Smokefree Tangata Beats has many pathways towards being crowned our NATIONAL Champions. The following are the stages you will have to go through on your way to the top in 2019:
Enter – easy really, click any of the “Enter” buttons on this site and carefully follow the instructions through the online entry form; you have to be in to WIN! See terms and conditions for definitions. Make sure you enter by the 7th May. (Nelson/Marlborough by 3rd May please).
a. Regional SFTB Awards at Smokefreerockquest (SFRQ)- Every region has a Regional Final, and any act whose performance qualifies for SFTB is in line for this award. The top regional act will get $300 musical equipment from the Rockshop and will be shortlisted for the National Final.
b. Acts who don’t wish to perform at SFRQ, or who are unable to get to an SFRQ Regional Final, or who wish to perform a different song for each competition, can enter via Video Submission. There will be prizes and shortlisted for the National Final for these entries too.
c. Auckland is the only region where there will be a dedicated SFTB regional events – Heats and Finals. For the heats process, which will be about 2 weeks prior, one song is to be performed.
At the Auckland Regional Final. Acts will have 7 minutes of performance time. From here, the regional prizewinners are selected. The Top 3 bands and top solo/duo act go into the National Final Selection shortlist.
Once all video submissions are complete, the Top Bands and the solo/duos will go into the National Final Selection shortlist, alongside video footage of the top acts at Regional final events. This shortlist will then be re-judged from the footage by a panel of industry heavyweights, who will select the National Finalists.
Once the judges have chosen their top 10 acts, they will be notified, and the results will be posted on our website and Facebook page. National finalists will all receive mentoring from a current well-known musician, as part of the Band Mentoring Programme.
National Final – The acts chosen to perform at the National Final will have 8 minutes (two songs). This is the time to really give it your all!
The Winners! – Well it’s not really a stage, but there are a few things to do if you WIN either category – like make a music video and record your song.
Well, that’s how Smokefree Tangata Beats works. Go out there and practice, practice, practice…write, write, write. It will be worth it. It’s better to be prepared… you’ll have a heap more fun. Remember – if you don’t win it’s not the end of the world, some of the biggest names in New Zealand music haven’t won Smokefree Tangata Beats, but they have used it as a time and place to learn, develop, and refine their craft and skills.
Good luck, and have fun!
1. All contestants must be enrolled in and attend a school for at least 15 hours a week. If you leave school during the course of the competition, you become ineligible to continue. You can change schools during the competition. (School means secondary, area, intermediate, primary or correspondence school.)
2. All contestants must be no older than 19 (nineteen) years of age on 7th May 2019 (you may be asked to supply proof of eligibility).
3. Smokefree Tangata Beats is for unsigned acts and individuals only. You cannot enter if you have signed a recording or management contract, and cannot sign during the competition without the prior written approval of Rockquest Promotions Ltd.
4. No student can enter in more than one Smokefree Tangata Beats band OR more than one Solo-duo. (You can enter in a Band AND a Solo/duo if the Solo/duo is submitted by video.)
5. Acts must compete in the region their school is closest to.
6. Where an act represents multiple schools, it must compete in the region closest to the school the majority of members’ attend.
7. Bands and Solo/duos will not be allowed to compete in an incorrect region.
8. If you are entered in a band, and wish to enter in a Solo/duo also, the Solo/duo must be submitted by video.
9. Smokefree supports Smokefree Tangata Beats and Smokefreerockquest to give emerging musicians the opportunity to play their sounds to crowds throughout the country. Because you are the essence of these events, we ask that you respect their smokefree status. Band names, song lyrics and titles, and clothing cannot contain smoking or tobacco product references or depictions. By entering this competition, all entrants are making a declaration of their smokefree status at the event, and will be required to sign the following declaration at the Regional events. “As an entrant, I understand that for interviews, Regional Finals and National Finals, press conferences, and Webisodes or radio appearances, it is a requirement for me to be smokefree. If I, or any of my group members, fail to comply with this declaration, it will result in the group’s immediate exclusion from all parts of this event.”
10. The use or possession of alcohol, cigarettes or illegal drugs by any group member at any Smokefree Tangata Beats event will result in the instant disqualification of their entire group.
11. At Smokefree Tangata Beats, you are representing your school. It is important that you adhere to your school’s policies regarding behaviour in public. If in doubt, seek the guidance of your teachers.
12. Any entrant defacing or destroying Smokefree Tangata Beats property or property/venues used by Smokefree Tangata Beats will be disqualified and held accountable for damages. This includes P.A. equipment; recording studios, event venues, as well as any place used for photo shoots or interviews e.g. radio stations.
13. Smokefree Tangata Beats does not condone censorship. Smokefree Tangata Beats does support the NZ music industry and therefore urges entrants to consider the commercial potential of the material they write. While not wanting to put constraints on the creative process of songwriters we would like to point out that sexually explicit lyrics or lyrics that may offend may not have commercial potential and therefore may not suit this competition. Judges for this event are drawn from the NZ music industry. Entrants are urged to consider this point carefully.
14. Act members cannot be changed or added after your first performance.
15. All lead vocal lines and at least one instrumental part must be performed live. If your live performance is electronically assisted, you need to indicate this on your entry form.
16. All electronic elements need to be the original work of one of the entered members of the act.
17. All performed songs must be original – ie: written by one or more members of the act.
18. Band Performances at the Auckland Regional Finals should not exceed 7 minutes in duration – usually two songs.
Solo/duo performances, and performances at Smokefreerockquest Regional Heats are to be one song only, and should not exceed 4 minutes.
19. When submitting an entry via video, bands are to submit two songs, and Solo/duos at to submit one song.
20. A song can only be performed in one category; either Band or Solo/duo, but not both.
21. If your SFTB entry has three (3) or more performers, you must enter the Band Category. If your SFTB entry has only one (1) performer, you must enter the Solo/duo category. If your SFTB entry has two performers, you must enter the Solo/duo category unless one of the performers plays drum kit, in which case you are to enter as a band.
22. Judging decisions will be based on discussion, their industry experience and knowledge.
23. The Judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
Other Conditions & Requirements
24. All students must have the signature of their parent or guardian on the entry form, giving consent to us to release contestant information, images and recordings to media and sponsors, to send promotional material from the event organisers and sponsors, and agreeing to all conditions of entry.
25. Entrants maybe filmed and/or photographed at the event and be included as part of the Smokefree Tangata Beats Webisodes, website, social media, and Future promotional campaigns.
26. Entrants are not permitted to perform songs for the National Final selection round, or at the National Final, that are entered in, have been entered in, or will be entered in other music competitions except Smokefreerockquest, or submitted for NZ on Air Funding grants, in this calendar year.
27. The National Finalists agree to Rockquest Promotions Ltd. (or appointed agent) acting as their exclusive agent in all matters regarding recording and management contracts until 1 May 2020. The National Finalists cannot enter into a recording or management contracts before this time, without the permission of Smokefree Tangata Beats.
28. The National Finalists agree that, if used as a guest band at a subsequent regional event, will do so without charge. (Costs will be covered by SFTB) The National Finalists agree to give SFTB up to two free National Final guest performances in future National Finals.
29. Contestants are required to gain approval from the organisers to use props, clothing or equipment bearing product branding of products other than those of our sponsors on stage. Approval will not be withheld unless the organisers believe the security of the event sponsorship is at risk. This does not apply to the normal name branding appearing on musical instruments.
30. By virtue of entry the entrant agrees to hold Smokefree Tangata Beats and its agents indemnified against any breach or infringement of copyright or rights held by any third party/parties, and the entrant undertakes to observe all such rights statutory or otherwise. By virtue of entry the entrant agrees to hold Smokefree Tangata Beats and it‘s agents indemnified against any claim or liability for loss or accident resulting from any individual’s involvement in the event.
BAND AND SOLO/DUO CATEGORIES
There are two categories within Smokefree Tangata Beats. These are:
Bands will compete against bands, Solo/duos will compete against Solo/duos. There will be winners and prizes in both categories!
Enter a Band AND Solo/Duo
You can enter in a Band AND in a Solo/duo! To be eligible you will be entered in a band, and will be entered in the new Online Solo/duo region (your Solo/Duo entry will not perform at a regional event).
The definition of Band vs Solo Duo:
Band – If your SFTB entry has three (3) or more performers, you must enter the Band Category
Solo – If your SFTB entry has only one (1) performer, you must enter the solo/duo category.
Duo – If your SFTB entry has two performers, you must enter the Solo/duo category unless one of the performers plays a drum kit, in which case you are to enter as a band.
Electronically-Assisted Live Performance
This year, you have the options to use electronic assistance as part of your live performance in both the Solo/duo category and the band category. This will enable the use of Ableton Live, preloaded looping pedals and other similar supporting technology.
Your lead vocal line ( if you have one!) and at least one instrumental part still needs to be performed live.
All programmed/produced material must be the original work of one of the acts’ entrants. If you have a non-performing producer working with you, they must also be an entered member of the act (there is an electronic content producer option in the instrument list), and meet all conditions of entry. (This means a duo with a non-performing producer still counts as a duo).
The emphasis of the judging will be primarily on the song and the live aspects of the performance, however credit will be given for how well the act integrates and manages the technology aspects as well.
Acts should bear in mind the setting they will be performing in and the limited set up time available, and design and prepare their electronic setup accordingly.
Kaupapa Smokefree Tangata Beats
Your song or performance MUST feature at least ONE of the four possible cultural elements listed below, and if you’re serious about winning, then your performance should feature two!
This competition is about supporting and promoting our unique Identity in Aotearoa, our Tangata Whenua and the amazing cultures present in our beautiful country.
We want to look at ways to mix our unique identities and cultures with contemporary music and this criteria is our way of encouraging you to try it out.
So, when you’re putting the performance together, writing and rehearsing your songs – try to think about natural ways to include the elements you’ve chosen, don’t just translate the chorus or write an extra verse and tack it on the end – have some fun with it, try some new things… get creative with your songwriting and make something uniquely you!
You must feature AT LEAST ONE of the following elements for your song and performance.
- LANGUAGE– More than half of the lyrics to your song are in Te Reo Māori, and/or a Pacific language.
- SOUND– Showcase a traditional instrument from Aotearoa and the Pacific e.g. taonga puoro, drums, ukulele, conch etc.
- ACTION– enhance your performance with traditional movement, dance and/or action from Aotearoa and the Pacific e.g. haka, poi, siva, hula, bhangra, etc.
- IDENTITY– a use of topic and/or a style/flavour that reflects Maori and/or Pacific culture in Aotearoa.
If you don’t wish to perform at SFRQ, you are unable to get to an SFRQ Regional Final, or who wish to perform a different song for each competition, can enter via Video Submission.
Video submissions will consist of video footage of two original songs being performed live, and will be due by 29th July.
Details will be sent to you with your entry receipt when you enter.