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Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture
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1.
The National Song Competition is open to all Belizean Nationals or Permanent Residents.
2.
The organizers, judges, and employees of National Celebrations Commission and their immediate family i.e. parent, husband, siblings and children are not eligible to participate in the competition.
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Entries can be in any language but they must be accompanied by an English translation of the lyrics.
4.
Professional recording is not required; however, each entry package must include:
I) Completed entry form with original signature;
II) Audio recording with vocals for each song, Five (5) minutes or less in duration; and
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III) Typed Lyrics Sheet.
5.
The CD should contain only the entry song and should not have any part of the recording or label which can identify the artist(s), applicant(s), producer(s) or the songwriter(s).
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The Songs should express clearly the meaning of the word Cultural Relevance - Love and Devotion for Ones Country. It should invoke a blessing and or evoke/celebrate the history, traditions and diversity of the Belizean culture, while sounding a call to build community and to uphold community. The song should be one that is memorable with popular and emotional appeal.
7.
Entries that contain profanity will be disqualified.
8.
All entries submitted must be original songs and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any
other rights of a third party. The Entrant warrants that the entry is an original song and
Entrants shall, by entering, indemnify and hold the National Celebrations Commission harmless
against any claims inconsistent with the foregoing.
9.
Deadline for registration to be submitted is Friday, July 21, 2017 at 5:00pm.
10.
Songs which do not satisfy the above criteria and the technical specifications will be rejected.
11.
Semi-finalists from both the senior and junior categories will be selected by the expert panel of judges and will be required to perform LIVE renditions at the finals.
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Songs that qualify for the semi-finals will be uploaded onto the National Celebrations Commission website at www.mynationalsong.bz where the general public will be able to listen to all semi-finalists and vote for their favourite song.
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A maximum of ten (10) songs will be selected as semi-finalists. All semi-finalists will be required to perform on stage at the finals with a Live Band provided by National Celebrations Commission.
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Finalists shall make themselves available, during the course of the Competition, for mandatory rehearsals and all promotional activities.
15.
Entrants agree to release, indemnify, and hold the National Celebrations Commission, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person
or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in promotional activities.
16.
By entering the Belize Song Competition, entrants agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of the National Celebrations Commission and its judges, which are final and binding in all matters.
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Entrants agree to be bound by all terms of these Rules and Regulations as established herein.
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A maximum of four supporting musicians may be allowed to accompany each participant for their performance on stage.
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Judges must review and approve all final scores before announcement.
Note: Management reserves the right to amend the rules of the National Song Competition to further benefit the development of the Music Industry in Belize.
Rules and Regulations
Download Rules and Regulations booklet