Traditional arts and music awards sees rise in entries

08/03/2021 08:12 PM
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National Center for Traditional Arts Director Annie Chen (left) and Deputy Minister of Culture Lee Lien-chuan (right). CNA photo Aug. 3, 2021
National Center for Traditional Arts Director Annie Chen (left) and Deputy Minister of Culture Lee Lien-chuan (right). CNA photo Aug. 3, 2021

Taipei, Aug. 3 (CNA) Entries for the upcoming annual award ceremony that recognizes excellence in traditional arts and music in Taiwan increased this year after a review of submission rules, the organizers said Tuesday.

A total of 882 entries have been received for the 32nd Golden Melody Awards for Traditional Arts and Music, an increase of 239 from last year, said Annie Chen (陳悅宜), director of the National Center for Traditional Arts.

The center is the administrative body of the Taiwan Traditional Theatre Center, where the ceremony will be held on Oct. 9.

The increase was most noticeable in the music production category, which received 702 entries compared with only 481 last year, the Ministry of Culture (MOC) said in a statement.

The increase in submissions is believed to be because the format artists can submit their works was expanded to include digital entries, such as media saved on USBs, instead of accepting only CDs and DVDs, Chen said.

"We are in the digital era, and nowadays there many ways to release a piece of work. In the past we only accepted CDs and DVDs, but when digital is the main trend, we would lose out on a lot of works," Chen said.

Likewise, the awards also accepted traditional records so artists could use older media to submit their works, Chen added.

The drop in submissions to only 643 entries last year, where the awards normally see between 800-1,000 entries, prompted an internal review of the reasons for the decline, which then resulted in broader formats rules for entries, Chen said.

"Receiving an increased number of submissions during the pandemic compared to last year is good news," Chen said.

“Wang Zao Jun” by Shintrun Taiwanese Opera Troupe. Video courtesy of Ministry of Culture

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, reflects the aesthetics in our everyday lives, according to the MOC.

"The beauty of traditional arts can improve the aesthetics of daily life and in turn boost the overall beauty of Taiwan," said MOC Administrative Deputy Minister Lee Lien-chuan (李連權).

The nominees this year include the album "YIN. An Unlimited Passage" by Taipei Chamber Singers, which was founded in 1992 and has won 15 international awards to become one of the top vocal groups in Asia.

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

"Matinee In The Rain," a joint production by Chun Mei Taiwanese Opera Troupe and Golden Bough Theatre. Video courtesy of Ministry of Culture

Meanwhile, the theater work "Matinee In The Rain," a joint production by Chun Mei Taiwanese Opera Troupe and Golden Bough Theatre; "The Storyteller And Her Dream" by Tang Mei Yun Taiwanese Opera Company; and "Wang Zao Jun" by Shintrun Taiwanese Opera Troupe led the nominations for traditional performing arts with six nominations each.

This year, Four Seas Records founder Liao Chien-yuan (廖乾元) and Taiwanese opera performer Liao Chiung-chih (廖瓊枝) will receive special awards for their contribution to traditional arts and music, 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.

(By William Yen)

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