Music, Open Call

Music Open Call

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
  • Date:
    6 - 20 Sep 2021
  • Venue:
    Online submission
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  • Admission:
  • Advisory:
    Aged 16 – 26yrs only


What's This?
Kalaa Utsavam Classical Music Stage LIVE aims to discover young talents with Indian Classical music background in vocals and instruments. The open call will encompass mentorship sessions, which are compulsory prior to the final performance, under renowned vocalist Bombay Jayashri.

The open call is for solo or duo performances only. Selected solo or duo artist/s will present a 15-minute Carnatic or Hindustani music performance at the Esplanade Concourse between 19 – 28 Nov during Kalaa Utsavam, Indian Festival of Arts 2021. Technical support will be provided at the venue.

Who Can Apply
Participants aged 16 – 26, residing in Singapore, with at least 6 years of training in either Carnatic or Hindustani music.
Entries should be either solo or duo performances, by vocalists or instrumentalists (excluding accompanying artists).

How to Qualify
Submission of video entries will begin on 6 Sep 2021, Mon, 9am and close on 20 Sep 2021, Mon, 9am. Submissions received after 20 Sep 2021, 9am will not be considered.
Please upload and submit your video link entries through one of the following platform – Youtube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Dropbox.
Shortlisted entries will be notified via email on 24 Sep 2021, Fri, following which a confirmation of participation must be given by 29 Sep 2021, Wed, 12pm.
The final list of selected participants for Kalaa Utsavam Classical Music Stage LIVE will be announced on Kalaa Utsavam's Facebook page on 4 Oct 2021, Mon. These participants will also receive an email informing the exact date and time of the performance and other relevant details.
The Organiser reserves the right to amend the rules and guidelines pertaining to the audition and/or submission of entries without prior notice.

Performance Guidelines
Shortlisted musicians will present their 15-minute performance in the slot/s allocated by Esplanade between 19 – 28 Nov. They are also required to attend a mandatory sound check, which will be advised.
Each ensemble is limited to minimum ONE (1) or maximum TWO (2) lead performers (excluding accompanying artists). They must prepare and perform a 15-min repertoire.
It is compulsory for each lead performer(s) to complete THREE (3) sessions with mentor prior to performance day. Schedule will be advised. Sessions will be conducted via Zoom.
Each performance should not exceed 15 minutes in duration inclusive of announcements.
You are to engage your own accompanying artists, and this is limited to acoustic Indian instruments such as mridangam, violin, ghatam, veena, flute, kanjira, tabla, sitar and harmonium.

Code of Conduct
All participants must present themselves at the venue for a soundcheck. Schedule to be advised on a later date. Lateness or absence may result in the performance being withdrawn from the event.
The music ensembles are responsible for making all necessary arrangements to inform their employers, educational institutes or any other relevant party and securing their permission if required before confirming their participation in this event.
All participants must dress in appropriate traditional attire.
All participants are expected to observe proper, sportsmanlike behaviours. Any offensive, obscene, abusive, and/or violent behaviours including but not limited to actions causing damage to equipment or property or the use of illegal drugs and substances will not be tolerated by the Organiser. No consumption of alcoholic beverages by selected participants is allowed during the event. Any violation will result in immediate withdrawal of the performance and the participant(s) will be escorted from the premises.
An honorarium of S$200 will be paid to each music ensemble for the 15-min performance.
Participants will be held liable for any loss or damages to equipment and/or property provided by the Organiser.
Prevailing safety measures have to be observed as set out by Ministry of Health (MOH) by all participants at all times.

Terms & Conditions
All participants consent to have the use of their names, voices, likenesses, audio and visual materials including but not limited to photographs by the Organiser and its sponsors and/or partners for purposes of publicity, broadcasting, advertising and or trade without any compensation or prior notice.
All participants consent to take part in promotional activities, including but not limited to media interviews, promotional appearances and events arranged by the Organiser and its sponsors and/or partners or publicity and/or promotional purposes for which no additional fees shall be paid.
All performances will be filmed and broadcasted on platforms or channels owned or operated by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to use the footages in part or in whole for promotions and other non-commercial purposes.
The Organiser reserves the right to amend the open call rules and guidelines without prior notice, including the cancellation of the event due to lack of registration, inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. The Organiser also reserves the right to change an event's location, venue and/or dates. The Organiser will not be held responsible for any costs, loss or damages involved in this change, including but not limited to transportation costs. The Organiser is not responsible for any personal injury/property loss before, during or after the event.
The decisions of the Organiser in all matters relating to the event shall be final. No reasons shall be given for the acceptance or rejection of any submission and no correspondence there on will be entertained. By performing in this event, selected participants agree to abide by all rules, regulations, terms and conditions, and decisions made by the Organiser.

Music Open Call