Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Toto Award for Music 2019: Call for Applications

TOTO MUSIC AWARD 2019
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites entries for its fifteenth TOTO Music Award for young musicians and bands. The winner, to be decided by an eminent panel, will receive a cash award of Rs 60,000.

Entries should be submitted by 20th August 2018 at the latest.

Contemporary original music from all parts of India, in any genre and language, is welcome.
In the past TFA has received entries in genres ranging from rock, jazz, hip-hop, heavy metal and electronic to instrumental and folk, being sung in English, Hindi, Kannada, Bengali, and other Indian languages. Although it is never easy to compare diverse entries, our experience is that talent and potential have a way of standing out regardless. TFA tends to reward music that explores new territory in the Indian music scene in the hope that the recognition and the cash award can help sustain it. The jury comprise individuals with plenty of music experience as well as an open ear for new sounds.

Nationality
Only Indian citizens resident in India are eligible for the award. (Overseas Citizen of India card-holders are not eligible.) 

Age Restriction: Under 30
Since the spirit of the award is to identify and encourage young talent, applicant/s must be born on or after 1 January 1989.

Originality & Collaborations
All entries must be original compositions composed entirely by the applicant/s. All tracks must be released under the band or artist moniker. Applicant/s must own the rights to all submitted music. 

Jury
Over the past fourteen years, the Toto Music Award has come to be coveted by young musicians because it recognises excellence. It helps you to see where you stand among the best upcoming musicians in the country, and to get your music heard and appreciated by veterans in the field. The jury, which changes every year, will assess musical content as well as the potential of the artist/band. 

Recording Quality
Professional grade studio recordings are not a requirement, but with recording gear so easily accessible these days, we do expect a basic standard to be met. We believe that the recording process is an important one for musicians to hone their craft. We therefore expect to hear some effort being put into the recordings and arrangements, even if they are just home recordings. 

Language
Songs sung in any Indian language are welcome. However, if songs are sung in languages other than Hindi or English, applicants are encouraged to send in translated lyrics to help the jury reach a better verdict.

Labels & Artist Management
Artists working with labels or professional management are permitted to apply. However, given the spirit of the award, we ask that all correspondence with TFA be conducted directly by the artist himself/herself instead of by the manager. Please apply only if you are ok with this.

How to Apply for the TOTO Music Award

The application process is fully online.

2. You will see an Application Form for the 2019 TOTO Music Award.
3. Artist Details: Fill in all the fields as required so that we have your artist details.
4. Music: We require you to submit 3 of your best tracks for review. You need to put them up on soundcloud.com (this is a requirement!) and the application form will accept a link for each track. The artist name shown in the soundcloud track must be the same as that of the applicant.
5. Pictures: 3 print resolution pictures of the artist/band, if possible in performance
will need to be uploaded in the appropriate section of the form.

Your submission should be available on soundcloud until after the Awards Ceremony in January 2019.

Unless you have won this TOTO Award earlier, you are eligible to apply again, but please submit new work for consideration.

Further queries: totomusicaward@gmail.comNo queries will be answered on the phone.

The Fine Print: The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum. We reserve the right to use excerpts from your submitted music (if necessary) to publicise the awards either on our blog or in any other in-house materials. Otherwise, the copyright rests with the applicant and your submission will be put to no other use without your express permission.


Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) is a not-for-profit public charitable trust set up in memory of Angirus Toto Vellani who was intensely passionate about music, literature and films

Workshop on Writing for Young Children: Call for Applications

Toto Funds the Arts & Karadi Tales 

are pleased to announce a two–day workshop on 

Writing for Young Children
Shobha Viswanath



Soumitra Ranade

Facilitators: Shobha Viswanath and Soumitra Ranade

Venue: The Jamun, 521, 2nd Main, 3rd Block, RMV Extension 2nd Stage, Bangalore 560 094
Dates: Saturday 28 July & Sunday 29 July 2018
Time:  10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (both days)
Fee:  Rs 3,500

To write for children you must know what children want, and more importantly, what they do not want. They hate clich├ęs, predictable plot lines and the moral-of-the-story trope. The workshop will help participants sift through ideas to pick those viable in the book market for four-to-eight-year-olds. They will get writing prompts to start on their stories, receive one-on-one feedback from the workshop conductors on specific areas of improvement, learn how to ruthlessly edit their own work, get a taste of what it’s like to work with professional editors, and come to know the dos and don’ts of submitting manuscripts to publishers.
About the facilitators:
Shobha Viswanath is the co-founder and publishing director of Karadi Tales Company. She lives in Chennai and considers herself an accidental writer. She collects picture books and poetry books, and has written over 25 children’s books.
Soumitra Ranade is an art director, photographer, illustrator, and filmmaker whose films have been screened internationally, including at Cannes. He works in the animation industry. He has written two picture books for children, both of which take inspiration from his sons’ overactive imaginations.
The workshop, limited to 15 participants, is open to those between the ages of 18 and 40. Please fill in the application form (link given below). Deadline for submission: Tuesday 10 July.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13QUamg_4e311RpgFCh2nWVZWbaXBjeZDMIPBzOXMRAI/edit

Note to applicants
Once you are selected, we will let you know how to remit the fee. Coffee/tea will be provided but participants will have to make their own arrangements for lunch.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

TOTO-TASVEER Awards for Photography 2019: Call for Applications


TOTO-TASVEER AWARDS 2019
PHOTOGRAPHY


TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA), in association with TASVEER, invites applications for its 2019 TOTO-TASVEER Awards for Photography from persons between the ages of 18 and 29. To mark the fifteenth year of the TOTO Awards, the cash prize for each of the two winners has been increased to Rs 50,000. The winners will be decided by an independent panel of jurors. Entries should reach TFA by 20 August 2018 at the latest.

Only Indian citizens resident in India are eligible to apply. (Overseas Citizen of India card-holders are not eligible.) And since the spirit of the award is to identify promising young photographers, you can apply if you were born on or after 1 January 1989. No exceptions will be made.

  1. The submission should comprise still images, in either colour or black-and-white, or a mix of the two. Video photography will not be accepted.
  2. The images should be of a size between a minimum of 0.5 MB and a maximum of 1 MB each.
  3. The images should form a series with a theme. You may submit one or two series of photographs, but each series must comprise a maximum of 16 images, and a minimum of 8. Please do not send a random assortment of images.
  4. The photographs should be sent in .jpg format only.
  5. The submission should be sent by email to photography.tfa@gmail.com, with the subject line reading ‘Entry for Photography Awards 2019’. The submission must be accompanied by an application form completed and signed by the applicant. The application form is available here. The application form can also be requested by writing to the above-mentioned email address.

Unless you have won this TOTO Award earlier, you are eligible to apply again, but please submit new work for consideration.

If you have any questions, please email photography.tfa@gmail.com   No queries will be answered on the phone.


The Fine Print

The decision of the jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum.  We reserve the right to use your submitted photographs (if necessary) to promote the TOTO-TASVEER Awards either on our blog or the TASVEER website or in any of our in-house/related materials. Barring this, the copyright rests with the applicants and the submissions will be put to no other use without their express permission. 

The winning applicants need to ensure that their winning photographs carry due credit/mention of the TOTO-TASVEER Award wherever they are exhibited or published for a period of two years post the 2019 TOTO Awards Ceremony


TASVEER is an organisation committed to showcasing the finest in photography.

TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) is a not-for-profit public trust set up in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and films.



Toto Award for Creative Writing in Kannada 2019: Call for Applications


TOTO AWARDS 2019
CREATIVE WRITING IN KANNADA


Toto Funds the Arts (TFA) invites applications from persons between the ages of 18 and 29, for its 2019 Toto Award for Creative Writing in Kannada in three genres: short plays, short stories and poetry. To mark the fifteenth year of the Toto Awards, the award amount has been raised to Rs 50,000. The winner will be chosen by an independent panel of jurors. Entries should reach TFA by 20 August 2018 at the latest.

The awards are meant only for Indian citizens resident in India (Overseas Citizen of India card-holders are not eligible.)  And, since the spirit of the awards is to identify promising young writers, you are eligible to apply if you were born on or after 1 January 1989. No exceptions will be made.

The hard copy and soft copy of each entry MUST be accompanied by an Application Form, which you can access by clicking here.  You can also request a copy by writing to tfa.kannada@gmail.com. No entry will be accepted without the Application Form, with all particulars filled in, along with your name and signature as it appears in your bank account.

Each entry should be not more than 7,500 words.

If you are submitting poems, please send 6 to 10 poems.

If you are submitting short stories, their combined word length should be between 2,500 and 7500 words. You may, if you wish, send only a single story of 2,500 to 7,500 words.

For plays, you may submit a single play or two or three, but again their combined word length should not exceed 7,500 words.

You can send entries in all three categories — poems, short stories and plays — but you must send in a separate entry for each category. For example, your poems can constitute one entry, your short stories a second, and plays a third. 

Please submit only a typed, not handwritten, copy of your entry or entries. Please state the awards category for which you are applying on the envelope, e.g., Writing-Kannada (poetry) or Writing-Kannada (play) or Writing-Kannada (short story). 

Also ensure that no page of your entry, with the exception of the Application Form and the envelope in which you send your entry, carries your name on it.

Unless you have won this TOTO Award earlier, you are eligible to apply again, but please submit new work for consideration.

Entries should be sent by e-mail (MS word document only) to tfa.kannada@gmail.com. The hard copy should be sent by courier or ordinary post only (and NOT by speed post or registered post) to the address below (the phone numbers supplied are for courier purposes only):  

Toto Funds the Arts (TFA)
H 301 Adarsh Gardens
47th Cross, 8th Block
Jayanagar
Bangalore 560 082
Phone 080 26990549/098806 23357

If you have any further queries please email tfa.kannada@gmail.com or call +919844264157

The Fine Print:

Submitted material will not be returned. The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum. We reserve the right to use your submitted writings (if necessary) to publicise the awards either on our blog, website or in any in-house materials. Otherwise, the copyright rests with the writer and your submission will be put to no other use without your express permission.

This award is being supported by Bhoomija Trust, which hosts performing arts programmes across venues in Bangalore, India and abroad.

Toto Funds the Arts is a not-for-profit public trust set up in memory of Angirus ‘Toto’ Vellani, who was intensely passionate about music, literature and films.