SAE x BAYFM BaySounds Song Competition

BayFM and SAE Byron Bay are proud to present BaySounds — a local songwriting competition showcasing original songs from artists in the Northern Rivers Region.

Whether you’re a rhyming rookie or a seasoned stage sensation, BaySounds could be your ticket to the next phase of your musical journey. We’re all about celebrating the undiscovered abilities and infectious rhythms of local artists, and we can’t wait to showcase your songwriting skills to the Northern Rivers and beyond.

Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including BayFM President and host of Northern Rivers Music Box, Ange Kent and BayFM host of Living Your Arts Off, Nathan Kaye. The panel will also consist of SAE Faculty Lead Dirk Terrill, a multi-award-winning composer, producer and engineer.
Submissions will be kicking off 24 April 2024, and closes 16 June 2024, so get your original songs ready to go!

THE PRIZE


The lucky winner of the BaySounds comp will have their original song recorded and mastered at SAE by the final year Audio Engineering students in the state-of-the-art recording studio through the amazing SSL Duality or Neve analogue desk.

You’ll also have the opportunity to perform at the SAE Byron Bay Open Day on Saturday August 24, 2024, featuring an outside broadcast on BayFM 99.9 and 4 weeks of guaranteed airplay rotation on BayFM.

Your recording session and Open Day performance will both be filmed for promotion on BayFM and SAE’s social media platforms to showcase your talents even further. Other media opportunities include BayFM radio interviews.

Our lucky runner up will receive a RØDE Complete Studio Kit, kindly donated to us by the crew at Broadcast Components!

Featuring RØDE’s AI-1 audio interface, peerless NT1 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, plus an SM6 shock mount and XLR cable, this kit contains everything you need to create studio-quality recordings at home.

HOW TO ENTER


Ready to share your musical talents with the world? To enter your song into the competition, submit one original track created by you in 2023/24 via a streaming link (e.g. Bandcamp or Soundcloud).

Along with your track and lyrics, you’ll be required to submit a portfolio which includes a short bio with an image of yourself plus a 100-word statement telling us what your song is about and what it means to you.

ENTER THE BAYSOUNDS SONG COMP













Please title your folder with YOUR ARTIST/BAND NAME - YOUR SONG TITLE

This folder must include;
  1. ONE track (high-resolution MP3 360kbps MP3 file and/or 16bit/44.1kHz WAV)
  2. a promotional image of you or your band
  3. song lyrics (MUST include song title)
  4. 100-word bio that includes your artist or band name
  5. 100-word statement on what your song is about and what it means to you (this statement must include a link to your track on a streaming service (e.g., SoundCloud, Bandcamp, or a smartURL/Linktree link with all streaming links connecting to your song)

By submitting my details through this form, I acknowledge that I have read and accept the SAE terms and conditions and privacy policy.









TERMS AND CONDITIONS


 

COMPETITION RULES AT A GLANCE:

All entrants must:

  • Be aged 16 and over
  • Be independent artists, not signed to a label
  • Reside in the Northern Rivers (Ballina Shire, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Tweed Shire council areas)
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen/Permanent Resident

Your competition entry must:

  • Include one original track (song), including the lyrics, per entry
  • Not exceed a duration of 5 minutes
  • Not be a DJ track, instrumental, cover or parody/spoof song
  • Have been created and produced between the period of January 2023 – June 16, 2024.

By entering the BaySounds Songwriting Competition, you accept the full Terms and Conditions.

HAVE A QUESTION?


Chances are, we’ve got you covered with our Frequently Asked Questions page!

Check out our FAQ doc for more info.

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