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RULES: Rising Talents of Africa

FREE Entries: May 8 - 15 
We invite you to submit your video records absolutely FREE of charge. 

The contestants who pass the qualifying round (pre-screening) are entitled to take part in the final round.


Rising Talents of Africa is part of Rising Talents of the World competition series. 

RISING TALENTS OF THE WORLD
The rising music stars to look out for. Talents are chosen from countries in each world region.

COMPETITION SCHEDULE 
May 8 - June 8 | Periodicity: Annually

Free Entries:

May 8 - 15
Pre-screening:

May 16 - 18
(reviewing of the submitted video recordings)
Notification of the approved contestants:

May 19 - 20
Applications:

May 21 - 23
(submitting application form, portrait photo, and payment of the administrative fee)
Judging: 

May 24 - June 3
Processing of results:

June 4 -7
Competition Awards Announcement:

June 8


ELIGIBILITY
Rising Talents of Africa is open to African instrumentalists and singers up to 25 years.
  • The contestants should be born in an African country. For your reference, you can find the list of countries in Africa hereFor the avoidance of doubt, to comply with the competition rulles, it is important where the contestant is born and not where he/she currently resides. The same applies even in cases of dual citizenship (if you are a person who is concurrently regarded as a citizen of more than one country under the laws of those countries).
  • Eligible instruments: piano, stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, classical guitar), woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
  • Eligible vocal music: opera, art song, musical theatre (Broadway), Western sacred music
  • Previous winners are permitted to apply. There's no restrictions as to the number of times a contestant can apply to a competition;
  • Contestants are permitted to submit entries to as many competitions as they want in any given year;
  • One and the same piece could be eligible for submission for multiple competitions. Read the Rules of each particular competition you're interested in to see if you can submit your chosen piece to multiple competitions.
AGE GROUPS 
I. 5 – 7 years
II. 8 – 10
III. 11 – 13
IV. 14 – 16
V.17 – 19
VI. 20 – 22
VII. 23 - 25

AGE GROUPS (ensembles)
The same as above. Take into account the average age of the ensemble' members. 
According the Eligibility section above, please also take into account that all of the ensemble' members should be born in Africa

CATEGORIES
I. Instrumentalists
II. Singers
III. Ensembles (instrumental and vocal groups from duo/duet to octet)

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
  • One free-choice piece from the baroque, classical, romantic, modern and contemporary musical eras. For clarification it shall mean a piece composed from approximately 1600 to nowadays. There's no restrictions as to the nationality of the composer. For large scale works e.g. concerto, sonata, or opera: one movement for instrumentalists and one aria for singers.
  • Transcriptions/Adaptations/Arrangements are acceptable. For example, a piece of music adapted for another instrument(s) than which it was originally composed.
  • It's not required to know the piece by heart.
  • Applicable for piano instrumentalists only: the performance should be solo or with orchestra.
  • Applicable for all instrumentalists except pianists: the performance should be solo, with piano accompaniment or orchestra.
  • Applicable for singers: the performance should be “a cappella”, with instrumental accompaniment or orchestra.
Rounds of the Competition
The competition is divided into a qualifying round (pre-screening) and a final round.
Both rounds are online.

PRE-SCREENING (FREE ENTRY)
  • Participants are required to submit a video recording* of their performance (YouTube link or other online video platform) by email. Within the same email, please include your name, age and nationality; name of the piece and composer; and the competition you apply for.

    * Video recordings (audio not acceptable) must be genuinely performed by applicants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added. This means you're not permitted to use video editing software to correct or enhance the sound.
    If you submit YouTube links, be sure your video(s) have the proper settings:
    YouTube Video Manager → videos → Basic Info → from the drop-down menu, please choose "Public" or "Unlisted". Do not choose  "Private". If your video is "Private" we won't be able to view it.
  • Please send your submissions to the following email address: gccseries@gccseries.online
  • The approved contestants will participate in the competition with the same piece submitted for the pre-screening.
  • Only those who are selected in the qualifying round (pre-screening) are entitled to take part in the final round.
      INVITATION & APPLICATION (FINAL ROUND)
      • The approved contestants will receive an email notification/invitation containing instructions how to apply. Please note that only the contestants who pass the qualifying round (pre-screening) are entitled to take part in the final round. Read more by clicking here

        When to expect the email notification? You can expect it according to the competition schedule (see Competition Schedule above).

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      • The Application Form along with portrait photo*, and proof of payment (PayPal ID) of the administrative processing fee of $32.50 should be submitted according to the competition schedule. See Competition Schedule above.

        * Photo instructions:
      - Image file size: Before emailing your portrait photo please check the image file size. Resize your photo if it exceeds 1.5 MB in size. Why is this needed? Because your photo will be published on our website and very large images make websites slow. Big images enhance the user experience but very big (unnecessary large) images could be a reason for slow performing or even unresponsive web page.
      - Image file name: Also please check the image file name. The file name should include Your Name and nothing else. Examples - correctly: John Smith.jpg | incorrectly: IMG03234.jpg
      - Image file format: We accept JPEG and PNG files only.
      - Do not send more than 1 photo.


      JUDGING
      • Eight qualified judges will be evaluating audition materials.
      • The decision of the Jury is final and can’t be appealed. 
      • The awards will be based solely on the video recordings submitted.
      PRIZES
      • Multiple awards will be given in each age category.
      • The Jury may award additional special awards or specific acknowledgements.
      • The winners will receive diplomas. Their teachers may receive certificates by request.
      Competition Awards Announcement
      The competition results will be published on our website.

        Great Composers Competition reserves the right to make any changes into the rules, dates, schedules and other information related to the Competition.

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