Competition rules

Associazione Ensemble Serenissima of Sacile (Pordenone, Italy), in collaboration with Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia Publishing House, announces the Fifth edition of the International Competition for orchestral compositions "5th INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION PRIZE – SEM 2020”. The winning composition will be performed by the XXIV FVG International Music Meeting Orchestra during the final orchestra concert, which will take place in July 2020 and it will be published by Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia publishing house.

 

Art. 1 – COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT

The competition is open to musicians of all nationalities with no age limit.

 

 

Art. 2 – CHARACTERISTICS OF COMPETITION SCORES

The submitted compositions, for orchestra without soloists, must never have been (either entirely or partially): published, awarded in other competitions, performed in public concerts, distributed via the web, broadcasted by radio and / or television, nor recorded for commercial use.

Submitted must be scored for an orchestra. The instrumentation must consist of not more than the following instruments (which can also be totally or partially used)

2 flutes (one of them can also be a piccolo);

2 oboes (one of them can also be a English horn);

2 clarinets (one of them can also be a bass clarinet);

2 bassoons (one of them can also be a contrabassoon);

2 horns;

2 trumpets; 

tympani;

strings (I and II violins, violas, cellos, basses);

piano.

PA System is not permitted. The duration of the composition must range from 4 (four) to 7 (seven) minutes. 

On the title page of the composition will appear:

·       Composer’s name and surname, 

·       composition’s title,

·       composition’ duration

Compositions that do not meet the above requirements will be excluded from the competition.

The contestants consider that the orchestra entrusted with the performance will not be a stable orchestra, but rather a team formed mostly by the participants in the International Music Meeting specialization courses: then young, technically trained instrumentalists but with an orchestral experience being formed.

We therefore invite participants to reasonably limit the degree of difficulty of the musical assembly, so that the performance can concentrate to the best on the composer's musical and expressive intentions.

 

 

Art. 3 – ENTRIES DEADLINE

The scores and all documents listed in art. 5, must be sent exclusively by email and must be received no later than by midnight of the 30th April 2020 (computer's time and date will be proof of dispatch) to the following email address:

internationalcompositionprize@gmail.com

specifying “With reference to the 5th International Composition Prize SEM 2020”.

It can be sent via: wetransfer.com.

 

 

Art. 4 – PARTICIATION ARRANGEMENTS

Participation in the competition is subject to the payment - by bank transfer - of a registration fee (non-refundable) of € 50.00.

The IBAN number is: 

IT52T0835664990000000010900 - BCC  Pordenonese – Branch Sacile (Italy).  

BIC/SWIFT: ICRAITR19WI

Headed to: Associazione Ensemble Serenissima

Viale Zancanaro, 10

33077 Sacile (PN) – Italy

specifying 5th International Composition Prize SEM 2020.

Each participant can compete for more than one work by making a specific registration for each work and by paying the related registration fee.

 

 

Art. 5 –  HOW TO FORWARD DOCUMENTS AND CONDUCT OF THE COMPETITION

The documents necessary to register must be sent via e-mail within the terms indicated in the art. 3. They must include: 

1) Registration form in JPG or PDF format, duly completed and signed (the form can be found at the bottom of the competition announcement or can be downloaded from the official website www.internationalcompositionprize.it and from the Association's website www.ensembleserenissima.com)

2) Receipt of the payment of the registration fee for the competition, in JPG or PDF format

3) Score in PDF format: participants must present a complete score, drawn up with a computer program and perfectly legible (under penalty of exclusion from the competition at the discretion of the Selection Committee)

4) Copy of a valid identity document or passport, in JPG or PDF format

5) Recent photo of the participant (for any printing uses) in JPG or PDF format. 

6) A short curriculum vitae in Italian and or English in PDF format. 

Upon completion, in an optional form, participants can also send: 

- a Midi simulation in MP3 Format which will only be a complementary support for the Jury, considering that the judgment will be based exclusively on reading the score (recommended);

 - a short description (in PDF format) relating to the work, written in Italian and/or English

The outcome of the competition will be announced by June 16th 2020

The winner (and / or the author of a piece eventually indicated to perform) will have to provide for the realization and sending, exclusively by e-mail, of all the orchestra material (all parts of the individual instruments in PDF format) by the deadline of 7 July 2020.

If, for any reason, the winner and / or any reported ones fail to comply with this deadline (or the material is incomplete or graphically incompatible with normal professional use) they will lose all rights to the prize amount.

 

Art. 6 - JURY PANEL

The Jury will be chaired by maestro Daniele Zanettovich and made up of eminent personalities from the world of music and contemporary composition at the international level. The composition of the Jury will be announced on the competition website after the deadline for submitting the application form. The Jury's decisions are final and unappealable .

It reserves the right not to award the prize if none of the works is considered worthy. 

The Jury, with its unquestionable judgment, can also report one or more works.

 If a member of the Jury identifies one of the participants in the competition as a relative (within the IV degree) or a student with whom he / she has had teaching relationships in the two years preceding the expiry of the notice, he / she must explicitly declare it and abstain from any evaluation related to the score in question.

 

 

Art. 7 - AWARDS

The contest winner will receive:

- Euro two thousand five hundred (€ 2.500), gross of taxes (the Prize may be divided between more than one participants);

- a certificate;

- the performance of the composition during the final orchestra concert which will close the 24th edition of the FVG International Music Meeting;

- the publication* by Pizzicato Verlag Helvetia Publishing house.

* Those who are bound by an exclusive contract with a Publishing House will have to produce a specific release form.

The work can also be recorded audio/video and can be included in the Festival’s live CD and DVD. 

The Jury has the right  to indicate other scores (art. 6) that, even if they are not winners, can be performed during the final orchestra concert which will close the 24th edition of the FVG International Music Meeting. They should also be recorded (audio and video) and included in the Festival’s live CD and DVD. The authors of the reported compositions will receive a certificate.

Concurrently with the publication of the results on the competition website, the composers declared winners (or the authors of a score indicated for Honorable Mention) will be notified by email.

 

Art.8 – GENERAL CONDITIONS AND PRIVACY POLICY

 

Nothing will be due by the Competition Organization for the complete orchestral parts and their use in occasions related to the event. The composer of the winning work agrees to the work’s recording (television, radio and audio) and to its posting on websites, without any extra cost to the Associazione Ensemble Serenissima. The Association will have the ownership of the materials, it being understood that the author will keep the copyright. So the Association may use it also in other concerts - sponsored by the Association - free of charge. 

In accordance with article 13 of the GDPR 2016/679 (E.U. General Data Protection Regulation) and article 13 of the Italian D.Lgs 196/2003 we inform you that personal data provided by participants will be used solely for the purposes of the competition.

 

 

Art. 9 - RESPONSABILITY

The Associazione Ensemble Serenissima disclaims any liability in case of failure or incorrect reception of registration documents caused by their transmission via any means and for any reason. Within the limits of its ability, the Organization will try to inform each candidate should the documentation be incomplete or illegible. 

The organization disclaims any liability in the event of a breach of copyright by competitors.

 

 

Art. 10 - ACCEPTANCE 

Participation in the "5th International Composition Prize SEM 2020" implies the unconditional acceptance by the participant of all the rules established by the competition announcement.

 

 

Art. 11 - LEGAL NOTICE

The organization reserves the right to make - at any time - changes to this regulation, giving immediate notice of it on the official website www.internationalcompositionprize.it and on the Association's website  www.ensembleserenissima.com.

In the event of disputes, the only legally valid text will be the announcement in Italian, complete with 11 (eleven) articles. The exclusive competent Court will be in Pordenone