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Christian Music Competition 2021 Information & Rules

Christian Music Competition Rules - Asaph Tunes Orthodox Music

Sing to the Lord a new song!

(Psalm 96:1)


It’s that time of the year when we call on all our musically talented young people from all over the world to come together and use their talent in producing Christian music. As usual we offer very attractive prizes. Over the years we have been successful in bringing together young people with music talent from all over the world to come up with great new songs and we use our platform to publish theses songs to our large database of listeners. We also post all our music on popular internet radio’s such as itunes, spotify, google play, as well as some Orthodox apps such as Upper Room Media and Anaphora.

We always get feedback of stories of people using the songs you come up with in youth meetings, Sunday school classes, choir presentations – all over the world.

For this year’s competition, participants can, but are not required to use traditional church music but rather encouraged to use contemporary music. Please note that a lot of emphasis will be placed on the teaching component of the lyrics.

The judging process will take place in two stages. The first stage will be the judged by the monks of the monastery according to the criteria given below. Once that takes place, the successful participants will move to the second stage where the songs will be posted on the Asaph Tunes website for the public to vote on. The person/team with the most votes wins! We require voters to vote for a minimum of 3 songs to make the voting valid. This is also to ensure it is based on the quality of the song rather than how popular a person/team is on social media.

We have had a few requests from different artists regarding our rule about not posting your songs on your website or social media and we have decided to change this rule with conditions. Artists will be allowed to post their song on their website or social media provided they follow the conditions laid out in the rules below.


The Theme of this year’s Competition is titled “Monastic Virtues”.

The orthodox church has a great library of monastic saints who wrote about virtues and how they have dedicated their lives to attain them. Virtues such as silence, humility, solitude, ceaseless prayer, were not only practiced but were mastered by many monastic fathers and their experiences have come down to us through those who wrote about them in books such as “the sayings of the desert fathers”.

For this year’s completion you are required to choose one of these monastic virtues, read up about it from the monastic writings and come up with a song that teaches the listener something about this virtue.

We cannot emphasise enough the importance of reading enough about the topic before you start the writing process, as any artist NEEDS some material to get their inspiration from otherwise they would rely on their general knowledge on the topic which might not always be correct or otherwise not rich enough to give an Orthodox teaching to the listener. We are happy to help you find some related text relating to your topic.


Rules of the competition:

  • You can enter the competition as a team or as an individual.
  • The lyrics of the song must come from or inspired by one of the ancient text. A copy of the text must be provided.
  • The lyrics must be within the theme given above and offer sufficient Orthodox teaching on the theme
  • Participants must comply with the due dates given below.
  • By submitting your song, the monastery will have full copyright to the music and lyrics of the songs and will have the right to use the music or lyrics or both as we wish. This is to encourage the Asaph Tunes to provide original material to listeners. In return Asaph Tunes does its best to present these submissions to the general public in different avenues such as different internet radio stations and produce video clips and other services to promote these songs.
  • Artists will be allowed to post their song on their website or social media provided:
  1. The final results of the competition has been announced
  2. The following sentence is added to each post the song is featured in. “This song was 1st/2nd /3rd place/ participated in the Asaph Tunes annual Christian Music Competition.”
  • The song must be original work (not a cover song) and could not be used for any other competition.
  • All prizes will be awarded to the contact person on the application form, and division of prizes among the group is the responsibility of the contact person.


Important Dates:

19th July –  Last day for candidates to fill out the entry application form.

1st September –  Last day for submitting the recording

TBA  –  Music Files will be available online for the public to vote .

Announcement of winners and giving of prizes will be announced at a later stage.

Asaph Tunes reserves the right to extend the deadlines.



  • Three audio files must be submitted before the due date of the competition:


  • An uncompressed file:

Format: WAV, WAVE, or AIFF.

Bit Depth/Rate: 16 bit.

Sample Rate: 44100 Hz (44.1 kHz)

  • Compressed file:

Format: MP3

Bitrate: 128 kbps (44100 Hz)

  • The sound track:

Format: WAV, WAVE, or AIFF.

Bit Depth/Rate: 16 bit.

Sample Rate: 44100 Hz (44.1 kHz)

  • A typed copy of the lyrics must be provided.
  • Two photos of the participants in action (While Recording) must be provided. These photos will be used on the Asaph Tunes Website and other Asaph Tunes social media.
  • Fill out the online application form before the due date.
  • Applicants are responsible for sending their audio files via email or Dropbox. More details will be provided upon request.



This competition is brought to you by Asaph Tunes - which is a Service of St Shenouda Monastery, Australia

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