2018 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By entering the ‘Songs of War’ Competition, each songwriter agrees to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions.

2. ORGANISER

The Organiser of the Competition is Soundcheque Ltd, of 10 Beaumont Mansions Beaumont Street, London, England, SW5 5AG (‘The Organiser’).

3. ENTRY & ELIGIBILITY

Entry is open to all amateur and professional songwriters, however entrants must ensure that their entry does not conflict with the terms of any existing agreement (for example with a record label or management company).

The songwriter must be the sole writer or a co-writer of each song entered. If entry is found to not adhere to this, then the entry will not be included in the Competition.

Where a song has been co-written by the participant, Soundcheque reserves the right to request written consent from each of the relevant writers.

To enter, songwriters must send a link to their song via the online submission form, at www.soundcheque.com – entries will not be judged on the quality of the recording, except insofar as it might affect the ability of the judging panel to hear the lyrics or essential features of the song.

There is no charge for entry but internet service provider’s fees may apply when accessing the internet.

In addition to the other contents of these terms, all entrants must, as a condition to entering into this competition:

  • Be able and willing to travel at their own expense to London on 29 November 2018; in the event that their submission is the winning one.

Please note that the competition is not open to the following:

  1. employees of the Organiser or its holding or subsidiary companies;
  2. employees of agents or suppliers of the Organiser, who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or
  3. members of the immediate families or households of (a) and (b) above.]

4. CLOSING DATE

All entries must be received online no later than 23.59 on 28 October 2018. The Organiser reserves the right to make any changes in the Competition starting and closing dates.

5. COPYRIGHT

By entering the Soundcheque ‘Songs of War’ competition, the songwriter represents and warrants that they own the copyright in the recording(s) and song(s) entered and possess the relevant authority to submit the song.

All entrants hereby indemnify the competition Organisers against any loss, damage or cost arising out of or in connection with any actual or alleged claims for infringement of copyright in the submitted works or for a breach of the terms of this competition.

6. PROMOTIONAL USE

By entering, the songwriter agrees that any entries and accompanying information may be used by the Organiser for the purpose of promoting the competition and its aims.

7. JUDGING

Preliminary round

All entries are subjected to a preliminary screening process carried out by the competition Organiser, and that may not include the judging panel, to ensure that they comply with the requirements that:

1) The subject matter of the song falls reasonably within the theme of “War”
2) The song meets the minimum quality standards to merit consideration by the official judging panel
3) The song does not contain any material of an offensive, inflammatory or discriminatory nature.

Secondary round

Once this screening process is complete, the next round of judging will involve a whittling down of all songs to a final shortlist of no more than ten songs, by an independent judging panel.

Final round

Of these ten songs, a winning song will be chosen by select members of the same judging panel.

The members of the judging panel will be granted complete discretion at all times across all decisions relating to their judging role.

8. RESULTS

The final shortlist is scheduled to be announced on Friday, 2nd November 2018 and the winning song is scheduled to be announced on Monday, 12 November 2018, although the Organiser reserves the right to make any changes necessary to the aforementioned dates.

The Organiser reserve the right to offer the winning songwriter, as well as any other participating songwriters, a chance to have their song professionally recorded at a studio of the Organiser’s choosing.

The Organiser will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winner directly, as soon as is practicable after the announcement date, using the telephone number or email address provided to it. If the winner cannot be contacted or is not available, or has not claimed their prize within five (5) days of the announcement date, the Organiser reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant. The Organiser does not accept any responsibility if you are not able to take up the prize.

9. MISCELLANEOUS

Insofar as is permitted by law, the Organiser, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Organiser, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.

If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these Terms and Conditions, the Organiser may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to exclude you from participating in the competition. The Organiser reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel, or amend the prize competition where it becomes necessary to do so.

The Competition and these Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the England, and all songwriters irrevocably and unconditionally consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the England and Wales.