Battle of the Boroughs Season 4: Submission Guidelines and Official Rules
In The Greene Space from WNYC and WQXR
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The submission deadline has passed. We are no longer accepting entries for this year's Battle of the Boroughs.
CAN I ENTER?
If you fit into one of the following categories (ALL genres welcome), you are eligible to submit if you are not professionally represented (under management).
- Chamber Ensembles
- Performance Artists
Due to technical and space limitations, we are unable to support dancers, orchestras, or circus acts at this time.
HOW DO I SUBMIT?
We're sorry, the entry deadline was January 11, 2013. The talent quest is now closed to submissions. It required filing out a submission form and submitting two pieces of media: (1) a high-resolution photo and (2) an audio or video clip. (See our guidelines below for technical specifications.) Any incomplete forms or files that do not adhere to the necessary digital requirements will not be considered.
HOW DO I WIN?
A) On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12 pm EST we will announce here on our website the 8-12 artists that will represent each borough for a total of 40-60 individual artists or groups presented from February through June 2013. Selected artists will be notified by e-mail following the announcement. If a selected artist or group is does not confirm availability and participation for the Borough Concert and the Ultimate Battle within seven days of notification, a replacement artist will be chosen.
B) Those artists will then go on to perform in the First Fridays monthly signature series in The Greene Space based on the following schedule and under the following rules for selecting a winner.:
Borough Concerts 2013:
- Friday, February 1: Brooklyn
- Friday, March 1: Queens
- Friday, April 5: The Bronx
- Friday, May 3: Staten Island
- Friday, June 7: Manhattan
New York Public Radio retains ultimate discretion in choosing winners.
Entrants agree that NYPR has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this contest and that all decisions of NYPR (including with respect to winners of each stage) are final and binding.
C) Borough Concerts: At each of the borough concerts, the in-house and webcast audiences will vote to determine the top artists of the night. The performances by the top artists will then be posted on The Greene Space website for the general public to vote. The final winner—the artist with the most online votes—will be notified by email and announced on The Greene Space website, Facebook, and Twitter.
D) Ultimate Battle: The winner from each borough concert will compete on Friday, June 21st. The winner of the Ultimate Battle will be selected taking into account the votes from a panel of commentators, the in-house audience votes, and the webcast audience votes. The winner of the Ultimate Battle will be announced that night.
HOW ARE ARTISTS SELECTED?
A team of NYPR staff and hosts will view and adjudicate all submissions. Artists will be selected based on the following criteria:
- Technical Excellence (a high level of proficiency and skill in the selected art form)
- Innovation (a uniquely individual approach and style to the work)
- Artistry (honoring and expanding the genre or discipline)
- Performance Quality (providing a polished product that achieves all of the aforementioned elements)
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION?
- All digital audio or video submissions should not exceed 5 minutes in length.
- All image submissions should be .JPG, .PNG, or .GIF files.
- All audio submissions should be MP3 files uploaded via Soundcloud.
- All video submissions should be uploaded through third-party websites. We recommend YouTube or Vimeo.
- Submissions must be original compositions.
- If chosen to perform in the Battle of the Boroughs, the piece should be between 5-10 minutes in length, within the guidelines of the technical specs that are detailed below.
- You must be willing, if necessary, to bring all backline (with the exception of a drum kit and a piano).
WHEN IS THE DEADLINE?
All entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST, Friday, January 11, 2013. Any submissions received after that time will not be considered.
WHAT WILL I WIN?
If you win the Ultimate Battle, you will win a featured concert in The Greene Space that will be video webcast live on www.thegreenespace.org. You will also receive a four hour multi-track recording session, a produced music video, a broadcast quality audio recording, a professional photo shoot of your performance and an iPad tech Package to support your creative evolution.
ELIGIBILITY: Anyone at least 18 years of age or older can respond to the Battle of the Boroughs. If an entrant is a group, at least one member must be 18 or older and any younger participants will be required to present consent from a parent or guardian in order to participate. No employees of NYPR, their immediate family or persons living in the same household are eligible for participation. Bands that made it to the 2012 Ultimate Battle are not eligible to compete this year. (They will, however, be eligible for 2014's talent quest.) Each act must include a majority of residents from the borough in which you compete. Proof of residency will be required if you are selected to perform in a Battle of the Boroughs event, and you may be asked to confirm compliance with all contest rules.
GENERAL: By participating in The Greene Space’s Battle of the Boroughs, participants agree to the official rules, and that NYPR, its agents and employees will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from their use or participation in the call for performances. Prize is nontransferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. There can be no substitutions for a prize of equal or greater value. Copyright for the entries will remain solely with the artists, though by entering this call for art you are giving New York Public Radio permission to use your entry on the website and in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Each entrant (including all members of each entrant that is a group) grants permission to NYPR and those acting under its authority to use his/her name, photograph, voice and/or likeness, for advertising and/or publicity purposes, as well as all submissions and performances in any and all media now known or hereinafter invented without territorial or time limitations and without compensation.
RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply. By participating in The Greene Space’s Battle of the Boroughs, a participant agrees to be bound by these official rules, and by all decisions of New York Public Radio staff and contest judges.
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Send a note to The Greene Space staff. firstname.lastname@example.org
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