OFFICIAL RULES FOR ''OUR VOICES, OUR VISION'' CONTEST 

 

Please observe the following guidelines carefully.  Entrants indicate with their entry via Soundcloud or Flickr or by email (info@singsos.org) that they have read and understand the guidelines.

ELIGIBILITY

 Anyone is eligible to submit a song or artwork and all will be displayed online, but only entrants on the autism spectrum will be eligible for prizes. We will ask entrants to self-identify as ASD and will use an honor system.
 Songs do not have to be specifically about ASD.  Artwork can be on any subject or in any style. Really, in both cases it’s your creativity that counts! If the artist is not him or herself on the spectrum, the work should be about our inspired by ASD or the ASD community.
 Each contestant can submit up to three songs and three pieces of artwork.
 Song as submitted may be performed by the writer or by a group that does not necessarily include the writer or writers.  Awards, however, will be distributed to writer(s) only.
 The writer(s) retain all writing/publishing rights to the songs, and artists retain all rights to their artwork. All entrants agree, however, that the works they submit can be used by SingSOS to promote the contest, in an exhibition and as part of any video or other autism awareness materials created as a result of the contest.  

AWARDS

It should be understood that the list of prizes represents a plan rather than a binding commitment. We hope to be able to award all of the following or more, but that depends on how our fundraising for prizes goes!

 All entrants will be recognized on the SingSOS website.
 The winning song will be professionally produced and recorded, using a version submitted by the artist or using musicians chosen by SingSOS, at our discretion. Our goal is to represent the song in thbe possible way. We will try to include the writer(s) as vocalists and instrumentalists but again, our goal is professional sounding record.
 The winning artwork will be displayed as part of a group exhibit or in some similar setting in New York City during April 2015.
 The winning song and possibly other winning songs, plus some art contest finalists, will be used in a public service autism awareness video.
 The winning songwriter and the winning artist will both receive $500 in cash, scholarship or donation to a charity selected by the winner.
 Runners up in both categories will receive prizes of $250, in cash, scholarship or donation.
 Other finalists and other participants may receive prizes or other tokens of recognition if possible.
 We are highly respectful of our entrants and guarantee that every song gets heard and that every image will be viewed.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

 The easiest way to submit art or  music is to email it to info@singsos.org. Or you can uploaded songs to the contest Soundcloud page. First you have to sign up for Soundcloud (it's free); then load your song to your Soundcloud page, and then you can go to our page and upload to the group.The upload MUST be accompanied by the entrant’s name, age and a contact email. In addition, entrants have the OPTION of using the tag field to identify their connection to autism, ie, ASD adult, ASD teen, ASD child, parent, sibling, teacher, friend, etc., and the title and subject of the song.

 Artwork can also be uploaded to Flickr.  Just like Soundcloud, you have to register for Flickr which is also free. The upload MUST be accompanied by the entrant’s name, age and a contact email. In addition, entrants have the OPTION of using the tag field to identify their connection to autism, ie, ASD adult, ASD teen, ASD child, parent, sibling, teacher, friend, etc.
 Contest entries will be accepted between July 21 and Jan. 31, 2015. We reserve the right to extend the entry period.

EVALUATION/NOTIFICATION

 Songs will be evaluated on their overall artistic impact, according to the subjective impressions of the judges. The quality of performance and production will not be considered except insofar as lack of technical quality may negatively impact the clarity of the submission. Artwork will be considered on overall artistic value according to the subjective impressions of the judges.   
 The five finalists will be notified by email by Feb. 15, 2015. We will ask for verification by the artists (or the artists's parent or legal guardian if under 18 years old) that the finalists submissions are original work and s/he holds all rights to song. 
 ALL ENTRANTS MUST SUBMIT A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATION AND A LIST OF WINNERS.  Entrants will be informed of contest decisions by EMAIL ONLY no later than Feb. 15, 2015.
 
GENERAL DETAILS/CONTACT

 Entry constitutes permission to use finalists' songs or artwork, names, likenesses and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without licensing or additional compensation.  Said use of songs or artwork shall be limited to streaming or display of files and the possible production of a CD comprised of the finalists' songs in limited quantity and of a printed collection of finalists’ artwork.  SingSOS may also use digital downloads of songs and digital pictures or video footage of artwork for its charitable activity and further promotion of the finalists' songs.
  Any rules that are misprinted or printed incomplete in other publications are not official and we take no responsibility for any disqualification resulting from not following the complete instructions listed above.
 You agree to indemnify and hold harmless SingSOS.org against loss or threatened loss or expense by reason of the liability or potential liability of SingSOS.org for or arising out of any claims for damages.
 This contest is void where prohibited.  All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US AT info@singsos.org

For more information or to get involved with "Our Voices, Our Vision,'' contact us at info@singsos.org.