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Torbay Emerging Talent 2019 Terms and Conditions

Rules

1. It is open to any group, band, or artist who attain 19 years of age or under before 31st August 2019. They must be young people (or a 50% majority in the membership) who reside (and/or attend an education establishment inc. colleges and universities) in Torbay and the surrounding area.

2. Acts must not be professionally signed to any record label, agency or other organisation and must therefore be “amateur” in the strictest sense of the word. Definition of professionally signed is a group/artist whose members receive regular and taxable payment from the group’s earnings and/or have management who are paid to conduct the group/artists’ work.

4.The competition final will be held in front of a public audience and before a panel of expert and lay judges. The judges will make awards to the competitors and their decision on all matters will be final. The event organisers will appoint the judges and their decision is final in all aspects.

5. The closing date for entries to the competition is February 8th 2019

5.1 By submitting an entry form you are committing to being available to play the live final on Sunday 3rd March 2019

6.In the event of more than 6 entries the judges will decide on a shortlist of acts that will go on to perform in the competition. This will be based on any material (songs/videos) submitted with your application and your artist bio. 

6.1 The shortlist of successful entries who will perform in the event will be announced on February 15th 2019

7. Each entry will play:

· A programme (set) of not less than 10 mins and not longer than 15 min.

· Entries will be penalised for too short a program and those who go over the 15 minute mark will be “switched off”.

8. Entries must be totally live and not have any pre-recorded parts to it. The only exception to this will be:

· Sequenced tracks as part of a techno performance. At least 50% of the performance must be played live.

· Use of decks.

9. Participants will be required to use the provided PA, Basic back-line (bass/keyboard amps) and Drum Kit. Guitarists should bring their own amps where possible. You must also bring your own instruments, effects units, leads, snare drum, stool and cymbals. There will be a short set-up time for each act. A detailed line-up sheet will be sent nearer the time.

10. Acts will be judged on:

a] Technique and control of instruments.

b] Performance (confidence and poise),

c] Presentation (appearance and personal presentation plus audience communication) and

d] Entertainment value.

11. This is a music competition and awards will be musically based. Dance and stage performance may be used but will form only a small element of the judging in terms of entertainment value.

12. It is the performers’ responsibility to ensure that the material used in their performance is of an acceptable standard and conforms to public entertainment standards. Bad language is not admissible nor any statements or actions which could be interpreted as prejudice or inflammatory against race, colour, creed, religion, sexuality, or gender. Any breeches of this rule will result in the immediate suspension from the competition and set terminated (switched off). If there is any doubt please consult the organisers before the competition.

14. Prizes: The winner will receive a day's recording at Ocean Studios. More prizes still to be announced.

15. Candidates will be disqualified should they falsify, directly or inadvertently, any information in connection with this competition,

16. Please note that there are no complimentary tickets to the event. Ticket prices are £3 and are available directly from the contestants or by contacting ryan.hamilton@torbay.gov.uk

17. The Festival organisers reserve the right to change or amend these rules and conditions without notice should they see fit. They also reserve the right not to make any award should they deem circumstances warrant. In the event of a complaint or dispute, this should be made in writing to:-   Torbay Music Service, Torquay Town Hall. Torquay, TQ3 3DR. 

18. In the event that less than five acts enter the competition, the event will be cancelled.

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