Second edition of Polish Music Critic Competition KROPKA


The general opinion is that everyone can criticize others. A deeper reflection and careful assessment of the music phenomenon is a rare ability. Yet much rarer is the ability to make an original judgment in such a way that it attracts attention of casual readers.

We believe that constructive music criticism can and should be considered as true art. That’s why we created Competition for the Polish Music Critics  "KROPKA" ("DOT").

This event has an opportunity to contribute to an integration of artistic communities, which due to their great diversity and niche music genres, remain disunited.

Second edition of Polish Music Critic Competition "KROPKA" ("DOT")

We talk a lot about the fact that in the modern media is no place for a music critic, but we believe that it is still needed and is fulfilled in listening, writing, reading - in vivid practices. Rather than formulate definitions of criticism we would prefer to see her in action and deduce her role that is shaped by modernity. Such an opportunity is the competition for critics – competition, which will gather valuable texts in one place, to emerge among them the best.

We are interested not only in authors which work in the country, but also in those who write about Polish music abroad. Criticism can now be derived from both academic journals and the Internet, zines or opinion magazines. It adopts various forms (review, essay, column, blog post). Concerns a variety of genres and music styles. The criticism that we are looking for offers insightful contact with the music about which treats, as well as with the reader, to which it is addressed. Somewhere in between is the text - a medium that allows you to evaluate the level mastery of skills, knowledge and commitment of the critic.

So criticism of critic? Of course. The critic devotes himself to music and we want to evaluate and promote his job by placing it among the most important elements of today’s reality – ones that allow us to discern and actively participate in it. KROPKA (DOT) is a competition, which – despite its name – has nothing to do with termination. The aim of the competition is to show the criticism as a process, work in the center and in the periphery, undertaken by the young, developing authors, and by those who have already gained experience in this field. The integration of the environment and presenting it to the public is our primary intention. Feel invited!

To take part in the competition please send your papers to

The deadline is 22nd of February 2016 and results will be announced on April 15th 2016

The award ceremony will take place on 12th of May 2016 in Polish Music Publishing House.

The winning paper will be published, with the consent of the authors and first publishers, on online magazine MEAKULTURA.

Prizes (statuettes and diploma) will be awarded in three categories:

1. First Prize for the best text about music published in 2014 – three equivalent awards will be given in this category.

  1. Distinctions:
  • for a debutant, i..e., a person who has not completed studies related to music and does not work professionally in the field of journalism
  • for a blogger or a person who maintains a Polish weblog about music
  1. Special Award for a text on Polish music published outside the country.

This year are also planned:

  • Piotr Metz Individual Award for article about popular music
  • Editor in Chief of Polish Music Publishing House Award
  • Foundation MEAKULTURA Award for outstanding achievements in the field of music criticism

First Prize is supposed to honor and bring to a wider audience individuals which are important for Polish music criticism and which are often undervalued or simply unknown outside a small circle of listeners of one type of music. The aim of the competition is the development of appropriate models for music criticism by promoting authorities in this field and increasing the level of criticism, which in popular media, is often written by incompetent people. The purpose of the competition is also drawing attention to young authors, for whom it is often very difficult to find their place in this environment. „KROPKA“ („DOT“) can become an excellent opportunity for the young generation of critics to demonstrate their skills to the wide audience.

The distinction is a chance for enthusiasts of criticism to test their abilities and to confront with other authors. Their achievements will be evaluated by the outstanding specialists in the field of music critic. Blogging is becoming an increasingly popular way of sharing opinions about music as well. However, it is often marginalized in the general perception – we want to change it and appreciate this form of expression.

Special Award is addressed to authors who do not have Polish citizenship and publish articles beyond the Polish borders. This category is supposed to present the achievements of foreign musicologist and journalists who have devoted their work to researching and promoting Polish music in the world, and knowledge about them in our country is often minimal.

The Organising Committee of the contest is co-created by Polish scientists, doctoral students and outstanding students of the humanities. The Jury will consist of remarkable personalities which shape the most important events of cultural life in Poland, related to the activities of cultural and science institutions.

We invite all critic writers to participate in this project, and we encourage institutions and companies, which are related to high-level music journalism, to support our initiative.

The competition received support from Polish Society of Authors and Composers ZAiKS Fund.




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