logo

 
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER A COMPETITION?
 

The entry fee for the each competition may vary, so make sure to check the Info page in each competition category (Classical / Jazz / Contemporary) for the specific details before entering.  Given that The World Competition has entrants from every corner of the globe, all prices are given in the most commonly used -  US Dollars.

 
WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?
 
You work hard, record your audition tape, pay a large sum of money for the privilege of submitting it and never hear back.  Sound familiar?  The World Competition has been built from the ground up by young musicians just like you, meaning we've been through it and think musicians should be getting something in return for the price of entry.  The cost is small, and unlike pretty much everything else out there you actually get something tangible for participating in a competition regardless of if you win a prize or progress through rounds - your Share Page.
For the initial small investment of the entry fee, you are not only in the running to win a cash prize, but you also get a fully interactive digital platform for the entire duration of a competition.  This allows you to promote yourself and your music to a global community of musicians that are actively seeking to hear your performances, allowing them to connect with your Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud to follow your career as a musician.   Crucially, your share page will have a crowd funding widget, allowing you to seek public sponsorship if you choose to use it.  You can set a target goal (such as making your entry fee to the competition back) or just have it as a digital busking hat, allowing people to throw a few dollars your way if they like what you do. This means you can actually make a profit simply from using the platform!
So far TWC entrants have enjoyed an audience drawn from more than 130 countries worldwide, and an average of around 5000 views on their performance pages for an individual competition.  We have given you all the tools - it is up to you to decide how to use them!    
 
HOW WILL I KNOW IF I MADE IT THROUGH TO THE NEXT ROUND OF THE COMPETITION?
 
You will be notified by email if you make it through any given round, and your share page will automatically be enabled for the submission of your next video.  Be sure to prepare your entire repertoire requirements for each round well in advance so that if you are successful in progressing through, you can upload your new video well within the given time frame.  If you don't upload within the deadline we can't wait for you!
 
HOW ARE THE COMPETITIONS JUDGED?
 
In Rounds 1 and 2, each of your videos will be watched by three separate judges representing The World Competition, who score it based on four given criterion.  These three scores then create your average overall score, which is compared to the other entrants' scores determining progression through a competition.  For the sake of consistency, there will be only 3 judges for any given round of a competition - meaning you can be confident that the ratings for each round were as fair and even as it can get.    Each competition will have a designated final's judge to decide the outcome - an internationally recognized musician in their field. You can see the finals judge for a competition by clicking on the 'Judges' tab.   We’ve taken the best bits from many judging systems used throughout music competitions around the world, and removed the broken ones, and done our best to come up with a judging system that will limit the subjective nature of music appreciation to provide the most even and fair platform possible.
The World Competition endeavors to employ judges of the highest musical caliber.  We all know that music is subjective - but the judges representing TWC are experts in their fields and their scores are final.  Given the short turnaround time for competitions (which allows more consistent opportunities for young musicians!) you won't get feedback from the judging panel, as it just isn't reasonable given the timeframes.  Please note that TWC will not respond to requests for your scores.
 
HOW IS THE AMOUNT OF PRIZE MONEY DETERMINED?
 
Each competition will have it's entry fee, and a set amount of that fee will be listed as the prize contribution.  Let's say that $20 per entry will be going to prize money - then 10 competitors will have a prize pool of 10x $20 = $200 USD.  30 people competing?  That will be a cool $600 up for grabs.  100 musicians sharing their talents with the world?  Well $2000 is available and so on.  Let your friends know about a competition you are entering - bring a few along for the ride and you'll be stacking up the prize money you are competing for!
Remember, entering a competition isn't just about the prize money - you get your performance platform to promote yourself and raise funds from supporters. Unlike other competitions, every musician that enters gets something for their money with this groundbreaking platform!
 
WILL I BE ABLE TO ENTER A COMPETITION AS PART OF A GROUP?
 
Usually, yes!  Check the Info section on the competition page that you are looking to enter for specific details related to that competition's requirements. If you are entering as a group, make sure to create a free profile for your group (even if you have a personal profile!) and acknowledge all members in your biography.
 
DO I NEED TO PLAY WITH AN ACCOMPANIST IN THE CLASSICAL COMPETITION?
 
If the work you're playing is written with an accompaniment, we’re going to need to hear it that way, purely because it will be hard to judge you fairly otherwise. However, The World Competition is all about making competitive music making accessible, so if finding an accompanist is not an option for you, pick unaccompanied works!
 
SOMETHING ON MY PAGE IS NOT WORKING, WHO DO I CONTACT?
 
First, check out the helpful instructional popouts that we’ve provided for your convenience located on your profile page (accessed via the 'My Dashboard' link once you have logged in). If these leave you pulling your hair out and shouting at your computer, shoot us an email via the contact page, and we’ll get back to you ASAP. We’ve all been there.
 
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE A SHARE PAGE?
 
Your share page will remain active for the entire duration of the competition you have entered - so the earlier you enter a particular competition, the longer you will have to use the features and get votes!  Your profile, however, remains constant.  Should you decide to enter more competitions, your share page with your bio, videos and social widgets will automatically be there - just upload your video and you are good to go.
 
HOW CAN I COMPRESS MY VIDEO TO MAKE THE UPLOAD PROCESS FASTER?
 
Depending on how big your file is, its resolution, and the file type, compression techniques may differ.  Remember that the quality must remain high enough for us to be able to see and hear you clearly!  Check out these how-to guides about compression:  
https://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/259/video-compression-basics
http://www.axzm.com/tutorials/how-to-compress-video-for-web
Search online for specific guides for the video type you have recorded.  Keep in mind if you have super-fast internet upload speed, a big file will upload quickly, and if you have a slower upload speed, compressing your video to make the size smaller will help overcome a long upload time!  Remember, once you have started the upload you have to let it finish, or your video may not work.  If you have encountered an issue while uploading, contact us and we will get you fixed up!