These rules are also contained in each Schedule.

Competitors are asked to study the following rules carefully as they will be strictly enforced. This applies particularly to the submission of entry forms which will be rejected if they do not comply.

It should also be noted that this Schedule differs from last year’s in that a number of new sections have been introduced.

  1. In these rules and conditions the word “Committee” shall mean “The Management Committee of the Lismore Musical Festival Society”.
  2. The decision of the Committee in all questions arising, shall be final. All entries are deemed to be made subject to these conditions.
  3. The Committee reserves the right to determine the Status of any competitor and the application and interpretation of these rules.
  4. In the event of insufficient or large entries, the Committee reserves the right to combine or divide sections accordingly. In any section where insufficient entries are received the Committee may exercise its discretion with regard to the retention or the alteration of any section for that year.
  5. The Committee reserves the right to amend the program at any time by varying the order of the competitors or sections at any session.
  6. All competitions are intended for amateurs, teachers may not perform.
  7. All competitors perform entirely at their own risk.
  8. AGE In all competitions except for Troupe section, the age as at the 31st May 2016 shall be deemed to be the age of the competitor. Troupe Section the age at 1st January 2016 shall be deemed to be the age of the competitor
  9. The Committee reserves the right in age competitions to call upon any competitor to produce at his/her own expense, PROOF OF AGE and to withhold any prize/money until such proof shall have been furnished.
  10. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry, and, in particular, those from competitors who have been pupils of an adjudicator, within a period of 12 months prior to the closing of entries. These competitors are not eligible to compete in any section judged by that adjudicator.
  11. Competitors will be regarded as being CONVERSANT WITH THE RULES of the competitions of the Society affecting their positions as competitors. The PLEA OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS A BONA FIDE REASON FOR THE INFRINGEMENT OF THE RULE. In the event of a protest being lodged the competitors so infringing shall be liable to disqualification or may otherwise be dealt with by the Committee.
  12. Entries in all sections must be lodged with the Secretary on or before the date advertised for the closing of entries. No entry will be accepted without its full entry fee. If No email address is available please supply a STAMPED SELF ADDRESSED ENVELOPE. LATE ENTRIES will be received for ONE WEEK ONLY after the closing date (May 31) at DOUBLE ENTRY RATES.
  13. All entries should be made on the Society’s entry form, and should give the following: full name, postal address, email address, phone number and the relevant entry section numbers. All competitors under the age of 18 years, must have signed the declaration by parent/guardian giving date of birth, the age of entrant at May 31 and permission to photograph competitor. NAME OF STUDIO must be included on entry form.
  14. In all sections where two or more combine to compete e.g. duos, duets, trios, the name of each competitor must be given at the time of entry. Non-compliance with this rule will render the entry liable to rejection.
  15. In sections where there are two (2) or more competitors competing in combination, NO competitor may compete more than once in any capacity. No competitor shall be allowed to render the same item in more than one (1) section except in the District dancing section.
  16. Competitors MUST perform in OWN age sections and not outside their own age group, unless specifically indicated in the schedule as open to all ages (unrestricted).
  17. It is not necessary to name OWN CHOICE items on the entry forms.
  18. In OWN CHOICE sections copies for use of the Adjudicator must be handed to the Music table Secretary immediately prior to the commencement of the each SESSION (morning, afternoon or night) in which the item is to be heard.
  19. In OWN SELECTION competitions, marks will be awarded for quality of choice. Very lengthy selections will not improve the competitor’s chance of success and teachers are advised to take note of this.
  20. Memorising: Extra marks may be awarded to competitors in the Instrumental sections for playing from memory.
  21. No vocals are permitted on backing CDs for ‘vocal solo popular’ and ‘choral ‘sections. Non­compliance will incur disqualification. a. In sections where backing CD is permitted the competitor must supply the adjudicator with song lyrics. b. The vocal style of Belting is not acceptable
  22. Time Limits apply. All solo dances,not more than three (3) minutes; duo/trio not more than three half (3.5) minutes troupes not more than four (4) minutes. Vocal/Instrumental and Spoken Word Competitors please read Schedules for time limits
  23. The WorkCover Authority requires all electrical equipment e.g. hairdryers, heated rollers & cassette players etc, be inspected by an authorised electrician and be tagged as required. It is the competitors’ responsibility to comply with the WorkCover Authority Rules. The Lismore Musical Festival Society requests these requirements be observed as penalties are severe.
  24. District dancing entries are restricted to Competitors who live within a 50 km radius and learn from Studios with a 50 km radius of Lismore, at the time of the current Lismore Eisteddfod. Competitors may repeat the same dance in both District and Unrestricted Sections. NOVICE District sections are for competitors who have not WON a FIRST PRIZE in ANY Classical Ballet, Novice Ballet section; in any Tap Dance section or Novice Tap section; in any Jazz Dance, or Novice Jazz section at ANY Festival or Eisteddfod at the time of the Lismore Eisteddfod (with the exception of Under (5) years of age group).
  25. CHAMPIONSHIP: Competitors must enter and perform in their corresponding AGE, or acceptable qualifying section/s as indicated in the schedule before the Championship is held (Novice District or Restricted sections not accepted).
  26. TAP SOLOS, ENSEMBLE TAP, WALTZ TAP SECTIONS For Tap Solos, Ensemble Tap, Waltz Tap. Sections Vocals on music for these dances is not acceptable. Competitors with Vocals on these sections will be automatically disqualified.
  28. The Adjudicator’s decision shall be final and he/she has the power to withhold or divide prizes according to merit. He/she shall also be entitled to recommend the awarding of a second place if he/she thinks the rendition has not sufficient merit to carry a first prize, but he/she shall intimate his/her decision when making the adjudication.
  29. In many cases only part of a song, recitation or instrumental item may be heard by the Adjudicator and the bell does not necessarily signify disapproval or rejection. The Adjudicator’s objective will be to hear all items at the session in which they are set down.
  30. If through unforeseen circumstance an Adjudicator is unable to perform his/her duty, the Committee reserves the right to appoint a substitute
  31. Competitors must assemble in the space provided by the committee and must be ready to render their items in the order in which their names appear in the program. Any delay on their part causing disruption of the business of the session will render them liable to disqualification.
  32. No teacher will be allowed on stage with a competitor unless as an accompanist FOR THAT ITEM. Prompting from the audience or side of stage is strictly forbidden and is liable to result in disqualification of that competitor.
  33. Any competitor requiring an accompanist please contact Lismore Musical Festival Secretary at least five (5) weeks prior to the Eisteddfod.
  34. Competitors MUST NOT accompany themselves in any vocal section.
  35. Competitors are advised that reading lyrics during a performance is not acceptable. (Except Oratorio)
  36. PROPS for Ballet etc. must be portable and capable of being easily handled by two people. No nailing of stands etc. to stage will be allowed. All props must be removed from precincts of stage at the conclusion of each session. All props are to come in by front Door.
  37. A SOUND SYSTEM is provided by the Society and Competitors must use the standard equipment. A sound operator will be provided (No additional charge for this service). The Committee and/or Sound Operator will not be held responsible for CDs incorrectly marked.
  38. CD RULES: clearly label and correctly tag each CD. Only one piece of music is to be recorded on each CD. Some CDs may not be compatible with our equipment EG Mp3 files, and always have a backup CD
    Please leave the CD in its case to avoid damage and clearly mark with Section Number, competitor number, track number, start on or off stage. It is advisable to inspect CDs for damage prior to handing in and ensure that it is the correct music for the Item.
  39. Under no circumstance is a sticker to be put on the actual CD. Any CD with sticker on will not be played.
  40. Usage of venues or equipment PRIOR to the Eisteddfod is not the responsibility of the Lismore Musical Festival Society. All rehearsals should be privately arranged by and paid for by the competitor with the appropriate authority.
  41. No use of the stage for practice is permitted at any venue during the competitions.
  42. During the actual competitions all enquiries of, or representations to the Adjudicator must be made in writing either through the Secretary or a Committee member.
  43. UNAUTHORISED communication with the Adjudicator during the competition is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. Failure to comply will mean immediate disqualification.
  44. PROTESTS: If any, shall be lodged with the Secretary in writing, within one hour after completion of section in respect of which the protest is entered and must be accompanied by$50.00 which shall be forfeited if the protest is deemed to be frivolous or unfounded.
  45. Competitors must change in dressing rooms. Public areas are not to be used as change areas.
  46. The use of glitter spray and hair spray may be a health hazard for some competitors. These must be used with great care, in a well ventilated area, preferably in the open air.
  47. No dangerous moves may be made that could possibly cause injury to the contestant.
  48. in Vocal and Instrumental sections still or video photography is not permitted unless permission is obtained from a committee member of the Lismore Musical Festival Committee.

President: Mrs H Sidney; Secretary: Mrs V Axtens; Treasurer: Mrs V Axtens