TALENT COMPETITION RULES & REGULATIONS


Introducing the new Top 25 BEST Talent Category


The BlackFrederick.com Top 25 Awards Show will have performances by the talent category's top 5 contestants who make it through the voting process.  We will accept video submissions until November 30, 2011 and voting will commence on December 1 until December 31. 

The top 5 videos receiving the most votes online or via mailed in voting forms will go on to perform live at the Top 25 Awards Show, to be held on February 11, 2012 in Frederick, MD.  Any talent may apply, but must agree to performing on February 11, 2012. 

Rules and regulations are as follows:

CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES

1.       Rules:

a.      Eligibility Restrictions: 

                                                              i.      Contest open to Frederick County Residents only.  Employees or associated vendors of BlackFrederick.com are not eligible to enter. 

                                                            ii.      Participants may be a party to a music recording contract or any other contractual arrangement that would prohibit or restrict them from: (i) entering this Contest; (ii) allowing their performances to be recorded, exhibited, broadcast and used as described in these Official Rules; or (iii) granting the rights granted in these Official Rules. 

                                                          iii.      Participants will be asked to sign a release form that assigns all rights to the videotaped performance to BlackFrederick.com.

                                                          iv.      Employees, officers, directors, representatives, and agents of BlackFrederick.com or its affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and members of their immediate families (i.e., spouses, parents, siblings, and children) and those living in their households, are not eligible to enter the Contest. BlackFrederick.com shall have the right to verify the accuracy of all information submitted and also reserves the rights to disqualify any Participants that it, in its sole discretion, believes might for any reason reflect negatively on BlackFrederick.com or who fails to comply with these Official Rules. By participating, each Participant agrees to comply with these Official Rules and with the decisions of BlackFrederick.com, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects.

b.      Deadlines:

                                                              i.      Participants may enter the 2012 Top 25 Awards Talent Completion online at the Website or via mail.

                                                            ii.      Online Entries:  To enter online, visit the Website and follow all instructions, submit all required information, and upload the Video (as instructed). Nomination entries may be submitted beginning at 6:00 pm Eastern Time (“ET”) on November 1, 2011 and ending at 11:59 p.m. ET on November 30, 2011.

                                                          iii.      Mail Entries:  Copies of all entry materials can be downloaded from the Website or requested via mail (no items will be returned or verified of receipt). Mail-in entries must be post marked no later than November 30, 2011.  To enter by mail, mail a single package containing all entry materials and your Video (DVD) to BlackFrederick.com 2012 Top 25 Awards Talent Category.   Email us for the physical address. 

                                                          iv.      Upon nomination conclusion, voting will begin December 1, 2011 and end on December 31, 2011.  At that time, nominees will be determined and posted on the Website no later than 12:00 p.m. ET on January 1, 2012. 

                                                            v.      BlackFrederick.com, in its sole discretion, may change the deadlines for Entry, and any changes will be noted on the Website.

c.       Nominations:

                                                              i.      Participants must complete and return entry form, video submission and entry fee of $50.00 USD by deadline date of November 30, 2011. 

                                                            ii.      Videos will be placed on the BlackFrederick.com website from November 1, 2011– November 30, 2011.   Website members will be able to vote on submissions to determine the top 5 nominees that will go on to perform at the Top 25 Awards Show February 5, 2012 at a location to be determined in Frederick, MD.

                                                          iii.      Required Materials: Regardless of the method of entry, each Participants will be required to provide and submit the following information and materials:

1.      By “Video”:  Participant must create and submit an audition video (“Video”) which must:

2.      be an audio-visual recording of the Participant’s performance (whether public or private) of one (and only one) song selected by the Participant;

3.      be no less than sixty (60) seconds and no longer than three (3) minutes in length. If the Video is longer than three (3) minutes in length, BlackFrederick.com shall have the right (in its sole discretion) to disqualify the entry;

4.      if submitted via the online method of entry, (a) the “title” of the Video must be the Participant’s name, and (b) the Video must be in one of the following formats:  WMV, AVI, MPEG or MP4 sent to info@bftop25.com, or online submissions may use a link to an embeddable video network, such as YouTube.com; and

5.      if submitted via the mail-in, (a) the Video must be labeled with the Participant name and the Participant Representative’s name, address and phone number, and (b) the Video must be in one of the following formats: DVD or VHS format.

d.      Performance Requirements:

                                                              i.      Participants will perform one (and only one) song in its entirety.

                                                            ii.      Performances will be no longer than 5 minutes in performance time. 

                                                          iii.      Performance Choices:  Each Participant must provide a brief description of their performance at the Top 25 Awards Show.

                                                          iv.      If any participant violates these restrictions (or any of these Official Rules), the Participant may be asked to alter its performance or may be disqualified, at BlackFrederick.coms’ sole discretion.

e.      Prizes: 

                                                              i.      Winners of the talent competition will have their performance videotaped and posted on the BlackFrederick.com website for an undisclosed amount of time. 

                                                            ii.      Winners will be awarded a trophy for Best Talent and a monetary gift.  No substitutions for prizes will be offered. 

                                                          iii.      All contest winners must sign and date an official release and waiver form as requested.  Failure to do so will forfeit winnings at the sole discretion of BlackFrederick.com.

                                                          iv.      All winners must present a valid identification to receive winnings.  Failure to do so will forfeit winnings at the sole discretion of BlackFrederick.com. 

f.        Execution: 

                                                              i.      Competition will take place during the Top 25 Awards Show and the audience will vote for the competing talent at the conclusion of the performances.

                                                            ii.      Participants determined as finalist will perform no longer than 4 minutes and no less than 3 minutes  and performance details, head shot and short bio (less than 100 words) must be submitted to BlackFrederick.com no later than 2 weeks before the Top 25 Awards Show. 

                                                          iii.      Participants will perform in the order predetermined by BlackFrederick.com and will be notified within 1 week of the BlackFrederick.com Top 25 Awards Show. 

                                                          iv.      Participants will also be required to attend a dress rehearsal during a predetermined date (determined by January 1).  Rehearsal will be closed to other contestants. 

                                                            v.      All decisions announced by BlackFrederick.com are final. 

 

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