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#391672 - 07/26/03 06:43 PM Song length for contest  
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Thank you for your earlier e-mail. I wanted to follow up here so that others may also know this information. I have several songs of varying lengths (some of our chant songs are over 15 minutes long!), and I have learned that the shorter songs are more likely to be selected for contest awards. Can you tell me what range (minutes, that is) is most desirable for song submissions?

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#391673 - 02/10/04 03:57 AM Re: Song length for contest  
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Every contest I've entered has had a time limit of 5 minutes. Since the Music Industry Biz still seems hidebound to their 3-1/2 minute limit (which no longer has any connection to reality since they stopped pressing 45-rpm singles), I usually try to hit for somewhere in between.

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#391674 - 02/10/04 08:26 AM Re: Song length for contest  
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Chutney,

JPF has no limits on length. It's hard to keep a song compelling/interesting for 20 minutes to a listener, but if we found something brilliant at that length, we'd recognize it. We couldn't play it on Radio Free Virgin however, as we limit that to about 7 minutes. The longest track to win an award for JPF was a jazz instrumental that won in 2000 which was 9 minutes long. Interestingly enough, the songs that win our awards are far longer than the industry standard of 2:45-3:45 in length. We had several winners over 5 minutes in mainstream genres. But that's because we judge based on what moves us the most, rather than what best fits a radio format. Speciality genres like Chant, would, by nature, be longer than most country songs. We "get" that. Many others don't.

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#391675 - 02/10/04 12:47 PM Re: Song length for contest  
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Dear Brian,

Thanks for the information! You folks are some of the only people doing contests that use the parameter of "what moves you", and I'm grateful for that! The truth is that while many song contests (WAMI, etc.) in the US state that they accept "all genres", many still judge songs by the popular music standards (short length, etc.), which leaves out most world music songs. My songs all fall within the kirtan (chant) category, so I'm glad to hear that you'll recognize the 4-7 minute songs, if they move you! A huge thanks to all of you for holding this contest!!


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