The Folk Federation of NSW offers two awards annually to support young musicians for solo or group performance of song and/or music in a folk style. The aim of these awards is to foster an interest in folk music and to assist young people in developing their performance skills. 

The 2021 Folk Fed NSW Young Folk Artists of the Year Awards are now open! Applications are invited until 14 June 2021. Solo performers and groups are eligible, in ‘under 16’ and ‘under 21’ years categories. For full terms and conditions read below. When you are ready head to the bottom of the page to submit your application.

Each award includes $500 cash, along with a number of mentoring and performance opportunities over the year of the award including a paid performance at the Sydney Folk Festival. Andy Busuttil of Blue Mountain Sound is offering a 3 track demo for each of the Young Artist Awardees. This includes recording, mixing and mastering.

Before you start

You will need to complete the form in one sitting. So make sure you have the following ready to go:

  1. Information about your act, previous performance experience and how this award would benefit you
  2. Links to up to 3 video/audio files of your performance (at least one video)
  3. A parent/guardian who can review and approve your submission (if under 18 years)

Please read the Guidelines for Applications and Terms and Conditions prior to submitting your application.

Guidelines for Applications

We encourage applications from a diverse range of folk art backgrounds. Performers from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and those from non-English speaking backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges, who will be asked to be fairly liberal and inclusive as to what is acceptable as ‘folk music’ for these awards.

To make an application, you must read and agree to the Guidelines for Applications and Terms and Conditions, and submit your application via the online form.

If an entrant is under 18 years of age (at the time of application) they must get permission from a parent or guardian before submitting their application. Parent/guardian must state that they have read and understood the content in the application and agreed to the Terms and Conditions. Applications for the 2021 award open at 9:00am AEDT on 31 March 2021 and close at 11:59pm on 14 June 2021, unless otherwise advised by FFNSW, which reserves the right to extend the closing date or cancel the award at any time for whatever reason at its discretion. Any application received after the expiry of the competition period will be deemed invalid. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost, delayed, incomplete, or misdirected applications.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter of this competition is The Folk Federation of NSW – ABN 94 115 759 221, hereafter called FFNSW
  2. By entering the competition, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Any instructions relating to the competition on the FFNSW website form part of these Terms and Conditions
  3. The FFNSW may in its discretion refuse to award any prize to any entrant who fails to comply with these Terms and Conditions.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Entry to the competition is open to musicians under 21 years of age on 14 June of the nominated year of the competition e.g. 2021 for the 2021 competition, for the general award offered in the application form and publicity and under 16 years of age on that date for the Junior Award. Entrants must be able to make their own way or be accompanied by an adult or have parents or guardians’ consent to travel and perform alone if under 18 years old, to and from any concert, audition, shortlisted concert or event associated with the awards at their own cost. FFNSW or its insurers are not responsible for any accident or event or condition arising out of travel to such events.
  2. An entrant must be an individual not a company or organisation. Committee members of the FFNSW and any person associated with organising the awards, or judging of the awards, are not eligible to enter.
  3. If an entrant is under 18 years of age, they must get the permission of a parent or guardian before entering this competition who must state they have read and understood the content in the application and agreed to these terms and conditions.

COMPETITION PERIOD

  1. Entrance for the awards closes at 11:59 pm AEST on 14 June 2021 unless otherwise advised by FFNSW who reserve the right to extend the closing date or cancel the award at any time for whatever reason at their discretion.
  2. Any entry received after the expiry of the competition period will be deemed invalid. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost, delayed, incomplete or misdirected entries.

HOW TO ENTER

  1. To enter the competition, you must read the information in the application form on the FFNSW website: www.folkfednsw.org.au and submit your completed entry via the online form and agree to these terms and conditions.
  2. You must provide an entry video via a supplied URL or web link via the said application form above.
  3. You must not enter the competition more than once each year, nor resubmit performance material in subsequent years that has been entered previously.
  4. Artists aged 15 years and under automatically qualify for the Under 16 years category along with their preferred category.

YOUR ENTRY

  1. To be eligible for an award your entry must include at least one video performance of the applicant performer. All recordings submitted in the application be they video or audio must have been be performed by the persons nominated in the application as being the performers who are entering for the award.
  2. It is the responsibility of the applicants to insure if permission from holders of copyright is deemed necessary to record any words, music or other material submitted for the awards. Likewise, entrants for the awards are responsible to seek permission from the copyright holders, if they think it necessary, for any song words or music.
  3. Successful applicants undertake to providing a suitable photo image (minimum 300 dpi) and consent to FFNSW using this image in promotion of the award.
  4. Decisions of FFNSW and its judges are final and will be binding on each person who enters the competition and no correspondence will be entered into, It is hoped to hold a concert to assist FFNSW with the judging of the awards of artists shortlisted for the awards. Award winners will receive several mentoring sessions, to be determined by FFNSW, with one or more mentors appointed by FFNSW, during the year of the award. Each award winner will be offered a performance at a concert organised by FFNSW in the year of the award preferably after mentorship has been occurring for some time and attempts will be made to secure a spot for them at a folk club or folk festival. In case of hardship or other circumstances FFNSW may at their discretion provide funds for some of the latter costs if they are presented to FFNSW before being incurred.
  5. All applicants and those granted the awards are required to provide their own performer insurance for all and any performances public or otherwise that occur in association with the awards or organised, prompted or facilitated by FFNSW. In case of hardship or other circumstances FFNSW may at their discretion provide funds for such insurance if requests for same are presented to FFNSW before being incurred.