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Music For The Cause (“MFTC”) Songwriting Contest Rules



1.) Read the official Rules (below)

2) Register on the website (www.musicforthecause.org), 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”)) (Submissions must not exceed five minutes)

4) Complete Submission online. For more information, please follow instructions at www.musicforthecause.org. All genres encouraged.







1st Annual “Music For The Cause” Songwriting Contest

National and Regional Levels


Seaton, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, (hereinafter, “MFTC”) is looking for talented artists to participate our community outreach program, “Music For The Cause,” which will utilize their talents to raise awareness of rare bleeding disorders throughout the mainstream community. MFTC is holding two contests simultaneously: (i) a national contest open to the general public (the “General Public Contest”) and (ii) a national contest open to the bleeding disorder community (the “Bleeding Disorder Community Contest”) (each a “Contest” and, collectively, hereinafter, the “Contests”) to find talented artists for “The Cause.”


The Bleeding Disorder Community Contest is exclusively for songwriters who suffer from bleeding disorders and meet the Eligibility Requirements set forth hereinafter. The Bleeding Disorder Community Contest is free to enter.


The General Public Contest is open to any songwriter who wishes to enter, so long as that song writer does not have a Bleeding Disorder and meet the Eligibility Requirements set forth hereinafter. There is a fee in order to enter the General Public Contest.


 Both Contests are open to those residents of the United States, the District of Columbia, Mexico, and Canada that meet the Eligibility Requirements (as defined below).


The grand prize winners of the Contests (Bleeding Disorder Community and General Public) (the “Grand Prize Winner” or “Grand Prize Winners”) will each receive $5,000. The contest rules (hereinafter, the “Rules”) are the official rules of the contests.

Contest Rules

OVERVIEW: Beginning at 12:00 a.m. Central Time ("CT") on August 1, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. CT on November 30, 2017, MFTC will accept, for both the Bleeding Disorder Community and General Public Contests, original Submissions from eligible songwriters (each, a "Songwriter" and collectively, the "Songwriters"), where, thereafter, the Submissions will be posted on www.musicforthecause.org (the "Website") for listener voting by the public. The public may start voting as soon as a Songwriter enters the contest. Finalists will be chosen both by public voting and guided evaluation by MFTC Judges. Both the Bleeding Disorder Community Contest and the General Public Contest are skill-based contests; the element of chance will not be present at any stage of the Contests.

By entering the Contest, and making a Submission to the Contest, Songwriter shall be deemed to have consented to the Rules.




In addition to the other eligibility requirements set forth hereinafter (the “Eligibility Requirements”), Songwriters wishing to participate in the Bleeding Disorder Community Contest must suffer from a bleeding disorder and be legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Mexico or Canada (excluding Quebec Province). Songwriters wishing to participate in the General Public Contest must be legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding Maryland and Colorado), the District of Columbia, Mexico, or Canada (excluding Quebec Province). Entry is prohibited with regard to residents of any other states or territories where prohibited by laws.

A Songwriter uploading a Submission with multiple co-writers must have all co-writers consent to participate in either Contest. For the purpose of these Contests, no co-writer or Songwriter may be subject to a current agreement with a publishing company, record label or other entity to render recording services that is currently in effect and/or have agreed to provide rights in and to musical compositions or recordings to any such company, label or entity. Any Songwriter or co-writer (of a Submission) who derives the majority of their income from songwriting, currently has a staff writing deal with a publishing company, or has ever had a song appear on any of the following charts is not eligible to participate in the Contests; Billboard, Mediabase, and/or Radio & Records (R&R).

Contestants must be 13 years of age or older. Eligible minors must obtain their parents or legal guardians' permission prior to participating.

Employees and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside or those living in the same households, whether or not related) of  MFTC and its sponsors, and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, licensees, successors and assigns, officers, directors, contractors, partners, shareholders, representatives, members, agents, employees, and advertising and promotion agencies, web developers, and marketing agents (collectively with Promoter Parties, the "Released Parties") are not eligible to participate in the Contest where prohibited by law. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, territorial, state and local laws.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Songwriters must upload and submit videos featuring their original songs on the Website.

The Bleeding Disorder Community Contest is free to all contestants who meet the Eligibility Requirements set forth in the previous section.

To participate in the General Public Contest, all contestants must meet the Eligibility Requirements set forth in the previous section, and a Submission fee of $25 USD must accompany each first Submission, and $15 USD for each subsequent Submission. Failure to provide a Submission fee for any Submission in the General Public 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, 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.

Submission (including the sound recording embodying the composition) 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.

All submissions must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. on November 30th 2017. Once the submission period has closed, MFTC will screen all submissions to ensure that each submission meets eligibility requirements. Any submission deemed to be in violation of the Eligibility Requirements will automatically be disqualified from moving on in the voting process.


·              Public Voting Phase


Once submissions are deemed to have met the eligibility requirements, all submissions will be posted to the Website from December 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 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. A creation of an MFTC Website account is required to vote. 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.  The three Submissions with the highest vote totals will automatically be deemed to be three (3) of the thirteen Finalists.  In the event of a tie for third place, the tied Submissions will be subject to a vote by the MFTC Judges in order to determine a third-place winner.

·             MFTC Voting Phase

Once the Public Voting Phase has ended, all remaining Submissions not deemed to be three (3) of the thirteen finalists via the Public Voting Phase will then move on to the MFTC Voting Phase. Members of the MFTC Board of Directors and MFTC’s advisors (the “MFTC Judges”) will review and score the remaining Submissions based equally on the following criteria: melody, composition, originality and lyrics (the "Judging Criteria").  Using the Judging Criteria, the MFTC Judges will each be assigned a proportionate share of the Finalists Submissions and will determine the top one hundred (100) Semi-Finalists.


Subject to the Eligibility Requirements above and in compliance with these Rules, the one hundred (100) Submissions selected by the MFTC Judges will be deemed “Semi-Finalists", and will be included in the Second Round Judging Phase of the Contest, which collectively will produce ten (10) of the thirteen (13) “Finalists”.

‚óŹ        Judging (For the Remaining Ten Finalists):

Following the First Round Public Voting and MFTC Voting Phases, the one hundred (100) MFTC selected Semi-Finalist Submissions will be judged by a new panel of judges consisting of music industry professionals not affiliated with MFTC (the “Semi-Final Judges”).  The Semi-Finalist Judges will review and score the Finalists’ Submissions based equally on the same "Judging Criteria” used by the MFTC Judges in the First Round. The Semi-Finalist Judges will each be assigned a proportionate share of the Semi-Finalists’ Submissions and will determine the top ten (10) Submissions.  In the event of a tie, the Submission with the highest score in the "originality" criterion will be deemed a Finalist.


The top thirteen (13) Finalists’ Submissions will then each be reviewed by an entire panel of additional music industry professionals not affiliated with MFTC, who will be using the Judging Criteria from the First and Second Rounds 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 the winner. 

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.

GRAND PRIZE AWARD: a $5,000 USD cash prize

SECOND PLACE: a $1,000 USD cash prize

THIRD PLACE AWARD: a $500 USD cash prize

Award recipients may not substitute, assign or transfer award or redeem any award for cash, but MFTC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute any award (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Award recipients are solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, if any, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with award acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided. All award details are at MFTC's sole discretion.

LICENSE/USE OF SUBMISSIONS: Entering the Contests does not transfer any ownership rights to MFTC. Songwriter (and cowriters) continue to own all rights in the Submission.  By making a Submission, Songwriters grant MFTC a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free, right to exploit the copyright in the recording and the underlying composition thereto and any and all ancillary and subsidiary rights therein, with respect to the Submissions, including without limitation the right to edit, publish, use, adapt, exploit, perform, modify, copy, disseminate or dispose of any Submissions, the compositions embodied therein or any elements thereof (including the names and likenesses of any individuals and any property embodied therein), online or in any other media now known or hereafter devised for the advertising, publicity, and promotion of MFTC contests, without additional compensation and without permission or notification to Songwriter(s) (including all band and/or group members, if applicable) of any kind, except as prohibited by law.

NATURE OF RELATIONSHIP: Nothing in these Rules or any other agreement with Songwriter shall be deemed to create an employment or agency relationship between any of the Released Parties and Songwriter. Songwriter agrees that they shall not look to the Released Parties for any compensation, employment, and other benefits. Songwriter hereby acknowledges and agrees that the relationship between Songwriter and MFTC and any of its designees is not a confidential, fiduciary, or other special relationship, and that Songwriter's decision to provide a Submission does not place MFTC or any of the Released Parties in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public.

PUBLICITY RELEASE: Participation in this Contest constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Songwriter's names, likenesses, voices, performances, award received, photographs, statements and biographical information (all at MFTC's discretion) for future advertising, publicity and other purposes relating to this Contest in any and all media now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, or permission.

RELEASE OF TECHNICAL LIABILITY: Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete, delayed or undelivered votes, and Submissions, all of which will be void. Released Parties are also not responsible for problems uploading or downloading any Contest-related information or materials from the Website, any errors or problems associated with uploading Submissions on the Website, or for any other technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Submission to be received by MFTC on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the Website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled or misdirected communications which may limit Songwriter's ability to participate in this Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing, judging or voting of Submissions, the tabulation and processing of votes, or deletion of any Submissions.

RIGHT TO TERMINATE & MODIFY: MFTC reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest. MFTC reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the Submission process or the operation of this Contest or any website (including the Website), intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Songwriter or User, MFTC or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Rules and void all associated Submissions.

MISCELLANEOUS: In the event of a dispute regarding Submissions received from multiple users having the same e-mail account, the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account at the time of Submission will be deemed to be the Songwriter and must comply with these Rules. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses. CAUTION: Any attempt by a Songwriter to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, MFTC reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys' fees) from any such Songwriter to the fullest extent permitted by law and to disqualify such Songwriter from the Contest.

SIMILAR SUBMISSIONS: By making a Submission, Songwriter acknowledges and agrees that MFTC may obtain many Submissions under this Contest and that such Submissions may be similar or identical in theme, idea, format or other respects to others submitted under this Contest and/or created or developed by MFTC on its own or by those working on MFTC's behalf, and/or other promotions staged and/or led by MFTC, and waive any and all claims Songwriter may have had, may have, and/or may have in the future, that any similar Submission, Submission and/or other works accepted, reviewed and/or used by MFTC (or its designees) may be similar to Songwriter's Submission. Songwriter acknowledges and agrees that MFTC does not have now, nor shall it have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to Songwriter's Submission.

PERSONAL DATA: Any information collected from the Contest shall be used only in a manner consistent with the consent given by the Songwriter at the time of Submission, with these Rules, and with MFTC's Privacy Policy at http:.//www.musicforthecause.org (such Privacy Policy and Terms of Use are incorporated herein by reference). Each Songwriter expressly agrees to the use of his/her personal information for such purpose. By participating in the Contest, Songwriters (i) agree to be bound by these Rules, including all eligibility requirements, the Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of MFTC, which are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest. Failure to comply with these Rules may result in disqualification from this Contest. MFTC reserves the right to permanently disqualify any Songwriter and/or any other person it believes has intentionally violated these Rules and void all associated Submissions. The following information will be collected from each Songwriter for the purpose of administering the Contest, and may also be used by Released Parties and their affiliates to contact the potential Finalists: Songwriter name, date of birth, mailing address and email address. The Released Parties will not sell, share or otherwise disclose information collected in any manner with third parties, other than those parties necessary to fulfill the above purposes, unless entrant has given his prior express consent to receive additional information from the Released Parties or a third party. Songwriter's information may also be transferred to countries outside of the United States. Such other countries may not have privacy laws and regulations similar to those of United States. If a Songwriter does not provide the mandatory data required during Submission registration, MFTC reserves the right to disqualify the Submission. Songwriters have a right of access to, modification and withdrawal of their personal data. Songwriters also have the right of opposition to the data collection, under certain circumstances, in accordance with applicable law. To exercise such right, an entrant may write to: Seaton, Inc., 272 Firestone Dr., Roseville CA 95678 ("Data Controller" and "Data Recipient"). The Released Parties will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that Songwriters' personal information is treated securely and in accordance with MFTC's Privacy Policy and these Rules, but will not otherwise take steps to ensure compliance with the applicable foreign law(s).

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By entering the Contest, Songwriter agrees to release and hold harmless the Released Parties from all claims, liability or damage caused or claimed to be caused, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with participation in this Contest, or acceptance or use of any award, the administration of the Contest, the operation of any website (including the Website) or Released Parties' use of any of the rights granted herein (including any claims arising out of the use of third party content). Released Parties assume no responsibility for the conduct of any Songwriter or the responses of anyone appearing in any Submission. By submitting a Submission, Songwriters acknowledge that grant to MFTC and MFTC Sponsors a worldwide, perpetual, unlimited, irrevocable, royalty-free right and license to use, display, distribute, reproduce, host, transmit, publish and publicly perform, their name, hometown, place of residence, Submission information uploaded to the website, the Submission, photo, image, voice, and likeness in connection with the Contest.

ARBITRATION: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Songwriter agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any opportunities provided, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held at the AAA regional office nearest the Songwriter; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will Songwriter be permitted to obtain awards for, and Songwriter hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys' fees, other than Songwriter's actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with participating in this Contest), and Songwriter further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

DISPUTES: Except where prohibited by law, Songwriters agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any award provided shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of California, USA. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of MFTC in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of California, USA, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of California, USA or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California, USA.

PROVIDED BY: Seaton, Inc., 1420 E Roseville Pkwy, #140 427, Roseville, CA 95661

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