Maurices Small Town Sound Band Search

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Summary

Ready for your big break? maurices Small Town Sound is searching for the best undiscovered, female-fronted band in the country. Submissions are free courtesy of maurices, so don’t wait – enter Small Town Sound today./n/nReady for your big break? maurices Small Town Sound is searching for the best undiscovered, female-fronted band in the country. Submissions are free courtesy of maurices, so don’t wait – enter Small Town Sound today.




What’s at stake WILL change the winning band’s career. The Grand Prize winner will:


  • Headline a live concert at their local maurices with Minneapolis all-girl band and Contest Emerging Artist Partner, Sick of Sarah. The concert is recorded and shot for an artist feature segment.

  • Perform at a maurices-sponsored US Music Festival event along with the Bangles and Sick of Sarah

  • Shoot a music video and record their original "Small Town" song in Los Angeles

  • Cool new music guitars and gear courtesy of Daisy Rock Guitars

  • "Small Town" song and music featured on maurices in store music playlists and web radio player



The two runner up bands will win:

  • Cool new music guitars and gear courtesy of Daisy Rock Guitars

  • Music included on maurices in store music playlists and web radio player





How it Works

In the middle of October, all eligible bands will be added to a round of public voting at mauricesmusic.sonicbids.com, where they’ll get their music in front of millions of visitors to the site and get their fans help them get to the next round by voting.

At the end of the first round of voting, the Top 50 bands will move on and be reviewed by a panel of esteemed music industry judges, who will then select the Top 10 bands. These 10 finalists will write and submit a song focusing on the theme of “Small Town Charm”, which will be posted in early December for a second round of public voting to determine the Grand Prize winner and two runners up.

Please note: All bands must be female-fronted; members must be 18 years of age or older; and legal residents of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia in order to be eligible.

Terms And Conditions

maurices Small Town Sound Band Search
OFFICIAL RULES

THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS VALID ONLY IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C. 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 OR D.C.; IN A BAND AT TIME OF ENTRY; AND YOU HAVE AN ACTIVE EMAIL ADDRESS AS OF SEPTEMBER 13, 2010.

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

maurices Stores (Sponsor) is offering this maurices Small Town Sound Band Search (Contest).

1. This Contest is open to legal U.S. residents of the 50 United States (except CA) and the District of Columbia, 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 September 13, 2010. All bands must be female-fronted in order to be eligible for the contest. 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 or around 12:01:01 am Eastern Time (ET) on September 13, 2010 and ends at 11:59:59 pm ET on December 15, 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/smalltownsound or mauricesmusic.sonicbids.com to submit your completed entry form along with your Electronic Press Kit (EPK), which will include one (1) 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 http://mauricesmusic.sonicbids.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 October 8, 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, ten (10) Finalists, two (2) runners-up and one (1) overall Grand Prize Winner will be chosen in a three-round process as follows:
Round 1: Initial Public Voting. Beginning at or around 12:00:01 am ET on or around October 13, 2010 and ending at 11:59:59 pm ET on November 15, 2010 (the Initial Voting Period), any person may access http://mauricesmusic.sonicbids.com and vote for entries posted on the Website that are his/her favorites. Limit one (1) vote per band 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 first round votes must be received by 11:59:59 pm ET on November 15, 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 Sponsor 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 2 of the selection process, as described below. In the event of a tie, all tied bands will proceed to Round 2 as Semi-Finalists.

Round 2: Judging by maurices Beginning on or about November 16, 2010, a panel of judges will review the fifty (50) bands that received the highest number of votes as the Semi-Finalists. The judges will evaluate the bands based on the following criteria to determine ten (10) Finalists: originality (25%); the bands professionalism of recording (25%); and the bands overall marketability (50%). The Finalists selected through the judging in Round 2 will be notified by mail, email and/or telephone on or about November 17, 2010 and will be announced to the public. All Finalists will advance to Round 3, 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 3: Final Public Voting. Beginning on or about December 1, 2010 at 12:00:01 am ET and ending on December 15, 2010 at 11:59:59 pm ET (the Final Voting Period), any person may access http://mauricesmusic.sonicbids.com and vote for finalists posted on the Website that are his/her favorites. Limit one (1) vote per band 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 15, 2010. In the event of a tie, the judges from Round 2 will review the Finalists songs and will choose the Grand Prize Winner on the basis of the same criteria used in Round 2. In the unlikely event that a tie remains after applying the Round 2 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:

Runners-Up: The Two (2) bands chosen as the Runners-Up will receive guitars and gear from Daisy Rock Guitars. Approximate Retail Value (ARV): $2,500 each.

Grand Prize Winner: The One (1) band chosen as the Grand Prize Winner will receive the following prize:

o Headline a live concert at their local maurices with Contest Emerging Artist Partner, Sick of Sarah - (ARV $1,700)

o Perform at a maurices sponsored US Music Festival event along with the Bangles and Sick of Sarah - (ARV $5,800)

o Shoot a music video and record their original "Small Town" song in Los Angeles - (ARV $51,800)

o Cool new music guitars and gear courtesy of Daisy Rock Guitars (ARV $2,500)

o "Small Town" song and music featured on maurices in store music playlists and web radio player (ARV $0)

ARV of Grand Prize package: (ARV $61,800). Any 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. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for the allocation of the Grand Prize among the Grand Prize-winning bands members.
Total ARV of all prizes in this Contest: $(ARV $66,800).
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 five (5) 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, 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 September 13, 2011 to (a) publish, distribute, 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 for entry or to played live in any performances associated with this contest. 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota. 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 April 15, 2011 to maurices Stores, 105 West Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802.
Sponsors:
maurices Stores
105 West Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55802