ENTER ~ Seattle WAVE Radio’s 7th Annual Jammin’ Challenge


OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES 
August 1, 2017

Have you dreamed about what it might be like to have an opportunity to play on-stage with some of the most highly distinguished musicians in the Seattle music scene? Some of the icons? Legacy musicians such as Mike DeRosier and Steve Fossen of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted ‘Heart”, and Allen White of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted ‘Yes’? How about the opportunity to record one of your songs at an award winning local recording studio? How about winning a $1,000.00 CASH prize?

Here’s your chance for that opportunity! The First-Place Winner will be invited to play at the Play it Forward 8, the all-star icon gala, promoted and produced by Music Aid Northwest, in March 2018!

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Do You Believe You Are Ready For This Competition?

Seattle Wave Radio's 7th Annual Jammin' Challenge 2017 ~ (No purchase or entry fee necessary)

First, read all the submission information carefully listed below. Second, have all your requirements ready, and then…

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Please contact Seattle Wave Radio at jamminchallenge.swradio@gmail.com with any questions about the submission process. We wish success for everyone and will answer your questions to help you make a decision to enter, or to continue in completing your entry. We appreciate your interest in Seattle Wave Radio’s Jammin’ Challenge.

Eligibilty:

PLEASE READ all the following documentation before submitting your entry. Your entry must be fully completed with all the required information, videos, and audio files as requested before being accepted. We look forward to receiving your submission to the 7th Annual Jammin’ Challenge 2017.

This Contest (the “Jammin’ Challenge 2017”) brought to you by Seattle Wave Radio (the “Sponsor”) is governed by these rules (the “Official Rules”). The Contest is open to solo artists and to bands who themselves and whose members are age 18 or older at the time of entry (the “Entrant”). No purchase or entry fee is necessary. All Entrants must fully complete in its entirety all the submission requirements to qualify for entry into the contest (SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS). Employees, directors, officers and principals of the Sponsor, including its licensees, advertising and promotion agencies, subsidiaries, affiliates, contractors, agents and members of their immediate families or households are not eligible to participate.

PLEASE NOTE: Bands and solo artists must be based in the Pacific Northwest, and available for the 2 live shows. The 2017 Challenge Finale on November 18th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle; and the Music Aid Northwest Gala, Play It Forward 8 at the Triple Door Seattle, in March 2018.

Purpose of This Contest:

To generate more awareness for local independent Washington State (and Pacific Northwest) bands and solo artists, giving the opportunity for talented performers or unknown bands to benefit from increased publicity and recognition who make it to the semi-final elimination rounds and the Finale. Becoming the over-all winner at the Finale of the Jammin’ Challenge is the only way to be honored with an invitation to open the annual Play It Forward benefit concert.

How To Enter:

To enter the Contest, an Entrant must go to the ReverbNation opportunity page by clicking on the following link: Seattle Wave Radio’s – 7th Annual Jammin’ Challenge  prior to the end of the Promotion Period (as defined below) to (i) register as an Entrant in the Contest; and (ii) upload your entry.

Following the successful submission of your entry, there will be a “completed” form at Reverbnation to confirm the successful submission.

CONTEST ENTRY and JUDGING PERIOD:

The Contest entry period starts on or around 7:00 a.m. / PDT on July 28th 2017, and ends at midnight PDT on September 8th 2017 (the “Promotion Period”). All entries must be received no later than 12:00 a.m. PDT on September 9, 2017. All bands that meet the Jammin’ Challenge 2017 entry criteria will be entered into the elimination judging rounds. The 1st semi-final judging round September 10th – 14th. In this round, A Seattle Wave Radio panel will judge and select 32 from all the entries based on all the submission material.

The 2nd semi-final judging round will be September 15th – 21st. In this round, a new panel of judges will privately listen and individually judge each of the 32 artists in a “blind” listening session. These judges (usually 7 judges) will not have any information about the band or the song. They will not even know who the other judges are in the round. The combined tally of their scoring will then choose who the next 16 entrants will move into the 3rd semi-final round.

The 3rd semi-final judging round will be September 22nd – 28th. In this round, a new panel of judges will privately listen and score each of the 16 artists, again, in a “blind” listening session. These judges (usually 7 judges) will, again, not have any information about the band or the song, nor know who the other judges are in the round. The combined tally of their scoring will choose the final 4 entrants who will perform at the Jammin’ Challenge Finale on November 18th at the Hard Rock Cafe, Seattle.

The Finale live performance is a result of a month long, three elimination round process. These four bands will have been selected by 3 panels of judges drawn from the professional music community. The judges scored the bands and artists according to several different criteria, and the Final Four are competing live for over $18,000 in prizes.

Seattle Wave Radio is the official time keeping device of the Program Period. Entries submitted or attempted to be submitted outside of the Promotion Period will be automatically disqualified.

Submission Requirements & Competition Rules:

1. Bands must be based in the Pacific Northwest, and available for the 2 live shows. The 2017 Challenge Finale on November 18th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Café in Seattle; and the Music Aid Northwest Gala, Play It Forward 8 at the Triple Door Seattle, in March 2018.

2. Submissions for entry will begin July 28, 2017 and end September 8, 2017.

3. Bands / Artists must have a current ReverbNation account.

4. All Entrants to the 7th Annual Jammin’ Challenge must submit their entry through ReverbNation to qualify.

5. Bands must be independent artists; not yet signed to a major national label.

6. Music submitted for judging in the semi-final rounds and performed live at the Finale must be your own original music. Any genre may enter.

7. DO NOT submit your entry into the 7th Annual Jammin’ Challenge UNTIL you have read all the requirements and have all the necessary information, music formatting, and links ready. An incomplete submission can be disqualified.

8. Open to both first-time bands and solo artists, and those bands or solo artists who did not make it to the Jammin’ Challenge Finale 2010 – 2016.

9. ***The contest is NOT OPEN to bands or solo artists who had advanced to the finale in 2010 – 2016 (NOT eligible to enter again).

10. The final 4 bands and artists that make it through all the semi-final judging rounds and into the Finale, must not have a live show in the Greater Seattle-Metro area two (2) weeks prior to November 18th and one (1) week after. NO EXCEPTIONS!

11. Judging at the Finale will be by “name” professionals in the Seattle music industry, supplied by Seattle WAVE Radio and Music Aid Northwest. Finals will be held at The Hard Rock Café, Seattle WA.

12. Voting at the 7th Annual Jammin’ Challenge will be a combination of audience participation (45%) and a panel of Judges (55%).

All bands that meet the Jammin’ Challenge 2017 entry criteria will be entered into the elimination judging rounds. The 1st semi-final judging round September 9th – 14th is at Seattle Wave Radio.

WHAT IS REQUIRED TO INCLUDE WITH YOUR SUBMISSION:

1. Submit the 1 song you feel is your own, or your bands’ best work… what you believe is your exceptionally good music. That song you want everyone in the country humming along to! That song which you hope would make you famous! That song which is both the most popular with your fans and the one you enjoy playing the most, too!

2. Please submit your song as MP3 (preferably at 128-kbps).

3. We will need all information about the song including the correct Title, Lyrics, Release Date, Artist, and Cover Art if your song is chosen. Please have it ready to submit.

4. Please provide a YouTube video to one of your recently recorded “live” performances (3 to 5 minutes), (we are not looking at sound quality or video quality )

Example of live performance video (used by permission-Regan Lane): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxwjndniQB4

 

 

 

 


5. Please provide a YouTube video link to a home-made, ‘who we are’ video of all of your band together, or yourself if a solo artist — (1 to 2 minutes). This video might be used at the Finale to introduce your band before your set. (Start with name of band, what kind of music you play, where you are from, each person introduces themselves, say whatever else you want about your band and your your aspirations as a band.)(Keep it fun and enthusiastic). 

6. Please provide all Social Media presence links.

7. Please provide a brief bio which includes a list of all members of band, and what they play, and include a photo of the band (if a band), or a photo of yourself (if entered as a solo artist).

8. We will need a Stage Plot if you are selected for the Finale. (this will be needed for the Finale at the Hard Rock Cafe)

Prizes of Winning:

PRIZES! More exposure for your music; the opportunity to perform at The Hard Rock Café, Seattle, plus the Triple Door; and some outstanding prizes to be awarded to all 4-finalists.
The final 4 competing at the LIVE Finale performance on November 18, 2017 will be awarded the following prizes based on their winning placement, and other prizes to be announced:

First Prize:

Total first prize package value: $8,000.00

$1,000.00 cash from Seattle WAVE Radio

The First Place Winner will also play at the Play it Forward, all star, icon jam at theTriple Door, a Music Aid Northwest Gala, in March 2018. http://www.musicaidnorthwest.org

A 6 week, $1,250.00 promotion by Seattle WAVE Radio of the show of your choice in 2018, with a center slide, along with a video and music posted on SWR website.

A professional music video shoot from Utopia Media Entertainment. http://utopialatina.com.

A Band Photo Shoot with Band Photographer Extraordinaire Bill Bungard http://billbungard.com

Graphics (Poster Template) that can be utilized for numerous shows from branding expert Jessica Lynne https://jessica-lynne.com/

A private, one on one keyboard lesson from Brooke Lizotte, in his studio … either on piano, Hammond, synthesizer, or funk Clavinet with wah-wah. http://brookelizotte.com/

Second Prize:

$600.00 cash from Seattle WAVE Radio;

A 6 week, $1,250.00 promotion by Seattle WAVE Radio of the show of your choice in 2018, with a center slide, along with a video and music posted on SWR website.

A recording session for 1 single at Critical Sun Studios, with mixing and mastering from the talented Bubba Jones, with your original song professionally produced, mixed and mastered. http://www.criticalsun.com.

2 Hour consultation by Raymond Hayden of Grieve the Astronaut spelling out specifically his “4S” approach to the current DIY music industry. http://www.grievetheastronaut.com/

One vocal lesson with Jessica Lynne. https://jessica-lynne.com/ (*Duration 30 minutes/subject to availability) (*Winner has to come to Jessica’s home in Tacoma, WA)

A Band photo shoot by Todd Hobert Photography https://www.facebook.com/ToddHobertPhotography/

Third Prize:

$400.00 cash from Seattle WAVE Radio.

A 6 week, $1,250.00 promotion by Seattle WAVE Radio of the show of your choice in 2018, with a center slide, along with a video and music posted on SWR website.

Recording session for 1 single of your original song, produced by Kevin Veatch of SongLab.biz  at Seahurst Cabin recording studio. http://songlab.biz/

A Band Photo Shoot by Rosie McPherson Photographyhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/RosieMcPhersonPhotography

Q & A with experts regarding DIY:
1. Branding: Bill Bungard, Jaci Sawtelle and Jessica Lynne
2. Business: Jeremy Wolfson
3. The Reality of DIY:  Raymond Hayden

Fourth Prize:

$200.00 cash from Seattle WAVE Radio.

A 6 week, $1,250.00 promotion by Seattle WAVE Radio of the show of your choice in 2018, with a center slide, along with a video and music posted on SWR website

A one hour songwriting lesson from Lyricist Solveig Whittle  http://www.shadesofsolveig.com/

A Band Photo Shoot by Sean Van Dommelen  https://pnwlovebrand.com/

 

*Actual retail value may vary. Only the final four entrants, who make it to the Finale performance at the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle will receive prizes according to how their final winning placement is determined by the judges. The Prizes cannot be assigned, transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted except by the Sponsor, who may, at its sole discretion, substitute the Prize with one of comparable value if the advertised Prize is or becomes unavailable for any reason.

*Additional prizes will be added as Sponsors continue to confirm their participation.

*All 4 finalists: The potential opportunity to be booked for a live show in 2018 at The Hard Rock Café, Seattle. http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/seattle/

*In the event of a dispute, all entries will be deemed to be made by the holder of the e-mail account associated with the entry.

Semi-Final Rounds Judging:

All bands that meet the Jammin’ Challenge 2017 entry criteria will be entered into the elimination judging rounds. The 1st semi-final judging round September 9th – 14th. In this round, A Seattle Wave Radio panel will select 32 from all the entries based on all the submission material.

The 2nd semi-final judging round will be September 15th – 21st. In this round, a new panel of judges will privately listen and score each of the 32 artists in a “blind” listening session. These judges (usually 7 judges) will not have any information about the band or the song. They will not even know who the other judges are in the round. The combined tally of their scoring will then choose who the next 16 entrants will move into the 3rd semi-final round.

The 3rd semi-final judging round will be September 22nd – 28th. In this round, a new panel of judges will privately listen and score each of the 16 artists, again, in a “blind” listening session. These judges (usually 7 judges) will, again, not have any information about the band or the song, nor know who the other judges are in the round. The combined tally of their scoring will choose the final 4 entrants who will perform at the Jammin’ Challenge Finale.

The Finale live performance is a result of a month long, three elimination round process. These four bands will have been selected by 3 panels of judges drawn from the professional music community. The judges scored the bands and artists according to several different criteria, and the Final Four are competing live for over $18,000 in prizes.

 

Live Show Finale Scoring - Judging:

The judges at the Jammin’ Challenge Finale will be a selection of 7 top industry professionals from Seattle’s music community. Then panel will be a combination of individuals that may include promoters, musicians, local record owners, local music studio owners, radio personalities, and others. Until the night of the Finale, they will not know who the 4 finalists are to help insure impartiality and prejudgment. They will judge solely on your performance that night. The scoring and judging criteria are as follows: 

Band scored for each category with a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 rating, with 5 being the highest.

Musicianship: Overall skill and tightness of the band and its members, Ability to play technically and emotionally. Song structure, instrumental arrangement, rhythm, tempo, flow of musical selections, stage presence, and focus. Evidence of performance planning? Appeared ready and prepared to play? *Set Dynamism: Did the band’s set-list appear to play according to a plan i.e. was it well constructed and able to manipulate the audience’s mood? Did the band use the stage effectively? Did the band appear positive about their performance? Did the band interact effectively on stage? How did the band cope with any problems they may have encountered?

Originality: Uniqueness of the band. Band has fresh ideas. Adds their own spin and signature to what they are doing. * Material: How unique did the songs sound? Did they spin their own creativity into it? Has a balance of unique lyrics and music? Story telling ability either realistic or make believe, content flow and clarity. Appearance: Did the band look original? Did the band stand out?

Showmanship: Ability to entertain and engage crowd during their performance. Eye catching stage antics or the band carries themselves in such a way that everyone wants to watch as well as listen. *Improvisation: Did the band demonstrate any level of original improvisational skill? I.e. ‘jam out’ or vocal through an instrument change, repair or equipment failure Interface with Audience? *Physical Interaction: Did the band physically participate with the audience e.g. Eye contact, head nod, acknowledgments, etc. * Confidence: Was the band confident in their interaction with the audience? Their ability to demonstrate community and support for other participating bands / musicians during the event night. *Attitude: Did the band’s on-stage attitude appear suitable to their genre i.e. were they ‘Punk’ if Punk, ‘Raucous’ if Rock? * Appearance: Did the band show personality on stage? Did the band appear to enjoy what they were doing? * Entertainment Factor/Showmanship: Did the band entertain? Did one or the entire band display showmanship, eye contact, and personal interaction towards the crowd?

Appearance: The old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” may be true, but many packaging designers around the world have created an industry betting that people do judge and purchase products based on how they look. Yes, you are selling yourself as a “brand” specialty. You are first and foremost an entertainer and wardrobe has an effect on both you and the observer. In the music business, people “hear what they see”.

Your wardrobe can make a strong visual statement about how you see yourself, showing confidence, and the way your fans will remember how you differentiate your “music business” from all other bands and artists. In this era of “Me, Inc.” and “the Brand Called You,” don’t send the message to your fans and music industry professionals that you’re not a serious performer. Your appearance is a way of expressing respect for the “stage” where you are playing, and the patrons in it. So, your “look” may vary slightly depending on circumstances for where and for whom you are performing. But no matter what the circumstance, a well thought out homogenous wardrobe theme matching your band’s genre and music style, that includes each members’ individuality, should be always be a consideration. With that being said, the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is a classy place, the show will have judges who are top tier professionals, bookers and other music industry agents in attendance. It might make a difference.

Crowd: Based on Crowd reaction to the bands. Consideration will be taken into account for band time slots, i.e., a band playing earlier may not get the same reaction as a band playing later. Judging will not be announced until all finalists have performed. The goal is to encourage cooperation among the four finalists.

Bonus: Judges may award bonus points to any performance score for difficulty of the piece(s), overcoming difficult situations, appearance (purely subjective), or any other reason the judge determines.

All Decisions by the Judges are Final

Do You Believe You Are Ready For This Competition?

Seattle Wave Radio's 7th Annual Jammin' Challenge 2017

First, read all the submission information carefully listed above. Second, have all your requirements ready, and then…

PRIVACY POLICY:

The information submitted with your entry will only be used by Sponsor, in accordance with applicable data protection regulations and the Privacy Policy of the Site, for the purposes of administrating your participation in the Contest. The information collected will be maintained for one (1) year following the end of the Promotion Period and will then be properly deleted. Sponsor will not transfer or disclose the information submitted by you to any third parties.

Please contact Seattle Wave Radio at jamminchallenge.swradio@gmail.com with any questions about the submission process. We wish success for everyone and will answer your questions to help you make a decision to enter, or to continue in completing your entry. We appreciate your interest in Seattle Wave Radio’s Jammin’ Challenge.

Conditions of Entry:

By submitting an entry or accepting a prize, Entrants represent and warrant that all entries submitted by the Entrant are the original creation of the Entrant, have not been copied in whole or in part from any other work, do not violate or infringe any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any third party, and are the sole and exclusive property of the Entrant. Entrants assume all risk of lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or illegible submissions.

All entries submitted become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. By submitting an entry, Entrants grant Sponsor and its affiliates and agents permission to use entries for any purpose and in any media whatsoever, without further compensation to Entrants. Any person featured in any entries submitted must have provided his or her consent to Entrant for the submission of his or her image in this Contest. By entering this Contest, Entrant represents that such consent has been received. Failure to obtain such consent will deem the entry ineligible for participation in the Contest. Entrants agree to indemnity and hold harmless Sponsor and its affiliates and agents for any action brought by a person whose consent was not obtained by the Entrant. In the event of a dispute about entries submitted by multiple individuals from the same band or artist, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Entrant who first submitted the entry using the Site’s time keeping system.

Entries generated by a script, macro or other automated means are prohibited and will be automatically disqualified.

Entries must not be unlawful, libelous, slanderous, defamatory, invasive or deemed harmful, vulgar, obscene, derogatory, pornographic, abusive, harassing, threatening, hateful, objectionable with respect to race, religion, creed, national origin or gender, or otherwise unfit for publication in the sole opinion of the Sponsor. Any image that, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor is considered inappropriate or unfit for publication will be automatically disqualified.

SELECTION OF WINNERS:

The selection of winners will be conducted by a panel of judges consisting of music industry professionals from the greater Seattle-Metro area. In the event of a tie duplicate prizes will be awarded. The decision of the judges will be final and binding. After the elimination rounds, the final 4 remaining entrants will perform live at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle on November 18th, 2017 and the judges scoring will determine the winning placement. The winning will be announced after each of the final 4 entrants have performed live. The Prizes shall be delivered to the winner at the same time. If a prize has an expiration date for redemption it is the responsibility of the winner of that prize to make arrangements for redeeming before the expiration date . Sponsor shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss) in the delivery of the prize to the winner.

General Conditions:

This Contest shall be construed and evaluated according to the law of the State of Washington, without regard to the principles of conflicts of law and submission of an entry constitutes acceptance of such laws. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. This Contest is void where prohibited by law. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all respects.

All taxes, fees, and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. By participating and accepting a prize, so long as there is no legal prohibition, winner agrees to the use of his/her name for advertising or publicity purposes and to the use of statements made by or attributed to him/her relating to Sponsor or this promotion, and releases any and all rights to said use without further compensation.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY

All Entrants release Sponsor, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, employees and all others associated with the development and execution of Sponsor and the Contest from any and all liability with respect to or in any way arising from this Contest and/or acceptance or use of the prizes, including liability for personal injury, death, damages, or loss.

The Sponsor is not responsible for entries that are corrupted or otherwise not received correctly or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of e-mail, or on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or combination thereof, including injury or damage to participants or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in the Contest.

The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Site users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions in the Contest. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, including lost, late or misdirected entries.

The Sponsor is not responsible for cheating or fraud by any Entrant. Any activities intended to disrupt or interfere with the proper play of the Contest, or defraud the Sponsor in any way may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Entrants engaging in any of the foregoing activities will be disqualified and any prizes won will be forfeited.

If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of proceeding as planned, including without limitation infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

WINNERS LIST

To receive a list of winners’ names and city or town of residence, please inquire by email by November 30, 2017 to: jamminchallenge.swradio@gmail.com

You may also visit the Seattle Wave Radio website before November 30, 2017. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, late, illegible, incomplete or postage due mail. 

CONTEST SPONSOR

The Contest is sponsored by:  Seattle Wave Radio

Any questions regarding this Contest should be directed to Seattle Wave Radio at jamminchallenge.swradio@gmail.com.

Indemnity:

Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold Seattle WAVE Radio, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this contest.
Venue: This Contest is governed by the internal laws of the state of Washington without regard to principals of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this competition must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of Seattle, WA, without recourse to class action suits.
Other restrictions, limitations and requirements of promotion: All selected Entrants agree to release Company and sponsors from all liability regarding prizes won. All federal, state, and local taxes, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of winner. Company will not pay any winners’ taxes.