International School Festival of Music

International School Festival of Music

21th Edition






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Conditions of entry


The “International School Festival of Music” is organized as part of GEF, and its finals will take place at Teatro Ariston in Sanremo. 

Finalist schools will perform the selected pieces live during the competition finals in Sanremo, on the stage of Teatro Ariston.




Entry is open to public and legally registered private schools from Italy and other countries. Private music schools are regarded as a special category.

The Festival is divided into 5 categories:

            A – Pre-schools and primary schools

            B – Lower secondary schools

            C – Upper secondary schools

            D – “Special” category – Music and Song Schools of every type and level

Age of participants  5 – 19 years.



  • Each school may submit a maximum of 3 pieces performed by their students.
  • Musical pieces, songs, cover, from any musical genre (classical, opera, jazz, pop-rock-rap, famous songwriters’ songs, electronic music, new age, new trends, choirs and large groups, cover, folk music) may be submitted and performed by groups of any kind, included choirs and Youth & School Bands.
  • Each piece must be performed by minimum 8 students (musicians and/or singers).
  • The same students can’t participate also in the dance festival and/or in the school musical festival. The school can also participate in other competitions with other students.



Each piece will last between 2 and 3;30 minutes and will be submitted as a recording in one of the following formats:  CD or DVD. They must be accompanied by a completed registration form and by a copy of the receipt, as proof of payment, of the “ school’s deposit as a guarantee of participation” (see art.5).

The following details must be clearly written or printed on a sticker on the cover: name of school; full name and class-group of performers; title of the piece, genre (see art.3); author; duration, clearly stating if it is an original piece or an arrangement, whether or not it was ever performed, etc.

All entrants must be current students at the participating school.



A completed entry form must be submitted and sent to GEF – “Schools Festival of Music” – Via Roma 166 – 18038 Sanremo – Italy (the postmark will be used as proof of date) by the 17th of February 2020 including: (this not to be excluded from the selection):

  • All the requirements of Art.4.
  • Proof of payment of a “school’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses” € 250,00.
  1. a) The deposit will be deducted from the total amount to pay for the school’s accommodation in Sanremo b) the deposit will be reimbursed to schools not admitted to the finals in Sanremo.

“The School’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses“ will be retained only if the school decide to cancel their participation.


A School participating in more than one competition in GEF can pay one “school’s deposit as a guarantee for expenses”, and not a deposit for each competition.

Deposits must be paid to:


            UniCreditBANCA  agency Arma di Taggia

            Beneficiary:       KISMET srl

            Causal:             Deposit (and the name of the school)

            IBAN: IT 59  G 02008  49090 000010138260

            BIC SWIFT: UNCRITM1173


 no credit cards



All material submitted will remain the legal property of GEF, to be used as needed and will not be returned.



The schools admitted to the competition finals will be contacted by Februry 27, 2020 and told which piece/s are selected, and the performance dates.

The schools admitted to the competition finals must send confirmation in writing by e mail /  registered postal mail by March 05, 2020, enclosing all forms ( a, b, c, d,e, received with our confirm) completely filled in:

  1. a) SIAE card, copyrights;
  2. b) Specification for SIAE when music is without copyright fee. Schools admitted to the competition finals whose work/s are not subject to SIAE copyright payments, must state so in writing by sending a letter of authorization to the organizing committee.
  3. c) technical specifications;
  4. d) hotel accommodation form filled in with enclosed copy of proof of payment of the whole stay in Sanremo;
  5. e) a complete name list of all the participants.



All the music pieces received will be judged by a panel of experts who will shortlist pieces for the competition finals.



All pieces short-listed for the competition finals must be performed live by the finalists, in Sanremo, on the stage of Teatro Ariston. Musical bases can be used. A panel of expert judges will select the winners. Selection will be based not only on the usual technical and artistic criteria (intonation, dynamics, performing technique, expression) but also on potential emerging both from the pieces performed and their performance.

The Panel’s decisions are final.

Each finalist school must provide all equipment needed to perform with (sheet music, instruments etc.) The Organization will provide professional audio and lighting equipment (technical specifications will be communicated at a later stage) including back line, a baby grand piano, a keyboard and drums.

Each finalist musical piece and the name of the school will be included in the official bilingual catalogue (Italian/English) of GEF.



All entrants and each school taking part in the competition finals in Sanremo will undertake to pay for its own board and lodgings.  For reasons of organization and event management, finalists, accompanying adults and/or anyone spending nights in Sanremo while taking part in GEF 2020, will need to stay at least two nights and book through GEF choosing accommodation from our price list in order to gain accreditation and be able to take part in the competition finals. (minimo three nights for schools participating in Theatre, Kitchen or Musical).

Each school admitted to the finals will be sent a booking-form by the booking organization outlining modes of payment.

Considering the thousands of bookings processed during the previous edition of GEF, early bookings are highly recommended.

All official participants in GEF’s final stages will receive GEF’s gadgets



A final performance will take place on Saturday evening April 25, 2020, at Teatro Ariston, with performances and a GEF award presentation to the assigned winners of the music, dance and fashion competitions. Also other competition winners will receive their awards. During the evening the winner of the prestigious prize “Global Education Award” will also receive their award, which is the only international education prize awarded each year to persons and associations who through their thoughts, words and actions, have fostered the growth and development of education.



The winners in each category will be awarded the  “GEF Trophy”.

Among the winners, in each category A / B / C / D , one will be awarded the prestigious “School Creativity Award” (Silver Dolphin) as the absolute winner, at the end of the final performance, which will take place live in Sanremo at Teatro Ariston.

A special prize “The Audience Award” will go to the piece receiving the highest number of votes from the audience during the night of the final competition of the International School Festival of Music.

The judging panel may award other prizes (best arrangement, best interpretation, etc.) even for reasons not directly linked with music (good rapport with the audience, professional performance, welcoming attitude, looks etc.).

All prizes will be awarded to the School.

All participating schools will receive a certificate of participation.

All winners will receive their prizes at Teatro Ariston in Sanremo during one of the final performances of  GEF. A winner not attending the event cannot claim for their prizes later on.



GEF reserves the right to record and/or film and/or broadcast the event in its entirety or in part, using any medium (print, photography, radio, television, audio-visual, internet, etc.) and to accompany the event with one or more promotion or publicity, without owing any payments to anyone or to any participants.

GEF ask to receive the privacy forms filled in and signed. (see art.14)


Art. 14

Every school and association have to send  Consent forms according to UE regulations n.679/2016 (GDPR) General Data Protection Regulation.



Any changes to the competition finals in Sanremo, which might occur due to technical or administrative reasons will be notified forthwith to the interested parties.



All works received will remain the property of GEF and will be published or used in other shows at GEF’s discretion.  No money will be owed to anyone or to any participant.



All printed matter and logos are protected by copyright; therefore any unauthorized use is forbidden. Anyone trying to use any of them without authorization will be duly prosecuted.


Art. 18

GEF’s Organizing Committee, the promoting association and the company providing technical support will not accept any liability for personal or material injuries or accidents occurring while travelling or during the Festival.


Art. 19

Anyone taking part in the event is expected to have read and understood the conditions set by these regulations and to accept them unconditionally. Participation to the event also implies that each participant explicitly agrees to allow GEF to access its archives and process all personal data provided, according to UE regulations n.679/2016 (GDPR) General Data Protection Regulation.