2022 - 2023 Creative Youth Competition

Official Rules (Please read carefully before submitting your entries)

General Information

The competition is open to Secondary School and Community College students who reside in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. The students must be 13 to 19 years old at the time of entering the competition.

The closing date for submitting entries for the competition is midnight, 31 January 2023.

All entries should be entered via the ECCU/RSS-ARU electronic portal. 

Entries MUST include:

  1. Lyrics of your song
  2. Video performance of your song (no more than 5 minutes long)
  3. Portrait photo/headshot of participant
  4. ECCB/RSS-ARU Creative Youth Competition Cover Sheet, which is part of the entry process via the electronic portal. It must be completed in its entirety.

Failure to submit all four will result in the disqualification of your submission.

Each participant can submit only one entry. All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges. 

Entries will NOT be returned, so please keep a copy. 

Under no circumstances can alterations be made to songs once entered.

Entries will receive automatic receipt confirmation at the time of submission.

Telephone or email confirmation of receipt will not be available. The ECCB staff are unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you upload the correct version to the portal.

If you experience difficulty with uploading your submission to the portal, please send an email to info@eccb-centralbank.org with subject: ECCB/RSS-ARU Creative Youth Competition (Your name).

The ECCB reserves the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.

The judges will read and view all the entries; their decisions will be final.

Children or wards of ECCB employees are not eligible to enter the competition.

Songs

All entries are judged anonymously and the student's name must not appear on the document containing the lyrics or in the video. The student's name should only be on the entry form.

All songs must have a title and must not exceed two verses in length. If a bridge forms part of the song, it will not be as a considered a verse neither does the chorus.  

Entries must be on one of the three topics listed below. Participants may choose to state the title of their songs  in a more creative way; however, the selected topic MUST be entered on the entry form as given below:

  1. Social Media Influencing Our Behaviour
  2. Rearrange to Address Climate Change
  3. Make Food Security our Priority

Songs must be the participant’s original work. Plagiarised work will be disqualified.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

Prize

Student

School

Mentor Teacher

1st

$3,000.00

$2,000.00

$700.00

2nd

$2,500.00

$1,500.00

$500.00

3rd

$1,500.00

$1,000.00

$300.00

 

Winners

Prize winners will be notified by the end of April 2023. The winning songs will be published on the ECCB website and social media platforms.

All entrants will be notified about the outcome of their entry via email by 30 April 2023.

The copyright of each song remains with the author. However, authors of the winning songs, by entering the competition, grant ECCB and the RSS-ARU the right in perpetuity to air or broadcast their songs. Use of the songs elsewhere for one year from April 2023 is subject to permission from ECCB.

Ensure that you have read and understood the official rules. Click here to download the official rules.