Sunday, July 22, 2012




TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites entries for the ninth annual Toto Music Award for young budding musicians and bands. The winner, to be decided by an eminent panel, will receive a cash award of Rs 50,000. Entries should reach TFA by 30 September 2012.  There will be no extension of this deadline.

TFA is looking for entries in contemporary music from all parts of India (bands or individuals). The list of genres in which you can apply extends from rock, jazz, heavy metal and electronic, to instrumental and folk. The award is open to music in any language but submissions should be 100% original.

Only Indian nationals resident in India are eligible for the award. You can apply if you (and band members if any) were born on or after 1 January 1983. No exceptions will be made. Also, since the spirit of the award is to identify and encourage young talent, do not apply if you are already well established in the field or if your music has received a commercial contract.

Over the past eight years, the TFA music award has grown as a concept and has become an event that all young musicians look forward to. It's an opportunity to see where you stand among the best upcoming musicians in the country, and to get your music heard and judged by young music writers as well as veterans in the field. A set of finalists will be selected from all the entries by a panel of knowledgeable music writers. An eminent jury appointed by TFA will pick a winner from the set of finalists. Entries will be judged based both on your music and on your potential as an artist/band. Professional recording quality is not a requirement but applicants are encouraged to make their tracks sound as good as possible.

The application package consists of two parts: Electronic and Physical

Electronic: To be sent via email or to

  1. Music! High-quality MP3s of your music (pick 3 of your best tracks). Each MP3 needs to be tagged with the name of the song and the name of the artist (ArtistName_TrackName.mp3)
  2. One or two high res pictures of the band
  3. A completed application form, available here (TFA - MA2013 Application Form.doc), no signature needed.
Physical: To be sent by courier or ordinary post to the address below

  1. A print-out of the completed application form, available here (TFA - MA2013 Application Form.doc) signed by the band representative.

H-301, Adarsh Gardens
47th Cross, 8th Block
Bangalore – 560 082
Phone: 080 26990549/098806 23357

Please write “CATEGORY: MUSIC” on the envelope on which you are sending your signed statement.

NOTE: Please visit and click File>>Download to downlaod a copy of the application form.

If you have any further queries please email:

No queries will be answered on phone.

Note: Submitted material will not be returned. The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum. The submissions should be 100% original. Copyright issues are the responsibility of the applicants, not TFA. We reserve the right to use your submitted music (if necessary) to publicise the awards either on our website or in any in-house materials. Otherwise, the copyright rests with the musicians 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.

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