About Prizes and Competitions
14th August 2012

There are a great many competitions and prizes for artists in Australia and internationally, all with their own particular terms and conditions and contractual obligations for entrants and winners.  Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch advocating fair and transparent contractual terms, especially where copyright and moral rights are affected. Arts law is highly critical of competitions which unnecessarily deprive artists of the copyright in their own work. It provides best practice advice to competition organisers and seeks to promote ethical and transparent conduct.

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2013 IPAF ATOM Awards
21st June 2013

Arts Law checked the terms for the 2013 IPAF ATOM Awards. 

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2017 National NAIDOC Poster Competition
9th February 2017

This month Arts Law has looked at the terms and conditions of the 2017 National NAIDOC Poster Competition

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30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
21st February 2013

Arts Law has found a competition that gets 5 / 5 stars for its terms and conditions!

Yesterday, Arts Law wrote to congratulate the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory on the super-fair terms of the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

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Agendo Art Award
15th May 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the Agendo Art Award

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Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes (2013) - 5 stars
4th March 2013

Arts Law gives the Art Gallery of NSW 5 / 5 stars for the terms of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes.

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Arts Law checks terms of competitions closing in June 2013
15th May 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 1 additional competition closing in late May 2013 and 12 competitions closing in June 2013.  We have rated each of them out of 5 stars! 

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Arts Law checks terms of competitions closing in September 2013
23rd August 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 6 competitions closing in September 2013.

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Arts Law checks the terms of competitions closing in April 2014
26th March 2014

Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch over the terms and conditions of prizes and competitions for artists in Australia and internationally. This month, we rate 11 competitions closing in April 2014.

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Arts Law checks the terms of competitions closing in January 2014
10th December 2013

Arts Law has reviewed and rated the terms and conditions of 11 competitions closing in January 2014.

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Arts Law checks the terms of competitions closing in January 2015
20th December 2014

Arts Law has reviewed and rated the terms and conditions of 11 competitions closing in January 2015.

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Arts Law in discussions with Tropfest
5th December 2012

Arts Law in discussions with Tropfest

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Arts Law Reviews the Terms of Competitions Closing in March 2014
26th February 2014

Prizes and competitions can be a great way for artists to gain recognition and promote themselves however, many people don’t read the fine print or understand what they are agreeing to by entering. Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch over the terms and conditions of prizes and competitions for artists in Australia and internationally. This month, we rate 19 competitions closing in March.

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Arts Law reviews the terms of competitions closing in November 2013
25th October 2013

Arts Law has reviewed and rated the terms and conditions of 13 competitions closing in November 2013.

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Arts Law Reviews the Terms of Competitions Closing in November 2014
18th November 2014

Arts Law has rated the terms and conditions of 7 competitions closing in November 2014 out of 5 stars. These ratings are based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. Read more about the rating system here.

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Arts Law Reviews the Terms of Competitions Closing in September 2014
9th September 2014

Arts Law has rated the terms and conditions of 16 competitions closing in September 2014 out of 5 stars. These ratings are based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. 

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ATOM Awards gets 5/5 stars for fairness to artists!
26th May 2014

ATOM Awards gets 5/5 stars for fairness to artists!

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August competitions checked by Arts Law
1st August 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 16 competitions closing in August 2014

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Australia’s Health 2012 Art Competition
23rd December 2011

Arts Law has recently become aware of a competition with some unfavourable terms and conditions for artist entrants, and would like to inform artists of the  consequences of these unfavourable terms and conditions so you can make a more informed decision about whether you wish to enter or not.

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Bank of Melbourne & Melbourne Recital Centre Music Promotion
21st June 2013

Arts Law checked the terms for the Bank of Melbourne & Melbourne Recital Centre Music Promotion.

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Bankwest Art Prize 2015
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms for the Bankwest Art Prize 2015.

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Bay of Fires Art Prize
22nd March 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of Bay of Fires Art Prize.

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Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize - 5 stars
10th February 2015

The Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize 2015 received an outstanding 5 / 5 stars for fairness to artists! 

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Blake Poetry Prize
15th May 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the Blake Poetry Prize.

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Chippendale New World Art Prize
22nd March 2013

Arts Law have checked the terms of the Chippendale New World Art Prize.

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City of Hobart Art Prize
22nd March 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the City of Hobart Art Prize.

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Cliftons Art Prize 2013
22nd March 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the Cliftons Art Prize 2013.

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Clique Photography Competition Review
28th April 2016

Arts Law's review of the Clique Photography Association's competitions.

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Collision
6th August 2015

Collision competition receives 2 stars from Arts Law.

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Competitions closing in August are rated out of 5 stars
16th July 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms of 16 competitions closing in August 2013 and rated each of them out of 5 stars.

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Competitions closing in May 2013 are rated out of 5 stars
19th April 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 18 competitions closing in May 2013 and rated each of them out of 5 stars. 

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Cossack Art Award gets 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists!
23rd May 2013

The Cossack Art Award receives 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists!

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Cowley Literary Award
12th August 2015

The Cowley Literary Award receives 3 stars from Arts Law.

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December competitions checked by Arts Law
1st December 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms of 3 competitions closing in December 2014 and rated each of them out of 5 stars. 

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December prizes checked by Arts Law
18th November 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms of 7 competitions closing in December 2013.

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Dreamtime at the ‘G competition - 4 stars
20th January 2014

The Richmond Football Club agrees to improve the 2014 Dreamtime at the ‘G competition terms and conditions.

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Dreamtime at the ‘G guernsey design competition extra info
29th May 2013

In February, Arts Law reviewed the terms of the Richmond Football Club's guernsey design competition for the Dreamtime at the 'G clash with Essendon. We have since received further information from the Club that make the terms of the competition fairer for artists.

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Dreamtime at the ‘G guernsey design competition not so nice for artists
8th January 2013

Richmond Football Club's guernsey design competition for the Dreamtime at the 'G clash with Essendon in 2013 not so nice for artists rights!

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Eutick Memorial Still Life Award
5th August 2015

The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award receives 3 stars from Arts Law.

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Fair terms for artists in 20 competitions closing March 2013
19th February 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 20 competitions closing in March 2013 and 19 of them get 4 / 5 stars for their fairness - 1 competition gets 5 / 5 stars!

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February competitions checked by Arts Law
15th January 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms of 1 additional competition closing in January 2014 plus 16 competitions closing in February 2014.

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Flanagan Art Prize
15th March 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the Flanagan Art Prize.

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GraysOnline Art Prize - Updated Review
25th July 2016

Arts Law's Review of the GraysOnline Art Prize.

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Great Southern Art Award
1st March 2015

The Great Southern Art Award receives 2 stars from Arts Law.

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High View - Art in Windows competition
21st June 2013

Arts Law reviewed the terms and conditions for the High View - Art in Windows competition.

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Hunters Hill Art Exhibition
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms for the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. 

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Hutchins Art Prize
15th May 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the Hutchins Art Prize.

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Iris Award
21st June 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms of the Iris Award.

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July 2013 Competitions Checked
25th June 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 22 competitions closing in July 2013 and rated them out of 5 stars for fairness to artists.

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July 2015 competitions checked by Arts Law
24th June 2015

Each month Arts Law reviews a number of competitions for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights, and rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars.

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July competitions reviewed by Arts Law
9th July 2014

Art prizes and competitions can be a fantastic way for artists to build their reputation and earn income but do you know what rights you might be giving up simply by entering? Arts Law rates prizes and competitions closing in July out of 5 stars for fairness to artists.

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June 2015 competitions checked by Arts Law
3rd June 2015

Each month Arts Law reviews a number of competitions for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights, and rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars. As such, it is a limited review and not a broad review of all terms and conditions including the prize. Entrants should always weigh up Arts Law’s ratings against the prize and possible profile raising which may result from being a finalist or winner; it may be that a competition with a low star rating awards a wonderful prize! Artists are welcome to contact Arts Law for legal advice on the terms of a competition. We also invite competition organisers to contact Arts Law for best practice assistance on making their terms and conditions fairer for artists.

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June competitions checked by Arts Law
4th June 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 14 competitions closing in June 2014.

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Kimberley Art Prize
21st June 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the Kimberley Art Prize.

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Law Society of New South Wales’ “Just Art” competition, but no justice for artists?
29th June 2017

In June 2017 Arts Law has reviewed The Law Society of New South Wales’ “Just Art” competition.  

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Life Art Worldwide Exhibition
22nd March 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the Life Art Worldwide Exhibition.

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Linden Postcard Show
11th August 2015

The Linden Postcard Show has achieved a good rating - 4 stars!

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Mandjar Art Awards 2015
3rd February 2015

The Mandjar Art Awards 2015 receives 2 stars from Arts Law.

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March competitions checked by Arts Law
24th February 2015

Arts Law has reviewed and rated the terms and conditions of 15 competitions closing in March 2015.

These ratings are based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. Read more about the rating system here.

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May competitions checked by Arts Law
30th April 2014

Art prizes and competitions can be a fantastic way for artists to build their reputation and earn income but do you know what rights you might be giving up simply by entering? Arts Law rates prizes and competitions closing in May out of 5 stars for fairness to artists. 

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May competitions checked by Arts Law
29th April 2015

Each month Arts Law reviews a number of competitions for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights, and rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars. As such, it is a limited review and not a broad review of all terms and conditions including the prize. Entrants should always weigh up Arts Law’s ratings against the prize and possible profile raising which may result from being a finalist or winner; it may be that a competition with a low star rating awards a wonderful prize! Artists are welcome to contact Arts Law for legal advice on the terms of a competition. We also invite competition organisers to contact Arts Law for best practice assistance on making their terms and conditions fairer for artists.

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My Story My Content Short Film Competition
12th August 2015

The My Story My Content Short Film Competition receives 3 stars from Arts Law.

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National NAIDOC Poster Competition terms
18th February 2013

Arts Law has written to FaHCSIA and NAIDOC to congratulate them on the fairness of the National NAIDOC Poster Competition terms and conditions!

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NAVA competition, The Churchie and The SALA Festival get 5 / 5 stars for terms & conditions
19th April 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions of 18 competitions closing in May 2013 and found three competitions that get 5 / 5 stars for the fairness of their terms!

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NCIPC to re-examine the terms and conditions of its Indigenous music competition
30th April 2012

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) recently released terms and conditions for the 2012 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Competition that it is running. After looking at the terms and conditions of entry, Arts Law contacted the NCPIC to discuss some of the conditions which we thought were unnecessarily onerous for entrants who did not win anything after entering their song. The NCPIC were really receptive to the feedback and want to create a fairer set of terms and conditions. They are working with Arts Law to improve these. We’ll keep you posted on when the new and improved terms and conditions are released.

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NCPIC’s new terms and conditions 10 May 2012
10th May 2012

The National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC) has now released a new set of terms and conditions for the 2012 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Competition following feedback from Arts Law. Arts Law had contacted the NCPIC to discuss some changes which they could implement to make these terms and conditions more fair for the entrants. The NCPIC have made a number of these recommended changes. Importantly, the terms and conditions now do not require that non winning or finalist entries give up any of their rights in the songs they submit. If you are considering entering the competition and would like advice about the terms and conditions before you do so, please get in touch with Arts Law to use our document review service.

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Needham Religious Art Prize 2015
7th April 2015

The Arts Law checked the terms of the Needham Religious Art Prize 2015.

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Nillumbik Prize 2015
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms for the Nillumbik Prize 2015.

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Nokia Connects:Go
15th August 2012

One of our FaceBook followers drew our attention to this competition and we agree that its terms and conditions are problematic.

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Northern Rivers Portrait Prize
22nd March 2013

Arts Law have checked the terms of the Northern Rivers Portrait Prize.

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NOW Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize
7th April 2015

Arts Law has checked the terms of the NOW Shoalhaven Contemporary Art Prize.

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NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2015
7th April 2015

Arts Law checked the terms of the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize 2015.

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October competitions checked by Arts Law
23rd September 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms of 13 competitions closing in October 2013 and rated each of them out of 5 stars.

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October competitions checked by Arts Law
30th September 2014

Arts Law has checked the terms of 11 competitions closing in October 2014 and rated each of them out of 5 stars.

These ratings are based on a review of the terms and conditions which relate to the entrant’s copyright and moral rights. Read more about the rating system here.

By accepting the terms and conditions of a competition, artists should be aware that they are entering a legally binding contract. For more information on competition conditions see our free information sheet here.

We also invite competition organisers to contact Arts Law for best practice assistance on making their terms and conditions fairer for artists.

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Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition
4th February 2016

The Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition receives 3 stars from Arts Law.

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Picturing the World Family
22nd March 2013

Arts Law checked the Picturing the World Family competition.

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Port Stephens Art Prize 2015
18th February 2015

The Port Stephens Art Prize receives 2 stars from Arts Law.

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Previous Prizes & Competitions Rating System (pre May 2015)
28th May 2013

Arts Law used this star-rating system to review competitions with deadlines before May 2015. The star rating system has now been updated.

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Prizes & Competitions Star-rating System
1st May 2015

Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch of prizes and competitions for artists in Australia and internationally, for their terms and conditions dealing with copyright and moral rights. Arts Law rates those terms and conditions out of 5 stars.

If a Prize or Competition would like Arts Law to review its terms for fairness to artists and provide best practice advise concerning amendments to those terms, please email [email protected]

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Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards SOYA365 competition
18th February 2013

Today Arts Law wrote to congratulate Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards on the fairness of the SOYA365 terms and conditions!

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RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize
21st June 2013

Arts Law checked the terms for the RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize.

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Returned to Glory Recycled Art Competition
22nd March 2013

Arts Law have checked the terms of the Returned to Glory Recycled Art Competition.

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Sculptors QLD Annual Exhibition
22nd March 2013

Arts Law checked the terms for the Sculptors QLD Annual Exhibition.

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Silk Cut Award 2013
15th May 2013

Arts Law checked the terms of the Silk Cut Award 2013.

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Small Works Small Spaces Competition
21st June 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms of Small Works Small Spaces competition.

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The 2014 John Fries Award Exhibition is on from 12 August – 6 September 2013
4th August 2014

In May 2014, Arts Law rated the John Fries Award an outstanding 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists. 

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The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists competition
15th May 2013

Arts Law have checked the terms of the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists competition.

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The Kirra Galleries Emerging and New Artist Award 2015
5th August 2015

Kirra Galleries Emerging and New Artist Award 2015 receives 2 stars.

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Togart Contemporary Art Award
22nd March 2013

Arts law checked the terms for the Togart Contemporary Art Award.

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Tourism Australia ‘There’s Nothing Like Australia’ competition
26th May 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age recently published articles relating to Tourism Australia's 'There’s Nothing Like Australia' competition.

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Urban Sculpture competition gets top marks
17th April 2014

Arts Law would like to CONGRATULATE the Melbourne Prize Trust on the terms of the 2014 Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture which has received a fantastic 5 / 5 stars for fairness to artists!

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Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition
21st June 2013

Arts Law has checked the terms and conditions for the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition run by APRA/AMCOS and Nordoff-Robbins Music. 

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Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Aboriginal Artwork Competition 2016 Review
11th October 2016

Review of Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Aboriginal Artwork Competition 2016. The deadline for this competition is 14 October 2016.

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WA Music Industry Association WAM Song of the Year Competition
9th May 2012

Arts Law Congratulates the WA Music Industry Association on the WAM Song of the Year Competition

Arts Law often contacts the sponsors of arts prizes and competitions urging them to amend their terms and conditions so that they are fairer to entrants and don’t result in a ‘rights grab’ from artists who don’t end up winning anything. We didn’t have to do anything when we looked at the WAM Song of the Year competition terms. It doesn’t take any more from the musicians entering the competition than it needs to. We couldn’t find anything unfair hidden in the small print. Rights are licensed only by the  category nominees who allow their songs to be posted online for public voting and category winners whose songs may be included on the compilation CD. Unsuccessful entrants don’t give up any copyright- not even a licence. Well done WA Music!!

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WetlandCare Australia on the National Art and Photography Competition
17th October 2012

Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch over contractual obligations and terms and conditions of competitions and prizes for artists in Australia and internationally.  Art Law often contacts the sponsors of these competitions and prizes urging them to amend their terms and conditions to be fairer to entrants, especially where copyright and moral rights are affected.

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Wynne Prize
15th April 2010

The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age both recently discussed the controversy arising around Melbourne artist Sam Leach's Proposal for Landscaped Cosmos, the winner of this years Wynne prize.

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