SYMPHONY San Sebastián CONCOURS Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

  1. These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) relate to a music composition competition (“Competition”), which County Hall Arts (“the Charity”, “We”, or “Us”) intends to run ‘Symphony San Sebastián’.
  2. By entering the Competition, You (“You” or “Your”) are accepting these Terms and Conditions, and You acknowledge that the Terms & Conditions may be changed (whether verbally, in writing or otherwise) by the Charity at any time at its sole discretion.
  3. The Competition is open to composers of all nationalities and ages. There is no entry fee.
  4. If You are under 18 on 1st August 2023, You will need Your parents or legal guardian to complete the application form.
  5. To enter the ‘first stage’ of the Competition, You must complete and submit the application form online at (“the Competition Website”) and upload:
    a. A short ‘Proposal’ document (of up to 3 pages) setting out Your vision for the Symphony San Sebastián (the “the Symphony San Sebastián Proposal”);
    b. An audio file or link to a previous composition created by Yourself as a sample of your work; and
    c. Your Biography and CV. (Each document uploaded should be up to a maximum size of 5mb, anything of a greater size may not be able to be uploaded.)
  6. The ‘first stage’ call for Symphony San Sebastián Entries opens at 12pm UK time (midday) on Monday 1st August 2023 and closes at 23:59 GMT on Saturday 24th February 2024 2024 (“the Closing Date”). Entries received after that date and time will not be considered. The Charity reserves the right in its absolute discretion to extend the Closing Date for a reasonable period of time and in these circumstances, the date on which the Charity elects to close the Competition shall be the Closing Date.
  7. The Symphony San Sebastián Proposals submitted must respond to the brief set out on the Competition Website. Your Symphony San Sebastián Proposal should include a short description of Your motivation for using the chosen ensemble and the relationship of the work with Spain.
  8. "Symphony San Sebastián Proposals should be suitable for performance by a symphony orchestra and envisage a duration of between 18-30 minutes.
  9. The required orchestration for Symphony San Sebastián Proposals is as follows (works for solo instruments or voice will not be accepted). [In other words, the orchestra may consist of not more than the following]:
    up to: / / T.2P / strings (
    (usual woodwind doublings available; 1 harp possible)
  10. We reserve the right to disqualify Your entry if:
    a. Your entry is incomplete;
    b. You cannot be contacted; or
    c. You do not respond within 48 hours of being contacted by Us in relation to Your Competition entry.
  11. The Charity’s decision on these and all other matters is final and binding in all respects, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. If You have any questions about how to enter or in connection with the Competition, please email Us at with "Symphony San Sebastián Competition" in the subject line.

The Final Composition

  1. All valid Competition entries will be reviewed and a selection of composers will be invited to participate in the second stage (“the Finalists”).
  2. The Finalists will be invited to create and submit a composition based on their Symphony San Sebastián Proposal (“Final Composition”). A timetable for this stage will be advised once the Finalists have been selected.
  3. The Final Compositions may not have been previously performed, published or awarded a prize of any kind. They must be free of any liabilities, including those with publishing houses.
  4. The Charity and its advisors will review the Final Compositions and elect an overall winner (“the Winner”).
  5. All of the criteria for judging and decision-making shall be at the discretion of the Charity and shall not be open to dispute or discussion.
  6. The Winner will receive a taxable prize of €100,000 (one hundred thousand euros) (“the Winner’s Prize”). The composer awarded second place will receive a taxable runners-up prize of €50,000 (fifty thousand euros), third place €30,000 (thirty thousand euros) and up to three other Finalists €10,000 (ten thousand euros) (“the Runners Up Prizes”).
  7. The Winner’s Prize and the Runners Up Prizes cannot be exchanged by You or transferred by You and cannot be redeemed by You for any other prize. The Winner’s Prize and the Runners Up Prizes may generally be amended and/or supplemented at the Charity’s discretion, and if you are the Winner or a Finalist, You acknowledge that the Winner’s Prize and the Runners Up Prizes shall be as it is in its final form as advised by the Charity.
  8. If You are chosen as the Winner, You agree to be filmed for potential inclusion in a short documentary film (“the Documentary”) to be viewable on the County Hall Arts Website.


  1. Entries for the Competition will be acknowledged on receipt, but the Charity accepts no responsibility whatsoever for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected, damaged in transit or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.
  2. You are responsible for the cost (if any) of creating Your Symphony España Proposal and any Final Composition and generally with respect to submitting your application to the Competition and sending it to Us, as well as all other costs associated with Your participation in the Competition.
  3. By entering the Competition, You agree to the collection, retention, usage and distribution of Your personal information in order to process and contact You about Your Competition entry or otherwise by the Charity.
  4. You warrant that You own the copyright to Your Symphony San Sebastián Proposal and Your Final Composition as its author, and that You own and can grant all rights as required under these Terms and Conditions. You also warrant that Your Symphony San Sebastián Proposal and Your Final Composition shall not contain any material that constitutes an infringement of copyright of a third party.
  5. Finalists agree that the Charity may use their Final Composition(s) for promotional purposes.
  6. The winning Final Composition shall be considered a commission by the Charity with all exploitation rights including but not limited to the right of reproduction, recording, performance and broadcast to be assigned in consideration of the Winners’ Prize.
  7. The Charity reserves the right from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice, and the Charity shall have no liability to You or anyone else in this event for any reason whatsoever.
  8. Prizes are awarded at the Charity's discretion and the Charity reserves the right not to select a winner, and/or to amend the structure and operation of the Competition if entries are not of the requisite standard.
  9. The Competition and these Terms and Conditions will be governed by English law and shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

Organiser of the Competition: County Hall Arts, of Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

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