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Shirley Martin Scholarship Application and Information
Rules, Mission & Application
The Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI)
Martin Scholarship shall be administered annually to a young adult who is
actively seeking to advance his or her skills in the craft of songwriting. It
is the objective of this scholarship to encourage, support and foster growth in
SECTION 1 – ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
1.Candidate must be a resident of one of the
following counties to apply: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard,
Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, and White.
2.Candidate must be age 14 to 19 at the time of
3.Candidate must be a permanent resident of the
state of Indiana.
SECTION 2 – JUDGING CRITERIA:
1.Applicants will be judged on songwriting
abilities, not performance capabilities. Judging will focus on song components
including melody, chord structure, rhythm and lyrics.
2.If the applicant so chooses, it is acceptable
for the writer to have someone else perform his or her song on the demo
SECTION 3 – REQUIRED MATERIAL AND DUE DATES:
must provide the following materials and entries MUST BE RECEIVEDNO LATER
than 4:30 PM on April 15, 2020 Entries received after this time may not be
2.A brief written statement explaining how
receiving the scholarship would assist the songwriter in pursuing their passion
3.An audio recording of one original song (written
solely by applicant) with corresponding lyric sheet(s). Although demo
recordings do not have to be professional, they do have to be clear and
concise. Songs can be submitted in formatsSong recordings
in MP3 format may be sent via e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org,
but other written materials must still be mailed to TAF by deadline.
including CD or MP3.
Corresponding lyric sheets must be submitted electronically via the online
application or e-mail attachment (text file, word document, or PDF) to
4.A letter of recommendation from a sponsor
(examples: teacher, coach, pastor or music professional) may be emailed to email@example.com or
delivered to TAF by deadline.
SECTION 4 – RULES AND REGULATIONS:
1.Copyright of entry remains the property of the
scholarship applicant, but physical scholarship application materials (CD's,
cassettes, copies of lyrics and essays) will become the property of the
scholarship judging committee unless the applicant arranges to pick up
materials by May 1, 2020
2.Candidates should not submit their only copy of
3.The Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana
is not responsible for damaged or lost entries.
4.It is the responsibility of the applicant to
supply legible applications and lyric sheets.
5.All music and lyrics must be the original work
of a single writer. Songs written by more than one author will not be
eligible for consideration.
6.It is not necessary for applicants to formally
copyright songs prior to submission. US copyright laws protect applicant's
songs regardless of formal copyright registration. If applicants would feel
more comfortable undergoing formal copyright registration, they are encouraged
to do so.
7.Applicants must not infringe upon any existing
copyrights or the rights of a third party.
8.The Songwriters Association of Mid-North
Indiana, in conjunction with the Shirley Martin Scholarship, reserves the right
to modify rules, regulations and recipient entitlements as necessary.
SECTION 5 – RECIPIENT ENTITLEMENTS:
1.The scholarship winner shall receive a $500 cash
award to be applied towards the winner’s education, musical instrument or other
2.Additional cash prizes may be awarded based on
SECTION 6 – SCHOLARSHIP DISTRIBUTION:
1.The scholarship board of directors and/or their
designees will be responsible for choosing the winners.
2.Winners will be announced on or about the 3r
week of April
awards ceremony date: to be announced.
4.Top candidates will be invited to perform at the
5.Other participants may be invited to perform.
STOP!Make sure your completed submission includes:
relationship to applicant)
The applicant must complete all of the elements of the
form in conjunction with fulfilling the requirements defined in SECTION 3 of
the scholarship charter. By signing below the applicant testifies that all of
the information provided is factual to the best of his or her knowledge. The
applicant affirms that their submitted songs are original and that the
application is complete. The applicant realizes that failure to provide a
complete and accurate application would result in disqualification. SAMI
reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who violates the rules and
regulations as described in the scholarship charter.