Songbook Announcement

Founder: Gilbert De Greeve        President: Dr. Huba Brückner


International Composers’ Competition

To Whom it May Concern

Dear Sir, Madam,

After the great success of the First Songbook, the IKS Foundation is taking on the realization of the Second International Songbook, of which the financial revenue will benefit the International Kodály Society.

To achieve that goal, an International Composers’ Competition is organized.

The Competition is open to composers all over the world and there is no age limit. However, we hope in particular to gain interest from young and beginning composers and to inspire them to follow Zoltán Kodály’s example in producing quality materials for children and youngsters.

The Competition Rules are below.

We sincerely hope for your support to make the project a great success. Feel free to download this Announcement and the Entry Form.
Please be so kind as to forward this message to all interested parties.
Thanking you in advance for your attention,
On behalf of the President and the members of the Foundation Curatorium, with kind regards,

Gilbert De Greeve
Chair of the Organizing Committee

Competition Rules

1. General provisions
1.1 The Competition is open to all nationalities.
1.2 There is no age limit.
1.3 Composers whose entry(ies) will be selected by the international jury, will win publication of their composition(s) in the Second International Songbook. This book will be made available world-wide by the International Kodály Society and its Affiliated Organizations.
1.4 Winners of the Competition will allow the IKS Foundation to publish their selected entry(ies) in the Second International Songbook and to sell the books, without demanding or expecting any financial compensation from the IKS Foundation or the International Kodály Society. This agreement counts for the first edition as well as for all following reprints of the book in the future.
1.5 To avoid discussions or misunderstandings in the future, composers whose entry(ies) are withheld for publication, will, prior to publication, be asked to sign a document in which they confirm to comply with the arrangements explained in 1.4.
1.6 However, as such, the composition remains the propriety of the composer and, apart from publication in the Second International Songbook by the IKS Foundation, any other publication of the same piece can only be done after explicit permission from the composer. Furthermore, income generated from performance rights stays always with the composer.
1.7 Composers whose entry(ies) were not selected by the international jury, will, if they request, receive a brief feedback about their composition(s).
1.8 Not selected entries will not be used by the IKS Foundation or the International Kodály Society in any way.
1.9 All participants will have to accept the decisions of the international jury without the possibility of appeal.

2. Nature of the Entries
2.1 Requested is a composition for Children’s or Youth Choir, Equal Voices or Mixed Voices, which has never been published or publicly performed before.
2.2 The piece has to be A capella.
2.3 The piece may be for 2 or 3 voices and has to be suitable for the average school- or community children’s or youth choir. With other words, too difficult or too complex pieces will not be accepted.
2.4 The piece can be maximum 6 minutes of length. Even if it is a short cycle of different movements, the total duration may not exceed 6 minutes.
2.5 The piece can be in any language. However, an English Summary of the text is requested (not a singable translation) if the original language is other than English. In distributing the Second International Songbook it may be considered at a later stage to have the English Summaries of the texts translated into other languages, in support of performers in non-English speaking countries. For instance into French, German, Japanese, Spanish… or other languages, so that the publication is more adapted and suitable for local needs.
2.6 The composer needs to make sure that he/she has permission to use the text if such permission is needed and to attach a written and signed confirmation of the permission to the Entry Form.
2.7 The text of the piece has to meet the esthetic and ethical conventions in force and be appealing to children and youngsters.

3. Submission of Entries
3.1 There is no limit on the number of entries per composer.
3.2 Entries need to be sent in PDF format as attachment of an e-mail, to:

IKS Foundation – Composers’ Competition
To the attention of Mrs. Boróka Bodacz-Nagy, Secretary
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3.3 Every entry needs to be accompanied by an Entry Form.
3.4 Multiple entries need to be sent in separate e-mails (1 attached composition per e-mail).
3.5 Entries have to be submitted not later than December 31st 2019.
3.6 Entries not complying with the rules of the competition will not be accepted.

4. Follow-up of Entries
4.1 Receipt of submitted entries will be acknowledged by the IKS Foundation.
4.2 An international jury will study the entries and decide on selections in the spring of 2020. This selection procedure has to be completed the latest by the end of July 2020.
4.3 Criteria for selection are: quality and suitability.
4.4 In the unlikely event that insufficient entries would qualify for realizing a Second International Songbook, entries that are withheld can be published as separate pieces.
4.5 The results of the competition will be announced to the participants the latest by August 15th 2020. Every participant will receive an email.
4.6 Composers whose entry(ies) are selected for publication in the Second International Songbook will be contacted for further information, such as CV, photo, etc.
4.7 The names of the selected composers will be made public the latest by September 30th 2020.
4.8 The launch of the Second International Songbook is foreseen for the spring of 2021.
4.9 Composers published in the Second International Songbook will receive a free copy of the publication.

We strongly recommend interested parties, in particular young beginning composers, to study, as examples for their creations, scores of composers who are known for their excellent choral works for children and youngsters.