Terms and Conditions

The Global Online Competition for Jazz Musicians 2017 edition

Article 1  The Competition

The "7 Virtual Jazz Club Contest" will be hosted on the website www.7virtualjazzclub.net 

Article 2  Who can participate?

The contest is opened to amateur or professional jazz groups or soloists of all ages worldwide. Those who, at the time of entry are under 18 years old, must submit a form signed by a parent, parental authority or legal guardian to register.

Article 3  Prizes and Awards 

The prize fund of the competition is 7000 Euros.

 Cash prizes will be awarded to: 

- 1st prize: 4000 Euros to the winner. 

- 2nd prize: 2000 Euros to the Best New Talent. The judges will vote a single musician that made the difference because of his talent, even if he is part of a group. This vote could also be given to a musician that didn’t make it to the live round;

- 3rd prize: 1000 Euros to the most voted musician by the web community (on YouTube).

Their music will also be promoted through the 7 Virtual Jazz Club platform and socials.

Article 4  Entries 

Participants can enter the competition from September 15th 2017 to November 5th 2017.  7 Virtual Jazz Club reserves the right to change these dates if necessary, by giving notice at www.7virtualjazzclub.net 

How to register: 

1) Access the Apply now page and complete the form; 

2) Pay the registration fee of 40 Euros, using one of the following payment methods: PAYPAL or BANK TRANSFER (7 Virtual Jazz Club Association - IBAN: IT53L0335901600100000142788 - BIC: BCITITMX) 

3) Upload your video performance on the website. Please note that your video must be no more than seven minutes and no larger than 2 GB. We will accept the following file formats: avi, mov, mpeg, mp4. 

Please note: participants may submit as many entries as they like as there is no maximum number of entries. After the first entry, you will have to pay 20 Euros for each entry, instead of 40 Euros. 

Article 5  Video Rules 

Videos may be up to, but cannot exceed 7 minutes in length. Performances must be recorded live. Performances may be recorded on any device, but no cuts or edits are allowed. Pre-recorded backing tracks are only allowed to augment live performance. i.e. performances cannot consist entirely of backing tracks. If the live performance requires additional backing tracks to complete the full arrangement - that is allowed. Soloists may perform solo or with a live band. 

Video quality is not part of the judging. It is important, however, that the audio quality is sufficient enough to allow the judges to clearly hear the performance.

Article 6  The competition will be held in three rounds: 

1. Preselections 

The video entries will be divided into randomly selected groups. Each group will be assigned to three  members of the international judging panel whom will score the video with these criteria: 

- creativity;
- improvisational quality;
- interplay between the musicians (for group performances). 

The top-graded 70 videos will make it through the next round and will be presented "live" on the 7 Virtual Jazz Club platform.

2. Live performance

The 70 videos will be posted in the 7 rooms of the 7 Virtual Jazz Club (10 videos per room). The video performances will remain visible for 30 days along with the grade of the judge that scored them. The web community will then have the opportunity to score the videos on YouTube, by liking or unliking the videos. Each voter may rate a video only once. The judge's vote will count as 50% and the web community's vote will count as 50%. The best 7 video performances will enter the final round. By the end of this round, the web community prize (1000 Euros) will be assigned to the performance that got the highest vote during the live section.

3. Final 

    This round will last only 15 days. Each judge will watch the best 7 videos and rate the finalists. The results will be published at the end of the fifteenth day. The videos will be ranked from 1st place to 7th place. The cash prizes will be awarded to: 

- The winner (4000 Euros)
- The best new talent (2000 Euros)

Article 7  Public voting

The voters will need to have a Google or YouTube account in order to vote.

Article 8  Responsibility 

According to Italian law, any participant in the competition waives the organization from all direct and indirect responsibility.

Article 9  Confirmation of registration 

The organization will communicate confirmation of registration via automatic email. Confirmation of registration does not confirm inclusion in the contest. For some reason a submission is deemed to be not eligible.

Article 10  Delays and incorrect completion of the registration form

7 Virtual Jazz Club does not assume responsibility for delays due to external factors, telematic issues, etc. The material will not be returned under any circumstances. In instances where the online form is incorrectly completed, the 7 Virtual Jazz Club has the right to consider the registration form invalid.

Article 11  Consent to the processing of personal data 

Participation in the 2nd online international competition for jazz musicians involves the issuance of consent to the processing of personal data, as provided under Italian Law 675/96 "Protection of people and other subjects regarding the processing of personal data" and subsequent amendment with Legislative Decree no. 196 of 30 June 2003 "Code regarding the protection of personal data," for the conduct and management of the competition. By submitting the requested material, the competitor authorizes the use of it by 7 Virtual Jazz Club. Personal information will not be shared with third parties in any way. 

Article 12   Other uses of the material sent for promotional purposes

Completed registration and acceptance of this Regulation, requires the artists grant purposes of the competition and any publicity tied to it.

Article 13   Jurisdiction 

Any legal dispute arising from the interpretation of these terms and regulations comes under the exclusive jurisdiction of the court of Ferrara, Italy.

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