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BATTLE FOR THE STAGE

OFFICIAL RULES

The Battle for the Stage contest commences January 2018. The GRAND PRIZE is the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at Madison Square Garden and a recording contract with a major label.

Regional Competitions

The top bands selected through our online review process will be eligible to perform at selected venue locations in their respective regions (venue locations and band performance dates in each region will be posted on contest’s website www.BattlefortheStage.com). Bands selected will be reviewed by a panel of music industry professionals which may include national and local print & radio media critics, respected musical artists, and music promoters. The winners of these selected venue locations will then compete in their respective Regional Finals. The regions (“Participating Regions”) are as follows:

 

REGION #1 (HAWAIIAN ISLANDS)

Honolulu, Oahu, HI *

Big Island, HI

Maui, HI

Kauai, HI

REGION #2 (WESTERN)

Los Angeles, CA *

Portland, OR

San Francisco, CA

Seattle, WA

Sacramento, CA

Anchorage, AL

Anaheim, CA

Las Vegas, NV

San Diego, CA

Reno, NV

REGION #3 (ROCKY MTN)

Denver, CO *

Missoula, MT

Salt Lake City, UT

Boise, ID

Cheyenne, WY

 

REGION #4 (UPPER MIDWEST)

Milwaukee, WI *

Minneapolis, MN

Fargo, ND

Des Moines, IA

Sturgis, SD

Iowa City, IA

Detroit, MI

 

REGION #5 (MIDWEST)

Chicago, IL *

Lincoln, NE

Indianapolis, IN

Omaha, NE

Columbus, OH

Kansas City, MO

Cleveland, OH

St. Louis, MO

Wichita, KS

 

REGION #6 (NORTH EASTERN)

New York City, NY *

Newark, NJ

Richmond, VA

New Haven, CT

Baltimore, MA

Providence, RI

Philadelphia, PA

Boston, MA

Dover, DE

Concord, NH

Washington D.C.

Portland, ME

Atlantic City, NJ

 

REGION #7 (SOUTH EAST)

Nashville, TN *

Memphis, TN

Charlotte, NC

Louisville, KY

Charlestown, SC

Charleston, WV

Columbia, SC

 

REGION #8 (DEEP SOUTH)

Atlanta, GA *

Mobile, AL

New Orleans, LA *

Miami, FL

Little Rock, AR

Tampa Bay, FL

Jackson, MS

 

REGION #9 (SOUTH WESTERN)

Houston, TX *

Albuquerque, NM

Austin, TX

Santa Fe, NM

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Phoenix, AZ

San Antonio, TX

Oklahoma City, OK

* Regional Finals city locations

 

National Competition

The National Finals, consisting of the winners from each of the nine (9) regions, will be held during Spring Break, May 2018, in Las Vegas, NV. The winners in the National Finals from each category, listed below, will receive an all-inclusive trip to New York where they will perform on the Main Stage at Madison Square Garden.

 

Bands from the following categories will have the opportunity to participate:

  • Category 1 – Rock, Alternative and Punk
  • Category 2 – Rap, Reggae and Hip-Hop
  • Category 3 – Country and Folk
  • Category 4 – DJ Spinoff

Sponsor reserves the right to add or delete regions and categories at any time, without prior notice.

 

 

1.

CONTEST PERIOD / ENTRY DEADLINES: The 9th Star Media LLC “Battle for the Stage” contest (“Contest”) begins January 2018 and Ends July 2018.(“Contest Period”). 

The Entry Periods, Entry Deadlines, and Competition Periods are outlined in the table below. See Section 2 below for details on How to Enter.

Entry Periods

National Finals – Las Vegas

Madison Square Garden

 

Sponsor reserves the right to add/delete/change the dates above at any time, without prior notice.

Each Regional Semi-Finals and Finals competition dates and venue locations will be posted on the Official Website prior to the competitions. Registration Submission Forms received after the Entry Deadline will not be eligible to compete and will be disqualified.

2.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter:

    1. First, visit BattlefortheStage.com (the “Official Website”) and click ‘Register’ in the upper-right corner to create an account for your Band. Once the Band’s account is created, click ‘Register Your Band.’ To participate in the Contest, Bands must first complete an online registration application which consists of (a) information about each Band member and the Band, b) a declaration/affidavit of eligibility by each Band member, and c) a rights/publicity/liability release (collectively, the “Registration Submission Form”).   
    2. Bands must identify one (1) representative (the “Band Administrator”) on the Registration Submission Form who will be the contact person for the Band in all matters related to this Contest and who shall also have authority to act on behalf of the Band.  Only those entrants who, as a named member of the Band listed in the Registration Submission Form together with the Audition Files (as described in Rule 2(f) below) will be eligible to compete in the Contest, including the opportunity to participate in a Grand Prize Performance. 
    3. Under no circumstances may a Band enter in more than one Participating Region. Submitting an entry in more than one Participating Region will result in your Band’s disqualification. 
    4. Once the Registration Submission Form has been fully completed and submitted electronically by the Band Administrator, upload the Band’s Audition Files (as described below) prior to the Entry Deadline.  Failure to i) fully complete the Registration Submission Form, ii) electronically sign the Registration Submission Form by the Band Administrator, or iii) meet the requirements for the Audition Files, will result in disqualification of the Band and all of its Band members.  If the Registration Submission Form is incomplete or does not comply with these Official Rules in any manner, the Band and each individual Band member entrant may be disqualified at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
    5. There is a limit of one entry per Band and per person/Band member.  If more than one Registration Submission Form is received from the same Band, or an entrant appears on more than one Entry Form, then the applicable Band(s) and Band member(s) will be disqualified.
    6. Your “Audition Files” must be audio recordings of at least one (1) original song that was written and performed solely by Band members who appear on the Registration Submission Form.  The songs cannot be “covers” of other bands’ songs.  The audio recordings must be submitted in MP3 format.  No video submissions or other formats will be accepted.  All recordings submitted will not be returned, so be sure to keep a copy of your audio recordings.

3.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Each Band, and each of its respective Band members, agree, warrant and represent that:

i) Any songs submitted and/or performed in conjunction with the Contest which are to be judged, including but not limited to your Audition Files (the “Judged Materials”), are the original work of the Band or one or more of the Band members (i.e. the Band or one or more of the Band members owns and controls all rights, title and interest, including copyright, in and to the lyrics, music, arrangement and composition of such songs).

ii) The use of Judged Materials as contemplated by these Official Rules will not infringe upon the intellectual property rights, or defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights, of any third party, living or deceased.

iii) If a Band or any Band member is uncertain as to whether they can agree to these representations and warranties, they should confer with their legal counsel or other advisors.  Sponsor reserves the right at its sole and absolute discretion to request proof in writing of any necessary authorizations, assignments or waivers required herein.

  1. Judged Materials may not contain “sampling” from other songs, music, sound effects, or any other elements over which the Band and its Band members do not have all necessary rights, title and interest, including copyright.
  2. Judged Materials and Band names must be in keeping with Sponsor’s positive image.  Without limitation, Judged Materials that are deemed by Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, to be or to contain profanity, explicit sexuality, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, or libelous content, or which encourages unlawful behavior, or which is hateful, or which is racially, ethnically or otherwise offensive or objectionable, or which portrays the Sponsor in a negative fashion, may be disqualified.  THIS REQUIREMENT IS STRICTLY ENFORCED.  NO PROFANITY MAY APPEAR IN OR BE HEARD ON ANY JUDGED MATERIALS.
  3. Judged Materials and Band names must not include brand names, trademarks, trade names, logos or the intellectual property of any third parties.
  4. Judged Materials must be from an identifiable source.  Any attempt to create a false identity, to impersonate any person or entity, or to make a false or misleading statement, or misrepresent an affiliation with any person or entity, may result in disqualification.
  5. Sponsor reserves the right at any time, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify a Band that Sponsor believes, in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance with these Official Rules, or which has made a false or misleading statement on the Registration Submission Form or otherwise, and reserves the right to pursue all other rights and remedies available at law in the event of such disqualification.

4.

SELECTION OF PERFORMING BANDS:

  1. By a date to be determined by the Sponsor and communicated to the entrant Bands via the Official Website, a panel of qualified judges selected for each Participating Region (the “Online Qualification Judges”), in their sole and absolute discretion, will judge the Audition Files submitted by Bands to determine which Bands will qualify to perform in each Participating Region and compete in the Contest.  The Online Qualification Judges will judge each song on the Audition Files according to the following judging criteria: 1) Musicianship; 2) Voice Talent; and 3) Originality.
  2. The Online Qualification Judges may determine, in their sole and absolute discretion, the number of Bands that will qualify to compete in the Contest in each Participating Region.  Once that number is determined by the Online Qualification Judges, the eligible Bands in their respective Participating Region will be selected based on the highest total scores awarded to the Bands by the Online Qualification Judges using the criteria set forth above. Individual Band scores will be emailed to respective Bands with the winners posted on the Official Website.  
  3. Each Band selected to compete in each Participating Region shall be deemed a “Performing Band”.  The decision of the Online Qualification Judges relating to the selection of each Performing Band is final and binding. In the event of a tie, the Band from among the tied entries with the highest cumulative score in the first judging criterion described above (i.e. Musicianship) will be declared a Performing Band.  In the event of a tie using the tie-breaking criterion, the Performing Band shall be selected by the Online Qualification Judges, in their sole and absolute discretion. In the event it is determined that any potential Performing Band or Performing Band member is ineligible, or is subject to disqualification for any reason, then the Band will be disqualified and the Online Qualification Judges may elect to name the Band receiving the next highest cumulative score (but which was not previously selected as a Performing Band) as a Performing Band instead. In the event of a tie in such instance, the tie breaking criteria described above may be utilized. The odds of being declared a Performing Band depend on the number of Audition Files submitted by the Bands competing in the Contest and the skill of each Band and its members.
  4. CAUTION: THE MUSIC QUALITY OF THE BAND’S ‘LIVE’ PERFORMANCE MUST BE CONSISTENT WITH AUDIO RECORDINGS SUBMITTED WITH THE BANDS AUDITION FILES. IF THE SOUND QUALITY IS NOT CONSISTENT, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT DISQUALIFY THE BAND AT IS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DECRETION.

5.

SELECTION OF REGIONAL SEMI-FINALISTS & OVERALL REGION FINALISTS:

  1. REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL COMPETITIONS: The Regional Contest Administrator in each Participating Region will conduct regional semi-final competitions (“Regional Semi-Final Competition”) at a number of predetermined venue locations, on such dates and at such times as are established by the Regional Contest Administrator, and posted on the Official Website, for the Performing Bands. The Regional Contest Administrator will advise the Band Administrator of each Performing Band of any and all Regional Semi-Final Competition requirements (including but not limited to the competition format, the number of songs to be performed, the number of performances, and the schedule for the competition, collectively, the “Regional Competition Requirements”).  Should a Performing Band fail to comply with all such Regional Competition Requirements, or fail to appear for the Regional Semi-Final Competition on such date(s) and at such time(s) as established by the Regional Contest Administrator, then such Performing Band shall be disqualified.
  2. During the Regional Semi-Finals Competition, each Performing Band will perform such number of songs as may be required by the Regional Contest Administrator. However, only two song performances will be judged. On the Band’s Registration Submission Form, the Band will list the two original songs which it wishes to be judged (“Judged Songs”). The two Judged Songs will be judged by a panel of qualified judges (which may include professionals in the music, radio or recording industry and members of the general public) selected by the Regional Contest Administrator in its sole and absolute discretion (collectively, the “Regional Judges”).The persons serving as Regional Judges are subject to change at the Regional Contest Administrator’s sole and absolute discretion. The Regional Judges will judge the two Judged Songs according to the following judging criteria and with the following weight given to each such criterion (the “Judging Criteria”): 1) Musicianship (30%); 2) Voice Talent (20%); 3) Originality (20%) 4) Stage Presence (20%) and Fan Reaction/Appeal (10%). One (1) Band, from each category, at each venue location with the highest total score, as determined by the Regional Judges in their sole and absolute discretion using the Judging Criteria, will be named the winner and will continue on to compete in Regional Finals, as determined by the Regional Contest Administrator in its sole and absolute discretion. The odds of being named the winner and continuing on to compete in the Regional Finals depend on the number of Bands competing and the skill of each Band and its Band members.  In the event of a tie, the Band from among the tied entries with the highest cumulative score in the first judging criterion described above will be named the winner. In the event of a tie using the tie-breaking criterion, the Regional Judges will select the winner in their sole and absolute discretion. The decisions of the Regional Judges relating to the selection of the winner are final and binding.  In the event it is determined that any Band or Band member is ineligible or is subject to disqualification for any reason, then the Band will be disqualified and the Regional Contest Administrator may elect to name the Band receiving the next highest cumulative score as the winner.  In the event of a tie in such instance, the tie breaking criteria described above may be utilized.
  3. REGIONAL FINALS EVENT: During the Regional Finals (“Regional Finals Competition”), to be held at a specified venue location established by the Regional Contest Administrator and posted on the Official Website, each Performing Band will perform such number of songs as may be required by the Regional Contest Administrator.   However, only two song performances will be judged. The Band will perform the same two (2) original Judged Songs performed in the Regional Semi-Finals Competition. The two Judged Songs will be judged by the Regional Judges. The Regional Judges will judge the two Judged Songs according to the Judging Criteria (as defined above). One (1) Band, from each category, at Regional Finals Competition with the highest total score, as determined by the Regional Judges in their sole and absolute discretion using the Judging Criteria, will be declared the Regional Finalist for that Participating Region (“Regional Finalist”). The odds of being declared a Regional Finalist depend on the number of Bands competing during the Regional Finals Competition in each Participating Region and the skill of each Band and its Band members.  No more than one (1) Regional Finalist, from each category, will be named in each Participating Region.  In the event of a tie, the Band from among the tied entries in the Regional Finals Competition with the highest cumulative score in the first judging criterion described above will be declared the Regional Finalist. In the event of a tie using the tie-breaking criterion, the Regional Finalist shall be selected by the Regional Judges, in their sole and absolute discretion. The decisions of the Regional Judges relating to the selection of each Regional Finalist are final and binding.  In the event it is determined that any potential Regional Finalist Band or Band member is ineligible or is subject to disqualification for any reason, then the Band will be disqualified and the Regional Contest Administrator may elect to name as the Regional Finalist the Band competing in the finals event receiving the next highest cumulative score.  In the event of a tie in such instance, the tie breaking criteria described above may be utilized.
  4. VIDEO RECORDING OF JUDGED SONGS: During the Regional Finals Competition for each Participating Region, the performance of the Judged Songs (and perhaps other performances) will be video-recorded by representatives of the Regional Contest Administrator.   ONLY ELIGIBLE BAND MEMBERS WHO SIGNED AND RETURNED A REGISTRATION SUBMISSION FORM MAY APPEAR IN EACH VIDEO RECORDING.  No other performers, animals or people, including identifiable members of the audience, may be seen in the video recording.  If more than nine (9) performers appear in the video, the Band may be disqualified.
 
  1. Upon the conclusion of each Regional Competition, video recordings of each Regional Finalist’s Judged Songs with the highest total score (or in the event of a tie, the one with the highest musicianship score) (the “Contest Video”) will both be forwarded by the Regional Contest Administrator to a panel of qualified judges (which may include expert music staff employed by or associated with Sponsor and celebrity musicians) selected by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion (collectively, the “National Finals Judges”).

6.

SELECTION OF THE NATIONAL WINNERS: 

  1. On or about May,2018, the winners of each of the Regional Finals (“National Finalists“) will have an opportunity to perform to a panel of qualified judges (which may include expert music staff employed by or associated with Sponsor and celebrity musicians) selected by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion (collectively, the “National Finals Judges”) on stage at ___TBD________ Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The National Judges will use the Judging Criteria to judge each Bands live performances.
  2. In addition, on or about 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time [“EDT”]) on May __, 2018 until 11:59 p.m. EDT on May, __, 2018, the Contest Video of each Regional Finalist Band will be posted on the Official Website for viewing and for judging by visitors to the Official Website (“Online Fan Judges”).  The Online Fan Judges will use the Judging Criteria to vote for their favorite Band. A valid email address and IP address is required in order to vote.  Votes generated by invalid email addresses or IP addresses will be disqualified.  Automated votes are prohibited.  There is a limit of one (1) vote per Online Fan Judge, per email address and per IP address.  Any votes exceeding that limit will be disqualified. 
  3. On or about 3:00 p.m. EDT on May __, 2018, after the completion of the live performances tallying of votes received from the Online Fan Judges, the Grand Prize winning Band receiving the highest number of valid votes from the National Finals Judges and the Online Fan Judges will be awarded the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at Madison Square Garden (the “Main Stage Performance”), subject to eligibility requirements set forth herein and compliance with the Official Rules.
  4. The odds of participating in the Main Stage Performance will depend on the skill of each Grand Prize winning Band and its Band members.  In the event of a tie, the Main Stage Performance winner will be selected by the National Judges, in their sole and absolute discretion. In the event it is determined that any Grand Prize winning Band or Band member is ineligible or is subject to disqualification for any reason, then the Grand Prize winning Band will be disqualified and the Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, may elect to name the Grand Prize winning Band receiving the next highest number of valid votes to participate in the Main Stage Performance.  The name of the Grand Prize winning Bands selected for the Main Stage Performance will be posted on the Official Website on or about May __, 2018.
   

7.

NOTIFICATION: If any Band is named as a potential Performing Band, Regional Semi-Finalist, Regional Finalist, or National Finalist and the Band Administrator cannot be reached by telephone within twenty-four (24) hours from the first notification attempt, then such Band may be disqualified and the Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, may elect another competing Band instead with the next highest score (or number of votes).

8.

GRAND PRIZE:

a)     One (1) Grand Prize Winner from each category: A trip to New York City for each member of the Grand Prize winning Band named in the Registration Submission Form (up to nine (9) such members) and the opportunity for the Band to perform at Madison Square Garden.  The Grand Prize winning Band must perform only original songs during its Grand Prize Performance.  Only Band members named in the Registration Submission Form are eligible to receive this Grand Prize.  Band managers, agents or other band support staff are NOT eligible to receive this Grand Prize.  Trip consists of the following components for each Band member: Round-trip coach air transportation from the major regional airport gateway selected by the Band to New York City, New York (all Band members must travel on the same itinerary, depart from and return to the same location, and provide their own transportation to/from the departure airport and their residences); four (4) nights hotel accommodations in New York City (up to three rooms - double occupancy in two rooms/single occupancy in third room); breakfast daily at the hotel; tickets to the Battle for the Stage Grand Finale for two (2) days; round-trip ground transportation between airport and hotel in New York City (including equipment), and US$50.00 spending money per day for each Band member.  Band members are responsible for shipping their own equipment to Hawaii. The date, time, length and other specific requirements for the Grand Prize and Main Stage Performance will be determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion.  Each Band member of a Grand Prize winning Band may be required to sign additional publicity/liability/rights releases before receiving the Grand Prize and participating in Main Stage Performance.  Travel must take place during the period of May __ – May __, 2018, or on such other dates as may be specified by Sponsor.   Actual value of the prize may vary depending on departure location, booking date, number of Band members, fares at the time of travel and other factors. A Grand Prize winning Band is not entitled to the difference, if any, between the stated and the actual Grand Prize value.  A Grand Prize winning Band may be disqualified and the Grand Prize maybe forfeited in the event that any Band member of the Grand Prize winning Band becomes involved in any situation which may bring Sponsor into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule, or which has the potential to shock, insult or offend the community or any group or class thereof, in such a way that could negatively impact the reputation of Sponsor.

b)     Each Band agrees to participate in producing a minimum two (2) minute instructional and/or motivational music video benefiting and/or supporting the Willie K Performing Arts Academy.

 

 

9.

USE/OWNERSHIP:  With respect to the use and ownership of all Judged Materials, each competing Band and each Band member acknowledges and agrees as follows:

  1. The rights of each Band and each Band member, and the Sponsor, shall be established by the terms of these Official Rules and by the contents of any releases entered into as required by these Official Rules.
  2. Except to the extent prohibited by law, by participating in the Contest, each Band member agrees that Sponsor and its designees may use, publish, videotape, broadcast, distribute and display all elements of his/her Judged Materials, Audition Files, the Contest Videos, and any other videos and recordings made of the Band’s performances during the Contest and the Main Stage Performance, as well as each Band member’s name, address [city and state/province], biographical information, statements, voice, photograph and other likeness, in whole or in part, in any and all media either now or hereafter known, in perpetuity throughout the universe, solely in connection with advertising, promoting and conducting this Contest, without notification and without compensation of any kind to any Band member or any third party. Sponsor reserves all rights in perpetuity, including without limitation, the right to reproduce, alter, amend, edit, modify, crop and use the Judged Materials, Audition Files, the Contest Videos, and any other videos and recordings made of the Band’s performances during the Contest and the Main Stage Performance in connection with advertising, promoting and conducting this Contest.
  3. Sponsor does not undertake to consider the Judged Materials or Audition Files in confidence and Sponsor has not made any prior inducements, promises or representations to the Band members or Bands regarding the Judged Materials or Audition Files other than as set forth in the Official Rules.
  4. Participation by each competing Band in this Contest, and the accompanying submission of each Band’s Judged Materials to Sponsor, shall in no way limit or restrict Sponsor's rights with respect to, or the use of, Judged Materials submitted by other Bands or Band members, or otherwise developed, created or used by Sponsor, both prior to and after the submission of each Band’s Judged Materials herein, and Sponsor shall have no obligations to each Band and Band member with respect to such other Judged Materials. Accordingly, each competing Band and Band member acknowledges that Sponsor's use of other material containing elements similar to or identical with those contained in the Band’s Judged Materials shall not entitle the competing Band or Band member to any compensation if Sponsor has an independent right to use such other materials.

10.

GENERAL PRIZE RESTRICTIONS/CONDITIONS: Sponsor reserves the right to change/add components to the travel schedule and the Main Stage Performance.  Airfare and hotel accommodations are at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor.  Band Administrators are responsible for arranging travel arrangements in advance of departure dates with the Sponsor.  All meals, taxes, gratuities, insurance, incidentals (including mini-bar and entertainment expenses), phone charges, transportation between the airport and each Band member’s residence, and other expenses not specifically identified in these Official Rules are the sole responsibility of each Band member.  Each Band member must comply with all hotel check-in requirements, including but not limited to the presentation of a major credit card.  All elements of the trip are subject to availability. Sponsor is not responsible for Concert, event or travel cancellations beyond its control, including Force Majeure events such as  acts of God, fire, floods, volcanic disturbances, extreme weather including but not limited to hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, tornados, war, terrorism or threats of terrorism, government regulation, civil disobedience, disaster, or other casualty, strikes or threat of strikes, power outage, or similar causes beyond the control of Sponsor making it illegal, impossible, or commercially impracticable for Sponsor to provide its obligations under the Official Rules. In the event that any element is not available (including the Grand Prize Performance or Main Stage Performance), then all other trip elements will still be offered and no compensation will be due each Band member for the unavailable element(s).  No transfer, substitution, or cash equivalent for the Grand Prize is allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a Grand Prize, or Grand Prize element, of equal or greater monetary value (whether in cash or otherwise) if a Grand Prize, or Grand Prize element, cannot be awarded as described for any reason.  If a Grand Prize is returned as undeliverable or is forfeited or refused, this may result in disqualification and an alternate National Finalist Band may be selected as a potential Grand Prize winning Band, if time permits.  All federal, state, provincial, local and other tax liabilities, including but not limited to sales and use taxes, goods and services taxes, excise taxes, income and U.S. withholding taxes, customs duties, fees and like amounts in connection with a Grand Prize winning Band member’s award, acceptance or use of a Grand Prize arising from this Contest will be the sole responsibility of each Band member.

 

 

11.

CONTEST CONDITIONS: If one or more Band members of a Grand Prize winning Band cannot travel to New York City during the period of May __ – May __, 2018 (or such other dates as are selected by Sponsor), or do not comply with the Official Rules, then the entire Grand Prize winning Band may be disqualified in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. This Contest is subject solely to the applicable federal, state and local laws of the United States.  By participating, Bands agree that only the laws of the United States shall be applicable to this Contest and their participation in this Contest. By participating, each Band member agrees: (i) to be bound by these Official Rules and any other documents required by Sponsor (including, without limitation, the Registration Submission Form and any releases required) and by the decisions of Sponsor, the Regional Contest Administrator, the Regional Judges, the Online Fan Judges, and the Contest Administrator, and to waive any right to claim ambiguity in this Contest, the Official Rules or any other documents required by Sponsor (including, without limitation, the Registration Submission Form and any releases), (ii) to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Contest Entities, and their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability, claims, losses, damages, demands, causes of action, penalties and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or related to any statement, action or failure to act by the Band member during or in connection with the Band member’s participation in the Contest, and/or any breach or alleged breach of these Official Rules or of any other documents required by Sponsor or related to the Judged Materials including any use thereof and, (iii) not to sue and to irrevocably and unconditionally release, waive and forever discharge the Released Parties from any and all liabilities, claims and demands of any kind or nature whatsoever, in law or equity, whether known or unknown, which the Band member (or Band member’s successors-in-interest, heirs and/or agents) ever had, now have, or in the future may have against the Released Parties, including, but not limited to claims arising out of or related to personal injury (including death) and/or damage, theft, loss or any other harm resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity (including but not limited to the Main Stage Performance), the acceptance, possession, misuse, improper awarding, failure to award, or use of a Grand Prize and/or the use of any of the rights granted herein (including, without limitation, the use and exploitation of the Judged Materials, the Contest Videos, Audition Files and any other videos and recordings made of the Band’s performances during the Contest, the Main Stage Performance and each Band’s name, Band member’s name, address [city and state/province], biographical information, statements, voice, photograph and/or other likeness).

 

 

12.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: Contest Entities are not responsible for illegible, garbled, corrupted, damaged, lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable or incomplete Registration Submission Forms, Contest Videos or online votes (as applicable) whether due to system errors, human errors or failures, or faulty transmissions or other telecommunications or other types of malfunctions or interferences, and/or for online votes not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system or human errors and failures, or faulty transmissions, or as a result of any other error or problem of any kind relating to or in connection with this Contest, whether technical, mechanical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the collection and processing of the Registration Submission Forms, Audition Files, or Contest Videos, and/or the judging of the Contest, the announcement of a Grand Prize or in any Contest-related materials. Sponsor may prohibit a Band or Band member from participating in the Contest or winning a Grand Prize if, in its sole and absolute discretion, it determines that said Band or Band member, or anyone acting in concert with such Band or Band member, is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or unfair voting practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor’s representatives. If for any reason any portion of this Contest is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, then Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and select the potential Grand Prize winning Band either from those eligible votes received up to the cancellation/suspension date or in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANYONE ELSE TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY CONTEST-RELATED WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

 

 

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MISCELLANEOUS: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules, or of any Registration Submission Form, release or any other document required herein, shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other remaining provisions. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules (and the Registration Submission Form, release or any other document, as applicable) shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. These Official Rules and any other documents required by Sponsor constitute the entire understanding and agreement between each Band or Band member and Sponsor. No other agreement, written or oral, express or implied exists between each Band or Band member and Sponsor with respect to the Original Materials or this Contest.  Any modification, waiver or termination of the provisions of these Official Rules or such other documents must be in writing and be signed by each Band member and Sponsor.   In the event of a discrepancy or conflict between the terms of the Registration Submission Form and these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall govern.  Although these Official Rules may be available in multiple languages, the English version of these Official Rules shall prevail in the event of any conflict or difference between the English version and any version in another language.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to change, add to, delete from, modify or amend these Official Rules at any time.   All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding.

 

 

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PERSONAL INFORMATION: By entering the Contest, each Band member consents to the use and disclosure of his/her personal information collected in connection with the Contest by Sponsor and its authorized agents and representatives for the purposes of administering this Contest.  Each Band member also agrees to the use in perpetuity of such Band member’s name, address [city and state/province], biographical information, statements, voice, photograph and/or other likeness, in the Contest Videos, on the Official Website, at the Main Stage Performance, the ‘Battle for the Stage’ reality show, and otherwise in connection with conducting or promoting the Contest, without further notice or compensation.  It is agreed that all such information may be transferred to the U.S.A. for the purposes set forth herein.

 

 

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RULES/WINNERS LIST: To view the most up-to-date version of the Official Rules, please visit BattlefortheStage.com

 

 

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SPONSOR: Battle for the Stage, LLC, PO Box 4444, San Clemente, CA 92674