Rules

Instrumental Music Star music competition rules

  1. IMS is intended for all music composers from different parts of the world without age or national restrictions.
  2. The composition must be the result of the author’s work and must not infringe any copyrights or third party rights.
  3. Natural acoustic instruments, midi sounds or sound library instruments, electronic or natural sounds and sound effects can be used under copyright and regulations.
  4. You can enter any number of songs by completing the online form, paying a membership fee and uploading a song.
  5. An author who wants to register more of their songs, has to fill out a registration form for each of them and pay a fee for each.
  6. The fee for one song is € 30 and it will be charged to your credit card.
  7. The registration fee is used to cover the costs associated with the song’s registration in the competition, its processing and delivery to the jury panel and it’s non-refundable.
  8. Before submitting the song to the competition, the author is responsible for its checking and also uploading it in the correct format.
  9. Songs will be accepted exclusively in mp3 format with full details of the song and authors in the registration form.
  10. Any changes to the song title, author’s details and additional edits won’t be possible after it has been entered into the competition. If an author wants to carry out such a change, they should contact the IMS to cancel their original application and register a new one together with the reimbursement of the entry fee.
  11. Apart from the song itself and its composition, its technical and sound form will also be an important criterion for its evaluation.
  12. All duly registered songs meeting the basic criteria and competition rules will be delivered to the IMS jury panel. The jury will be composed of international members and experts in the music field. Information and names of the jury will be published on the official competition site.
  13. At the end of the finalist registrations, the panel of judges will select the absolute winner for this year, who will win the main prize. More about the absolute winner here:
  14. The contestant is the sole owner of the song and also owns all copyrights. Signing a song into the competition will in no way affect or alter this fact.
  15. IMS reserves the right to extend the deadline for registering songs and closing the competition.
  16. The registered contestant will receive the most important information and news on the IMS from the competition organiser at their mailing address, which will serve as the main communication channel. In the event of a win or progression to the final round, they will be contacted at this address. Therefore, it is in the contestant’s interest to check and monitor the competition reports.
  17. By signing in the competition, the contestant agrees to respect and follow the competition rules and its revisions and also to respect the competition organisers and accept the results and judgments of the jury, which are firm and binding.

Film Competition Rules

The Instrumental Music Star competition announces an accompanying video-competition for making a short animated film using and incorporating ready-made instrumental music created for competition themes.

This year, the contestants are invited to create a short animated film for one of the two competition themes, i.e.:

  1. Attract children’s attention. Film- makers, engage young viewers!
    A child and teenager viewer belongs to specific recipients of media content that often shape their development. At the same time, they belong to more demanding recipients. Therefore, it’s important for the creator to choose the right form to approach them: Whether with a storyline with cartoon characters, a story of an animal kingdom, a fairy tale or an educational film, for example, from the media education field and the bait of modern communication channels. A really broad theme and space for the implementation of author’s fantasy and creative abilities. All this together with the use of ready-made and composed music.
  1. Earth and human – capturing the issues of climate changes, polluting our planet and negative activities, disrupting the balance of human to nature and our planet. Displaying a story with the use of ready-made and composed music on this theme.

In an effort to provide as much freedom as possible for the video authors, the final processing and mastering of the themes, regarding the content and the technical sides, remain with the creators.

You can listen to a sample of songs for each theme here: The full version of the song for download will be awarded to the contestant after the official registration in the contest, selection of the competition theme and the payment of the registration fee.

Basic Video Competition Rules

  1. The competition is not age or nationally limited, authors who adhere to the following competition rules can participate in it.
  2. The competition contestant may engage in one or both themes offered and create a filmmaking idea with accompanying music.
  3. Registration for the competition takes place on its official site. By filling in the basic contact details and paying a registration fee of € 30 for one and € 60 for work on both film themes.
  4. Upon successfully completing the registration, a confirmation email will be sent to the contestant together with a link to the composited music for one or both of the competition themes and their reference number, which needs to be included when the finished film is sent for easier and accurate identification.
  5. Finished and composed music is different for both short film themes specially compiled for this competition.
  6. The length of the short animated film is the minute of the song, the author can add up to 10 seconds of content before and after the finished work.
  7. Delivery method: 1. The finished video with the completed song composition has to be recorded by the author on one of the video sharing sites, preferably Vimeo or YouTube. 2. The author gives the video a password and privately shares only for the competition and the evaluation process needs. 3. The prepared and generated link will be emailed to the same email address where the author received confirmation of their registration and reference number. 4. The subject of the message needs to include the reference number in the following form: video-xy and a link along with the password to access it.
  8. The author is responsible for the functionality of the provided line and password that will be sent and shared with the jury. Invalid links won’t be accepted and further processed and placed in the competition.
  9. Besides the best possible technical and visual processing of the film, the benchmark will be the incorporation of music as well as its continuity with the image and overall original processing of the theme regarding the content page.
  10. All registered artists are not permitted to share the film with music or film and music separately to third parties in any way (television, YouTube, social media, etc.) until the announcement of the winners of each theme, except sharing and providing the link to the organisers and the jury. The use of film with music after the competition is only possible after the organiser’s written consent and listing the author of the music. After the competition, the author of the film owns full rights to a separate film without music.
  11. All competition films will be presented at special screenings with the participation of an international jury made up of experts in the competition area.
  12. The names and full list of jury will be published on the official completion site in the jury section. The closing date for the competition will be published on the official site.
  13. The jury will appoint one winner for each competition theme. The competition organiser reserves the right to extend the competition’s closing date depending on interest and responses or for other reasons.
  14. The jury’s decision is final and binding. By entering the competition, the contestants accept to respect and obey this decision.
  15. Video creators entering the competition in the event of their film’s win, agree that: The copyright of winning films with embedded music from both competition themes is subject to the ownership of the competition organiser. The organiser reserves the right for its further distribution and promotion on all PR activities related to the competition but also outside of it. Placement on online platforms and distribution of the winning film by the video creator will only be possible after a written agreement and communication with the competition organiser. The copyright for a separate movie without embedded music belongs to the video creator.
  16. The winners of the two competition themes will receive the main prize. More info about the prizes here:
  17. The registered contestant will receive the most important information and news on the IMS from the competition organiser at their mailing address, which will serve as the main communication channel. In the event of a win or progression to the final round, they will be contacted at this address. Therefore, it is in the contestant’s interest to check and monitor the competition reports.
  18. By signing in the competition, the contestant agrees to respect and follow the competition rules and its revisions and also to respect the competition organisers and accept the results and judgments of the jury, which are firm and binding.

Graphic Competition Rules

The organisers of the International Instrumental Competition IMS announce an accompanying competition for all talented graphic artists and designers.

Help make the competition more attractive with quality graphics, art proposal or attractive design of usable PR items and extend the portfolio with a unique international competition.

All potential contestants are invited: To design and invent graphics, art or design proposal for any PR materials for our competition.

Read about our competition here: See our website and create any proposal that corresponds thematically to the focus of our international competition and apply it to promotional material according to your idea: posters, flyers, newsletters, original invitations, usable items such as pens, T-shirts, parts of clothing or various accessories, items with a musical theme for musicians or come-up with something completely different and untraditional. In addition to graphic design in digital form, you can also create real mock-ups, products, pictures that you can capture and enter them in the competition.

Terms and conditions of entering the competition and delivery method:

  1. Any number of designs can be entered into the competition by filling out the online form and by paying a membership fee and uploading the proposal.
  2. Once the form has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation of registration in the competition.
  3. The registration fee for one proposal is € 15.
  4. The registration fee is used to cover the administrative steps associated with the registration, classification and delivery of competition proposals to members of the jury and it’s non-refundable.
  5. An author wishing to participate in more than one of designs, needs to fill out the registration form separately for each of them and pay a fee for each.
  6. The author of the winning design agrees that all rights to publish, promote and use of the proposed designs or artwork will belong to the competition organiser, who will use the individual designs for all PR activities related to the international competition. The winner will also provide the organiser with source files for editing, printing and further processing or graphic usage.
  7. All submissions will be judged and evaluated by the international jury of experts in the competition area. Names and information regarding the jury will be published on the official site in the jury section.
  8. Once the competition has been closed, the results announcement will be published on the official site.
  9. The jury will determine the absolute winner who will be awarded the graphic competition’s main prize. More info about grand prize here:
  10. The registered contestant will receive the most important information and news on the IMS from the competition organiser at their mailing address, which will serve as the main communication channel. In the event of a win or progression to the final round, they will be contacted at this address. Therefore, it is in the contestant’s interest to check and monitor the competition reports.
  11. By signing in the competition, the contestant agrees to respect and follow the competition rules and its revisions and also to respect the competition organisers and accept the results and judgments of the jury, which are firm and binding.