StarVibes
Song Competition

Greater Port Macquarie Gig Guide and the Australian centre for arts and health bring you THE 1st ANNUAL PORT MACQUARIE HASTINGS Star Vibes awarD Song Competition. 

 

Throughout the month of November 2022 heats will be held on Thursday evenings with a Grand Final Performance on the last Thursday of November. 

Instead of focusing on the hype of big cash prizes this competition focuses on giving awards, useful prizes and tools to improve your song writing abilities, promote your music  and provide industry opportunities. 

The competition is open to amateurs and semi-professional performers and songwriters, with the major prize pool that includes a fully produced and mastered radio recording of your song, professional promotional photoshoot, industry mentoring, paid performance opportunities and so much more.

ENTRIES OPEN
FRIDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

Open to all genres & ages
4 Grand Final Prizes
Enter via a video submission

PRIZES

 

ENTRY CATEGORIES

 

​HOW TO ENTER OR NOMINATE

STEP 1 - PICK A CATEGORY

Enter up to 3 song in any category. Entry is via online video submission.

STEP 2 - SUBMIT A VIDEO

To enter upload a video performance to youtube or similar social video sharing platform. Click the entry link and submit the video URL for entry. A small entry fee is payable of $12 to go towards prizes, each submission will incur an individual entry fee. 

ENTRIES CLOSE Thursday 27th October 2022.

STEP 3 - GO BEFORE JUDGING PANEL

Video entries will be screened in a selection round by Greater Port Macquarie Gig Guide Advisory Board members, a group of seasoned music industry artists, producers, engineers, songwriters, lyricists and musicians.

All videos will be shared on social media for public voting and consideration.

The top 10 entries of each category will go into the live heat rounds. Successful finalist will be notified via email and social media on the 1st of November.

​LIVE HEATS & FINAL

  • Each live heat entry will be required to perform 2 songs during the live heat round

  • To be eligible for the song writers award at least one song must be an original piece.

  • 4 finalists of each heat will go onto the grand final round.

  • Each live heat entrant will receive an audio recording of their live performance and enjoy a shared platter of Wicked Elf treats at the event.

KEY DATES

  • Entries Close 27th October

  • Youth Performance Heat - Thursday 3rd November

  • Solo Performance Heat - Thursday 10th November

  • Songwriter Heat - Thursday 17th November

  • Grand Final - Thursday 24th November 

  • Participants may apply for multiple categories with the same or different works.

  • For each category, there is a limit to 3 videos you may submit within each category.

  • Each submission will be reviewed carefully and independently. 

  • A separate submission fee of $12 should be paid for each category entry.

  • All entries will be showcased on Mid North Social Gig Guide website for the duration of the event.

  • All live participants will receive a complimentary live audio recording of their performance.

  • Video entrants will be required to perform the same piece live after advancing to a heat round. 

  • All video entries will be judged by an internal panel of industry professionals, the top 10 video entries of each category will be chosen to perform in the live heats.  

  • 12 finalists will be chosen to advance to the Grand final round.

  • Music may be of any genre and instrument, as long as it can be performed live in the final rounds. 

  • Youth solo performers must be under the age of 18 year on the 25th November 2022.

  • Solo performances must contain both vocal and live instrumentation (no backings)

  • Songwriters and ensembles may use backing tracks were required, as long as all solo entry  performances contain vocal and live instrumentation.

  • Electronic music and impractical instruments that cannot be replicated in the live performance should be considered before entering works.

  • Lyrics must not contain profanities and compositions must be suitable for radio play 

  • All video category entries must be uploaded to Youtube or similar online platform for submission.

  • Judges say is final, public voting will be limited to a specific time during the grand final

  • Star Vibes Song Competition does not reserve any ownership rights over works submitted, however Mid North Social and associated event sponsors reserve the right to fair use of any video and audio generated from the music competition.

TERMS OF ENTRY

SCORING

Entrants are ultimately judged on these four elements: 

  • 1. Originality (Melody & Lyrics)

  • 2. Composition/Structure

  • 3. Performance

  • 4. Image/Presentation

  • SELECTION ROUND: Each video entry is screened by Greater Port Macquarie Gig Guide Advisory Board members — a group of seasoned music industry artists, producers, engineers, songwriters, lyricists and musicians — who listen to every entry, in its entirety. 

  • Scoring: Each of the elements above can earn a maximum score of 5 points. After each song is judged, scores are added together for a Pre-liminary Score. The maximum possible points for any song is 20. The Board selects 30 entries (the top 10 songs in each category) to send on to the live heat rounds. 

  • LIVE HEAT ROUND: Each live heat entrant will perform 2 songs during a live heat round, 4 finalists from each round will join the grand final. 

  • Scoring:  The same scoring system is used as in the selection round. The top 3 song with the highest scores become the Heat Winners, and go on to the Final. 

  • GRAND FINAL: The judges will re-evaluate each of the Heat Winners against one another in a live performance to choose the Grand Final Award Winners. The audience will vote to decide the winner of the people’s choice award.

  • Scoring:  

    • SONG WRITER AWARD - The song with the highest total of all the judge's scores is the Award Winner. In the event of a tie, the judges will decide on a consensus along with peoples choice award scores. 

    • PERFORMANCE AWARD - The song with the highest total of all the judge's scores in the performance element is the Award Winner. In the event of a tie, the overall points will decide the winner.

    • PEOPLE CHOICE AWARD - The song with the highest total of all the public voted scores is the  Award Winner. In the event of a tie, the overall points will decide the winner.

    • HASTINGS IGA LOCAL STAR AWARD - The song  with the highest total of all the judge's scores performed by a Port Macquarie LGA contestant is the Award Winner. In the event of a tie, the judges will decide on a consensus along with the peoples choice award scores. 

Receiving a Trophy

THANK YOU TO OUR

SPONSORS

Not just a cash prize.... WIN a full studio recording and mastering of your original music and multiple performance and industry opportunities.

Australian Centre for Arts & Health
Hastings Co-op
Focus Magazine
Jackson James Creative
Greater Port Macquarie Gig Guide
Rawr Music
Hot Plate Studios
Mid North Social
Wicked Elf Beer
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