Rules and Instructions
One entry packet per song. Entrants may enter as many SIBLs in as
many categories as desired, but each entry requires a separate entry
packet or on-line entry process including separate registration
Each entry packet should include:
Official SIBL entry form
Official SIBL release form
c. A recording or your original song on CD. Only CDs will be accepted
and all CDs must be labeled with songwriter's name, SIBL title,
source and author of literary inspiration, phone number, and email
address. CDs will not be returned therefore please do not send
Three (3) copies of the lyrics of original song. Lyric sheets
should be typed in English, and should include the songwriter�s
name and address, phone number, email, SIBL title, and literary
inspiration, including author and literary title.
e. The entry fee of $20 per entry (in US funds). Your check or
money order (US$) should be made out to The SIBL Project.
If entrant is under 18 years of age, the signature of a parent or
legal guardian is required on the entry form and on the release
form. All signatures must be original.
Our mailing address is:
The SIBL Project
2601 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
What is a SIBL?
"SIBL" (Song Inspired By Literature) is an original
creative work, NOT an author's words put to music. SIBLs must
be inextricably linked to their sources of inspiration, connected
though story-line, theme or character use. See "famous
SIBLs" for examples.
Songs must be under five minutes in length. Please do not send music
sheets and or scores.
SIBLs need not be in publishable form. Judges are advised to judge
a song solely on the content of the lyrics and the strength of the
musical composition itself. Recording quality is not to be considered,
however, you should make sure the lyrics and music may be clearly
Entrants may elect to submit their SIBL as a general category submission,
or for consideration for one of the five specific category prizes.
category prizes will be awarded for best songs inspired by African
American, Latin American, World, Women and Children�s Literature.
Five (5) finalists from each of the five specific categories and
the general category will be selected by the Judges from qualified
entries. These SIBLs will be converted to MP3s and placed on The
SIBL Project Website. These songwriters will be eligible for promotional
prizes furnished by The SIBL Project�s partners. Finalists from
all categories will then compete for the final ten (10) winning
spots on the CD.
Ten (10) winners will be selected from the group of thirty finalists.
These winning SIBLs will be included on the compilation CD "Chapter
Two", along side five SIBLs from well-known musical recording
artists invited to participate by the SIBL Project (this year including
Tom Waits and others). These winners will also be eligible to receive
promotional prizes from the SIBL partners.
A Grand Prize winner will be selected from the group of ten (10)
winners who will be awarded a grand prize worth $2500.
SIBLs will be judged by a qualified group of music industry professionals
for originality, lyrics, melody, and composition. The decision of
the judges is final. Winners will be notified by mail, by email,
or by phone.
- on-line and through mail delivery - must be received by September
6th, 2002 at 5:00 p.m., PST. Winners will be notified by November
Although not required, SIBLs should be copyrighted. Works shall
not infringe upon copyrights or any other rights of any third party.
The SIBL Project assumes no responsibility for lyrics that are not
Writer(s) retain all rights to submitted SIBLs. However, if your
SIBL is selected for the compilation CD, you agree that all proceeds
of the sale of said CD will be donated to The SIBL Project. The
SIBL Project reserves the right to use winning SIBLs for promotional
All contestants hold harmless and hereby indemnify The SIBL Project,
its principals, employees, agents, and affiliates against all first,
second, and third party claims arising from entries violating any
contest rules and regulations. The SIBL Project is not responsible
for late, lost, damaged, or postage due entries. The SIBL Project
reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the
rules herein outlined, and is not obligated to return any entry
Employees of The SIBL Project, their immediate families, subsidiaries,
and affiliates are not eligible to enter. .
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