2022 Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest Terms and Conditions

The Act Belong Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest is a youth songwriting competition for West Australians aged between 12 and 18. The competition is presented by FolkWorld (ABN 32 924 029 706) and is part of the Fairbridge Festival (ABN 32 924 029 706).

By entering this competition, you are agreeing to the following Terms and Conditions:

Standard terms

Information about how to enter forms part of the terms of entry. Participation in this competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. FolkWorld reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry which is not in accordance with any of the Terms and Conditions outlined here.

Who can enter

Entry is open to residents of Western Australia aged between 12 and 18 at the time of the competition final on 23rd April 2022, subject to clauses below.

Previous winners of the competition are ineligible for entry.

All entrants under the age of 18 must obtain prior permission of a parent or guardian over the age of 18 to enter.

Employees and the immediate families of FolkWorld are not eligible to enter.

Songs may be entered by a group of up to a maximum of six individuals working together. If an entry is submitted by a group, the song must be entered in the age category applicable to the eldest songwriter on the date of the final, i.e. their age as of 23rd April 2022.

FolkWorld reserves the right to request proof of age and identity of all entrants. Failure to provide proof, if requested, will void the entry.

What can be entered 

A maximum of two songs per individual or group may be entered.

Songs entered do not need to fall with the genres of folk, roots or world music; however, songs of these genres will thus have a much high change of being chosen for the final.  See our FAQs for more information.

Songs must not have previously been awarded a prizes in won any other music competition.

Songs entered must not infringe copyright or any other third parties’ rights.

Songs must be written by the entrant/s only. Guidance from others is acceptable, including that which may be provided by facilitators at youth song-writing workshops run by FolkWorld.

Songs containing lyrics which are offensive and/or discriminatory are not eligible for entry. See our FAQs for tips on how to avoid this.

How to enter

Competition entries open on 29th November 2021 and close at midnight on 28th February 2022.

Each entry file (both songs and lyrics) must be named with song title ONLY.


Songs must be submitted as a sound recording, in either MP3, MP4 or M4A format only. Video files will not be accepted.

Songs will not be judged on production values. Acoustic recordings, studio recordings, and (audio) recordings of live performances are all accepted. Recordings made using a basic recording device such as a phone app are accepted provided the recording is clearly audible.

All vocals and instrumentation must have been performed by the entrants at the time of recording.


A copy of the song lyrics must be uploaded, in DOC or PDF format only.

Where a song has been composed in a language other than English, a full written translation of the song in English must also be provided within the same document.

Material submitted as part of the entry into the competition will not be returned to the entrant.

Failure to properly complete all sections of the entry form will void the entry.

Late entries will not be accepted and FolkWorld takes no responsibility for late or missing entries.

Once the entry has been submitted, a confirmation screen will appear confirming the entry has been accepted. If this screen does not appear, this means that the entry form was not submitted correctly.  If you need assistance submitting your entry, please contact FolkWorld.


All entries will be subject to a preliminary judging round with 12 finalists selected to perform in the final.

Finalists will be advised by email on or before 15th March 2022.

It is a condition of entry that finalists are available to perform at the final to be held at Fairbridge Festival on Saturday 23rd April 2022.

All finalists will receive two free weekend tickets to Fairbridge Festival 2022 including a spot to camp. In the event that the finalist is a group, all members of the group will receive two tickets each, up to the maximum group number of six. Finalists aged under 18yo must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Entrants are responsible for their own travel and any other incidental costs related to getting to/from and attending the final.

Any finalists travelling to the final/festival from regional or remote areas must confirm their travel arrangements by midnight on Friday 26th March and FolkWorld reserves the right to ask entrants for proof of such arrangements. If proof is unable to be adequately provided or FolkWorld is not confident that the entrant has made adequate arrangements, FolkWorld may choose to forfeit the entrants’ finalist position.

Chosen finalists must provide a live performance of both vocals and instrumentation at the final; backing tracks are not allowed.

The competition comprises the following four prize categories.

  • 12yo to 15yo age group for Song Craft
  • 16yo to 18yo age group for Song Craft
  • 12yo to 15yo age group for Song Performance
  • 16yo to 18yo age group for Song Performance

A panel of judges will choose four winners based on their performance at the final. These winners will be announced at the final.

The judges’ decision, in both the preliminary and final round, is final – with no exceptions. No correspondence will be entered into.

Prize packages

The prize package per winning act comprises the following:

  • Live performance at Fairbridge Festival 2023 for each winning musical act plus weekend festival tickets (with camping) for each member of each musical act. Performers aged under 18yo must be accompanied by a parent/guardian – an extra ticket will be provided for this purpose for those aged under 18yo only.
  • Voucher entitling each musical act a day’s hire of recording studio space at Elemental Sound (located in O’Connor) including the services of a sound engineer. The voucher is valid for one year only, and must be used on one week day between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
  • The opportunity to perform live at Denmark Festival of Voice 2022, including tickets to the festival for performers aged under 18 years of age (at the time of the festival) plus $250 of accommodation expenses covered per winning act, regardless of number of individuals each act comprises. All other expenses are the responsibility of the winner.
  • Free entry to WAM Song of the Year 2022 competition (one entry per winning act).
  • Professional photoshoot from Tashi Hall photogrpahy for each winning act.
  • Group mentoring session provided by WAM’s Em Burrows. This session will be held within the Perth metropolitan area. FolkWorld will attempt to schedule the session at a time that is convenient for all winners; however, no guarantees will be provided. For winners who are unable to attend the session in person, the opportunity to attend via video link will be provided.
  • 1x ticket to WAMCon 2022.

All entrants are responsible for their own travel and incidental costs related to redeeming their prizes, unless otherwise noted.

All prizes must be claimed as per validity date on the respective vouchers and cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash.

If a prize or part of a prize is unavailable, FolkWorld reserves the right to substitute that prize / part of that prize with a prize to the equal value or specification, and accepts no responsibility for changes to the prize package.

Everyone attending Fairbridge Festival must be fully vaccinated in line with the Scheduled Covid 19 vaccination program 

Promotional activities and use of information

By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that entry materials may be used by FolkWorld for non-sale promotional purposes.

The rights and ownership of the songs will remain with the composers.

Finalists/winners agree to participate in various promotional activities for the purpose of promoting the final and the competition in general, including but not limited to: media interviews; photo shoots and videos, and agree to the use of their image, quotes they have provided, etc, for such promotional purposes.

Entrants are not entitled to any fee for their performances, nor for any promotional activities in which they participate, including but not limited to media interviews, photo shoots, and videos.

Protection of personal information, responsibility, liability and cancellation

With the exception of promotional use of finalists’ and winners’ interviews, photos, videos and sound recordings, Fairbridge Festival will not use or distribute entrants’ personal information such as contact details.

All personal information entered into the competition via entry forms will be destroyed within a reasonable time after the determination of winners. However, in the event that personal information is accidentally accessed or transmitted, FolkWorld will not be liable.

Fairbridge Festival accepts no responsibility for any accident, loss, damage or injury to any individual or property whether direct or indirect, whether in contract, tort, negligence or otherwise arising out of or in connection with the competition or competition prizes either before, during or after the competition.

In the case of the intervention of any outside act, agent or event which prevents or significantly hinders FolkWorld to proceed with the competition on the date and in the manner described in these Terms and Conditions, FolkWorld reserves the right to cancel and recommence the competition in the same or a different format at a later date.

FolkWorld reserves the right to reasonably amend or vary these Terms and Conditions at its sole discretion, orally or in writing.