Q. When are entries due?

Entries are due by Mat 9th. Please make sure you've completed at least the online part of the process by this date. We may be able to accept entries after this date in regions where it won't alter heats/regional scheduling arrangements.


Q. What are the Smokefree Pacifica Beats conditions of Entry?

If you click on the ABOUT tab and check out RULES all conditions of entry are there, or you can find them at the start of the entry process.


Q. I can’t make it to my regional Heat/Final, can I enter in a neighbouring region instead?

Not this year!  Although we have allowed it in the past, there has been increasing ill-feeling being created, especially where it leads to schools winning in more than one region. Where it is genuinely impossible for you to attend in your region, we are putting in place an alternative pathway to the National Final selection round. This is outlined in the Conditions of entry. It’s definitely not an easy option, and you need to apply and be granted an exemption to be allowed to do it, but it’s better than nothing, especially if you are intending to leave school this year.


Q. What happens if one of our band members leaves school after we Enter?

You need to let us know as soon as possible. There are various options available, depending on what stage of the competition it happens. You can always perform without them, but you can only replace them prior to your first performance in the competition. Changing schools is not a problem, but you will still need to contact us.


Q. When will the photos from our region be on the Facebook page to view?

We try to upload to the Facebook SFPB page as soon as we can after each event, but due to the amount of photos and events there can be a delay. Please be patient!


Q. What kind of gear will there be to play on at the events? Will there be footswitches? What do we need to bring?

There will be footswitches, and we'll post details of the backline when we get it. Prior to each event, you will be given info on what you need to bring.


Q. What do we do if we can't make the time assigned to our band, or need a specific time for the regional finals?

Contact Dan or Glenn at Smokefree Pacifica beats. We will do what we can to help.


Q. What time do the regional finals start and finish?

The times for these will depend on the region. We will send you confirmation of when your performance slot will be.



Q. How much are tickets to regional finals? Are there door sales?

Tickets are generally $10 each, Children under 12 and senior citizens are free. Yes there is Cash/Eftpos sales at door  (Not all regional events will take Eftpos)


Q. We entered a while ago but haven't heard back or received any information. What should we do?

Contact Dan or Glenn - 03 545 6574 at Smokefree Pacifica Beats HQ to see what's up, especially if you didn't get forms to sign emailed to you when you filled out your entry form online.


Q. We've spelt our band name wrong, how can we get it fixed?

Contact Dan or Glenn - 03 545 6574 at Smokefree Pacifica Beats HQ.

Q. How do we change our band name that we entered into Smokefree Pacifica Beats?

Contact Dan or Glenn at Smokefree Pacifica Beats HQ


Q. Can we add, remove or change the members of our band once we've entered into Smokefree Pacifica Beats?

You can add a band member, but you will need new forms to be signed off by your principal/HOD and guardian. Changing band members can only be done before the first time you play. NB this can’t be done via the online entry process – you need to ring us.


Q. Who can enter Smokefree Pacifica Beats?

All contestants must be enrolled in and attend a school for at least 15 hours a week. If you leave school during the course of the competition, you become ineligible to continue. You can change schools during the competition. (School means secondary, area, intermediate, primary or correspondence school.)

All contestants must be no older than 19 (nineteen) years of age on 9 May 2016. (You may be asked to supply proof of eligibility).

 Smokefree Pacifica Beats is for unsigned bands and individuals only. No contestant/s can sign a recording or Management contract prior to or during the competition without the prior written approval of Smokefree Pacifica Beats PROMOTIONS Ltd.

A student can only enter in one Smokefree Pacifica Beats band or Solo/duo.


Q. Can people play in more than one SFPB band, or enter in a band and as a soloist?



Q. How long do we get to play for? What happens if we play over time? Is guitar tuning between songs counted?

During the heats, each band is allowed to perform 1 song each (up to under 4mins). At the Regional finals each band is given 7 minutes of performance time. You will be given 30 seconds grace, but do not go over time, as it will lead to loss of points or disqualification. Allowance will be made for any tuning between songs or technical malfunctions.


Q. My band is pulling out of Smokefree Pacifica Beats. Who do we contact to let know?

Contact Dan or Glenn at Smokefree Pacifica Beats HQ


Q. Will our regional final be broadcast on TV?

No. but National final will be streamed live online!


Q. Can we play the same song we played at the heats at the Final?

You can play whatever qualifying song you want, but if the judges liked it during the first time, it might pay to play it again!


Q. Do the songs entered in the APRA Lyrics Writers Award have to be the songs that my band plays at the event?

No. Lyrics are viewed as their own thing entirely and don't HAVE to be performed at any of the Smokefree Pacifica Beats events. They don't even have to be written by someone entered in a band, as long as they are at school.


Q. If we entered the lyric writer’s competition, do we have to be at the event to receive the award?

No. Although it would be great if you were!


Q. What happens after winning a regional final?

If you place 1st or 2nd in either the Band category, you will go into the selection pool for National Finals. If you win best solo/duo you will also go into National Final Selection.


Q. Do bands get to bring an extra person or photographer along for free to the regional finals?

No, sorry. Only band members and approved Music Teachers get free entry. The event is photographer- friendly though. Filming and photos for non-professional use is allowed at all events. Footage from the events can’t be sold or broadcast without approval of Smokefree Pacifica Beats Promotions LTD.


Q. What is the running order for my regions final?

You will find out when you get there!


Q. What are the sections on the heats judging score sheet out of?

5 (five)


Q. Do we get any feedback from the judges about our performances?

Yes. If you don't make it through the heats, your score sheet will be posted to you afterwards. If you do make it through to the Final, your score sheet will be given to along with your passes and information about the Final. Your Regional Final comment sheets will be posted to you after the event.


Q. What time do we need to turn up before an event?

Turn up to the venue at least 1 hour before your allotted time in case we're running early.


Q. Do we get a sound check at any of the events?

Heats/Regionals: No. This is due to amount of bands playing at each event, and not wanting to give any one band an unfair advantage. The PA and stage have been sound checked by the crew before performances.

National Finals: Yes you will get a sound check prior to your performance


Q. How do we enter the APRA Lyrics Writers Award?

Fill out the form. Otherwise you can fill out an entry at the event