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General Competition Rules and Guidelines
On behalf of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) we welcome you to the 71st Coupe Mondiale and the 140th CIA International General Assembly of Delegates Congress in Kaunas, Lithuania. The event will be hosted by the CIA member The Lithuanian National Accordionists's Union from th 24-30 September, 2018.
The CIA Coupe Mondiale is an INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR ACCORDIONISTS held under the auspices of the Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) founded in 1935 in Paris, France. The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is a member of the INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL (an NGO official partner of NESCO).
1. General Conditions for All Categories
GENERAL: The INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR ACCORDION SOLOISTS 2018 (COUPE MONDIALE) is open to accordionists of all nationalities who comply with the rules. Competition is offered for accordionists in any of the seven categories listed below:

(1) Coupe Mondiale
(2) Masters Coupe Mondiale
(3) Junior Coupe Mondiale
(4) International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
(5) Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music
(6) International Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles - Classical
(7) International Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles - World Music

a. Candidates must be entered through the CIA Premiere and Voting member organization(s) in their respective countries. If a candidate is from a country where there is no CIA Premiere or Voting member organization, prospective candidates are requested to apply directly to the CIA, subject to acceptance, until such time as a voting member entity is established in that country.
b. All entries are subject to acceptance by the CIA Executive Committee. In the case of non-acceptance, the applicant and/or the sponsoring member association will be advised in writing of the reason(s) the entry was refused.
c. When registering at the event, the candidate must present to the organizers an official birth certificate and valid passport(s) or identity card, bearing his or her name, age and nationality. The organizers will determine the candidate's nationality based upon his or her passport(s).
d. No applicant may be refused entry for religious, political or racial reasons. Nonpayment of fees by the entrant and/or the sponsoring member organization may constitute reason for non-acceptance of an entry. Suitable ability and compliance with the rules of the competition are required for final acceptance.
e. Candidates must read the CIA Coupe Mondiale Guidelines and Modus Operandi to familiarize themselves with operational procedures for the Coupe Mondiale, including Section 6 outlining the Duties of the Candidates.

2. On-line Entry Forms
a. All entries should be made through the CIA Online Entry System. The Entries for the 2018 Coupe Mondiale are now closed.
3. Entry Fees
Entry Fees for Candidates entered by CIA Premiere and Voting Member Organizations:

1) Coupe Mondiale EURO 60.00
2) Masters Coupe Mondiale (formerly Intl. Competition for Piano Accordion) EURO 60.00
3) Junior Coupe Mondiale EURO 40.00
4) International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music EURO 60.00
5) Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music EURO 40.00
6) International Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles EURO 60.00
7) International Competition for World Music Ensembles EURO 60.00
Entry Fees for all other Candidates entered from a country where there is NO CIA Premiere or Voting Member Organization:

1) Coupe Mondiale EURO 70.00
2) Masters Coupe Mondiale (formerly Intl. Competition for Piano Accordion) EURO 70.00
3) Junior Coupe Mondiale EURO 50.00
4) International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music EURO 70.00
5) Junior International Competition for Virtuoso Entertainment Music EURO 50.00
6) International Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles EURO 70.00
7) International Competition for World Music Ensembles EURO 70.00
The entry form and the entry fee are one unit. The entry fee must be paid at same time as the entry form is submitted online from this site the money must be wired to the CIA bank account. The entry fee should be paid by credit card on this site, or by bank transfer with an additional 10 Euro to cover banking and clerical costs.
4. Acceptance of Regulations
A candidate's entry implies acceptance of regulations, the system of judging and the jury's decision as being final. Entered candidates not arriving or competing without apology will be excluded from subsequent Coupe Mondiales. All entry fees are non-refundable. While every effort will be made to check the programs of the candidates from the information provided on the entry form, the ultimate responsibility in conforming to the rules of the various categories lies with both the candidate and the teacher.
5. Music For Judges
a) Each candidate must provide at the competition, three (3) published copy of his/her music for official use. Exception: no music is required in the Senior and Junior Virtuoso Entertainment divisions. If the piece is published, published copies must be used. If unpublished, then a manuscript copy is acceptable. When possible, one copy of the music will be retained and housed in the CIA Archives in Finland.

b) The copy of each piece should be clearly labeled with the name and the country of the candidate, placed in an envelope and handed over to the official in charge.

6. Instruments
There are no restrictions as to make, size or type of accordions used by the candidates. Acoustic instruments must be used, and electronic attachments may not be employed.
Note: In the International Competition for Chamber Music - World Music, both acoustic and electronic instruments are allowed, but candidates musit provide their own equipment. A piano tuned at A442 will be provided by the organizers.
7. General Information for Candidates

a) It is forbidden to perform any piece more than once throughout the competition irrespective of section or category or test piece chosen or imposed.
b) Entry form must include opus numbers and any other identification such as catalogue numbers and individual movements for each selection performed.
c) Entry form must list full name of composer and the arranger if applicable.
d) Candidate must send a photograph in passport size together with the entry form to the secretariat or e-mail the picture as per directions on the on-line entry form.
e) Notification must be made to the Coupe Mondiale Organizers if you cannot attend. Coupe Mondiale organizers must know the exact number of contestants to make an accurate Coupe Mondiale timetable, book competition venues, schedule adjudicators and organize the event. Accurate numbers are very important for all attendees, contestants, adjudicators, delegates, press, and program printing.
f) First Place winners in a category may not enter that same category in subsequent years.
g) Important Notice: On the entry form for each category, Candidates will be required to acknowledge that they have read and understand all the rules for the competition, both the General Rules, and the individual category rules.

8. Judging
Contestants are judged in all sections on overall musicianship, including technical proficiency and stylistic understanding of all music performed. THE DECISIONS OF THE JURY ARE FINAL.

Note to candidates: Completing the entry form on line, indicates that the candidate understands the competition guidelines. Please ensure your program meets the competition guidelines concerning time limits. If the player exceeds the time limit by more than two (2) minutes, the President of the Jury may stop the performance at his discretion.

9. Accommodation

Accommodation information in Kaunas for candidates, delegates, adjudicators and others, can be found on the Accommodation and Travel information page.

10. Arrival and Departure

All participants must announce their arrival and departure dates and times with the on-line registration form. Participants requiring a visa should request an official invitation to obtain a visa when entering the competition.

11. CIA Competition Rules and Regulations
The English language version found on-line at the official CIA Coupe Mondiale website will be the definitive text.
12. Closing Date for Entries
The closing date for entries was 15 August, 2018. Entries are now closed.
Please Note: If you are from a country where a visa is required to enter Lithuania , please use the Visa Request Form page which will be activated early 2018, to ask for your invitation.

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