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Teens Make Music Contest

MusiCares® wants to help you stay above the influence through the power of music.  Your music.

If you’re a musician between the ages of 14-18, you’re invited to submit an original piece of music that celebrates life above the influence or brings attention to the real-life consequences of substance misuse. 1st place winners receive tickets to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® and related events! Awards also include tickets to Vans Warped Tour, cash and other prizes!.

Contest Overview

To enter, participants must submit an original Music Video OR original Music/Lyrics composition. See complete contest rules and requirements below for instructions on how to enter. Songs will be judged equally on originality, lyrics, melody, and composition as well as an accurate portrayal of the importance of healthy personal choices or the dangers of drug abuse and addiction by a committee of music industry professionals, including publishers, producers, and artists.

Past judges have included Kevin Lyman (Founder and Producer, Vans Warped Tour), Brad Smith (Artist, Blind Melon and Abandon Jalopy), Mark Kendall (Artist, Great White), Gavin Lurssen (GRAMMY® Award-winning Engineer), Dave Krusen (Artist, Pearl Jam and Candlebox), Pete Fisher (President of the ACM), Tom DeSavia (Concord Music Group), Kevin Griffin (Vocalist, Better than Ezra; Songwriter/Producer, Founder/Producer of Pilgrimage Music Festival), Jen Czeisler (Owner, Rogue Octopus, President of Luna Music) and Christopher Thorn (Producer/Guitarist, Awolnation).

 Please see complete contest rules below.

Prize Details

Three winners will be selected (1st, 2nd and 3rd place).

  1. The first place winner will receive two tickets to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards® at the Los Angeles-based Staples Center, two tickets to the GRAMMY Celebration®, a grand cash prize of $500 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center, and other prizes.
  2. The second place winner will receive a cash prize of $250 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center and other prizes.
  3. The third place winner will receive a cash award of $100 provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center and other prizes.
  4. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have the opportunity to attend the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during a GRAMMY® rehearsal held prior to the awards show in Los Angeles, California. Winners will receive lunch and a MusiCares® certificate of appreciation, two tickets to the GRAMMY Museum, two tickets to any Vans Warped Tour show, and a gift bag.
  5. A chaperone will be required. Winners will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.
  6. All Three winners will have the opportunity to attend a guided tour of The Village Recording Studio.
  7. Winners may have the opportunity to engage in press or media interviews.  If you are currently under a court-ordered program, please make sure that participation in this contest does not conflict with your obligations to the court.

 

Original music compositions or compositions with accompanying videos must be sent to MusiCares postmarked no later than December 15, 2018. 

Please mail a CD-R or DVD of your original music video or you performing your original music/lyric composition to the following address:

Teens Make Music Contest MusiCares

3030 Olympic Boulevard

Santa Monica, CA 90404

 

For questions, or to obtain a complete list of winners, you may contact [email protected].

 

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2018 “Teens Make Music” Contest Rules

(Questions about contest rules can be directed to Erica Krusen at MusiCares® at 310-581-8729.)

THIS CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE 14 to 18 YEARS OF AGE AT TIME OF ENTRY.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR CLAIM PRIZE. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

1. ELIGIBILITY:  The 2018 “Teens Make Music” Contest (the “Contest”) is open to legal residents of the United States, 14 -18 years of age at time of entry.  Officers, directors, regular, full-time, part-time and temporary employees, contractors, interns,  GRAMMY U representatives, and anyone previously employed within six months of the date of entry, and agents of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (“The Recording Academy”), the GRAMMY Museum Foundation, Inc., MusiCares Foundation, Inc. (“MusiCares” or “Sponsor”), the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., and their respective affiliated companies, agencies, and immediate families (collectively, the “The Recording Academy Affiliates”) are not eligible to participate.  The Contest is governed by U.S. law, is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited. None of the parties involved in the submitted song(s) may be under any type of contract with a recording company or publisher.  All individuals or group member entrants must read and sign these Official Rules.

2. HOW TO ENTER: 

Original music compositions or compositions with accompanying videos must be sent to MusiCares postmarked no later than December 15, 2018. 

Please mail a CD-R or DVD of your original music video or you performing your original music/lyric composition to the following address:

Teens Make Music Contest MusiCares, 3030 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Attention: Erica Krusen [email protected] (email preferred) (Phone inquiries: 310-581-8729)

Prior to submitting, please verify that your entry is viewable and/or playable on a standard CD/DVD player.  The video or music/lyric composition must be no longer than 4 minutes. Submissions received in MP3 format will NOT be accepted. Entry materials will NOT be returned to the entrant.

Valid submissions must include:

  1. Name(s), mailing address, phone and e-mail address, age, year in school, name of high school/college, a headshot, and how you heard about the Contest.
  2. A statement on why you are interested in the project. For example, your own experiences, experiences with a friend or family member who is struggling with substance abuse, your view of peer pressure, your approach to personal choices, etc. (maximum two (2) pages).
  3. A brief statement on the background of the song and/or video and a copy of all lyrics.
  4. Entrants working together in a group are team members. Each team may not have more than two (2) team members in their group and should submit one (1) entry form and two (2) statements listed above as #2.
  5. Any submission may have multiple performers on the song but only two (2) may enter the contest.
  6. If there are multiple performers on a song, the division of prizes is the responsibility of the winner(s).
  7. Entrants must perform their own music.

Submissions are judged on originality, lyrics, melody, and composition, as well as an accurate portrayal of the importance of healthy personal choices and/or the dangers of drug abuse and addiction. For accurate scientific information on drug abuse and addiction, entrants are encouraged to use this website as a resource, specifically information found under Educational Resources.

Additional notes:

  1. The video or music/lyric composition must not contain brand names or trademarks.
  2. The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous.
  3. The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that promotes bigotry, hatred, or harm toward any group or individual or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
  4. The video or music/lyric composition must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations of any state where the video is created. Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without compensation.

Any variation from the required submission format will not be considered for entry.

3. MATERIALS: Materials submitted (the “Materials”) become the property of MusiCares and will not be returned. MusiCares will not be responsible for any deterioration in recording quality of submission that may occur, for defective or unreadable submissions, or for lost or incomplete packages.  If selected as a winner, winners (and any other persons appearing in the materials) grant to MusiCares a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual and transferable right and license to use the Materials for any advertising, promotional or commercial purposes, including the right to publicly display, perform, reproduce and distribute the Materials in any media channels; and understand and agree that their names, photos, or likenesses, statements, and submitted songs and lyrics may be publicized in or broadcast over any medium in association with the Contest without compensation, except where otherwise prohibited by law.  Winners, or their parent or guardian, must sign a Confirmation of Eligibility & Liability/Publicity Release certifying eligibility, including unsigned status. In the event such Confirmation of Eligibility & Liability/Publicity Release is not returned within ten (10) days of the request being made, prizes may be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. This statement is subject to verification by MusiCares. Any false information will result in automatic disqualification from the Contest and/or concert.

4.PRIZES:  The Winners will receive the following prizes:

  1. The first-place winner will receive the following, with an approximate retail value of $1900):
  • Two (2) tickets to the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Los Angeles-based Staples Center
  • Two (2) tickets to the GRAMMY Celebration
  • Cash prize of Five Hundred Dollars ($500) provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center
  • Invitation to attend the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during a GRAMMY rehearsal held prior to the awards show in Los Angeles, California
  • MusiCares certificate of appreciation
  • Two (2) tickets to the GRAMMY Museum
  • Two (2) tickets to any Vans Warped Tour show
  • Invitation to attend a guided tour of The Village Recording Studio
  • MusiCares swag bag

2. The second-place winner will receive the following, with an approximate retail value of $450):

  • Cash prize of Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250) provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center
  • Invitation to attend the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during a GRAMMY rehearsal held prior to the awards show in Los Angeles, California
  • MusiCares certificate of appreciation
  • Two (2) tickets to the GRAMMY Museum
  • Two (2) tickets to any Vans Warped Tour show
  • Invitation to attend a guided tour of The Village Recording Studio
  • MusiCares swag bag

3. The third-place winner will receive the following, with an approximate retail value of $300:

  • Cash prize of One Hundred Dollars ($100) provided by Visions Adolescent Treatment Center
  • Invitation to attend the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards backstage experience during a GRAMMY rehearsal held prior to the awards show in Los Angeles, California
  • MusiCares certificate of appreciation
  • Two (2) tickets to the GRAMMY Museum
  • Two (2) tickets to any Vans Warped Tour show
  • Invitation to attend a guided tour of The Village Recording Studio
  • MusiCares swag bag

Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be substituted by the Winners or redeemed for cash value.  MusiCares may substitute a prize of equal or greater value in its sole discretion.  An individual may only participate one time over the course of the Contest.  The Winners, or their parent or guardian, agree and are solely responsible for payment of any and all applicable income or other taxes or fees due for or on account of any prize(s) or consideration received as a result of this Contest.  The Winners understand that if applicable, they will be issued an IRS 1099 MISC Form in the amount equal to the retail value of their prize for the year in which the prize was awarded.  Unclaimed or rejected prizes will not be awarded.

5. REDEEMING PRIZES: All potential participants are subject to verification at the sole discretion of MusiCares. Anti-fraud detection devices may be used to verify winning entries. As part of the verification process, MusiCares may require Winners to sign and return a Confirmation of Eligibility & Liability/Publicity Release within a specified time period, or the prize may be forfeited.

6. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES:  Entrant represents and warrants that: (a) he/she is the sole and exclusive owner of all rights to the Materials submitted as part of the entry process, including without limitation any and all copyrights therein, and the Materials are free of any adverse claim by any person or entity; (b) the Materials do not infringe the copyright, literary, privacy, publicity, trademark, service mark, trade name, trade secret, intellectual property right, or any other personal or property right of any person or entity; (c) the Materials will not constitute a libel or defamation of any third party; (d) the Materials do not contain any material that otherwise violates any criminal prohibition or the personal or proprietary rights of any person or entity; and (e) the Materials do not violate any federal, state or local laws or ordinances.

7. RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By participating, entrant releases MusiCares, The Recording Academy, and The Recording Academy Affiliates and their present and future parents, affiliates, successors, subsidiaries, licensees, assigns and related companies, and the past and present officers, directors, trustees, governors, volunteers, employees, representatives, agents, and advertising and promotion agencies of each of the foregoing, and all others associated with the development and execution of this Contest, from and against any and all injury, loss or damage caused or claimed to be caused by his/her participation in the Contest and/or the acceptance, awarding, receipt, use and/or misuse of any prize, and entrant agrees that these entities are in no manner responsible for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to the Contest and/or the awarding of any prize.

8. GENERAL:  All federal, state and local laws apply.  By participating, entrants agree (i) to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) to be bound by the decisions of MusiCares, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.  MusiCares is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, garbled or illegible entries; MusiCares reserves the right to permanently disqualify from this Contest any person it believes has violated these Official Rules.  By accepting or participating in a prize, each Finalist irrevocably consents to the use of such Finalists’ name, likeness, image, voice, performance (in connection with interviews and other recordings), biographical information, and statements relating to the Contest or MusiCares, The Recording Academy, and The Recording Academy Affiliates, without further compensation, in all worldwide marketing, promotion, and publicity carried out in perpetuity by any of MusiCares, The Recording Academy and The Recording Academy Affiliates in connection with this Contest. MusiCares reserves the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest if any fraud, virus or other problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Contest, as determined by MusiCares in its sole discretion. If Contest is terminated before the end date/time, MusiCares will determine the Finalists from all eligible entries received as of the termination date/time. If any such malfunction, error, disruption or similar damage occurs and impairs the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest, MusiCares may, in its sole discretion, suspend or terminate the Contest by posting a notice at https://archive.facingaddiction.org/teens-make-music-contest.

9. DISCLAIMERS: Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall any of MusiCares, The Recording Academy or The Recording Academy Affiliates, or any of their respective present and future parents, affiliates, successors, subsidiaries, licensees, assigns and related companies, or the past and present officers, directors, trustees, governors, volunteers, employees, representatives, agents, and advertising and promotion agencies of each of the foregoing, be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death, resulting from participation in the Contest or acceptance, use or misuse of any prize.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the preceding release is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or void for any reason, the entrant agrees that, by entering the Contest, (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action; (b) any claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorney’s fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than damages for actual out-of-pocket expenses.  Entrants hereby acknowledge that MusiCares, The Recording Academy and The Recording Academy Affiliates have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied (including, but not limited to warranties of any kind concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize), in fact or in law, relative to any prize. Each Winner shall bear all risk of loss or damage to his/her prize after it has been delivered to such Winner via U.S. Mail, FedEx, United Parcel Service, or any other shipping agent.

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