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Competition Overview

The Music Competition is an opportunity for students who enjoy creating music and sharing their talents with EAST. Music is needed from all genres, lyrical or instrumental, and should be suitable for a broad audience (from students to corporate guests).

This competition is limited to 10 submissions per EAST program. In the event that more than 10 submissions are received, EAST will only consider the first 10 submissions.

Submission Instructions

The submission deadline is 3 p.m., CST, January 24, 2018.

REMEMBER: DO NOT wait until the last day or the last minute to submit your application. The submission form will automatically disable at 3:01 p.m., CST on the deadline date. If you are in the middle of submitting a form at this time, your submission will NOT be received. If the form does not disable properly, submissions received after 3:00 p.m., CST will still not be considered in order to remain fair and consistent for all applicants. Please remember that upload speeds can vary depending on file type, school bandwidth, etc. Deadline days have a high volume of students submitting, which can also cause delays in uploading files and submitting applications. If you encounter an issue on the day of a deadline, the EAST Initiative staff may have limited (if any) availability to provide assistance. The EAST Initiative CANNOT grant you a deadline extension or help you to submit later if something goes wrong.

Step 1 - Create Your Application Packet

A complete application will include all of the following:

  1. Final Music Submission
  2. Original Project Files
  3. Composer(s) Photo

Final Music Submission & Original Project Files Requirements

  • Length: Minimum of 60 seconds and maximum of four (4) minutes
  • File Format: Final submission must be in .mp3 format. You are also required to submit the original project files from Fruity Loops, GarageBand or Logic. Other file types/programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email prior to submission for consideration.
  • Loops: All music should be 100% student made. The use of pre-made loops (especially Apple loops) will result in an immediate disqualification.
  • Lyrics: If your music uses lyrics, a copy of the lyrics must be included with the submission. The EAST Initiative prefers for the EAST class to be referenced as EAST, EAST program or EAST Class. Lyrics referring to EAST at the school level as “EAST lab” will be disqualified.
  • Volume Levels: Listen to your submission using headphones and speakers to check volume levels. Submissions above zero dB will not be considered. For a quick explanation, Digital Audio Workstation software such as Fruity Loops and GarageBand use dBFS (decibels relative to Full Scale). This means that zero dB is the loudest possible signal level. Any recorded levels above this will be “clipped” and distorted. For more information Click Here.

Tag Your Music: Right click on the .mp3 file and choose the details tab. Drag your mouse over the following sections to update as indicated below. Once complete, choose OK. This part MUST be done on a Windows PC or with a third party Mac app.

  • Title: The name of your song or selection
  • Artist: Name of composer(s)
  • Album: School name

Number of Submissions:

Multiple submissions from a single composer are acceptable but do not submit several variations of the same song. You must complete one unique application per submission.

Composer Photo Requirement

Submit one (1) photo (jpg or jpeg format) of the composer(s). This photo may be used on stage if your composition is selected as the winner.

Student Work Must Be Original

Submissions should be original and completely student-created.

  1. Upon submitting the required items as defined in the competition guidelines (required items) to EAST for this competition, participant hereby grants to EAST a permanent, non-exclusive, irrevocable right and license, free of charge, to (i) use, copy, reproduce, publicly display, edit, revise, perform, and distribute the required items in any format, or otherwise make the required items available to the general public in any format through any medium, including but not limited to making the required items available to users of EAST’s website for downloading; (ii) use the required items, exclusively or together with EAST materials or in connection with EAST’s advertising or promotion; and (iii) use the required items generally in connection with identifying, marketing, and promoting EAST to third parties.
  2. Participant represents and warrants that EAST’s use of the required items shall not violate any law or infringe upon or violate the rights of any individual or entity.

Step 2 - Complete the Application

Complete the application to tell us how you created your music, what inspired you, and how it was (or can be) used in a project.

Note: On the application, you will also upload the zipped file detailed in Step 3

Step 3 - Upload Music Submission, Original Project Files, and Composer(s) Photo

Combine all of the following files into one (1) Zipped File with a 1 GB (1048576 KB) max file size. Be sure to review the requirements in Step 1. For instructions on how to zip a file, please click here for Windows instructions or here for Mac instructions.

  • Required: Final Music Submission
  • Required: Original Project Files
  • Required: Composer(s) Photo

Step 4 - Submit

When the application is complete, click the “Submit” button. When your submission is complete the page will change and state that the submission has been received. Once you see this page, you will not be able to make any changes. Following your submission, an email confirmation will be sent to you and EAST staff. If you do not receive an email, you should assume there was an error, and your submission was not complete. Our recommendation is to go back to Jotform and complete the form again. If you still receive an error, please email, or contact events team directly.

Finalist Selection

Approved entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and the finalists will be featured on the website prior to Conference. The winning composition will be announced at Conference.