An online contest for musicians who collaborate over the internet

The Collaborative Music Contest 2022 is calling for music submissions that demonstrate the spirit of online music collaboration. Enter now for your chance to win a share of $ 46,561 USD in prizes. Your music will be heard by 14 judges made up of established artists and music industry practitioners and professionals.

 This year, the contest features 2 submission categories (Online Studio Collaboration and Online Live Jamming) as well as a THEME of 'new meets old', to which collaborating musicians are encouraged to respond. It is completely free to enter the contest and artists retain all ownership of the music that they submit.  

Please see the RULES below for all entry requirements and judging criteria.  

Listen to last year's winners HERE

Collaborative Music Contest 2022 Judges

Martin K. Koszolko  – Contest founder, researcher and music creator at KOshowKO & Philosophy of Sound
Heath Johns  – CEO of BMG Australia
Rebekah Wilson  – CEO of Source Elements, researcher, composer for Networked Music
Rouslan Ovtcharoff  – CEO and co-founder of Groovesetter
Ania Karpowicz  – Flutist, curator and activist at Hashtag Ensemble & WarszeMuzik
Melissa deLaney  – CEO of the Australian Network for Art & Technology
Josep Garcés  – Composer, art technologist, founder & creator of LiveLoop
Alex Murray-Leslie  – Music creator and co-founder at Chicks on Speed and Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Amelia Besseny  – Music creator at Troth & Impatiens and researcher
Jacob Munnery  – Mastering engineer at Clockwork Audio
Phoebe Dubar  – Music creator at IKSRE
Paul Egglestone  – Founder and director at FASTLab
Nick Wilson  – Label manager at Clan Analogue
Rick Bull – Music creator at Deepchild & Concubine

First Prize winning teams shall receive the following prizes
(see prize descriptions below for more details)

ELIAS 4 PRO SOFTWARE

First Prize winners in each contest category will receive up to 3 licences for Elias 4 Pro per group (6 in total).

Value of each licence: $1,799 per seat, per year.

Combined Prize Value: $10,794 USD

GROOVESETTER SOFTWARE

Lifetime subscription to Groovesetter Standard Plan for the First Prize winners in each category. At least 5 licences are anticipated in this category.

In addition, all contest participants will be offered free access to Groovesetter during the timeframe of the contest.

Combined Prize Value: $10,000 USD

MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION

The group winning the First Prize in the Online Studio Collaboration category will have one music video produced and directed by Dr Stuart McBratney, a filmmaker with over 30 years of experience behind the camera. The group can choose any song from their repertoire. The production will take place in 2023.
 
Prize value: $10,000 USD 

SOURCE NEXUS SOFTWARE

Unlimited lifetime licence for Source Nexus software by Source Elements for First Prize winners in each category. At least 5 licences are anticipated in this category. Value of each licence is $295.00 USD.

Combined Prize Value: $1,475 USD

LIVELOOP PRO SOFTWARE

LiveLoop Pro software for First Prize winners in each category. At least 5 licences are anticipated in this category. Value per licence is $299 USD.

Combined Prize Value: $2,990 USD

AUDIOMODERN INSTRUMENTS AND SAMPLE PACKS

First Prize-winning group in each category will receive:
All Audiomodern Virtual Instruments + Sample Packs Bundle (one prize per group).

Combined Prize Value: $918 USD

PLAYTRONICA HARDWARE

First Prize-winning group in the Online Studio Collaboration category will receive:
Playtronica’s TOUCHME Midi Controller - $135 value.

First Prize-winning group in the Online Live Jamming category will receive: PLAYTRON Midi Controller - $128 value.

In addition, all contest participants will receive access to 30% discount on all Playtronica’s products.

Total prize value: $263 USD

PROFESSIONAL MASTERING

First Prize-winning group in each category will be offered professional audio mastering by Clockwork Audio Mastering. One mastered track per category.
If the submitted track has been already mastered, you can choose this service for one of your future tracks instead.

Combined Prize value: $110 USD


Runner Up Prize winning teams shall receive the following prizes (see prize descriptions below for more details)

ELIAS 4 PRO SOFTWARE

Runner-Up Prize winners in each contest category will receive up to 2 licences per group (4 in total).

Value of each licence: $1799 per seat per year.

Combined Prize Value: $7,196 USD

 

SOURCE NEXUS SOFTWARE

1 year licence for Source Nexus software by Source Elements for Runner Up Prize winners in each category. At least 5 licences are anticipated per group. Value per licence is $143.5 USD.

Combined Prize Value: $717.5 USD

GROOVESETTER SOFTWARE

1 year subscription to Groovesetter Standard Plan for Runner-Up Prize winners in each category. At least 5 licences are anticipated in this category.  

Free access to Groovesetter for all contest participants during the timeframe of the contest.   

Combined Prize Value: $300 USD 

LIVELOOP LITE SOFTWARE

Each member of the Runner-Up Prize winning team across 2 contest categories will get the full license of LiveLoop Lite software, inclusive of MIDI Jam, a live MIDI collaboration functionality.  
At least 5 licences are anticipated in this category. The value per licence is $149 USD.

Honourable mention winners - LiveLoop Lite software will also be provided for all submissions that receive such mention. At least 5 licences are anticipated in this category. Value per licence is $149 USD.

Combined prize value: $1490 USD 

AUDIOMODERN VST/AU PLUGINS

Runner-Up Prize winning group in the Online Studio Collaboration category will receive:
Complete Suite of Audiomodern VST/AU Plugins. (one prize per group). Combined Value: $129 USD

Runner-Up Prize winning group in the Online Live Jamming category will receive:
One VST/AU plugin of user's choice (one prize per group). Value: $69USD

Combined prize value: $198 USD

PROFESSIONAL MASTERING

Runner Up Prize winners in each category will be offered professional audio mastering by Clockwork Audio Mastering. One mastered track per category.
If the submitted track has been already mastered, you can choose this service for one of your future tracks instead.

Combined Prize value: $110 USD

Contest Rules

All submitted tracks must be created during online collaboration between at least 2 music makers and respond to this year's contest theme of 'new meets old'. These responses could be presented either via music and/or lyrics and artists are encourage to interpret the theme in various creative ways.

Tracks must be submitted into one of the contest categories: Online Studio Collaboration or Online Live Jamming: 
- Online Studio Collaboration is a process where some or all elements of communication, recording, editing and mixing are  executed with online tools. These tools can include dedicated online music collaboration platforms as well as online exchanges of audio/midi files. This collaborative process can be either synchronous (real-time) or asynchronous (non-real time).
- Online Live Jamming is a process where collaborating musicians play live over the Internet with the use of software that enables online live jamming. This process is synchronous (real or near real-time). You can submit your recordings of sessions that included live online jamming in this contest category.

Contest organisers do not matchmake artists as this contest is for creative teams formed externally and using remote music collaboration technologies of their choice.

Only 1 track can be entered per musical act/group in each category.  One act/group can enter different tracks in separate contest categories.

Maximum track length is 5.5 minutes.

It is completely free to enter the contest and artists retain all ownership of the music that they submit.

All submitted tracks need to be original, no covers allowed. All musical genres are permitted.

Judges will be assessing the the alignment with the chosen contest category (Online Studio Collaboration or Online Live Jamming) as well as the response to the contest theme of 'new meets old'. Other assessment criteria will include the
scope of online collaboration as well as the songwriting and music production qualities.

It is critical to explain the collaborative process in detail and credit all collaborators in regards to the roles that they performed in the creative process.

In order to submit the track, you will need to complete the submission form available via a link below and upload the MP3 or AAC file via the link included in the form. We reserve the right to only assess the submissions with correct file formats and aligned with one of the contest categories (Online Studio Collaboration or Online Live Jamming).

Accepted file formats: MP3, AAC 320kbps.

Anyone over the age of 16, living anywhere in the world can enter.

All submissions must be in by midnight (AEST, Sydney  time) on 20th November 2022.

Winners will be announced during a video streamed on YouTube in December 2022 and contacted by email afterwards.

Timeline

September 16 - November 20

Submissions open

Submit your collaborative track before November 20, 2022 for your chance to win.

November 22 - December 3

Judging process

Judges will be assessing the alignment with the chosen contest category (Online Studio Collaboration or Online Live Jamming) as well as the response to the contest theme of 'new meets old'.

December 10

Winners publicly announced

Winners will be announced via an online video stream on December 10, 2022. More details to follow.

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