Jamaica Children's Gospel Song Competition

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ABOUT THE COMPETITION


  • The Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition is one which allows children between the ages of 6 and 15 years to express themselves utilizing any genre of music to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • The competition accepts entries be they covers or original.
  • It is open to Jamaican citizens and persons residing in Jamaica for a period not less than two years at the closing date for entries.

(The Competition Year is from September of the present year to August of the following Year.)

PROCESS OUTLINE

Access and Distribution of Entry forms

  • Entries open last Friday in September.
  • Entry forms and the rules and regulations are available at

-J.C.D.C Head Office

-J.C.D.C Parish Offices Island wide

-J.C.D.C website www.jcdc.gov.jm

Entry Information

The competition is open to two types of entrants, namely:

1. Individual – a solo entrant who is not affiliated to any institution; be it school, church, community group etc

2. Institutions – entries which represent an institution; be it school, church, community group etc.

NB. An adult be it parent, guardian or teacher must enter the children in the competition by affixing their signature to the entry form. This individual will be the custodian for the child throughout the competition and will be the individual with whom all contacts will be made.

  • All entrants must be between the ages 6 and 15 yrs. (whatever the age as at September of the competition year is the age that carries throughout the competition irrespective of closing date of entries)
  • Entry forms must be submitted in Duplicate on or before the deadline.
  • A non-refundable entry fee of Five hundred Jamaican dollars (J$500.00) per entry must be paid upon submission of a completed entry form. A package rate of $350 per item is set for any institution entering more than one item.
  • A biography for each entry is to be attached to the entry forms upon submission (example; each soloist, ensemble and choir)
  • An entry should be no more than three minutes (3) in length.
  • Entrants who submit Original songs must ensure the lyrics and melody are new. No more than four (4) bars of the composition are to be extracted from or familiar to another tune.
  • There are two classes to be entered:

- Juniors 6 – 10 years

- Intermediates 11 – 15 years

  • There are three categories to be entered and each item must be entered in the respective class:

- Solo

- Ensemble 2-5 children

- Choir 10 – 25 children

  • Any one group may enter once in each class and category using the same students, but is free to enter multiple groups or soloists (once it’s a different set of children.)
  • All Competitors and their supporters whose actions are deemed disrespectful to the judges, the Commission, its representatives, and/or other competitors or found committing any illegal act or behaving in such a manner as will bring the Festival of the Arts, and/or the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission into disrepute, ridicule or contempt may be disqualified from the competition.

THE COMPETITION PROCESS

There are three levels of adjudication in this competition, namely Elimination, Semi Finals and National Finals.

  1. Elimination Round

At this level the entrant will present song in its entirety.

For solo entries, background vocals are allowed whether they be live or on the track, however the treatment must be true to the form background singing.

The use of the appropriate musical accompaniment (track, or musicians) is compulsory and is the sole responsibility of the performer. However an acapella presentation is also acceptable but must be true to form.

Each item is marked out of a total of 100 points under the criteria

- Musicianship 30

- Interpretation 30

- Arrangement 20

- Presentation 20

The 42 highest scoring presentations from the elimination round will make it to the semi finals. (7 in each class and category ie: 7 junior solos, 7 junior ensembles, 7 junior choirs, 7 intermediate solos, 7 intermediate ensembles and 7 intermediate choirs)

  1. Semi Final Round

At this level the entrant will present song in its entirety.

For solo entries, background vocals are allowed whether they be live or on the track, however the treatment must be true to the form background singing.

The use of the appropriate musical accompaniment (track, or musicians) is compulsory and is the sole responsibility of the performer. However an acapella presentation is also acceptable but must be true to form.

Each item is marked out of a total of 100 points under the criteria

- Musicianship 30

- Interpretation 30

- Arrangement 20

- Presentation 20

The four (4) highest scoring performances in each class and category will move to the National Finals. (4 in each class and category ie: 4 junior solos, 4 junior ensembles and 4 junior choirs, 4 intermediate solos, 4 intermediate ensembles and 4 intermediate choirs)

All performances will be recorded for rehearsal purposes.

  1. National Final Round

The J.C.D.C will supply one backing band that will provide musical service to all finalists (all items will be performed live)

At this level the performer will present one of the two earlier presented songs in its entirety.

Background vocals are allowed for solo entries but must be the responsibility of the entrant to contract same, however the treatment must be true to the form background singing

Each item is marked out of a total of 100 points under the criteria

- Musicianship 30

- Interpretation 30

- Arrangement 20

- Presentation 20

All finalists will be expected to attend all events planned for the promotion of the competition whatever form they may take.

  1. Awards and Results

The results will be tallied by a team selected by the J.C.D.C. and verified by auditors.

Awards will be given for the following:

- 1st and 2nd places in each class and category

- all original songs making it to the National Finals

Please note that the prize list may change or vary in any given year

SELECTION OF ADJUDICATORS

  • The J.C.D.C will provide competent adjudicators drawn from the music industry.

REHEARSALS FOR NATIONAL FINALS

  • A recording of the selected entries for the National Finals will be submitted to the contracted band immediately following the Semi Finals for band rehearsals.
  • Each group will get at least two opportunities to rehearse with the band in addition to the dress rehearsal which will be done on the morning of the National Finals. A competent vocal coach contracted by the J.C.D.C. will conduct the rehearsal process. The J.C.D.C reserves the right, through its contracted vocal coach to enhance any item by improving the arrangement and ensuring that the song is within the set time limit of three (3) minutes.

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

The J.C.D.C will conduct workshops and seminars to prepare potential entrants and finalists in the competition.

Workshops/seminars will cover issues concerning skill enhancement in singing, song writing and best practices in performance standards etc.