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2017 National Fine Arts Festival Rulebook

Download the Rulebook at the bottom of this page.

To order a hardcopy call GPH at 1.800.641.4310 and request item 731-404.

New for the 2017 National Fine Arts Festival

1. The Location for the 2017 National Fine Arts Festival is Anaheim, CA
Dates: August 7 - 11, 2017
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
Website: www.anaheim.net/1117/Anaheim-Convention-Center-Arena
Housing: Please visit www.faf.ag.org/registration.cfm. Housing will open October 1, 2016.
Registration and Deadlines: the postmark/fax deadline is May 19, 2017. Online registration closes at 11:59 pm. (CDT) on June 2, 2017. Visit www.faf.ag.org/registration.cfm. See pages 12 through 14 for complete detailed information.

2. There are significant changes in the "Content" section of the rulebook. Please read page 19.

3. The following categories have had rule changes:
• Songwriting - rules reguarding accompaniment
• Christian Band - rules regarding originality

4. There are new rules for conducting/directing in the Vocal Ensemble categories. Please see the rules.

5. Piano Solo, Classical is now an official category in the Instrumental Division.

6. Instrumental Solo, Folk is now an official category in the Instrumental Division.

7. Instrumental Ensemble, Folk is now part of Instrumental Ensemble, Contemporary.

8. The following is a new rule that applies to every category that includes music in the presentation.Students must follow this rule if their presentation includes music. This new rule reads: 

Before beginning the presentation, participants must introduce their music selection(s) by stating the title(s), name of the artist/composer, and arranger (if known). If the piece was composed or arranged by the student, that should be stated. Introductory comments DO NOT count toward the setup or presentation time limits. These comments must be minimal (not an opportunity for other comments like a testimonial or any justification for choosing the song(s), 15 to 20 seconds is sufficient). Please follow this example: "Hello, my name is (or) our group name is ________ and I/we have chosen to use "Here as in Heaven" by Elevation Worship (and song #2, and song #3) for our presentation."


If you have a question about a specific rule, please e-mail faf@ag.org. We do ask that all rule questions be submitted in writing so that we may ensure each question is answered the same.

Equipment List

Please download the 2017 Equipment List in PDF form here:

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