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Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition
(Published: December 08, 2014)

The Jazz Academy of Music, producer of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival (MAJF), herein after referred to as "Sponsor", will hold a live vocal competition on February 14, 2015 at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Ronnie Wells Main Stage. Vocalist will compete for the title of "Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice" and a $2,000 grand prize. The competition works this way:
Contestants must enter the competition by uploading recording samples, a video and a picture to the MAJF website along with a $75 entry fee between October 15, 2014 and January 8, 2015.

Six finalists will be selected from a panel of judges to compete in the live competition.

A panel of 3 judges and the audience will determine the grand prize winner and 2nd and 3rd place finalist.
The judges vote, referred to as the "technical vote" will count 75% toward the final score of the contestants and the audience vote, referred to as the "popular vote" will count 25% toward the final score of the contestants.

The contest with the highest combined score will be the winner of the competition.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to individual vocal artists who are 16 years of age or older at the time of entry and who are not presently signed to any major record label, or any record label or publisher under any exclusive agreements and/or other contractual arrangements which prohibit or might prohibit them from participating in any element of this Contest. Employees, contractors, directors and officers of the Jazz Academy of Music Inc., and the immediate family members (i.e. spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, and spouse or "step" of each and those living in the same households) are not eligible to participate in this Contest. Contestants must not have performed on the MAJF Ronnie Wells Main Stage within the previous 2 years or be contracted to perform the current year, 2015.

TO ENTER: Contest Entrants must submit at least three (3) traditional jazz recordings no longer than 3 minutes each, to include 1 up-tempo selection, 1 ballad and 1 selection of the Entrants choice. Entrants must also submit a picture and 1 video YouTube link showing the contestant performing a jazz selection. Entrants will upload their submissions to www.midatlanticjazzfestival.org between October 15, 2014 and January 8, 2015 ("Contest Period").

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Contestants must include a non-refundable entry fee of $75 with their submission. The entry fee is payable on the website by Visa or MasterCard. By entering a Submission in the Contest, Entrants hereby warrant and represent that the Submission conforms to the Contest Submission Requirements set forth herein. Entrants agree and acknowledge that no compensation will be paid to them for any reason whatsoever including, but not limited to, entering this Contest or uploading a Submission.

All Submissions must be in the following file formats: Audio: MP3, or WAV; Picture: jpeg and Video: YouTube link.

Submissions must meet the following requirements ("Submission Requirements"), and failure to abide by the Submission Requirements is grounds for disqualification in Sponsor's sole discretion:

Submissions must not contain material which is (or promoting activities which are) harmful, threatening, abusive, disparaging, harassing, vulgar, obscene, hateful, pornographic, or libelous or which has other inappropriate content, or is otherwise objectionable as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Submissions shall not defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about any persons, products or companies. Submissions shall not contain materials which are not created by Entrant and submissions shall not be in violation of any law.

BY ENTERING A SUBMISSION, ENTRANTS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SUBMISSIONS MAY BE POSTED ON THE MAJF WEBSITE, IN SPONSOR'S DISCRETION. Entrants acknowledge that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Submissions. By uploading a Submission, Entrants warrant and represent that the Submission is Entrant's work. Entrants shall indemnify and hold harmless, Sponsor from any claims contrary to or in violation of this warranty and representation.

By entering the Contest, each Entrant agrees: (i) that Sponsors shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any Submissions in any manner and Entrants shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason of Sponsors use or non-use of a Submission; (ii) to be bound by these Contest Official Rules; (iii) that Entrants may be contacted by Sponsors regarding the Contest; (iv) to indemnify and hold Sponsors harmless from any and all claims, demands, causes of action and judgments (including attorney's fees, court costs and expert's fees) arising out of or relating to any breach by Entrant of the terms and conditions of these Contest Official Rules, including any representations and warranties made herein. By entering the Contest, each Entrant agrees to sign and deliver to Sponsors such documents as Sponsors may reasonably require to effectuate the rights and obligations granted in these Contest Official Rules.

GRANT OF RIGHTS: By entering this Contest, each Entrant agrees that Contest Parties have the right to use the Entrant's Submission and Entrant's name and likeness in any and all media in and in connection with promotion, publicity, marketing and advertising for and by Contest Parties, and in connection with this Contest or other promotions by Contest Parties as Contest Parties see fit without any further notification or compensation to or of the Entrant.

SELECTION OF FINALIST: Submissions will be reviewed by our first round panel of judges who will select 6 semi-finalist and 2 alternates. Semi-finalist will perform at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival for our audience and final round panel of judges. Semi-finalist will be selected on the basis of Vocal Quality, Musicality, Technique, Ability to swing, Performance, Individuality, and Artistic interpretation.

FINALIST TRIP: Each Finalist will receive an All Access Pass to the MAJF and the opportunity to compete in the MAJF Live Competition; and (ii) any Finalists that resides in excess of one hundred (100) miles from Rockville, Maryland will be provided 1 night hotel accommodations. Finalists will be required to be present in Rockville, MD, on dates designated by Sponsors, which is scheduled to be on February, 13th and 14th 2015. In the event a Finalist cannot travel on dates designated by Sponsor, that Finalist will be disqualified and an Alternate will be upgraded to a Finalist.

The Finalists will be selected between January 9, 2014 and January 15, 2014. Finalists will be posted on the Website on or about January 15, 2014. Entrants acknowledge that the Contest Parties shall have no obligations, financial or otherwise, to the Finalists, except for those explicitly set forth in these Contest Official Rules. Entrants will provide their personal identifying information (e.g., social security number or tax ID) to the Sponsors for the purposes of facilitating the award of the Contest prizes. Other prizes may be determined at the discretion of the Sponsors and their designated appointees.

MAJF Live Competition: All six (6) Finalists will compete in a MAJF Live Competition on February 14, 2015. Each Finalist will be required to perform a collection of songs: 2 traditional jazz standard selections of the Finalist Choice one of which must be an up-tempo swing tune and; a required selection," The Best is Yet to Come", by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh. This required selection may be performed at a tempo and with a feel of the Finalist choice. Finalists are encouraged to be creative with this selection. The finalist will perform with the MAJF selected rhythm section and will be entitled to a 20 minute coordination session with the lead musician of the rhythm section prior to their performance. The time of the session will be arranged with the Finalists prior to their arrival.

After each Finalist performance, each judge will provide immediate feedback in brief. Finalist will receive more comprehensive written feedback after the MAJF. The judges and live audience will select (1) grand prize winner (the "Grand Prize Winner"), one (1) second place winner (the "2nd Place Winner"), and one (1) third place winner (the "3rd Place Winner") based on the following criteria: Vocal Quality, Musicality, Technique, Ability to swing, Performance, Individuality, and Artistic interpretation. The judge's "Technical" vote will contribute 75% to the final score and the audience "Popular" vote will contribute 25% to the final score. In the event of a tie, the tied Finalists will be judged by one additional judge who will serve as the tie-breaker and determine whichever winners have not been chosen. Entrants agree that the Sponsor has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of the Sponsors are final and binding. The awards include:

ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE: Grand Prize consists of Two Thousand United States Dollars ($2,000.00 USD); and a recognition plaque.

ONE (1) 2nd PLACE PRIZE: 2nd Place Prize consists of One Thousand United States Dollars ($1,000.00 USD); and a recognition plaque

ONE (1) 3rd PLACE PRIZE: 3rd Place Prize a recognition plaque.

Entrants agree that the Sponsor has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding.

More Information: http://www.midatlanticjazzfestival.org/

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