Rules and regulations
The submitted work must not have been previously published. However, previously performed compositions will be accepted.
Each composition/arrangement (transcription) can be submitted in any of the following formats:
– solo guitar
– guitar duo
– guitar ensemble (or trio or quartet)
– guitar with an Indian instrument such as tabla, bansuri, sitar, etc (the guitar could be either accompaniment or as the lead instrument)
If the composition is a transcription, it should be out of copyright
The composer is responsible for dealing with all IPR claims of third parties.
Variations on a theme will be treated as original composition, provided a minimum of 4 variations.
Minimum length of each composition will be 2 minutes. There is no maximum length of composition.
Who is eligible to submit
All composers of nationality or origin from the Indian subcontinent to submit to this volume. This includes the SAARC countries of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the Maldives.
How to submit your work
Composers must register online to submit their work.
It is recommended that you send sheet music for your submission. The part for Indian instrument can be written out in western classical score with sargam underneath the notes.
Composers must also send along a midi file, audio or video recording of the piece.
Each composition should be accompanied by text that explans the nature of the Indian (or native) influence of the piece.
Composers must also submit a short bio.
For online submissions, sheet music will be accepted as as pdf files, Sibelius, high resolution and clearly legible scanned images of handwritten score. Midi files or audio or video recordings of the solo guitar part will also be accepted. The files can be uploaded to a shared drive or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, submissions may be sent as legible scores with the solo guitar part recorded on CD (audio, video or midi) to our registered address: Indian Guitar Federation, 5A&B, 5th Floor, Hastings Chambers, 7C, Kiran Sankar Roy Road, Kolkata 700001, West Bengal, India. (+91 33 22426439/6440/6441)
Composers may submit more than one entry.
The collection and editing process
The Songbook will consist of 25 pieces of music or 90 minutes of performance time.
There will be an editor or editorial team who selects the best compositions submitted for this compilation.
Fees and licensing
There will be a fee for each composition/arrangement based on the duration of the piece. This fee will be per minute of composition. We are offering Rs.1000/- per minute of arrangement (in 4 formats: solo, duo, quartet (or ensemble), combining with Indian instruments like tabla, bansuri etc.) and Rs.2000/- per minute of new original compositions (in 4 formats: solo, duo, quartet (or ensemble), combining with Indian instruments like tabla, bansuri etc.).
The volume of work that comes out of this project will be published under a creative commons license. The creator of the work will need to be credited during each performance, recording, published work. No royalties will be collected.
Each composition will be available for free download from the IGF website. If a local guitar society (or any other body) wishes to publish any of these pieces in the form of a book, they can do so provided no profit is made on this venture.