Gibraltar Song Festival 2017

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Brandon Cooke winner of the 2016 GISF.

THE organisers of the VIII Gibraltar International Song Festival (GISF) which will take place on Saturday May 6 are calling for entries with a closing date of January 15.

Already, entries have been received from Gibraltar, Spain, the UK, South America, much of Europe and Morocco but there is always room for more entries to be considered. 

According to the organising committee, as has been the case in previous years, the standard of entries is exceptional, emphatic proof that the GISF is now held in very high esteem throughout the world. Every year they receive numerous entries from established songwriters, as well as newcomers to the art of song writing.

One of the great things about the GISF is that reputations count for nothing, since the panel of judges who select the songs that will feature at the Finals Gala on 6 May, do so ‘blind’. In other words, they select songs without prior knowledge of the identity or country of origin of the songwriters. 

These details are only revealed to them once the points are added up and the finalist songs are known. This ‘level playing field’ approach means that newcomers to song writing have exactly the same chance of making the final as their established counterparts, as long as their songs are deemed to be of the required standard by the panel.

Judging at the Finals Gala will, once more, be in the hands of an international panel of experts from the music industry, while the prizes on offer are: £4,000 (First Prize), £2,000 (Second Prize), £1,000 (Third Prize), £500 (Best Interpreter).

The GISF team is calling out to all songwriters to submit their entries in the knowledge that every single song is given equal time and attention, irrespective of experience, but with all due regard to quality and time is short so if you are interested in more information on the rules of entry, do visit

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