Prizes and Competitions

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.

3 competitions were awarded 4 / 5 stars for fairness to artists. The competition organisers only ask exhibitors or finalists for a licence to reproduce their work for limited purposes associated with the promotion of the competition. A clear limitation of the duration of the licences and a positive intention to attribute the artists would have given these competitions 5 / 5 stars.

WELL DONE:

  • National One-Act Playwriting Competition 2014 – deadline 1 October 2013
  • 2013 Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islander Music Competition – deadline 4 October 2013
  • The Happy Project – deadline 15 October 2013

4 competitions received 3 / 5 stars for fairness to artists.  The terms and conditions of these competitions require that entrants provide the competition organisers with a non-exclusive licence to reproduce their work for limited purposes associated with the competition, but with no limit to the duration of the licence.  To achieve a perfect rating, these licences should be limited to finalists/exhibitors, limited in duration e.g. 2 years and clearly state they will attribute the artists.

NOT FAR OFF:

  • Blacktown City Art Prize – deadline 1 October 2013
  • Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 – deadline 1 October 2013
  • Art Toppling Tobacco Competition – deadline 22 October 2013
  • McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award 2014 – deadline 31 October 2013

5 competitions scored 2 / 5 stars for fairness to artists.  The competition organisers ask all entrants to grant a non-exclusive licence to reproduce their work for broad purposes beyond promotion of the competition for an unlimited period of time.  Best practice would be for these licences to be limited to finalists/exhibitors, limited in uses, limited in duration and create a positive intention to attribute the artists.

COULD BE BETTER:

  • Wagga Wagga Art Prize – deadline 4 October 2013
  • Clarence Valley Indigenous Art Award – deadline 4 October 2013
  • Hornsby Art Prize – deadline 11 October 2013
  • Sculpture at Scenic World – deadline 14 October 2013
  • Dimboola Art Show – deadline 25 October 2013

Arts Law was unable to rate the Darebin Art Show as its terms and conditions do not specifically mention the licensing of entrants copyright or the moral rights of entrants.  This suggests the competition does not want to reproduce entrants works for promotion of the art show or has not thought about the licence they will need from entrants to reproduce their work for this purpose (for example, on the competition website or the competition entry form).  Arts Law encourages the competition organisers to clarify its terms in this regard:

  • Darebin Art Show – deadline 4 October 2013

See Arts Law's competition star rating system for further information or call Arts Law if you would like to receive best practice advice regarding your competition terms and conditions.

See more about Arts Law's campaign to improve competition terms and conditions in the Prizes and Competition section.