Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Toto Music Award 2014: Call for Entries


TOTO FUNDS THE ARTS (TFA) invites entries for the 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 reach TFA by 15 September 2013.  There will be no extension of this deadline.

Contemporary 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, heavy metal and electronic to instrumental and folk. 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 selected jury comprises individuals with experience as well as an open ear for new sounds. 

We are looking for original music only. Do not send cover versions of other songs. If your original tracks contain any sampled music/sounds, you are still welcome to apply but do please give us a list of the samples used by filling in the appropriate section in the application form.

Only Indian nationals resident in India are eligible for the award. Since the spirit of the award is to identify and encourage young talent, you can apply if you (and band members if any) were born on or after 1 January 1984. No exceptions will be made. 

Over the past nine years, the Toto Music Award has come to be coveted by young musicians because it recognizes 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 knowledgeable young music writers as well as veterans in the field. The jury will assess musical content as well as the potential of the artist/band. Professional recording quality is not a requirement but applicants are encouraged to make their tracks sound as good as possible.

How To Apply for the Toto Music Award

Your application package may be submitted electronically OR physically. 

Please read the requirements carefully and make sure your package is complete.

Electronic: To be sent via email or to

1. A completed (not signed) application form, which can be downloaded from: 

2. A signed and scanned copy of the same application form. This will be in the form of an image (jpeg, gif, PDF etc).

3. Music! High-quality MP3s of your music (pick 3 of your best tracks). The file names for the MP3s should be in this format: ArtistName_TrackName.mp3.

4. At least 3 high res pictures of the artist/band.

Physical: To be sent by courier or ordinary post (not speedpost or registered post)

1. Music! Make a CD with your 3 best tracks. The track names should be in this format: ArtistName_TrackName.

2. At least 3 high res pictures of the artist/band.

3. A completed and signed application form.

4. Send your package to the following address:
(Category: Music)
H-301, Adarsh Gardens
47th Cross, 8th Block
Bangalore – 560 082
Phone: 080 26990549 / 09880623357

Further queries:
No queries will be answered on the phone.

Note: Submitted material will not be returned. The decision of the TFA jury will be final and cannot be contested in any forum. Copyright issues are the responsibility of the applicants. We reserve the right to use excerpts of submitted music to publicise or showcase the awards. The copyright rests with the musicians and submissions will be put to no other use without their 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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