The regulation of

"The New Melodies"

I International

Composers Competition

1. General provisions

1.1 This regulation defines the goals and objectives, the main categories, the procedure for conducting and summing up the results of the I international competition of composers "New melodies" (hereinafter – the Competition).

1.2. The Competition is aimed at reviving the interest of modern composers in creating new compositions, as well as supporting talented authors, identifying new names in the field of modern music and introducing the works of these authors to the General public.

1.3. The founder of the Competetion is “Dmitry Danilov Music Agency" LLC

1.4. The actual holding of the Competetion is provided by the Organizing Committee of the competetion.

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2. Goals and objectives

2.1. The Main goal of the competition is to promote and revive the genres of choral, vocal and chamber-instrumental music, to arouse interest in it among both modern composers and a wide audience of listeners, to identify and support talented authors, to help them realize their creative abilities, to spread and promote new choral, vocal and chamber-instrumental music.

2.2. The Objectives Of The Competition:

• updating the genres of choral, vocal and chamber-instrumental music in the works of contemporary composers;

• creating a support system for talented composers;

• identification of composers working in the genres of choral, vocal and chamber-instrumental music;

• assistance in popularizing the music of the winners of the competition through its performance by professional artists in concert halls of St. Petersburg and other cities of Russia and the world, creating a unique archive with notes of works by all participants of the competition that are freely available.

3. The conditions and procedure of Competition


3.1. In the Competition can participate composers

with no limit for age, education and citizenship.

3.2. The competition is held in the following nominations:

Section 1 – choral music. Compositions for chorus or vocal ensemble a-capella or accompanied by one or more (recommend no more than three) instruments

Category A – large-scale Orthodox music. A work on canonical Orthodox texts of a large, including cyclical, form. Playing time – up to 30 minutes

Category B – Orthodox music. Choral miniature on canonical Orthodox texts. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category C – large-scale music of other denominations. A work based on canonical religious texts of a large, including cyclical, form. Playing time – up to 30 minutes

Category D – spiritual music of other faiths. Choral miniature on canonical texts of other religious denominations. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category E – secular choral music of a large form. Music for poetic texts in any language or without texts of a large, including cyclic, form. Playing time – up to 30 minutes

Category F – secular choral music. Choral miniature for poetic texts in any language or without texts. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category G – choral treatment of a folk song in any language. Playing time – up to 5 minutes
SECTION 2 – vocal music. Composition for a-capella voice or accompanied by one or more (recommend no more than three) instruments.

Category A – academic vocal composition of a large form. A large-scale vocal composition (including a vocal cycle) for one or more voices on poetic texts in any language or without them in an academic genre. Playing time – up to 30 minutes

Category B – academic vocal music. Vocal music for one voice to poetic texts in any language or without them in the academic genre. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category C – academic vocal music – duets and trios. Vocal music for two or three voices on poetic texts in any language or without them in the academic genre. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category D –romance. Vocal music for one voice to poetic texts in any language or without them in the genre of romance. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category E – romance – duets and trios. Vocal music for two or three voices on poetic texts in any language or without them in the genre of romance. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category F – pop vocal music. Vocal music for one voice to poetic texts in any language or without them in the genre of pop songs. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category G – pop vocal music – duets and trios. Vocal music for two or three voices on poetic texts in any language or without them in the genre of pop songs. Playing time – up to 5 minutes
Section 3 – chamber and instrumental music. Composition for one or more (recommend no more than four) instruments.

Category A – academic mono-instrumental composition of a large form. An instrumental composition of a large form (including a cyclic one) for a single musical instrument in an academic genre. Playing time – up to 30 minutes

Category B – academic composition of a large form for an instrumental ensemble. Instrumental composition of a large form (including cyclic) for several musical instruments (from 2 to 4) in the academic genre. Playing time – up to 30 minutes

Category C – academic mono-instrumental miniature. A work of small form for a single musical instrument in the academic genre. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category D – academic chamber and instrumental ensemble. A work of small form for several musical instruments (from 2 to 4) in the academic genre. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category E – pop mono-instrumental miniature. A work of small form for a single musical instrument in the pop genre. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

Category F – pop chamber and instrumental ensemble. A piece of small form for several musical instruments (from 2 to 4) in the pop genre. Playing time – up to 5 minutes

In each category of each section,

there are nominations

"L" (amateurs) and "P" (professionals).

The authors who do not have

higher or specialized secondary

professional musical education

can participate in the "L" category

3.3. Special conditions:


• In case of participation in the competotion music on foreign (not Russian and not English), the participant is obliged to provide the text literal translation on Russian or English language, as well as an audio file reading the text of the works in the original language.

• The competition is not open to music made in the form of treatments of works by another authors. It is allowed to process single-voice medieval Church chants, melodies of spiritual verses, as well as to quote fragments of Church chants, spiritual verses and folk songs as one of the elements of the author's own score.

• Each participant can submit no more than one work in each category.


3.4. The competition is held in two stages:


• The Jury members review the works participating in the competition in absentia and anonymously, based on the musical notes sent by e-mail under the motto or pseudonym. At the end of the review, the contest results and evaluation lists of the jury members are sent to the contest participants ' email address.

• The award ceremony and gala concert of the winners is held in one of the concert halls of St. Petersburg in the form of a public event with free access to the audience. The audience award is being played as part of the Gala concert. If it is not possible to hold a gala concert as a public event due to the epidemiological situation or other emergency circumstances, the gala concert will be held online.


3.5. The dates of Competition:

Accepting applications
from January 10 to January 31, 2021
Consideration of music by the Jury members
from February 1 to February 28, 2021
Gala concert
during 2021
Terms may be changed (extended) at the discretion of the organizing Committee
3.6. Participants of the contest are determined by the organizing Committee in strict accordance with the current regulations. The winners and diploma winners are Selected by the competition jury.


3.7. The list of contest participants under the mottos will appear on The contest's Internet resources no later than February 3, 2021.


3.8. The Results of the competition, the real names of the participants and the squared of the jury will be published in the first half of March 2021.


3.9. Entry fee for competotion participants: 1500 rubles / 25 USD for the first application, 1000 rubles / 17 USD for each subsequent application from the same participant

4. The application process for the Competition

4.1. To participate In the selection round, the applicant must submit an application to the Organizing Committee of the competition by January 31, 2021, including:

• the score under a pseudonym or motto in PDF format. The score must either be typed in a program for typing notes (Finale, Sibelius, etc.), or clearly and legibly written by hand. The real name of the author should not be indicated on the score

• exceptions are Amateur participants who submit applications in category 2, categories D, E, F, G - they may send a written melody with a harmonic digitalization instead of the score. However, participants who become laureates in these categories are required to record the score independently or with the help of representatives of the organizing Committee of the competition to prepare for performance at the gala concert.

• in case of participation in the competition music on foreign (not Russian and not English) language - the literal translation of the text essays on Russian or English language, as well as an audio file reading the text of the works in the original language.

• a participant's questionnaire containing brief information about the author (the application form of the established sample is attached to this Regulation). By signing the application form, the participant confirms his / her consent to this Competition regulation.

• it is highly desirable to have an electronic file with the score of the composition in the program for a set of notes

• the participants can also include a demo recording of their music in the application (the recording can be made using electronic means)

• after accepting the application, the organizing Committee sends the participant a response letter by e-mail indicating the Bank details of the organizing Committee, to which the participant must transfer the amount of the registration fee within 3 calendar days after submitting the main application, and send by e-mail a photo or scan of the receipt confirming the banking operation.


4.2. All information submitted to the Competition must be presented in Russian or English. The motto or nickname must be written in Latin or Cyrillic letters.


4.3. Documents are accepted by e-mail newmelodies@bk.ru The letter must be marked: "To the organizing Committee of "The New melodies" I international composer competition"

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5. Other conditions

5.1. The Winners of the competition are determined based on the results of the Jury's decision. The final decisions of The competition Jury are not subject to review.

5.2. The Jury reserves the right to divide or not award any of the prizes, as well as to award special diplomas.

5.3. Participants do not claim financial remuneration for the performance of their compositions at the gala concert of the competition, as well as at any event held by "Dmitry Danilov Music Agency" LLC

5.4. All compositions participating in the selection round will be entered into the Competition archive and will be freely available on the organizing Committee's Internet resources.

5.5. The cost of copying choral and instrumental parts is borne by the Organizing Committee.

5.6. The Contest organizing Committee reserves the right to disqualify contest participants at any stage if they find that they violate any of the provisions of this regulation.

6. Contact information


6.1. Address of the organizing Committee: 14 Vereschagina ul., 198411, Lomonosov, St-Petersburg, Russia


6.2. Phone +7 (911) 995-33-50; +7 (911) 941-12-05


6.3. E-mail: newmelodies@bk.ru

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