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CBC Music's Canadian Music Class Challenge: rules and regulations

Editorial Staff
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CBC MUSIC in association with MusiCounts presents

The Canadian Music Class Challenge CONTEST (“Contest”)

From September 1, 2017 at 9:01 a.m. EST

to November 24, 2017 at 11:59p.m. ET (“Contest Period”)

Contest Parties:

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (“CBC”)


Music Education Charity of Canada (“MECC”)


No purchase required.

To enter the Contest, a supervising teacher (the “Registrant”) of an eligible music class, after school program or music club (the “Music Class”) must register his/her Music Class by completing the entry form found at (the “Entry Form”) and submit an eligible video performance and “publicity” photo (the “Submissions”) (as explained further in the Submissions section below), during the Contest Period.

A Registrant may enter more than one Music Class in the Contest. Only one Entry Form may be submitted per Music Class.

To be valid, Entry Forms and Submissions must conform with these rules and be received by no later than November 24, 2017 at 11:59p.m. EST. Confirmation of receipt of the Entry Form will be sent by reply email.

If you attempt or are suspected of attempting to enter a Music Class more than once, or use robotic, automatic, programmed or any other methods of participation not authorized by these Contest Rules, it shall be deemed as tampering and will void your entries, or other results of such participation.

Video Submission

Your Submissions (as further described below) will be subject to the “Your Content Submission” guidelines and the “Terms of Use” available on the CBC website at

Any Submissions deemed by CBC to be inappropriate or not suitable for its audience will be disqualified at the sole discretion of CBC.

The following Submissions are required for each Music Class:

1. An original ‘live-off the floor’ video performance (no lip syncs or dance routines to the original song composition, or lip sync to a recording of your own version) of one of the pre-cleared Canadian song choices provided by CBC ("mashups" of the pre-cleared songs are also allowed, as long as it still only counts as one entry), to be posted on CBC Music’s YouTube channel.

2. A ‘publicity’ photo of the Music Class in “fun fashion mode”, captured on any technological device including a smartphone, to be posted on CBC Music’s website at

3. A brief description ( no more than 150 words,) written by the entrants, to be used in the video description box.

Performances of any other song will not be accepted.

Submissions sent to CBC will become the property of CBC and will not be returned to the Music Class and/or Registrant. In submitting the Entry Form and Submissions, the Registrant declares that he/she has obtained consent from all individuals appearing in their Submission (including parental consent for minors) and any other authorizations required to allow the Music Class to participate in the Contest and to enable CBC to use the Submissions as contemplated by these Rules. Registrant must comply with standards of proper conduct in his/her Music Class’ Submission, as specified in the Submission Guidelines available on the site. CBC reserves the right to decide whether to use each Music Class’ Submission, and/or to edit it for broadcast or online at its sole discretion.

Submissions must not,

(i) show clothing items bearing business, designer or sports logos or design;
(ii) contain threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane or indecent information of any kind;
(iii) violate or encourage anyone to violate any law or regulation;
(iv) contain advertising or commercial messages.

By making a Submission, the Registrant and Music Class grant CBC a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, irrevocable, unrestricted, worldwide license to publish, reproduce and distribute their Submissions in all media, on all digital platforms and by any other means of communication controlled or authorized by CBC. The Registrant and Music Class waive all moral rights to their Submissions and authorize CBC to use the Music Class’ names, pictures and voices, the Registrant’s name, and the school name in conjunction with this Contest and its use of the Music Class’ Submission. Collective agreement provisions may apply.


2.1 The Contest is open to any Music Class at a recognized Canadian educational institution, traditional music class, music club, or supervised after school program consisting of more than six students up to the age of 18 years of age. For all Music Class participants, parental or guardian consent is necessary to enter the Contest. The Registrant is responsible for distributing and collecting these signed consent forms. Where appropriate, the terms “contestant” and “winner” mean parent or guardian of that person.

2.2 Employees of CBC and its affiliates, as well as such employees’ immediate family (father/mother, brother/sister, son/daughter) or persons living under the same roof are not eligible to enter this Contest.

2.3 Employees of MECC, its affiliates, as well as such employees’ immediate family (father/mother, brother/sister, son/daughter) or persons living under the same roof are not eligible to enter this Contest.


3.1 All accepted Submissions will be posted by CBC on and for public viewing beginning on October 16, 2017.

3.2 A panel of judges (the “Judging Panel”) will review all eligible Submissions received during the Contest Period and select six Music Classes as winners of the Canadian Music Class Challenge (the “Winner”) based upon the following criteria:

Judging Criteria (out of 100 points total):

Video Performance: The judges are looking for excellence in performance, not in the technical quality of the video. (100 points)
Publicity Photo: A photo of participants must also be included.

The Judging Panel will be provided by CBC and MECC and comprised of music journalists and musicians. The Winner shall be chosen in the sole discretion of the Judging Panel using the above criteria.

The Winner will be announced on December 15, 2017 at approximately 8:30a.m. ET on CBC Radio 2’s “Morning Show”.

3.3 The Registrant of the Winner will be contacted by email or telephone on or before December 15, 2017 and must confirm acceptance of the Prize by no later than seven (7) days after the date they are initially contacted. If the Registrant of the Winner does not respond within seven (7) days following the first attempt of contact, declines the prize, or fails to return the required release forms, the prize shall be forfeited and CBC has the right, at its sole discretion, to select another Winner.


4.1 The Winners will receive a prize of (the “Prize”) :

● A commemorative plaque acknowledging the Winner as “Winner: Canadian Music Class Challenge 2017” and;

● One classroom recording kit:

One (1) high-tech classroom recordng studio kit including :
One (1) Lenovo ThinkPad E560 laptop computer with mouse
One (1) Presonus StudioOne recording software
One (1) Keystation88 II 88-Key MIDI Keyboard
One (1) Focusrite 18I20 recording interface
Two (2) Yorkville YSM8 studio speakers
One (1) Shure SM57 microphone
One (1) Rode NT1-A microphone
One (1) set of Apex DP6 Drum Mic Kit
Eight (8) MC-25N microphone cables
Two (2) MC-50N microphone cables
One (1) MS-108 Kick stand
Six (6) MS-206B mic stands
One (1) MS-608B Telescoping stand for use with Halo
One (1) Aston Halo Reflection Filter
Two (2) PC-15 cords

4.2 The Prize includes only what is specifically described and no other allowances will be granted.

4.3 The Prize has a total approximate value of $5000.


5.1 The parent/guardian of each student of a participating Music Class must sign the consent and release provided by the supervising music teacher declaring the student’s eligibility as stipulated in Section 2 of the Contest Rules, agreeing that the student’s name, image and/or voice may be used for promotional purposes related to the Contest free of charge; and releasing CBC and MECC, as well as their respective directors, officers and employees (the “Contest Parties”) from all liability for any damage or loss arising from participation in the Contest or from the awarding, acceptance or use of the prize.

5.2. The Prize shall be accepted as is and may not be exchanged or refunded for an amount of money, sold or transferred. No substitutions will be allowed. Any unused portion of the Prize will be forfeited.

5.3. If the Prize cannot be awarded as described in the Contest Rules, CBC reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize component with another of comparable value, as determined in its sole discretion.

5.4. Refusal to accept the prize releases the Contest Parties from any obligation toward the Winner.

5.5. If a Registrant makes any false statement, his/her Music Class will be automatically disqualified from the Contest.

5.6. The Contest Parties assume no liability for any loss, damage or injury, including without limitation (i) lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late, destroyed, illegible or incomplete entries; (ii) loss, theft or damage to software or computer or telephone data, including any breach of privacy; (iii) fraudulent calls inability of any person to participate in the Contest for any reason including mistaken addresses on mail or e-mail; technical, computer or telephone malfunctions or other problems with computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, or software; congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination of the foregoing; (iv) damage to any person’s computer, including as a result of playing or downloading any material relating to the Contest; (v) any delay or inability to act resulting from an event or situation beyond their control, including a strike, lockout or other labour dispute at their location or the locations of the organizations and businesses whose services are used to administer this Contest; or (vi) any changes to the Prize or cancellation or suspension of the Contest.

5.7 Contestants found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, including but not limited to acting in violation of these Contest Rules, to be acting with the intent to disrupt the normal operation of this Contest, as determined by CBC, will be disqualified. The discovery of any use of robotic, automatic, macro, programmed, third party or like methods to participate in the Contest will void any attempted participation affected by such methods and the disqualification of the contestant utilizing the same in CBC's sole and absolute discretion.

5.8 When the Contest Rules allow entry via Facebook, Twitter or any other social network, the terms of use of these social networks apply and the social network, as well as its directors and officers, assume no liability whatsoever in connection with the Contest.

5.9. CBC reserves the right to cancel or suspend this Contest should a virus, bug or other cause beyond their reasonable control corrupt the security or proper administration of the Contest. Any attempt to deliberately damage any website or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, CBC reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extent permitted by law, including criminal prosecution.

5.10. All personal information, such as name and contact information, is collected by CBC solely for the purposes of administering this Contest and shall not be used for any other purpose without your express consent. By providing this information, you consent to it being used for the stated purposes. Please see CBC’s privacy policy at

5.11. If the identity of a contestant or Registrant is disputed, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry will be deemed to be the contestant. The individual assigned to the e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address is considered the authorized account holder. A selected contestant may be required to provide proof that (s)he is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the selected entry. All entries must be submitted from a valid e-mail account that may be identified by reverse domain name search. The sole determinant of time for the purposes of receipt of a valid entry in this Contest will be the Contest server.

5.12. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. All entries that are incomplete, illegible, damaged, irregular, have been submitted through illicit means, using any robotic, automatic programmed method that artificially increases the odds of winning or do not conform to or satisfy any condition of the rules may be disqualified by the CBC. CBC is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this Contest.

5.13. CBC reserves the right to amend the Contest Rules or to terminate the Contest at any time without any liability to any contestant. Any amendments to these Contest Rules will be posted on

5.14. By entering, you agree to abide by the Contest Rules and the decisions of CBC and the Judging Panel whose decisions are final and binding on all contestants.

5.15 Contest Rules are available online at the Website.

5.16 It is a priority for CBC to create online contests that are accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. For more information about how CBC makes this possible please visit If you have any accessibility requirements or special needs, please contact the Contest coordinator as noted below.


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