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HOW TO ENTER:

1.) Create login, read the official Rules and Eligibility and agree to our Terms and Conditions.

2) Register, complete the submission form, and pay a submission fee (PayPal and all major credit cards are accepted)

3) Upload a video featuring an original song (hereinafter “Submission” or “Submissions”) and submit the lyrics to your song. (Submissions must not exceed five minutes)

4) Submit Submission online and spread the word. All genres encouraged. 

 


HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Songwriters must upload and submit videos featuring their original songs on the Website. 

To participate in the Contest, a Submission fee of $25 USD must accompany the first Submission and $15 for each submission therafter. Failure to provide a Submission fee for any Submission in the Contest will result in such Submission being deemed void. 

To submit a Submission online, visit the Website and follow the instructions provided to sign-in to your MFTC account, then, follow the directions provided to complete the online registration form, and upload your Submission and accompanying lyrics sheet (all information provided by a Songwriter including Submission and lyric sheet upload shall hereinafter collectively be referred to as the "Submission"). Videos must be in .MPEG4, .MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, or.3GPP., no larger than 1024MB in file size, or a URL from video source, and no longer than five (5) minutes in length. Incomplete Submissions, including but not limited to those Submissions that do not address the requirements set forth in these Rules, may be disqualified at MFTC's sole discretion. 

By making a Submission, Songwriter hereby grants to MFTC a fully compensated and royalty free, irrevocable, perpetual and worldwide license to use, exhibit, transmit, and display the Submission on the Website, other sites owned by MFTC, and third party websites and in other media now or hereafter known, and otherwise use the Submission in accordance with these Rules, without compensation of any kind or further notice to or approval from Songwriter or any third party, unless otherwise specified by MFTC. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorized third party use of any Submission. Released Parties do not guarantee that any Submission made will be posted.

Submission must be the original work of the Songwriter, and must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. Prior to making a Submission, Songwriter must obtain any and all releases and consents from any and all co-writers, any songwriter and other parties necessary to permit the use, transmission, display, and exhibition of the Submission by MFTC in the manner set forth in these Rules. MFTC reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to MFTC from any Songwriter at any time and, at its discretion, to disqualify any Submission they determine, in their discretion, fails to satisfy any of the above requirements. 


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submissions must comply with the following content guidelines: 

Submission lyrics (hereinafter “Content”) cannot promote any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous and shall not promote illegal drugs or weapons. Content cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group, and must not contain racial or ethnic slurs. Content cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about any third parties. Content must be an original work created by Songwriter. Content must contain lyrics in the English language. Content cannot contain any material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of any third party, such as music and/or lyrics owned or administered by any other person or entity, trademarks owned by others or advertise or promote any third party brand or product of any kind, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses. Content cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including recordings, sampling or “scratching” and other works published or used on or in websites, television, movies or similar media). Content cannot contain materials embodying the names, voices, or other indicia of, or identifying, any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, except as permitted in the Website’s Terms of Use or these Rules. 


PUBLIC VOTING PHASE

Open now, the Submissions will be posted to the Website for public voting (hereinafter the “Public Voting Phase”). Individuals will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite submission(s) by clicking the "vote" button for the corresponding submission on the website. Songwriters are prohibited from obtaining votes for their Submissions by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering awards or other inducements to members of the public and/or using any websites or online forums designed to induce individuals or provide other incentives to vote for their Songwriter’s Submission(s), as determined by MFTC in its sole discretion. Use of script, macro or any automated system to vote or with the intent to impair or subvert the integrity of the voting process is prohibited and all such votes will be void.


JUDGING PHASE

Following the Public Voting Phase, and subject to the Eligibility Requirements above and in compliance with these Rules, the three (3) Submissions with the highest overall vote totals during the Public Voting Phase (as described above) will be deemed “Finalists" for judging by the judges (the “Judges”).  The Judges will review and score the Finalists’ Submissions based equally on the following criteria: melody, composition, originality and lyrics (the "Judging Criteria").  Using the Judging Criteria, the Judges will each be assigned a proportionate share of the Finalists Submissions and will determine the top ten (10) Finalists.  The top thirteen (13) Finalist will then each be reviewed by all of the Judges using the same Judging Criteria as used to determine the top ten (10) Finalists in order to determine the grand prize, second place, and third place winners.  In the event of a tie, the Submission with the highest score in the "originality" criterion will be determined to be a Finalist.  


FINALIST NOTIFICATION

Judges' and MFTC's decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Contest. Potential Finalists will be notified via mail, email and/or phone and will be required to complete an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability and Publicity Release (unless prohibited by law) and any other documents required by MFTC, which must be returned within fourteen (14) business days of date appearing on Finalist notification. Return of Finalist notification as undeliverable, failure to sign and return requested documentation within the specified time period, the inability of MFTC to contact a potential Finalist within a reasonable time period or noncompliance with these Rules and/or the Website’s Terms of Use by potential Finalist will result in disqualification and, at MFTC's sole discretion, a runner-Up finalist may be notified. In the event a Finalist is an eligible minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, MFTC reserves the right to provide an award (if applicable) in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who will be responsible for fulfilling all requirements imposed on award recipient set forth herein.

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