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Sydney Festival 2013 Soundtrack Competition

Written by Marc Zanotti on August 14, 2012

We’re in the final weeks of winter, which means there’s only a season left til summertime. As Sydneysiders well know, that means the return of the Sydney Festival, a self-described “bold cultural celebration based on the highest quality art and big ideas”, which is set to take place from January 5 to January 28 in 2013.

In the past, event organisers have employed the music of acts such as The Middle East, Beach House and Sufjan Stevens to officially soundtrack the Sydney Festival, but for 2013 things are getting downright grassroots as the doors are open to anyone willing and able to contribute a worthy song to promote the festival.

Sydney Festival is offering $5000 in cash for whoever writes and records a song that most expertly captures the essence of the festival. With a judging panel comprised of Sydney Festival Director Lieven Bertels, Megan Washington, FBi Radio’s Dan Zilber, Ralph van Dijk from Eardrum Australia and Zan Rowe, the competition will be decided by some of the most knowledgeable personalities in Australian music.

The Competition is open for entries now. It closes September 7, 2012.

There are two ways to submit your entry to the competition.

1. Digitally via SoundCloud
If you already have a SoundCloud account, please upload the track to your account, set it to private and allow downloads. Share your track with the Sydney Festival SoundCloud DropBox. If you don’t have a SoundCloud account, you can still upload your track directly to Sydney Festival’s SoundCloud DropBox, but please ensure that downloads are enabled.

With the submission, please include a personal note with the following details:
Track Title:
Contact Phone Number:
Contact Email Address:

The Sydney Festival SoundCloud DropBox can be found here.

2. In CD format
Please post a CD containing your song to:
This Is Our City In A Soundtrack
Sydney Festival
Level 2 / 10 Hickson Road
The Rocks NSW 2000

Please include the following information with your submission:
Track Title:
Contact Phone Number:
Contact Email Address:

All entries must be received either in physical or digital format by 5pm EST, September 7, 2012 and songs should be no more than four minutes in length.

For more details and full terms and conditions please visit the official site of Sydney Festival.

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