sydney cabaret competition 2019

Rules and General Conditions


All entrants enter and participate in The Sydney Cabaret Competition according to the General Conditions of Entry set out below: For the purposes of the following, SCC refers to The Sydney Cabaret Competition and AP refers to Archery Productions, being the organising body responsible for the Competition.


  • Entry is open to Australian residents 18 years of age and over. “Entrants” are subject to stipulated conditions of the Competition. Age is determined as at the entrants first appearance in the Competition, at which time, all entrants must be 18 years of age or above. Where requested, every entrant must have proof of age available on the spot if requested by Management (e.g. copy of birth certificate, drivers license etc) or risk disqualification.

  • Entries must be received by AP no later than 5pm Sunday 26th May 2019.

  • Entries must use the official online Competition Entry Form which must be properly completed or your entry will not be processed. Responsibility for correct entry rests with the entrant.

  • Entrants should contact AP if they have not received a confirmation of entry via email within ten (10) days of entry lodgment.

  • Late Entries received after 5pm Sunday 26th May 2019 are may be accepted at AP’s discretion and without obligation.

  • No person may enter under a name other than his or her own legal name. Entries are not transferable from one person to another.

  • Each individual may only submit one entry into the SCC.

  • AP reserves the right to amend or refuse any entry, to disqualify or deny participation, to alter or reduce the prizes as published, or to amend, cancel or combine any heat or event.

  • Entrants perform at their own risk. Entrants agree they are of good health and fitness and physically able to participate.

  • The use of private tape recorders, videos or cameras may be allowed so long as this has been cleared with AP and the footage made available to AP on request. Mobile phones, pagers, alarms and personal headsets must be switched off during performances.

  • While all due care will be taken, AP will not be liable for personal items lost or stolen during the running of any competition related activities.

  • Behaviour which is contrary to the spirit of the event, will result in the offender(s) being asked to leave. Offending entrants will be disqualified at the discretion of event organisers.

  • The directions of event organisers must be followed at all times.

  • AP reserves the right to record, film, broadcast, telecast, videotape or photograph any entrant, or item in the Competition without notification and any such photograph, recording or broadcast may be used at AP’s discretion for publicity or promotional purposes, but shall not necessarily constitute an endorsement of any participants, and no remuneration or compensation whatsoever shall be attributable to any participants so featured.

  • AP, at its sole discretion, may promote or publicise the profile of any entrant and their participation and may subsequently also publish results of the Competition and its entrants.

  • Personal details provided by an entrant on the online entry form are for AP’s use only and are not released to third parties except at their discretion after consultation with the entrant to known organisations when an opportunity may be beneficial to an entrant.

  • Failure to comply with any of the foregoing rules and conditions may cause withholding of prizes, disqualification, and a future bar from the Competition. The decision of AP and event organisers of the Competition in all questions or disputes arising out of, or not provided for, by these rules and regulations will be final. All entries are received according to this condition and in the spirit of friendly competition upon which the Competition is based, and no dispute shall become the subject of any appeal at law.

Application criteria

  • Entrants should submit along with this entry form a copy of their performance resume/CV (in Word or PDF format) along with a recent headshot or photograph of themselves (this information should be emailed to at time of submission). We also encourage including various public or private video links with the submission, in order to strengthen the entry and so AP and the judges can get a deeper understanding of the entrant’s abilities.

  • Entrants acknowledge that if they should be selected as the overall Winner/s, that AP may wish to discuss future opportunities to produce the winning cabaret in full.

application and competition process

  • Once all applications are received, round one of the competition will be at the sole discretion of AP and the judges to determine the ‘Contestants’. This will be based on the quality of individual entries.

  • Contestants chosen to compete in round two at the live heats will be contacted via email no later than Wednesday 29th May 2019.

  • Contestants will be allocated into 1 of 3 heats at AP’s sole discretion and must confirm their allocated heat in response to this email no later than Friday 31st May 2019.

  • Heats will take place at Ginger’s - Level 1 of The Oxford Hotel on Sundays 16 June, 23 June or 30 June 2019.

  • 3 winners will be awarded at the end of each heat (2 selected by the judges, 1 voted for by the attending audience on the night of the heat based on number of votes received).

  • The 3 winners from each of the heats will progress to the grand final which will take place on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at the Seymour Centre, Chippendale.

  • 9 contestants will compete in the final where the judges will select 1 Competition winner and a runner up, and the audience will again vote for ‘Audience Choice’ winner.

  • Prizes will be allocated after the event - for more information click here.

PERFORMANCE on the day

  • Entrants must register with Competition event staff as directed, for both sound checks and all performances at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the nominated time as directed. Please allow time for transport delays or parking.

  • Non-attendance at designated entrant sound checks will result in the removal of entrants from the Competition, unless otherwise approved by the event organiser.

  • The order of performance in both Heats and Finals is at the discretion of AP. All entrants must be ready to perform when called. Latecomers, or those who miss their turn, may only perform at the end of the heat or final at the discretion of the event organiser.

  • The onus of choosing the ‘right’ material rests with the entrant. Competition judges are instructed to view each entrant’s performance as a self-contained piece of cabaret. This includes suitability and relationship between song choices/patter, quality of choices, overall presentation and adherence to given time limits.

  • Published or unpublished work is allowed. Where the entrant chooses to use the Competition Musical Director provided, no hand-written transposition of music shall be permitted, unless approved in advance by AP (in conjunction with the Competition Musical Director).

  • The same ‘set’ is required for each heat or final, unless permission is sought from event organisers to make changes in advance of the next performance.

  • Accompaniment must be acoustic piano except where permission is sought from event organisers in advance.

  • Official accompanists may not play illegible or poorly presented music at sight.

  • No entrant may rehearse in the Competition venue during the period of the Competition, other then at official sound checks.

  • Performances must be kept within specified time limits (8 minutes). If a performance goes over the maximum time the entrant may be disqualified from consideration of a place. Except for announcement of the item title, time is determined from the start of the first song/patter until the musical end of the final song, or word of spoken patter. The Timekeeper’s record is final.

  • Entrants are expected to be prepared for their event at the time of performance. Event staff and judges are not permitted to advise, or interpret, or vary any rules, conditions, or any aspect of the conduct of the Competition and will not accept responsibility for any effect arising from such unauthorised comment.

  • The Competition is open to individual performers, or self-contained duos (a pair of performers entering as one act/entry, that does not require an additional (third) member/accompanist).

JUDGES and judging

  • The judges decision in accordance with the rules is final.

  • If fewer than five entrants register on the day of performance, or if a satisfactory standard is not achieved, the decision to award or not to award places, or prizes at any heat or final, will be at the discretion of the judges and AP. Prizes cannot be divided. Should competition judges decide not to give a place or prize, such decision shall be final and binding.

  • The 2019 judging panel will consist of leading industry professionals. At every stage of the competition, the judges will review contestants on the set judging criteria and will award the prizes to versatile performers of exceptional talent who will benefit from the opportunity to work with the producers and judges in the future, train further and be able to actively contribute to the industry in a positive way.

  • Contestants will be judged on technical strength in the areas of voice, performance and artistry and clear potential and suitability of being a representative of the AP and the producers.