Db20 by Studio D: Rules and Guidelines

Db20 by Studio D: Rules and Guidelines

08th Sep 2020 @ 09:59 | Jon Whittaker

Db20 by Studio D: RULES & GUIDELINES 

The Studio D Db20 Competition is open to young people aged 18-24 years (i.e. 18 years to under 25) living in the UK & Ireland. Entrants are required to write original compositions including music and lyrics (where applicable). Entries must not infringe upon any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties – copyright infringement will result in automatic exclusion from the competition. The Studio D team will select the top twelve finalists who will be judged by the main judging panel. From these finalists, six winners will become the Db20 band/ensemble/group. 

Entries to the competition must be submitted by individual entrants only – bands or ensembles will not be accepted. 

How To Enter 

Entries are submitted as an MP4 video file and emailed to db20@dawsons.co.uk.

There are 6 instrument categories that cover vocals, guitar, bass, drums, brass, and keys. Two finalists will be selected from each category. Finally, an overall winner will be chosen from the finalists in each category. 

All entries will be judged on the following key criteria shown below to select the top finalists: 

Originality: We want compositions that aren’t derivative of other’s work and showcase fresh musical approach. 

Musicality: Demonstrates the ability to confidently express themselves via their instrument and music. 

Performance: Demonstrates the ability to stand out from the crowd and has a unique quality that sets them apart. 

Each entrant must submit a 1-minute video composition or song highlighting 3 different musical styles. Each entry must have a title. All entries must be recorded from start to finish, including all sections of the composition. Recordings must include the entrant’s instruments only without accompaniment. 

Entrants do not need to submit professionally recorded tracks as they will be judged on their musicianship and technical ability, songwriting skills, the versatility of musical styles, and their ability to stand out amongst all others. 

Files should be named as the entrant’s name_ category entered ie) johnsmith_vocals. Entrants must submit tracks with accompanying lyrics where necessary. Recordings must include the entrant’s instruments only without accompaniment.

For any queries please contact db20@dawsons.co.uk.


Entry Deadline: Wednesday 7th October 

Top 24 Heats Section Announced: Friday 23rd October 2020 

Heats Section: Friday 6th November 2020 

Top 12 Finalists Announced: Saturday 8th November 2020 on Studio D website 

Db20 Final: Friday 4th December 2020 

6 Winners Announced: Saturday 5th December 2020 via Studio D and across Dawsons Social Media Channels 


  • Entrants must be aged 18-24. Entrants found to be outside of this age range will be excluded. 

  • All compositions must be original. Entrants found to be infringing on copyright will be excluded. 

  • Submissions not including 3 obvious different genres will be excluded. 

  • The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into other than with the winners and runners up of the competition. 

  • Copyright of all entries will remain with the entrants. 

  • Dawsons Music & Sound Ltd may use the entrants’ lyrics and recordings for promotional and publicity purposes. In submitting your entry, you confirm that the entry is your own original work and agree to abide by the Rules of the competition. 

  • Entry into the Studio D Db20 competition constitutes permission to use the entrants’ name and photo for promotional and publicity purposes on the Studio D website and in publicity and promotional materials and press releases. 

  • Entry into the Studio D Db20 competition constitutes permission for Dawsons Music & Sound Ltd to use entries on the Dawsons Music & Sound website and social media channels. 

  • Dawsons Music & Sound Ltd will own the Copyright of any recordings for the winning entries. The winners may share any recordings with friends and family, including via the internet, provided there is no commercial exploitation of the music or recording. Dawsons Music & Sound Ltd may use the recordings (including the music and lyrics) for promotional and publicity purposes, but will not (except as set out in the next paragraph) commercially exploit them. 

The promoter of this competition is Dawsons Music & Sound Ltd, Krypton House, 110 Hall Wood Avenue, Haydock, Merseyside, United Kingdom, WA11 9WA. 


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