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Rules and How to Enter

STAGES OF THE COMPETITION

The Competition will have five (5) stages: Preliminary Screening Round; Round One of the Competition; Round Two of the Competition; Semi Final Round; and the Final Round of the Competition.

The Application deadline will be Friday 1 October 2021.

All Applicants will compete in the Preliminary Screening Round. A panel appointed by Musica Viva will then select ensembles to perform live in Melbourne for Round One and Round Two of the Competition.

There is no time limit for the Preliminary Screening Round; maximum stage time for Round One and Round Two is sixty (60) minutes; maximum stage time for the Semi Final Round is forty-five (45) minutes; there is no time limit for the Final Round.

Up to sixteen (16) ensembles will compete in Round One and Round Two: up to eight (8) string quartets and eight (8) piano trios.

Up to ten (10) ensembles will compete in the Semi Final Round: up to five (5) string quartets and five (5) piano trios.

Up to six (6) ensembles will compete in the Final Round: up to three (3) string quartets and three (3) piano trios.

All prize winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Final Round on Sunday 10 July 2022.

All ensembles invited to compete in Round One and Round Two may be required to participate in the MICMC secondary schools education program, engaging with secondary school music students from across Australia for a maximum of 3 hours of educational workshops, masterclasses and/or open rehearsals between 30 June-2 July 2022. No fee will be paid to ensembles for their participation in this program. More information will be provided if your ensemble is chosen to participate in the Competition.

All Semi Finalist ensembles that do not progress to the Final Round will be required to perform in ‘Music in the City,’ a free concert series in Melbourne to be held on Saturday 9 July 2022. No fee will be paid to ensembles performing in this concert series.

ENTERING THE COMPETITION

The Competition is open to piano trios and string quartets.

Applications to enter the Competition may be made by persons of any nationality. The age of any individual ensemble member must not exceed 35 years. Age is calculated as at Sunday 10 July 2022.

All Applications are to be submitted via Musica Viva Australia’s official Application partner Acceptd.

2.4 Online applications, together with all required supporting documents, audio-visual material and the application fee, must be submitted between 12:00am local time 9 June 2021 and 11:59pm local time 1 October 2021.

An application fee of two hundred and eighty US dollars (US$280) is payable upon submission of the Application. The application fee is non-refundable.

A person who was a member of a first prize winning ensemble in any previous Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition is not eligible to compete in the same stream of the Competition.

A person may enter the Competition only as a member of one (1) ensemble.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

All Applications are to be submitted via Musica Viva Australia’s official Application partner Acceptd.

Applicants must submit with the following supporting documents with their Application:

  1. A certified copy of passport or birth certificate (or similar document), confirming the date and place of birth for each ensemble member.
  2. A résumé of the ensemble’s history including repertoire list and performance history for the period covering January 2019 to September 2021. Please include performances that were confirmed but cancelled during 2020/21 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. A brief résumé of each member’s training and experience.
  4. Two (2) professional and signed letters of recommendation in English by musical referees familiar with the ensemble’s playing and achievements. References must be addressed specifically to the Competition.
  5. Two (2) recent ensemble colour photographs of professional quality in high-resolution format (minimum 300 DPI) for publication and publicity purposes – one (1) in landscape orientation, and one (1) in portrait orientation.
  6. One (1) 250-word biography of the ensemble in English suitable for Competition publicity. Ensembles whose first language is not English must provide professional standard translations of biographic material in English.
  7. Three videos* – one per work – recorded after 1 January 2021, containing:
     

String Quartets:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Op.18 quartet
  2. First movement of a 19th century Romantic quartet, or Ravel, Sibelius, Elgar or similar Romantic 20th century work.
  3. Complete 20th century quartet by Bartok, Janacek, Berg, Schoenberg, Britten, Ligeti, Shostakovich, or 20th century work of similar stature. Cannot be Romantic 20th century repertoire from Item ii.

Piano Trios:

  1. Two contrasting movements of a Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Op.1 trio.
  2. First movement of 19th century Romantic work, or Ravel or similar Romantic 20th century work.
  3. Complete 20th century piano trio. Cannot be Romantic 20th Century from Item ii.


*Each video must be of professional quality, shot by a single stationary camera in real time, and must not be edited or altered in any way. Musica Viva reserves the right to disqualify studio enhanced or modified recordings, or recordings which are not of professional quality. Physical DVDs or CDs, or digital audio recordings will not be accepted. All videos must be uploaded to the Acceptd online application platform.

   8. An electronic copy of the full score of each work performed, for use by Jurors.

In submitting an Application, each Applicant certifies that the information contained in the Application, the required documents and audio-visual recordings submitted are all true and correct and are not misleading or deceptive, and that no material information has been omitted or deleted. Musica Viva Australia will acknowledge receipt of each completed Application submitted with the required documents, audio-visual recordings and payment of the application fee. Musica Viva Australia may use any information submitted, including names and photographs, for promotional and other purposes of the Competition, without payment of any fee.

An Application that is not correctly and fully submitted online through Acceptd will not be considered for the Competition.

PRELIMINARY SCREENING ROUND

Applications will be reviewed by a panel selected by Musica Viva Australia. Successful Applicants will be invited to progress to the live Round One and Round Two in Melbourne.

Applicants will be informed by email no later than Friday 5 November 2021 whether or not they have been selected to proceed to Round One and Round Two of the Competition or whether they have been selected as a Reserve Ensemble.

ACCEPTANCE AS COMPETITORS

Applicants who have been advised that they have been selected as Competitors to proceed to Round One and Round Two of the Competition must complete and return the official acceptance form to Musica Viva Australia by email no later than Friday 19 November 2021.

If you have been selected to proceed to the live rounds, click here to discover more informaiton.

PERFORMANCE RIGHTS

While Competitors are in Australia, they agree to be contracted exclusively to Musica Viva Australia. Thus Competitors may not perform publicly without Musica Viva Australia’s express consent, which Musica Viva Australia may, at its absolute discretion, withhold.

Musica Viva Australia has the right, without payment of any fee, to televise, film, videotape, record, broadcast, photograph, web stream (live and on demand) or download (video and audio) any or all stages of the Competition for any purpose. All rights, including copyright, in such media shall vest in and be owned by Musica Viva Australia, worldwide and in perpetuity.

Musica Viva Australia has the right to produce and distribute, without limit or payment of any fee, recordings of all stages of the Competition, either in whole or in part, including any prize winner’s concerts.

Competitors are expected, where possible, to be available for media, sponsor and promotional performances reasonably required for Competition purposes. All approaches to and from the media, sponsors and others must be made through and with the approval of Musica Viva Australia.

PERFORMANCE CONTRACT

Musica Viva Australia will not negotiate with, nor pay any fee to, any agent or other management in respect of, or on behalf of, Competitors.

Should any prize winner perform in Australia within four years immediately following the Competition, Musica Viva Australia reserves the right to negotiate directly with that ensemble for performance or promotional activity (or both) for the benefit of the Competition, without payment of any fee to any promoter or agent.

JURIES AND MUSICA VIVA AUSTRALIA

The jury for the Preliminary Screening Round will consist of two (2) judges selected by Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director of Competitions.

No communication, or attempt to communicate, shall be made by, or on, behalf of an ensemble with any member of a jury or Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director of Competitions prior to the completion of that ensemble’s participation in the Competition. Any such communication or attempt to communicate may, at the absolute discretion of Musica Viva Australia, cause that ensemble to be disqualified from participating in the Competition. Musica Viva Australia shall have no liability whatsoever in respect of an ensemble’s disqualification.

Decisions of a jury or Musica Viva Australia’s Artistic Director of Competitions are final and may not be challenged or appealed in any forum or on any ground whatsoever.

In these Rules the following terms have the following meanings:

  • Applicant” means an ensemble that has submitted an Application to Musica Viva Australia in compliance with these Rules, and includes each member of the ensemble where the context allows.
  • Application” means the submission of an application to enter the Competition attached to and forming part of these Rules and that one that is completed online via the Acceptd website.
  • Musica Viva Australia” is incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 and is an Australian Public Company, Limited by Guarantee, incorporated and domiciled in Australia. It operates as a non-profit organisation. ABN: 94 504 497 655. ACN: 000 111 848.
  • Competition” means the 9th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition conducted by Musica Viva Australia as the contracting party with each Applicant.
  • Competitor” means an ensemble that has been selected to participate in Round One and Round Two of the Competition, and includes each member of the ensemble where the context allows.
  • Ensemble” means a piano trio or a string quartet that is an Applicant, and includes each member of the ensemble where the context allows.
  • Fee” includes any fee, payment, commission, royalty, charge, tax or levy of any kind whatsoever, as the context allows.
  • Repertoire” means the list of repertoire for the Competition prepared by Musica Viva Australia attached to and forming part of these Rules.


From time to time Musica Viva Australia may, in its absolute discretion, make by laws to clarify any of these Rules, and such by laws shall be interpreted, and have the same force and effect, as these Rules.

Musica Viva Australia reserves the right to alter such details of the Competition as may become necessary.

In these Rules headings are for convenience only, and do not affect interpretation; and unless a contrary intention appears words importing the singular number include the plural number and vice versa.

By submitting an Application to Musica Viva Australia online via Acceptd every Applicant agrees to be bound by these Rules printed in English. The law of the State of New South Wales, Australia, governs these Rules and any contract or other agreement made pursuant to these Rules.