Entries drop in traditional music awards; rules to be reviewed

08/11/2020 09:44 PM
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National Center for Traditional Arts Director Chen Chi-ming (陳濟民, left) and Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌, right) / CNA photo Aug. 11, 2020
National Center for Traditional Arts Director Chen Chi-ming (陳濟民, left) and Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌, right) / CNA photo Aug. 11, 2020

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Entries for the upcoming annual award ceremony that recognizes excellence in traditional arts and music have declined this year, prompting a plan for review of its submission rules, the organizers said Tuesday.

Only 643 entries were received this year for the 31st Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music, compared to 1,000 per year on average over the past four years, said Chen Chi-ming (陳濟民), director of the National Center for Traditional Arts, where the ceremony will be held on Oct. 24.

The decline was most noticeable in the music production category, which received only 481 entries this year, compared to an average of 870 annually over the past four years, Chen said.

"If you do the math, it has dropped around 45 percent (in that category)," he said.

One of the issues is that music recordings have gone digital, which means music is rarely produced on CDs or records, which are listed as one of the requirements in the entry submission rules, Chen said.

After the awards ceremony this year, therefore, NCFTA will examine the reasons behind the decline in entries and will discuss the possibility of also accepting digital entries for next year's awards, Chen said.

"I think this is the current trend," he said.

The Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music, which honor individual artists, groups and works of art that have contributed to Taiwan's diverse, creative, and rich cultural heritage, have come a long way, according to the Ministry of Culture (MOC).

"We are very happy to see that the Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music is now in its 31st edition," said Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌).

The nominees this year include the "Cantabile Violin & Guitar" album by Taiwanese violinist Li I-ching (李宜錦), who, at the age of 27 in 2004, was the youngest concertmaster in the history of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Li led the field this year with nominations in the categories of best artistic music album, best album producer, best recording, and best performance.

Composer Tseng Chung-Ying/ Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Culture
Composer Tseng Chung-Ying/ Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Culture

Meanwhile, the theater production "Portrait of Hell" by Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe has been nominated for best traditional performing arts in audiovisual production, best album producer, best group performance, best music design, and best individual newcomer performance.

This year, composer Tseng Chung-Ying (曾仲影) and traditional arts researcher Tseng Yung-yi (曾永義) will receive special awards for their contribution to traditional artistic audio production and theatrical performing arts, respectively, according to the culture ministry.

In 2014, the Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music was separated from the Golden Melody Awards and have since been held under the auspices of the National Center for Traditional Arts.

Traditional arts researcher Tseng Yung-yi/ Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Culture
Traditional arts researcher Tseng Yung-yi/ Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Culture

(By William Yen)

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