Regulations

Eligibility Requirements 

  1. The Competition is open to individuals aged  4 to 30 (herein defined as “Candidates”).
  2. Candidates’ ages will be determined as of 11.59 pm BST on 3rd August 2020. AY Academy reserves the right to verify the age of any candidate.
  3. Candidates are limited to one entry per instrument. 
  4. The Competition is open to nationals of ALL countries of the world.
  5. The Competition is open to young musicians who learn musical instruments or to sing as hobby and to young musicians who are students of specialist music schools or music colleges.
  6. If you are a student at a specialist music school or music college, you must enter for the appropriate group division in your age bracket.
  7. Candidates must make sure that the information they submit is accurate and up-to-date to the best of their knowledge at the time of making their Competition entry. Inaccurate or false information will result in investigation and possible disqualification from the Competition. 
  8. To be eligible for the 50% entry fee reduction, either of the Candidate’s parents need to be a medical staff who has been fighting on the frontline to combat Covid-19 (for example, NHS staff in the UK). Proof of eligibility for the fee reduction will be required, and verification of the eligibility is entirely at the discretion of the Competition.

Competition Categories and Groups

  1. The Competition has 4 categories:
  • Strings
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Woodwind & Brass

2.    Each category is divided into the following groups:

Group One (ages 4-7)

Group Two (ages 8-11)

Group Three A (ages 12-15) 

Group Three B (age 12-15 for specialist music school student)

Group Four A (ages 16-18) 

Group Four B (age 16-18 for specialist music school student)

Group Five (ages 18-30)

Competition Repertoire Requirements

The repertoire requirements as stipulated below apply to all instrument categories*.

*If you choose to include a piece of music written by a British composer who was born after 1860, you will automatically be entered for the competition for the British Music Society Prize.

Group One: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability.  Total performance time no more than 5 minutes.

Group Two: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 7 minutes.

Group Three A: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability.  Total performance time no more than 9 minutes.

Group Three B: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 9 minutes.

Group Four A: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability.  Total performance time no more than 11 minutes.

Group Four B: Choose 2 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 11 minutes.

Group Five: Choose 3 pieces of music, contrasting in style, which reflect your current level of ability. Total performance time no more than 15 minutes.

Rules on the time limit:

If the total running time of your chosen programme exceeds the time limit set for your Group, you are allowed to make cuts to the pieces and omit the repeats to be able to fit the performance within the time limit. However, the performance of each piece must be recorded as a single uninterrupted video.

Prizes*

*Each candidate will receive a comment sheet.

  1. Virtuoso Prizes: 
  • A £50 cash prize.
  • A 1-1 masterclass with a member of the jury panel (online format).
  • Publicity across the Competition’s social media platforms including website, Facebook Page and Instagram. 
  • Certificates and comment sheet (electronic format). 

Virtuoso Prizes will be awarded to a maximum of one candidate per category. Virtuoso Prizes may be vacated if adjudicators feel the level of performance within the category has been insufficient to attain the prize. 

2. British Music Society Prize: 

  • A single £100 cash prize for the best performance of a British work written by a British composer born after 1860.
  • Publicity across the Competition’s and British Music Society’s social media platforms including website, Facebook Page and Instagram.
  • Certificate (electronic format) 

3. Gold Award: 

Publicity across the Competition’s social media platforms including website, Facebook Page and Instagram. 

Certificates and comment sheet (electronic format).

4. Silver and Bronze Award: 

Certificates and comment sheet (electronic format).

5. Virtuoso Music: Teaching Award

Awarded for excellence in music teaching to the direct music teacher of the Virtuoso Prize winners.

  • Certificate (electronic format).

6. Virtuoso Music: Teaching Centre Award

Awarded for excellence in music teaching to the music school or music centre where the Virtuoso Prize winners study.

  • Certificate (electronic format).

Entry

  1. Entry is now open for The 3rd New Talent British International Youth Music Competition.
  2. Entry deadline: Monday 3rd August 2020 11:59pm BST .
  3. Deadline for repertoire details and video link submission: Monday 3rd August 2020 11:59pm BST.

How to enter

  1. Log in to The 3rd New Talent British International Youth Music Competition official website: www.ayacademy.net. The Competition can also be accessed through the domain name: www.newtalentyouthmusic.com;
  2. Fill in the competition entry form;
  3. After hitting ‘Send’ on the form, you will be automatically redirected to the PayPal landing page;
  4. Pay for Competition entry fee by PayPal or if you prefer to pay by credit or debit card, at the bottom of the PayPal landing page, you will see the option to pay by credit or debit card;
  5. If you prefer another payment method such as bank transfer, please contact us at [email protected] to arrange.
  6. After successful Competition entry form submission and competition entry fee payment, you have successfully entered for the competition;
  7. Entries must be paid for before they can be accepted;
  8. When you have decided your repertoire and uploaded your performance video to YouTube (or Youku if YouTube is blocked in your country), please come back to our website and fill out the Competition Repertoire Details Form by Monday 3rd August 2020 11:59pm BST;
  9. Guidance on how to set your YouTube video link as ‘unlisted’ can be found here: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en; If YouTube is blocked in your country, you could use Youku for video upload, please see guidance here. 
  10. If Competition Repertoire Details or Performance Videos are not submitted by Monday 3rd August 2020 11:59pm BST, AY Academy reserves the right to remove the candidate from the Competition without notice, and future entries to Competitions organised by AY Academy may be affected.
  11. The acceptance of late entries is solely at the discretion of AY Academy;
  12. If you are entering for more than one instrument, you need to complete the whole entry process again for the other instruments you would like to enter. 

Performance

  1. This is a competition at which candidates are judged within the context of video recorded performances. Candidates perform a selection of works according to their age group requirements within their competition category.
  2. Candidates may perform from memory or from music in the performance video.
  3. Candidates need to compile their performances into one video, or one playlist, upload the video/playlist to YouTube or Youku (if YouTube is blocked in the Candidate’s country), and set the video link as ‘unlisted’ or password protected if on Youku. 
  4. Videos which have been professionally edited will not be accepted, and candidates who submit such videos will be disqualified from the Competition. Basic trimming and compiling is acceptable. Any editing that alter the sound and structure of the music will be considered as professional editing and the video will not be accepted. 
  5. An electronic copy of the music will need to be submitted with candidates’ repertoire details and video link through the Competition Repertoire Details Form. In keeping with the laws of copyright, these need to be original or scans/photos of the original.
  6. In light of situations around Covid-19, we don’t require that candidates must be accompanied. Accompanied performances will still be welcomed as long as all regulations in the Candidates’ locations relating to Covid-19 are strictly followed. CD backing tracks are permissible and ‘distance accompaniment’ is also permissible. However, the CD backing track or the ‘distance accompaniment’ must not contain the part being performed by the candidate; in such cases where the backing track or the ‘distance accompaniment’ does contain the part being performed by the candidate, the judges will disqualify such candidates from the competition.
  7. There may be occasions when the context of a performance does not require an accompaniment e.g. in the context of traditional folksongs or music written expressly for solo instrumental performance such as J. S. Bach’s Cellos Suites. In such cases, candidates would not need to ‘manufacture’ an accompaniment never intended by the composer.
  8. Candidates offering solo piano should not have any other instrument playing. This would make the performing ensemble a duo, trio, quartet etc. and would not satisfy the competition criteria of ‘solo instrumental performance’.

Adjudication

The adjudicators will judge each performance according to:

  • Melodic & Rhythmic Accuracy
  • Intonation
  • Tempo & Flow
  • Tone
  • Mood and character,
  • The appropriateness of the programme
  • Holistic view of the performance on the day.

The adjudicators will not enter into any discussion or correspondence regarding their decision; the decision of the adjudicators will be final and not subject to any appeal.

Cancellation

Refunds will not be available in any form once the Competition entry fee payment is completed. If Competition Repertoire Details or Performance Videos are not submitted by Monday 3rd August 2020 11:59pm BST , AY Academy reserves the right to remove the candidate from the Competition without notice, and future entries to Competitions organised by AY Academy may be affected.

Changes to Jury or other Personnel

The Competition reserves the right to change members of the Jury Panel, or any other Competition Personnel from those advertised without notice. In such a case, the Personnel will be replaced by professionals of a similar calibre to those advertised and will be announced as soon as we are able.

Competition Results

Competition Adjudication for this and all competitions organised by AY Academy is conducted fairly and professionally to the the best of the ability of the adjudicators. Adjudicators will not enter into any discussion or correspondence regarding their decision; any decision made by the adjudicators is final and not subject to appeal.

Award Ceremony and Award Winners’ Concert

The Award Ceremony and Award Winners’ Concert will be held online this year through technology such as Zoom, and will be held together in one session. Competition results will be revealed and announced live during the session. The date for this is being confirmed but will be around middle of August 2020. The Competition will confirm the date as soon as possible and definitely before 3rd August 2020.