2022 Karen Thrift Original Music and Lyrics Prize

30 Sep 2022 at 11:59pm

Karen Thrift Music and Lyrics prize tile

The University of Newcastle's School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences is thrilled to introduce the new Karen Thrift Original Music and Lyrics Prize.

Entries close 30 September, 2022

Major Prize: $1,000

All entries must be sent to: Karenthrift-Originalmusic-and-Lyricsprize@newcastle.edu.au

Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST, 30 September 2022

Entry Terms and Conditions:

  1. Open to all students at the University of Newcastle.
  2. Application can be from an individual student who has written the lyrics and music or a collaboration between two students whereby one has written the lyrics and one has written the music.
  3. Lyrics/Song Subject area will be open to any subject this year.
  4. Lyrics/Song Length is to be 4 minutes, 200 lines maximum for lyrics.
  5. Song must be unpublished.
  6. Maximum of one entry - per individual student or collaboration, when two students are working together.
  7. Selection will be made by a judging panel appointed by the Head of School, Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences.
  8. A link must be provided to your pre-recorded video hosted on an external server (YouTube, Dropbox, Vimeo, Soundcloud). Videos should be concise, not contain significant editing (‘top and tailing’ is permitted, but the performance should be a single take) and include a short verbal statement introducing performer/s and indicating what you are playing.
    The quality of the audio and video should be sufficient to adequately hear what you are playing and see you.  A mobile phone, tablet, etc may be used for recording but the video should not exceed 720p 25fps (maximum). Please ensure you record in a quiet environment in sufficient light with the camera mounted in a static location.
    Please make sure the file DOES NOT require password access.
  9. The Prize will be awarded in November, 2022 and the winning entrant/s will be invited to perform at an event organised by the School of Humanities, Creative Industries and Social Sciences (conditional to current COVID19 guidelines).

About Karen

Karen Elizabeth Thrift was born in 1955 in Western Australia and grew up in Cooranbong. She taught at Northholm Grammar School in Sydney for 22 years, many of them as Head of English. Her overwhelming goal and mission as a teacher was to light the fires of creativity, share her love of literature, and she was passionate to hone the skills of every student in her classes. She fought for the underdog, inspired the disengaged and drew high respect for her role in pastoral care, and inspired many students to accept the challenge to become adults with informed consciences.

It is to continue to recognise Karen’s contribution that this prize seeks to recognise creativity, passion, intelligence, the poetry and music of life and the creators of these foods for the soul.

View Karen Thrift Memories 1955-2016 here

Submission details

Please send your entry to Karenthrift-Originalmusic-and-Lyricsprize@newcastle.edu.au as a word document.

Please ensure that the word document does not contain identifying personal or contact information.

The judging panel will not be aware of any submission authorship during the judging process.

Please ensure that the e-mail you send contains your name and contact details, including student number to ensure eligibility.

You will receive an e-mail reply within 2 business days confirming receipt of your submission.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome via e-mail after the judging panel has reached a verdict.

  • Karenthrift-Originalmusic-and-Lyricsprize@newcastle.edu.au

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