Rules

RULES
please read before entering

Please Note: It is not allowed for a performer to play from a photocopy at the AFYM. Photocopying of music is illegal except when the copy is for the use of the adjudicator. In these circumstances the performer is permitted to make a single copy of the music to be performed. The performer must own an original copy and the photocopy should be marked for the use of the adjudicator and the Festival will destroy the copy after the class.

It is permitted for a performer to play from a legal download from the internet. The performer should mark on the copy given to the adjudicator that the copy to be used by the performer is a legal download.

The Festival reserves the right to ask to see a performers music to check that a legal download is being used not an illegal photocopy.

  • 1. AMATEUR STATUS: The Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians is open to amateurs only. An amateur for these purposes, is defined as a person who does not receive the chief part of his/her income from the teaching or practice of the subject in which he/she is competing. Any dispute regarding eligibility shall be resolved by the Festival Committee
  • 2. AGE LIMITS: The age limit for each class is 18 years unless otherwise stated. The age of the entrant on the first day of the Festival will be deemed to be his or her age for the purpose of entry
  • 3. ENTRIES: Entries are to be made on the official entry form/s and must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee and a large stamped addressed envelope. The closing date for entries each year will be 31 October
  • 4. PERFORMER SUBSTITUTION : Children named in the programme must perform. No substitution is allowed, otherwise the performance will be disqualified, which means that the performance will be permitted but cannot be part of the competition and cannot win a medal. If there is uncertainty about performer availability, you are advised to give your duet/group a general name, eg The Smith Duo
  • 5. LATE ENTRIES: NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. The proximity of the entry closing date to Christmas activities and the New Year could be difficult administratively. This rule will therefore be strictly adhered to, with no exceptions
  • 6. ENTRY FEES: Entry fees, as shown in this Syllabus, are non-refundable
  • 7. COMPETITIVE CLASSES  OWN-CHOICE REQUIREMENTS: Entrants must declare their own-choice piece AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. This is to ensure accurate timings of classes so that the Festival can run continuously and efficiently.  TIME LIMITS, WHERE STATED, MUST BE STRICTLY OBSERVED.  The adjudicator may, where this time is going to over-run, stop the performance.   Any competitor performing a work other than that stated at the time of entry will be disqualified, which means that the performance will be permitted but will not be adjudicated. An own- choice selection must not be used by a competitor in more than one class.
    NON COMPETITIVE CLASSES, OWN CHOICE REQUIREMENTS: Entrants in Non Competitive classes, do not need to state own choice pieces at the time of entry. However TIME LIMITS, WHERE STATED, MUST BE STRICTLY OBSERVED. A performance which over runs the time limit may be stopped. Competitors will need to complete a slip giving titles and composers of their piece/s and attach it to the adjudicator’s copy of their music that they bring to the AFYM on the day of performance. A sample will be sent out with the Class Notification Information in the weeks before the Festival and will be available on the web site. An own choice selection must not be used by a competitor in more than one class.
  • 8. ADJUDICATOR’S COPIES: On the day of the class, the competitor must provide a copy of each own-choice selection for the adjudicator. This should be clearly marked with the competitor’s name, class and ballot number. Photocopies will NOT be accepted except in the following circumstance: when an own choice work is selected from a publication containing several different works and which is not available separately, one copy may be made for the use of the adjudicator provided that the competitor has already purchased his/her own copy. The photocopy will be destroyed by the Festival immediately after the event
  • 9. COPYRIGHT:  It is not allowed for a performer to play from a photocopy at the AFYM. Photocopying of music is illegal except when the copy is for the use of the adjudicator. In these circumstances the performer is permitted to make a single copy of the music to be performed. The performer must own an original copy and the photocopy should be marked for the use of the adjudicator and the Festival will destroy the copy after the class. It is permitted for a performer to play from a legal download from the internet. The performer should mark on the copy given to the adjudicator that the copy to be used by the performer is a legal download. The Festival reserves the right to ask to see a performer’s music to check that a legal download is being used, not an illegal photocopy.
  • 10. ACCOMPANISTS: Competitors must provide their own accompanist where appropriate and all pieces incorporating keyboard accompaniment should include that accompaniment in performance. No accompaniment tapes/recordings may be used
  • 11. The Festival Committee reserves the right: a) to limit, cancel or sub-divide any class; b) to refuse any entry without assigning a reason; and c) to close classes before the Closing Date if sufficient entries have been received
  • 12. All competitors will receive a written report and certificate. In competitive classes a Gold medal will be awarded to First in Class; and Silver medals will be awarded as the adjudicator decides.
  • 13. No competitor may perform more than once in any one class, except where a different instrument is played in each performance
  • 14. Competitors are limited to entry into a maximum of FIVE SOLO CLASSES on each of their instruments. They may enter duet and ensemble classes in addition to this
  • 15. The adjudicator’s decision, in all matters relating to musical results, is final
  • 16. No teacher, performer or parent may approach the adjudicator’s table unless invited
  • 17. NO photographic or recording equipment (audio or visual) may be used during the performance
  • 18. GRADE CLASSES: Please ensure that your piece is of the correct standard. Anyone playing a much more difficult piece than the Grade stipulated risks being disqualified.
  • 19. DEPORTMENT Competitors are expected to produce a “professional” performance, well prepared and presented
  • 20.The Festival Committee does not hold itself responsible for any injuries sustained by any competitor or member of the public whilst on Festival premises.  The Festival Committee will also not be held responsible for any loss or damage to instruments, music, mark sheets or any other property at the Festival. The Festival Committee reserves the right to split or combine classes, according to entry numbers.
   THESE ARE THE CURRENT RULES AND INVALIDATES ANY EARLIER VERSIONS