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National Song Competition Submission Date Extended Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 July 2010 00:00

National Celebrations Commission in association with Atlantic International Bank has extended the date of submission for entries into the National Song Competition from July 8th to July 22nd.Open Competitions will now be held on July 25th at the Memorial Park entrance is free! This will be followed by Semi- Finals on August 14th and Finals on August 21st at the Bliss Center. For more information please see below!

National Celebrations Commission in association with Atlantic International Bank invites All Belizean Musicians to enter this year’s Patriotic Song and Carnival Song Competition. This Competition will be held in conjunction with the 29th Anniversary of Belize’s Independence and the 212th Anniversary of the Battle of St. George’s Caye.

Patriotic Song Competition entries will be judged based on:

Audience Appeal – This encompasses how well the audience responds to your sound, your appearance, and how well you connect with the audience and their emotions.

Musical Arrangement - How well the music piece has been prepared, and written for presentation.

Vocal Quality – Vocal performance has consistent quality and characteristic of voice, and performer is aware of tone and pitch.
Lyrical Content - The lyrics of the song should express the overall theme of the song competition. This includes expressing love and devotion for one’s country as well as Belize’s history. This part of the competition is weighted very heavily. 

Stage Presence – This encompasses performer’s attire, body movement and facial expressions while performing on stage. Performers are encouraged to include dramatizations and choreography to enhance their performance. Winners will receive:

Patriotic Song Senior Category (18 & older)
1st place - $3000 and a Trophy
2nd Place - $2000 and a Trophy
3rd Place - $1000 and a Trophy
Patriotic Song Junior Category (17 & younger)
1st Place- $1000 and a Trophy
2nd Place-$500.00 and a Trophy

Carnival Song Competition Entries will be judged based on:

Audience Appeal – This encompasses how well the audience responds to your sound, your appearance, and how well you connect with the audience and their emotions.

Musical Arrangement - How well the music piece has been prepared, and written for presentation.
 
Vocal Quality – Vocal performance has consistent quality and characteristic of voice, and performer is aware of tone and pitch.
Lyrical Content - The lyrics of the song should express the overall theme of the song competition.
 
Stage Presence – This encompasses performer’s attire, body movement and facial expressions while performing on stage. Performers are encouraged to include dramatizations and choreography to enhance their performance.

Carnival Song Senior Category (18 & older)
1st place - $3000 and a Trophy
2nd Place - $2000 and a Trophy
3rd Place - $1000 and a Trophy
Carnival Song Junior Category (17 & younger)
1st Place- $1000 and a Trophy
2nd Place-$500.00

There will also be a Carnival Road march Song of the Year. This song will be judged based on the most played song during the carnival season by any given carnival band and the frequency of rotation on local Radio Station.

$1000 and a Trophy

Composers and Songwriters are encouraged to partner with Performers to enter the competition. Competitors will be required to perform a live rendition at the Memorial park. 

Applications can be obtained at The Bliss Center, the Belize Tourism Board, and House of Culture. All Application forms and song lyrics, and recording should be submitted by July 22nd 2010 to Chair of National Celebrations Commission, House of Culture, or The Bliss Center at P.O. Box 325 in Belize City.

A rules and regulations booklet can be obtained at the Bliss Centre, House of Culture, and BTB.

The General Song Competition will be held on July 25th at the Memorial Park entrance is free! This will be followed by Semi- Finals on August 14th and Finals on August 21st at the Bliss Center.