Arts Law maintains an ongoing watch advocating fair and transparent contractual terms for competitions and prizes and is highly critical of terms which unnecessarily deprive artists of rights in their own work. Arts Law often contacts competition organisers urging them to amend their terms and conditions to be fairer to entrants, especially where copyright and moral rights are affected.
The Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition run by APRA/AMCOS and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy received an impressive 4 / 5 stars for fairness. It only requests a licence from the winner for limited uses and will name the winner online. If only there had been a limitation to the duration of the licence (e.g. 2 years) the competition would have received 5 / 5 stars! The competition closes on 26 June 2013 so hurry to get your entries in.
See Arts Law's competition star rating system for further information.