Frequently Asked Anticipated Questions

What’s all this about?

The Eurovirus contest was created to encourage and inspire households, families and individuals all around the world to use their time in isolation in a positive way, to take some of the focus off the hardships and sadness that have affected us as a global community, to be creative, and above all to have fun.

Why did you call it Eurovirus?

We are, admittedly, a family of Eurovision tragics. The unprecedented cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest this year left a hole that we were determined to fill. That gave rise to the idea and the name.

Are you making light of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Not at all. What’s happening the world over is devastating and deeply upsetting. Eurovirus is about holding on to something very human in all of this—about declaring our resilience and defiance in the face of disaster, about making the most of the time we have with our loved ones, and about having fun.

It sounds fun, but our I’m not musically talented

Eurovirus is all about having a go and having fun—talent is optional. We do hope to receive some entries by talented musicians of course. But even more than that, we hope to receive entries from people who have never tried anything like this before. If you can’t play an instrument or compose a tune, why not try your hand at writing some crazy lyrics to lay down over a karaoke backing track? If you don’t want to write lyrics, why not lip-sync to a song, replete with dramatic overacting and dance moves all your own? The key here is to add something of your own—something that reflects your unique creativity, style, sense of humour, etc. (Just make sure you have the copyright owner’s permission to use their song first. See the next FAQ.) Even if you can’t bring yourself to upload the final product, you’ll have had a go and had some fun along the way. That’s what it’s all about.

Can I use someone else’s music in my video?

You must not use any content that infringes on anyone else’s rights. Musical compositions, tunes, lyrics and recorded music are all subject to copyright. Even if you have purchased a copy of a song (from iTunes, CD, etc), this does not give you the right to copy it or perform it publicly.

If you want to use someone else’s music in your video, you could try and contact the copyright owner and ask them for permission. Failing that, your best option may be to search for royalty-free music from a reputable music library. If you’re not sure where to start, check out YouTube’s Audio Library of free music and sound effects. You can find more ideas in the article, How to find royalty free music for videos. If you don’t mind spending some money, a commercial music service like Epidemic Sound may also be worth a look.

For more information about using music in your video, watch YouTube’s excellent video on this very question:

Before using any music, make sure you carefully read and understand the licensing terms first.

I live by myself, but I don’t want to perform alone

Check out this video by Three Cool Cats for some collaborative isolation inspiration! The magic of modern technology makes it all possible.

I love the idea, but performing in front of a camera really isn’t for me

No worries, there are other ways you can get involved! Depending on your skills, you could offer to edit a friend’s video, or you could write some lyrics for others to perform. And of course, you can help spread the word by sharing Eurovirus with your friends and social-media contacts.

Are there prizes? Will I get rich?

No. And… probably not… unless your performance gets noticed by talents scouts at Universal, Sony or Warner Music. (Well hey, anything’s possible!)

As they say, the journey is its own reward—of making music and enjoying the music of others.

When will the contest end?

The closing date for entries is 12 July 2020.