14th Annual OCFF Songs From the Heart Awards

Posted by:  Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF)


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The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) is pleased to present the Songs From The Heart songwriter awards. Now in its 14th year, this event highlights the talents of Ontario songwriters and provides an opportunity for the winners to showcase their work for festival artistic directors and other presenters.

This contest is open only to residents of the province of ONTARIO, Canada. The Songs From The Heart competition is a juried process. Our jury will select one English-language winner and one French-language winner. Each will receive a Galaxie Rising Star Award of the CBC in the amount of $1,000, registration for the annual OCFF conference for one person, and an invitation to showcase at the 22nd Annual OCFF Conference in Ottowa, Ontario, October 23-26, 2008. Additionally, prizes of $100.00 will be awarded to the winners selected in each of the 7 sub-categories: Political, Humorous, Instrumental, Children's, Historical, Blues and World (songs written in languages other than English and French.)

A separate jury will select the winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from among the top ten songs (not including the Rising Star Award winners). The winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award receives $1,000.00 and registration for one person to the 2008 OCFF conference.

Please note: OCFF one-year Individual Memberships are available for purchase with your submission (for non-OCFF members). For other membership opportunities, and a list of benefits, please see our website.

Terms And Conditions

1. Only residents of Ontario are eligible to submit entries.
2. Past winners (1st place only) are ineligible.
3. Entry fee is $17.50/song (includes GST) for members and $26 (includes GST) for non-members, payable to the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. Non-members can join the OCFF to receive the member rate.
4. More than one song may be submitted, but the entry fee will apply to each song. Include song title(s), composer(s), contact name and telephone number with each entry.
5. Please indicate which sub-category you would like the song to also be considered for. All songs get a shot at the Galaxie Rising Star Award, but in addition you may ask to be considered for one of: Political, Humorous, Instrumental, Children's, Historical, Blues or World.
6. Songs may be submitted on CD (only) or through Sonicbids (www.sonicbids.com). Songs may be submitted in any language. Please include translations of any lyrics not in English or French. If submitting more than one song, they may all be included on one CD.
7. Submissions will be confirmed via email. Ensure that your email address is correctly identified on the entry form or in your Sonicbids account.
8. If you have to use a courier, make sure that the package does not require a signature.
9. Submitted material cannot be returned.
10. Writer(s) retain(s) all copyright and publishing rights.
11. Entries must be postmarked no later than May 5, 2008