Q Song: The Queensland Songwriting Awards

Posted by:  Queensland Music Network


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This opportunity is for Queensland artists only.

Over the past four decades, Queensland has produced some of the finest songwriters in not just the country, but the world. From The Bee Gees to Bernard Fanning, Queensland’s music stands tall on the world stage. And now we bring you Q SONG, the new Queensland-based music awards aimed at finding, recognising, acknowledging and raising public awareness of the new and emerging talent bred in our state.

With more than $25,000 in cash and prizes, Q Song is an initiative of The Queensland Music Network Inc – Queensland’s peak contemporary music body for more than a decade – that is looking for the best and most innovative songwriters in the state. The development of Q Song is closely mirroring the success of Western Australia’s “WAMI Awards” which has rapidly grown into one of the national music industry’s major annual events.

Q Song is open to all unpublished songwriters (artists who own their own copyright) of all ages from all corners of Queensland with entries accepted in the following categories: Pop, Country, Electronic/Dance, Hardrock/Metal, Hardcore/Punk, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B/Soul, World & Folk, Jazz, Blues/Roots, Gospel/Spiritual, Mixed Bag, School Aged (Junior – years 1-7); School Aged (Senior – years 8-12); Regional (outside Brisbane) and Indigenous (open only to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander songwriters). The categories will be judged by genre-specific music industry professionals with a core panel to judge the Song of The Year.

There will be four finalists chosen from each category with the winners being announced at the Q Song Awards on Tuesday October 17th at the Family Nightclub in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, on the eve of The Big Sound Music Industry Conference (October 18 -20) – one of the country’s largest annual music industry events. The winner from each category wins $1000 cash and will be in the running to win the Q Song, Song of the Year Award. The Song of Year winner will take home a total package worth over $6000, including 5 days recording at Wavelength Studios, Film Clip directed by Kellie Lloyd (conditions apply), distribution through Hum Records, mastering by Matthew Gray Mastering, photo shoot with Dane Beesley, legal advice and marketing strategy advice from Australian Music Biz and more.

Q Song is proudly Sponsored by The Courier Mail, Nova 106.9FM, Wavelength Studios, Kellie Lloyd, APRA, BlackBox Studios, Lynette Irwin,Hum Records, Airlock Studios, Matthew Gray Mastering and Dane Beesley.

Please note: This opportunity is open to artists from Queensland only. Artists from outside of Queensland are not eligible and should not submit.

Terms And Conditions

Q SONG AWARDS 2006 - OFFICIAL RULES AND CONDITIONS (Online Sonicbids Submissions)

1. Q SONG AWARDS 2006 is open to all residents of Queensland. The song must be the original work of the entrant and the entrant must not be signed to a major record label (excluding distribution deals). Entries must not compromise Q Music's obligations to its principal sponsors.

2. SONG CATEGORIES that can be entered are - Genre Categories: Pop; Country; Electronic/Dance; Hardrock/Metal; Hardcore/Punk; Rock; HipHop; R&B/Soul; World & Folk; Jazz; Blues/Roots; Gospel/Spiritual; Mixed Bag.

Limited Entry Categories: Indigenous (open only to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander songwriters); Regional Queensland (outside Brisbane); School Aged Categories: Junior (year 1 - 7); Senior (years 8 - 12).

Both the Grand Prize for Q SONG AWARDS 2006 and the People's Choice Award are selected from entries in the above categories.

3. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC may be entered into all categories.

4. FOUR SONGS will be nominated for each category. The nominees will be notified by Monday, August 21st, 2006.

5. ALL COPYRIGHTS remain the property of the songwriter. No contestant may infringe upon existing copyrights and in signing the entry form the contestant agrees that the Queensland Music Network Inc.(Q MUSIC) is not held responsible for any such infringement which may occur, and will indemnify Q MUSIC against any legal action which may arise as a result of such breaches of copyright.

6. ALL CATEGORY WINNERS agree to have their winning entry included on The Courier Mail website as a downloadable music file.

7. WINNERS will be announced at the presentation ceremony on Tuesday October 17th, 2006 at The Family Night Club 8 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley.

8. CASH PRIZES will be awarded at the Q SONG AWARDS 2006 Presentation Ceremony. Recording Studio time will be available upon arrangement with Q MUSIC and each category studio sponsor (contact Q MUSIC for details).

9. Q MUSIC STAFF and affiliated sponsors of Q SONG AWARDS 2006 are not eligible to enter the competition.

ALL FURTHER ENQUIRIES CONTACT Q MUSIC: phone (07) 3257 0013 or email info@qmusic.com.au.