Fairweather Family Prize for Student Composers

String Quartet:
Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola and Cello

Up to 8 minutes

Prize Value
The winner will receive a cash prize of $2000.

Premiere performance
The world premiere performance of the winning composition will take place at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2014.

Entries close
Friday 6 December 2013

Entry Requirements

  1. Information on how to enter forms part of the Conditions of Entry into the 2013 Fairweather Family Prize for Student Composers. Entry into the Competition and shall be deemed to be an acceptance of these Conditions of Entry.
  2. Composers must be currently enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution or High School at the time of entry.
  3. The submitted work must not have been previously performed, with the exception of university-sanctioned student composer concerts.
  4. A score must be submitted in hardcopy, or electronically sent by email in PDF. The materials may be handwritten or computer notated but should be at the highest professional standards of presentation. If sending hardcopies, 3 copies of the score are to be included.
  5. An audio recording may accompany the score. It may be a recording of real instruments or a MIDI version. The limitations of computer playback will be well understood by the judging panel.
  6. There is no minimum composition length, but the maximum length is 8 minutes. Works longer than 8 minutes will be disqualified.
  7. The selected entry will receive a cash prize of $2,000.00 (two thousand dollars).
  8. The World Premiere performance of the selected composition will take place in 2014.
  9. The venue will be in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  10. The work will be recorded by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  11. A judging panel will be appointed by the organizers, comprised of Sydney Conservatorium Music Staff and independent adjudicators. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence shall be entered into at any stage regarding any decision or the judging process.
  12. The competition organizers reserve the right not to award the prize.
  13. Entries will not be accepted after Friday 6 December 2013.

How to Enter

The following materials need to be submitted:

  • Name, address, email address and phone number of composer;
  • 3 copies of score of work in hardcopy or email PDF format only;
  • (Optional): An audio recording of the piece;
  • Programme notes of the submitted work, maximum 200 words;
  • A short biography of the composer, maximum 100 words;
  • A certified photocopy of the composer’s current student card;
  • An accurate duration of the work;
  • Declaration of authorship, stating that the submitted work does not infringe upon the copyright of any other person or company in any way, or if copyright permission has been obtained, a certified copy of the notification letter from the copyright owners; and
  • Information as to any previous performance of the submitted work.

Applications must be submitted to:
Julie Simonds
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Cnr Bridge & Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

E: julie.simonds@sydney.edu.au

General Terms

  • By entering the competition, you warrant that the work submitted is your original work and the submitted work does not infringe on the copyright or intellectual property rights of any person or publisher in any way. You also authorise the Organisers to reproduce the composition for any purpose, including those connected with reviewing the composition in order to determine the winner.
  • All valid entries received by Friday 6 December 2013 and will be individually judged by the judging panel. Submissions not received by Friday 6 December 2013 will not be judged.
  • The organizers will not be responsible for submissions received after this date due to mail failures, or for lost, late, stolen, damaged or misdirected entries.
  • Valid entries will be judged according to the overall quality of the composition, including musicality, originality and creativity. The prize will be awarded to the entrant who submits what the judges deem the best entry. This is a competition based on skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
  • By entering the Competition, you authorise the reproduction of your composition (including the score and all associated materials submitted), including any part thereof, without further compensation. Any entrant may be required to fill in a copyright release consent form allowing the Organisers to use the Composition.
  • Applicants who have previously been commissioned for the 101 Compositions for 100 Years project, either through the Competition or through direct commission, are not eligible to enter the Competition.
  • There is a $2,000.00 (two thousand dollars) prize for the winning entry.
  • The Organisers retain the right to substitute the prize with a prize of equal or greater value.
  • The winner will be decided and notified by end of January 2013.
  • The Organisers’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into, including in the event of a dispute.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to validate and check the authenticity of entries and enrolment details and to disqualify any entrant for tampering with the entry process.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to modify the terms of the Competition including the prizes and these Conditions of Entry.
  • Any tax liability arising as a result of accepting any prize is the responsibility of the winner.
  • The Organisers will not be liable for any injury, loss or damage of any nature whatsoever (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) which is suffered or sustained as a result of or in connection with receiving, taking or using any prize except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. All entrants release and indemnify the Organisers from any liability which may arise out of the Organiser’s use or publication of their Composition.
  • All claims and entries become the property of the Organisers. The Organisers may use personal information in accordance with its privacy policy available at its website, sydney.edu.au.
  • An entrant may access and correct any personal information held by the Organisers, upon request to the University.
  • The Organisers are: The University of Sydney (body corporate under the University of Sydney Act 1989, ABN 15 211 513 464 of Camperdown in the State of New South Wales).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I include electronics or CD playback in my piece?

Can I amplify the instruments?

Can I use prepared piano?

I am an Australian student enrolled at a US university. Am I eligible to enter?

I am a US student enrolled at an Australian university. Am I eligible to enter?

I have just graduated this year. I am eligible to enter?
No, you must be a current student.

I am a postgraduate student and am waiting upon the results of my thesis examination. Am I eligible to enter?
You need to have a current student card, for this year. If you have a student card and you haven’t yet graduated, you are eligible.

Can I use a quote from The Rite of Spring in my piece?
You can do this if you have applied for, and obtained, copyright permission from the publishers of this work, Boosey and Hawkes. Otherwise the answer is no, since Stravinsky died in 1971 and his music does not enter the public domain until 2041 under Australian copyright law.

Can I use a quote from The Marriage of Figaro in my piece?
Yes, because it is more than 70 years after the death of Mozart and his music is in the public domain. However, you should seek independent legal advice on any quotes and good practice dictates that you should acknowledge such sources on the score and in the programme notes.

Is there any limitation on style or genre?
Any style or genre is welcomed.

My piece has been previously performed at a concert in the local church hall by my sister and her boyfriend. May I enter this piece?
No. Works may not have been previously performed unless as part of an official university-sanctioned composer concert.

I am studying performance rather than composition at university. Am I eligible to enter?

I am a science student, not a music student. Am I eligible to enter?

Can I submit my work as a Sibelius or Finale or Logic or Cubase file?
Yes. You may submit your piece in Finale or Sibelius or PDF. If sending hard copies please submit 3 x hard copies of score.