An incoming Royal Bard of Atlantia should be aware of several duties in Atlantian Law that come with the position:
  • The Royal Bard is expected to encourage all performing arts in Atlantia.
  • They should also seek to serve the Crown in all ways possible regarding their art.
  • The Royal Bard should sponsor two competitions during their tenure within Atlantia.
  • They should work with Branch A&S Officers to encourage others to explore the performing arts.
  • Last, they should teach others in venues as appropriate and reasonable.
In addition to these responsibilities, the Royal Bard must also oversee the selection of their successor at the following 12th Night. This competition should have several guidelines:
  • The Royal Bard is selected for excellence in the individual performance of any of the following fields: singing, instrumental music, poetic rendition, storytelling, or other performing arts. The Royal Bard is encouraged to be proficient in at least two of these fields. One or two bards will serve at the same time, depending on the whim of the Crown.
  • The competition shall be run by the current Royal Bard, as a representative of the Crown, in consultation with the appropriate Great Officer of State.
  • If the Royal Bard is unable to run the competition for their successor, the Crown, in consultation with the appropriate Great Officer of State, will designate a proxy to run the competition.
  • The competition should be announced on the Kingdom Announcements List and in the Kingdom newsletter’s electronic addendum at least twice before the event where the competition takes place.
  • The current Royal Bard, in conjunction with the appropriate Great Officer of State, will set the details of the competition and judging standards. Judges should be drawn from the following:
    • The Crown or their proxy
    • The Heirs or their proxy
    • The appropriate Great Officer of State or their proxy
    • The current Royal Bard
    • Additional judges may be chosen at the discretion of the Royal Bard
  • In no case should there be fewer than three judges.
  • While the judging and feedback is important, it is important to remember that the final decision on who will be your successor is solely up to Their Royal Majesties. Deviation from these guidelines, while definitely possible, must be approved by Their Royal Majesties.
After being selected, the new Royal Bard should do a little bit of paperwork...
  • First, contact the Kingdom Webminister to update the royalbard@atlantia.sca.org email address. The Kingdom Webminister can be reached at webminister@atlantia.sca.org.
    • Your email should include: your SCA name, modern name, and the email address you wish to have connected to the Royal Bard email address. Also, be sure to let them know that you are the new Royal Bard!
    • You may, in the same email, designate what information you would like published on the Royal Notables website. Please be sure to give explicit permission for any contact information you are allowing to be published (including modern name, address, and phone number). No permissions are required for the publishing of your SCA name.
  • Next, contact the Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences to update the Royal Bard website. The Kingdom Minister of Arts and Sciences can be reached at kmoas@atlantia.sca.org.
    • Your email should include: your SCA name, a portrait style photograph, events you plan on attending, an introductory letter, and any listings of competitions you plan on sponsoring.
      • You may update this at any time later as you find more events you plan on attending or competitions you plan on sponsoring.
      • Again, please be sure to give explicit permissions for the publishing of any personal information.
      • Also, if you were not the photographer of your portrait, please let the KMoAS know who took the picture so they can obtain proper publishing permissions.