list of major prizes below. Minor development prizes can be awarded, depending on the quality of entries received.

      Howard Kehl Rock Music Development Section

    1. Recordings can be ‘home recording’ or ‘demo’ quality, however these recordings would need to be of a sufficient quality so that they can be judged audibly and clearly. There is no limit on the number of performers or instruments used on the recording. These sections will be prejudged and, subject to these conditions, the winner/s will be announced at the Live Performance Final.

    Please note this is a specific Rock genre category. Please refer to www.britannica.com/art/rock-music for clarification, definition, and inspiration.

     

    PRIZES

    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.

    Winners of the Live Performance Section will receive:

    • Recording and mastering of your winning song for SCALA CD and download
    • SCALA CD/download release
    • 5 copies of the CD
    • 12 months SCALA membership
    • 12 months Song Central membership (for future FOOM entries).

    Winners of the Demo Open Section will receive:

    • Recording and mastering of your winning song for SCALA CD and download
    • SCALA CD/download release
    • 5 copies of the CD
    • 12 months SCALA membership
    • 12 months Song Central membership (for future FOOM entries).

    Winners of the Instrumental Open Section will receive:

    • $100-00 cash
    • Mastering for CD (if not already mastered)
    • 10 copies of CD
    • SCALA CD/download release
    • 12 months SCALA membership
    • 12 months Song Central membership (for future FOOM entries).

    Winners of the Studio Open Section will receive:

    • $200.00 cash
    • Mastering for CD (if not already mastered)
    • 10 copies of CD
    • SCALA CD/download release
    • 12 months SCALA membership
    • 12 months Song Central membership (for future FOOM entries).

    Winners of the Lyrics Section will receive:

    • $100.00 cash
    • 12 months SCALA membership
    • 12 months Song Central membership (for future FOOM entries).
    • Lyrics printed in SCALA Newsletter.

    Winner of the Howard Kehl Rock Award will receive:

    • Recording and mastering of your winning song for SCALA CD and download
    • SCALA CD/download release
    • 5 copies of CD
    • 12 months SCALA membership
    • 12 months Song Central membership (for future FOOM entries).

    Judges and organisers may split these prizes if there are multiple winners in the above categories.

     

    FOOM FAQ

    Q: Is there a limit on the number of songs I can enter?

    A: There is a limit of two songs per songwriter in the Live section only.

     

    Q: Can a song be entered into more than one category?

    A: No, a song can only be entered into one category (not multiple categories).

     

    Q: If I enter as a SCALA member will the cost of entries be less?

    A: Yes, if you are a SCALA member your first song will cost $15 and subsequent songs will cost $10. If you enter as a non-member your entry fees will be $25 per entry.

     

    Q: How do I submit my song(s) to Song Central’s online entry site?

    A: You buy your song credits (for the whole competition) in one go. This saves on PayPal transaction fees and time (as you don’t have to purchase credits for each section/category). Once you have successfully uploaded your song(s) you receive automatic notification (by email) confirming your song and its lyrics. You are able to listen to your song once it is uploaded (confirming its upload).

     

    Q: What is required (MP3 / Lyrics?) to enter this competition?

    A: All sections require the submission of an MP3 file and lyrics (except for instrumental section). Lyrics are required for the Lyrics (only) section.

     

    Q: Who do I contact if I experience problems entering/uploading songs to the competition?

    A: If you experience any technical problems entering, uploading songs etc. using this site then please contact admin@songcentral.com.au for assistance. Please include a description of your problem and your phone number.

     

    Q: What is “Premium Support”?

    A: If you think you might need help converting file formats to MP3, or uploading songs or, are perhaps just too busy to complete your upload/entries, select the option to have Premium Support. For just $3 per song, Song Central staff will take care of all file format conversions and the submission of your song(s) and provide you with email confirmations of your entries.

     

    Q: What should I do if my songs are not in the right format?

    A: If your songs are not in the right format then you will need to convert them to MP3 files. There are MP3 converters available on the internet that you can use to convert your files. If you are not comfortable doing this (or are too busy) then you can select the ‘Premium Support’ service during your entry to the competition. For an extra $3 per song you can email your songs directly to Song Central staff who will convert your files, complete your online submissions for you and provide a confirmation once complete via email.

     

    Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about the competition e.g. deadlines, rules, category queries, judging etc.?

    A: If you have any questions to do with the competition itself, then you will need to contact scala@scala.org.au.

     

    Q: When should I expect to receive my feedback?

    A: All judges’ feedback will be available upon completion of judging.

     

    Q: Can I become a member of SCALA upon entering the competition online?

    A: No. You will need to organise and pay for your membership directly with SCALA.

     

    Q: Do I have to be a member of SCALA to enter?

    A: No, non-members of SCALA are welcome to enter the contest although membership is most definitely encouraged.

     

    Q: Do the judges know whose song(s) they are judging?

    A: No. The judges listen to your entries without knowing who the songwriter(s) is/are.

     

    Q: What are the options for payment to enter the FOOM songwriting competition?

    A: The Payment options are:

    1. Payment via PayPal either via (a) PayPal account or (b) Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa)
    2. Payment via Direct Deposit.

     

    Please make sure you have completed all REGISTRATION requirements first, then send an email to admin@songcentral.com.au and include in your email:

    • Your name
    • Your SCALA membership status (either entering as a current member or non-member)
    • How many songs you wish to enter in the competition
    • Your phone number (in case of further query)

    Q: If I am a member of Song Central do I use the same login to access this competition site?

    A: The database for Song Central is different to the database used for competitions via this site. Just because you have a login on Song Central, it does not mean it is known on this database. You need to create a login on this competition site (if you don’t have one already).

     

    Q: What happens to my songs once the competition is over?

    A: All songs entered into the competition will be deleted from Song Central’s server once the competition (and all judging) is complete.

     

    Q: What file format is required?

    A: The Song Central site will only accept MP3 files.

     

    Q: I have put words to a traditional tune. Does that qualify as ‘original’?

    A: The intention of the competition is to encourage new material. It would be advisable to enter such a song in the Lyrics Only section.

     

    Q: My song has been sent to radio stations, and a few have been sold at gigs etc. can I enter them in FOOM?

    A: Please refer to Rule 4. Original musicians who have the means to offer their songs to the public through sales or radio airplay can choose to not distribute their material before the competition is completed for the year. Note also that the aim of the FOOM song competition is to encourage the writing of new material.

     

     

     

  • 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.