Song Competition

Song competition will be open from January 1 - September 30, 2021

We are looking for an original musical composition or new lyrics to an existing song to be performed by the WPC Choir during the Opening Ceremony of the 6th World Parkinson Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

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There are two categories:

  1. Original song with lyrics
  2. Lyric writing to a current song tune

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

  1. The contest is open to anyone with a personal connection to Parkinson’s.  There are no age limits to qualify for entry.
  2. Multiple submissions are allowed. Each song must be submitted separately with its own entry.
  3. No submission material will be returned.
  4. The Song can either be an original melody and lyrics, or be original lyrics to a current song melody.
  5. All entries must not be in violation of any copyright laws, trademarks, intellectual property rights or basic ethical standards of amateur or professional songwriting. Any entry found to be in violation of the above or proven to be plagiarized in any way will be immediately disqualified. Furthermore, the WPC shall in no way be held liable for any such legal action that results from unlawful or restricted submissions.
  6. For original compositions, the all copyright privileges remain with the composer/songwriter.
  7. By entering the song competition, you agree to allow us to share your composition on WPC websites and social media accounts.
  8. Lyrics must express the HOPE that research, medical teams, care givers, friends and family bring to those with Parkinson’s.  Please include personal thoughts, perhaps the HOPE that the PD Flower (Tulip) represents, the HOPE in research and medical advances, the thankfulness of the PD community meeting in Spain – be creative.
  9. The song can be either written for unison voices, 2-part singing: Women & Men, or 3-part singing: Soprano, Alto, Men.
  10. The song length can be no more than 4 minutes in total length of performance.
  11. The song must include piano accompaniment and/or guitar chords. Additional instrumentation will be accepted.
  12. Applications must include an essay regarding your personal connection with Parkinson’s. Maximum of 400 words. Please double space.
  13. Applications must include a recording of the song. This does NOT need to be a professional recording.
  14. Entries may be submitted through our online submission process or post-marked via mail by September 30, 2021.
  15. Songs uploaded through the online submission system must be in one of the following formats: MP3, WAV, MOV, or MP4. All lyrics must be uploaded in one of the following file types: PDF, DOC, RTF.
  16. No revisions or alterations to the entry will be accepted once the contestant has completed the submission process.
  17. Entries will be judged on originality, melody, and lyrics.

*Those submitting lyrics to existing songs must credit the original song and artist. It is not necessary to secure licensing at the time of entry.

Judging Process:
Songs will be judged on a list of criteria. Each judge is free to interpret the qualities of an entry under these criteria as they individually see fit.
Songs will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Emotional impact
Will the song appeal to a broad audience? Does the tune stay with you after the song is over? Would it play on the radio? Will the song survive the test of time and be remembered at the next WPC?

Melody & Chorus
Pitch and rhythm matter. Judges are looking for continuity and coherence in melody and chorus, as well as tone, tension and style. Does it have a strong intro and ending?

Harmony
Can this song to arranged in harmony – either 2-part singing: Women & Men, or 3-part singing: Soprano, Alto, Men?

Lyrics / WPC Perspective
According to the song competition announcement, “Lyrics must express the HOPE that research, medical teams, care givers, friends and family bring to those with Parkinson’s. Please include personal thoughts, perhaps the HOPE that the PD Flower (Tulip) represents, the HOPE in research and medical advances, the thankfulness of the PD community meeting in Spain – be creative.” Look for creativity and imagination in words. Are the lyrics a poem set to music? Do they perfectly blend and influence the music? Do they compel the heart and the mind?

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