Taylor Guitars and Elixir® Strings Present: Test Drive 2010

Posted by: Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings

 Booking 5 Sonicbids bands

Summary

Taylor Guitars and Elixir® Strings present Test Drive Electric 2010 — the chance for five breaking bands to get hooked up with free Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings and show off how they used their gear. One winner will head to a major recording studio to record with their world-class guitars, strings and cables.



FREE submission for artists — submission fees covered in full by Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings. In early December, your profile will be uploaded onto the Test Drive website, where your fans, along with the Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings faithful, can vote for your band as their favorite on the site./n/nJUST ADDED: The winner of Test Drive Electric 2010 will get a paid performance slot at Summerfest, the World's Largest Music Festival, held in Milwaukee, WI this summer.



Taylor Guitars and Elixir® Strings present Test Drive Electric 2010 — the chance for five breaking bands to get hooked up with free Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings and show off how they used their gear. One winner will head to a major recording studio to record with their world-class guitars, strings and cables.


FREE submission for artists — submission fees covered in full by Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings. In early December, your profile will be uploaded onto the Test Drive website, where your fans, along with the Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings faithful, can vote for your band as their favorite on the site.


The top 50 voted artists will move to a panel review. The Artist Relations teams from Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings will choose FIVE final artists to be outfitted with Taylor SolidBody Electric guitars for each guitarist in the band (up to two guitars per band), Elixir Strings and Cables for guitarists and bass players in the band as well as a Crybaby Wah and Max Grip Nylon Picks from Dunlop.


These final artists will be challenged to play music with their new gear and create a short video that showcases how they used it. The videos will be posted on the contest website for a second round of voting in mid-February.



The band with the most votes will receive free recording time at an esteemed recording studio. The band will also enjoy an artist relationship with Taylor Guitars and Elixir Strings.


What the Test Drive Winners Are Saying:

In its third edition of the contest, Test Drive has really helped past winners with their careers. The next winner could be YOU. Here is what past winners Andy Brown and The N Result had to say about winning Test Drive:


  • Andy Brown: "If it weren't for this contest, and companies like Taylor, Elixir, and Sonicbids, we wouldn't have had this amazing experience and reached so many new fans. It has opened a lot of doors for the band, and gives us hope that there are more amazing opportunities out there that are within our reach."

  • The N Result: "Winning the Taylor/Elixir Testdrive 2009 competition has really helped take our band to the next level. Not only did we receive top of the line instruments, strings, and cables, we were also able to record in one of the hottest studios in NYC and develop major industry connections. Thank you Taylor, Sonicbids, and Elixir for this tremendous opportunity!"

About Taylor Guitars:

Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic and electric guitars. Renowned for blending modern technology with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. Taylor is the guitar of choice for many of today’s professional artists including Dave Matthews, Mick Jagger, Taylor Swift, the Goo Goo Dolls and more. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, an aspiring player or an old pro, come find the Taylor that’s right for you by visiting www.taylorguitars.com.


About Elixir® Strings:

Elixir Strings revolutionized guitar strings by finding a way to extend the life of wound stings without compromising tone. Considered the pioneer in coated string technology, Elixir Strings are available in two ‘flavors.’ Ultra-thin NANOWEB® Coating has the bright tone and punch of non-coated strings, and original POLYWEB® Coating has a balanced tone, feel comfortably smooth, and reduce finger squeak. Our Anti-Rust plated plain steels complete the long-life set. Elixir Strings are available in a full range of gauges for acoustic and electric guitar, bass, banjo, and mandolin. Visit the Elixir Strings web site:
www.elixirstrings.com.

Terms and Conditions

THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS VALID ONLY IN THE 50 UNITED STATES, D.C. AND CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC) AND SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO UNITED STATES LAW. YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT AN ENTRY IN THE CONTEST UNLESS YOU ARE: 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER; A LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES, D.C. OR CANADA (EXCLUDING QUEBEC); IN A BAND AT TIME OF ENTRY; AND YOU HAVE AN ACTIVE EMAIL ADDRESS AS OF October 18, 2010.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

Taylor Guitars and W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Sponsors) are offering this Contest (Contest).

1. This Contest is open to legal U.S. residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are in a band and are 18 years of age or older at time of entry with an active e-mail address as of October 18, 2010. The term band as used herein shall refer to a music group that: a) performs music; and b) does not currently have an exclusive recording arrangement with any recording label that would render the group incapable of granting the rights that an entrant, Semi-finalist, Finalist or the Grand Prize Winner is required to grant in accordance with these Official Rules. This Contest is void where prohibited. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsors, their affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, retailers, distributors, wholesalers, and advertising and promotion agencies, and members of the immediate families (defined for these purposes as parents, spouse, children, siblings, grandparents, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or households (whether related or not) of any of the above are NOT eligible to participate. Proof of eligibility will be required.

2. Contest begins at 12:01:01 am Eastern Time (ET) on October 18, 2010 and ends at 11:59:59 pm ET on November 23, 2010 (the Contest Period). Limit one entry per band for the entire Contest period. Only one member of a band may submit an entry on behalf of his/her band, but the names of all members of each band must be listed on the submitted entry form. Each entry submitted will be deemed submitted on behalf of all of the Band Members identified on the official entry form. By submitting an entry, the band member doing so represents and warrants that s/he has received permission to enter the Contest from each member of his/her band listed on the official entry form, and to submit each of their names and the recording(s) of their performance(s) that are included with the submitted entry. The terms contestant or entrant as used herein shall refer to each band in its entirety and not to the person who actually submitted the entry on his/her bands behalf. Once an entry has been submitted, the band may not add or remove any members. To enter the Contest, follow the instructions at www.sonicbids.com/taylorelixirtestdriveelectric to submit your completed entry form along with your Electronic Press Kit (EPK), which will include at least one (1) but no more than ten (10) of your bands MP3 music files (maximum file size 5MB). All entries, including all material submitted with the entries shall be subject to the terms and conditions set forth in Section 8 herein as well as all other applicable provisions of these Official Rules and will not be returned. These Official Rules are intended, in part, to enable consumers to view and listen to your bands submitted song(s)/performance(s) at testdriveelectric2010.taylorguitars.com (Contest Website), a microsite hosted by the Sponsors and produced and powered by Sonicbids, Corporation (Sonicbids) for voting purposes in connection with this Contest (see voting details in Rule 3, below). The entry form and all elements included with it, including your song(s), EPK and all other required material, constitute and will be referred to herein collectively as an (EPK), entry. All Contest entries must be received by 11:59:59 pm ET on November 23, 2010. Proof of submission of an entry will not be deemed proof of receipt by Sponsors or its agents. Entries must comply with all submission requirements and content restrictions described in Rule 9, below. Read all such requirements and restrictions carefully before you submit an entry.

3. Selection of Semi-Finalists, Finalists and Grand Prize Winner. A total of fifty (50) Semi-Finalists, five (5) Finalists and one (1) overall Grand Prize Winner will be chosen in a four-round process as follows:
Round 1: Initial Public Voting. Beginning on or about at 12:00:01 am ET on December 1, 2010 and ending at 11:59:59 pm ET on December 22, 2010 (the Initial Voting Period), any person may access testdriveelectric2010.taylorguitars.com and vote for one (1) entry posted on the Website that is his/her favorite. Limit one (1) vote per person/ e-mail address per day. Voting will be subject to the terms of use of the Contest Website and to any additional voting instructions that may be posted on the Contest Website. All votes must be received by 11:59:59 pm ET on December 22, 2010.

Any individual or group engaged in vote manipulation or fraudulent voting practices in violation of these Official Rules, including but not limited to the use of any robotic, automatic, mechanical, programmed or similar method to submit votes, may be in violation of criminal and civil laws and may be subject to legal action by Sponsors or its agents, and all votes submitted thereby will be disqualified. If Sponsors determines that a member of any band that is an entrant in the Contest is involved in such prohibited activity, all of that bands votes shall be deemed void, and the band and all members of it will be disqualified from the Contest and will not be eligible to receive a prize. WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSORS RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Following the conclusion of the Initial Public Voting Period, all valid votes received by each band will be counted. The fifty (50) bands that receive the highest number of valid votes will be declared Semi-Finalists, and will advance to Round 1a of the selection process, as described below. In the event of a tie, all tied bands will proceed to Round 1a as Semi-Finalists.

Round 1a: Judging by Taylor Guitars and W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Beginning on or about December 23, 2010, a panel of qualified judges will review each of the bands selected as a Semi-Finalist. The judges will evaluate the bands based on the following criteria to determine five (5) Finalists: originality (25%); the bands professionalism of recording (25%); bands answers to qualifying questions regarding why they want to be associated with Taylor Guitars and ELIXIR Strings (25%); and the bands overall marketability (25%). The Finalists selected through the judging in Round 1a will be announced on or about January 12, 2011 and each Finalist will be notified by mail, email and/or telephone. All Finalists will advance to Round 2, described below. All decisions of the judges are final. In the event of a tie, the band with the highest score in overall marketability will be declared the Finalist.

Round 2: Final Public Voting. Beginning on or about February 16, 2011 at 12:00:01 am ET and ending on March 15, 2011 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the Final Voting Period), any person may view videos created by all five (5) Finalist bands, and vote for the one (1) Finalist band that s/he feels deserves to be the Grand prize Winner of the Contest. Limit one (1) vote per person/ e-mail address per day during Final Voting Period. Voting will be subject to the terms of use of the Contest Website and to any additional voting instructions that may be posted on the Contest Website. All votes must be received by 11:59:59 pm ET on March 15, 2011. In the event of a tie, the judges from Round 1a will review the Finalists posted videos and will choose the Grand Prize Winner on the basis of the same criteria used in Round 1a. In the unlikely event that a tie remains after applying the Round 1a criteria, the Finalist with the highest score in overall marketability will be declared the Grand Prize Winner.

Any individual or group engaged in vote manipulation or fraudulent voting practices in violation of these Official Rules, including but not limited to the use of any robotic, automatic, mechanical, programmed or similar method to submit votes, may be in violation of criminal and civil laws and may be subject to legal action by Sponsors or its agents, and all votes submitted thereby will be disqualified. If Sponsors determines that a member of any Finalist band is involved in such prohibited activity, all of that bands votes shall be deemed void, and the band and all members of it will be disqualified from the Contest, and will not be eligible to receive a prize. Following the conclusion of the Final Voting Period, all valid votes received by each Finalist band will be counted, and the band that received the highest number of valid votes will be declared the Grand Prize Winner (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules).

4. Sponsors are not responsible for: (i) electronic transmissions/entries/votes that are lost, late, stolen, incomplete, illegible, damaged, garbled, destroyed, misdirected or not received by Sponsors for any reason, (ii) any problems or technical malfunctions, errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operation or transmission, communication failures or human error that may occur in the transmission, receipt or processing of entries, or for destruction of or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, (iii) failed or unavailable hardware, network, software or telephone transmissions, damage to entrants or any persons computer and/or its contents, or causes beyond Sponsors reasonable control that jeopardize the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, or (iv) any entries submitted in a manner that is not expressly allowed under these rules; all such entries will be disqualified. All incomplete or non-conforming entries will be disqualified. If for any reason this Contest cannot be executed as planned, including but not limited to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the security, administration, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, or if this Contest is compromised or becomes technically corrupted in any way, electronically or otherwise, Sponsors reserve the right to terminate this Contest. If the Contest is terminated before the original end date, Sponsors reserve the right to select, along with the panel of judges, Grand Prize Winner on the basis of the Round 2 judging criteria from among those eligible, non-suspect entries already received as of the termination time/date. Sponsors reserve the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any entrant it finds to be tampering with or attempting to tamper with the entry/voting process or the general operation of the Contest, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person or entrant.

Contest Prizes: Semi-Finalists: Each band chosen as a Semi-Finalist will receive a small prize package from Taylor Guitars and W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. consisting of strings and TaylorWare. Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $50 -150 per Semi-Finalist prize.

Finalists: Each band chosen as a Finalist will receive a Taylor SolidBody Electric guitar(s) for each guitarist(s) in the band, and ELIXIR Strings and Cables for guitarist(s) and bass player in the band as well as a Crybaby Wah and Max Grip Nylon Picks from Dunlop. Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $1748.00 (MSRP of SolidBody Classic) per Finalist prize (value may vary dependent upon number of members in band). The Finalist prize consists only of the items listed above. Any other expenses in connection with the acceptance or use of the prize will be the sole responsibility of each Finalist band. Limit two (2) Taylor Guitars per band.

Grand Prize Winner: The One (1) band chosen as the Grand Prize Winner will receive the following prize in addition to the package for finalists as listed above:

- Two (2) days reserved in a marquee recording studio with engineer.
- $2,000 stipend for Grand Prize Winners travel to studio.
ARV of Grand Prize package: $4048 - $8796 difference between the stated ARV and the actual value, if any, will not be awarded. The Grand Prize consists only of the items listed above. Any other expenses in connection with the acceptance or use of the prize will be the sole responsibility of the winning band. Sponsors assume no responsibility for the allocation of the Grand Prize among the Grand Prize-winning bands members.

Total ARV of all prizes in this Contest: $4048 $20,240 (value may vary depending upon number of members in finalist bands).

Prizes may not be transferred, assigned, redeemed for cash or substituted, except that the Sponsors may substitute any prize or prize component with a prize or prize component of equal or greater value in the event the stated prize/component becomes unavailable. If a potential Finalist or the potential Grand Prize Winner cannot accept a prize as stated, the prize may be forfeited. All income taxes on the Prizes are the responsibility of the band members, and an IRS Form 1099 will be issued and filed on behalf of each member of the winning bands for his/her proportionate value of the Prize. All prizes will be awarded provided they are properly claimed in accordance with these Rules.

5. The decisions of the Sponsors and the judges are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest. Each member of any potential winning band (Finalist or Grand Prize) must comply fully with these Official Rules in order to be eligible to win and receive the designated prize. Sponsors will attempt to contact each such Finalist band member by telephone, mail and/or e-mail within approximately ten (10) days after the conclusion of the Round 2 judging process, and each member will be required to complete, sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release, and a Publicity Release, within a stated time period, or the prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate Finalist band as explained above. The Grand Prize Winner will be notified by phone, email and/or postal mail within approximately seven (7) days following the conclusion of the Final Voting Period and the tabulation of all votes received.

6. By accepting the Grand Prize, each member of the winning band consents to the use of his/her name and/or likeness for advertising, public relations or trade purposes in connection with the Contest in any media worldwide without limitation or additional notice or compensation. Entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules, and by decisions of the judges. By entering, entrants agree to indemnify, release and hold harmless the Sponsors, the judges, and Sonicbids and each of their respective parent companies, directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all liability arising from or in connection with the Contest, or resulting from the acceptance and/or use of any prize they may be awarded or their participation in this Contest, or from any misuse, or malfunction of any prize awarded, including without limitation personal injury, death, and/or property damage.

7. Ownership/Use of Entries: Entrants retain ownership of the compositions and sound recordings they submit; however, by entering the Contest, each band member grants Sponsors a fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license through March 15, 2012 to (a) publish, use, edit, display, reproduce, prepare derivate works of, distribute, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use and perform throughout the world any or all of the content in your initial entry, including without limitation all musical and lyrical compositions and sound recordings, in any manner, form or format now known or hereinafter created, including on the internet without payment or further notice to or approval from the entrant without territorial, time, or other limitations, for any and all purposes, including, but not limited to, marketing, advertising, and promotional purposes; (b) use your name, image, likeness,, artist/band name, names of participating band members and each of their respective images and likenesses for any and all purposes, including, but not limited to, marketing, advertising, and promotional purposes; and (c) record and produce media content, including, but not limited to, audio, video, and photographic images, of the performing band and each member thereof at, for, or during official Contest events. Entrants further agree that all licenses and rights granted under this section are on a gratis basis. Entrant represents and warrants that he or she has the authority to enter into and fully perform this Agreement and that by entering into and fully performing under this Agreement, Entrant is not in conflict with any prior obligations to third parties or does not violate or infringe upon the rights of any third parties.

8. Further Entry Requirements and Content Restrictions: All entries must comply in all respects with the following requirements and content restrictions: Entry cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender or religious group; Entry cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), Entry cannot be obscene or offensive, in the opinion of the Sponsors, and cannot endorse any form of hate or hate group; Entry cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Sponsors or its products, or other people, products or companies; Entry cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others without permission of the owner(s); and Entry cannot communicate messages inconsistent with the positive messages and/or goodwill to which Sponsors wishes to associate. The right to submit or use an Entry must not be restricted in any way. By submitting an Entry you warrant and represent that: (a) it is your bands original work and all lyrics and production are owned by your band, (b) it has not been previously published, (c) it has not won previous awards, (d) it does not infringe upon the rights of any person or entity; and (d) Sponsors use of the entry in any manner permitted hereunder will not infringe on any third- party rights. Entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless, Sponsors from and against any claims to the contrary. Modifying, enhancing or altering a third partys preexisting work does not qualify as entrants original creation and will subject the entrant to disqualification. Cover songs or samples are not permitted. Please note: Entries containing covers of copyrighted songs or songs containing samples will be disqualified and the corresponding band and each of its members shall be ineligible for participation in this Contest. If an entry does not conform to Contest requirements and all of these Official Rules in whole or in part, the entry and the band that submitted it will be disqualified.

9. Participation in this Contest constitutes each entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By entering, entrants further agree that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsors in connection with this Contest, will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Delaware , without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. Each entrant further agrees to release, indemnify and hold the Sponsors, Sonicbids, and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and promotion and advertising agencies, and the officers, directors and employees of each of the foregoing, harmless from and against any liability whatsoever for any claims or causes of action related to any asserted injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to persons or property, including without limitation copyright infringement, death, sustained, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with or resulting from acceptance, possession or use/misuse of the any prize that may be awarded, or participation in this Contest (including without limitation the submission of an entry) or participation in any Contest-related activities. As a condition of entering, each entrant agrees that: (a) under no circumstances will such entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, consequential or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (b) any all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (c) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorneys fees. Sponsors reserve the right to take such action as they deem necessary to enforce these Official Rules and ensure the fair operation of this Contest, including without limitation barring entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules. By entering, entrants consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the appropriate federal, state, and local courts located in Delaware. For the names of the Finalists and Grand Prize Winner, see the Contest website or send a self-addressed, stamped #10 business-size envelope, to be received by March 31, 2010 to Taylor Guitars, 1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, CA 92020

Sponsors:
Taylor Guitars, 1980 Gillespie Way, El Cajon, CA 92020
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., 201 Airport Road, Elkton, MD 21921

ELIXIR and designs are registered trademarks of W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Apply by Nov 23, 2010

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