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Welcome to the Aplaud MUSIC GROUP INc. Contest RuleS & Conditions

Contest Rules


  1. HOW TO ENTER
    Online Entries:

  • Sign Up / Create Account
  • Browse upcoming Aplaud.com Contests 
  • Choose a Contest
  • Compose an original music project (song) for each contest
  • If you need feedback or help with producing your music project sign up for an Aplaud workshop
  • When you are ready to submit your original music project:

                         Fill out the following forms: 


                         Payment:


                        We accept mp3s for music, mp4s for videos, pdf files for scores and lyrics.    

                        You also may provide a url  link to where your song is online,  and  

                        Aplaud Music Group Inc will access it there.

ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE:


  1. A completed online entry form  Aplaud Contest Entry  Form  and a completed and signed  Aplaud Contestant Consent Form 
  2. The song needs to be an original music project and uploaded as an  mp3 or, mp4. If you are submitting multiple songs or one song in multiple categories, please fill out a separate entry form for each submission, or use the list of contest boxes provided on the Aplaud Contest Entry  Form  to specify each contest you are applying for.
  3. A PDF copy of the score and/or lyrics for each entry if applicable (please include English translation, and type or print legibly). Please include your email address on the score and lyrics pdf. 
  4.  If an entry fee is requested, when you enter multiple categories, the entry fee will correlate to the number of songs and categories. The entry fee to enter may vary per song submission. Please use the Paypal payment option on the Aplaud Contest Entry Form to submit your payment.


Judging Criteria


Contest winners will be chosen by Aplaud Music Group, in its sole and absolute discretion, and in a manner decided by Aplaud Music Group in its sole and absolute discretion.   All such determinations are final.  For purposes of guidance only, merit will be given to entries that conform to the genre request of the announced contest; engage form, harmony and melody (where applicable); and meet industry expectations in recording, mixing and post production quality.

Aplaud Music Group reserves the right to extend any and all contest deadlines and/or to change contest entry fees at any time. 

Entrant retains all ownership rights to all original song(s) submitted for contest purposes.  Aplaud Music Group will not be granted any ownership rights by Entrant to any song(s) submitted for contest purposes, subject only to Entrant’s grant of rights and permission for Aplaud to use, publish and/or broadcast Entrant’s song(s) for purposes of the contest.


Aplaud Music Group encourages all to participate in its contests, and all Aplaud contests are made available and shall be decided without regard to the race, nationality, religion or origin of any entrant and/or the subject matter of any contest submission.


Entries will be uploaded by Aplaud Music Group on Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/user-588098217


Each entry will be uploaded on a named playlist with the Aplaud Music Group Inc Contest name specified  on the Aplaud  Contest Entry Form and submission deadline. 



Aplaud Music Group Contest Grand Prize


Each Aplaud Music Group Inc contest  is judged by selected Aplaud Mentors/Judges who will award a Grand Prize  in the monetary amount posted on the Contests announcements. Aplaud Music Group Inc reserves the right to award the Prize to multiple winners if the Judges so decide. Aplaud Music Group Inc reserves the right to award additional - announced or unannounced -  prizes to contestants if the Judges so decide. 


Popular Vote Prize


All entries will be made available to the public. Contestants are encouraged to invite their friends and family to like and support their entries. Aplaud Music Group Inc reserves the right to award a surprise  prize to the entry which has won the popular vote based on the number of likes & fan support. This value and item quality of the Popular Vote prize may vary and  it also may not  be available if the popular support is grated as minimal by Aplaud Music Group Inc.


Aplaud Music Group Inc reserves the right to extend the deadline and to increase the entry fees throughout the competitions.  


  1. Entrant retains all ownership rights to all original song(s). Aplaud Music Group Inc will not have any ownership rights to any song(s) submitted.
  2. Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold Aplaud Music Group Inc, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in Aplaud Music Group Inc.
  3. By filling out the  Aplaud Contestant Consent Form  and signing the Aplaud Contestant Consent Form the entrant and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of Aplaud Music Group Inc and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. By entering Aplaud Music Group Inc the entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official Aplaud Music Group Inc Rules And Regulations as established herein. 
  4. This Contest is governed by the internal laws of the state of Virginia without regard to principals of conflict of laws. All cases and claims pertaining to this competition must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in the City of Richmond, VA, without recourse to class action suits.
  5. If any provision of these Rules is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction or appointed arbitrator, such determination shall in no way affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision herein.
  6. Aplaud Music Group Inc is open to all artists.
  7.  Aplaud Music Group Inc  is open to anyone regardless of nationality or origin. Employees of Aplaud Music Group Inc  its families, subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible. If entrant is under 18 years old as of December 31, 2019, the signature of a parent or guardian is required.
  8. Entrant may submit as many songs as desired in each category. Entrant may also enter the same song in more than one category. It is entrant's responsibility to ensure that the submitted song(s) are complete and playable. All entry fees are non-refundable. Aplaud Music Group Inc  does not give feedback or a critique to entrants.
  9. Entry materials (mp3s, mp4s, videos, pdf scores) submitted will not be returned to the entrant. 
  10. Aplaud Music Group Inc reserves the right to extend the entry deadline with an increased entry fee.
  11. Entries are screened by an Aplaud Music Group Inc listening committee who select a group of finalists. These finalists are sent to the judges who select the winners. The judges consists of high profile music industry professionals including celebrity artists and music journalists. 
  12. The winners will be announced by the the 1st day of the month after the contest deadline . Aplaud Music Group Inc will post all results on its website and will notify entrants by email that results are posted. Entrant is responsible for providing up-to-date and correct email addresses to Aplaud Music Group Inc. Aplaud Music Group Inc is not responsible for entrant's non-receipt of any Aplaud Music Group Inc emails for any reason, including but not limited to, server or email malfunctions. Aplaud Music Group Inc will use its best efforts to announce the winners at the designated time but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays. Winners will be notified by email or phone. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. 
  13. A mentors will be selected and put in direct contact with the winner via meeting, Skype, or telephone. The method of contact may vary from mentor to mentor, depending on scheduling. Aplaud Music Group Inc cannot guarantee a particular mentor's availability, so the group of mentors includes more than five individuals in order to accommodate any unforeseen changes in labels, personnel, or other circumstances preventing a mentor from participation. Mentoring must be completed by the end of the calendar year of the competition unless a mentor's schedule does not permit.
  14. All prizes will be awarded to the first entrant as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among artists is the responsibility of winners.
  15. There will be no transfer and substitution of prizes except as necessary due to availability in which case a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded. All winners agree to release Aplaud Music Group Inc and sponsors from all liability regarding prizes won. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of winner. Aplaud Music Group Inc will not pay any winners' taxes or custom's fees. Prizes will be sent out within a reasonable amount of time, and Aplaud Music Group Inc will use its best efforts to send prizes out in a timely fashion. Prizes which are being sent to winners from Sponsors may take longer than prizes sent directly from Unsigned Only. If after 180 days of winners being announced, any winner has not received any portion of prizes, it is winner's responsibility to notify Aplaud Music Group Inc in writing within 30 days, and by certified mail, as to which prizes are outstanding. If winner fails to notify Aplaud Music Group Inc. Aplaud Music Group Inc will no longer be responsible for delivery of prizes. 

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DISCLOSURES

§ 59.1-417. Representation of eligibility to win or to receive a prize, gift or item of value.
A. No person shall, in connection with the sale or lease or solicitation for sale or lease of goods, property or service, represent that another person has a chance to win or to receive a prize, gift or item of value without clearly and conspicuously disclosing on whose behalf the contest or promotion is conducted, as well as all material conditions which a participant must satisfy. In an oral solicitation all material conditions shall be disclosed prior to requesting the consumer to enter into the sale or lease. Additionally, in any written material covered by this section, each of the following shall be clearly and prominently disclosed (i) immediately adjacent to the first identification of the prize, gift or item of value to which it relates or (ii) in a separate section entitled "Consumer Disclosure" which title shall be printed in no less than ten-point bold face type and which section shall contain only a description of the prize, gift or item of value and the disclosures outlined in subdivisions 1, 2 and 3 of this subsection:

1. The actual retail value of each item or prize, which for purposes of this section shall be (i) the price at which substantial sales of the item were made in the area in which the offer was received within the last ninety days or (ii) the actual cost of the item of value, gift or prize to the person on whose behalf the contest or promotion is conducted plus no more than 700 percent, but in no case shall it exceed such person's good faith estimate of the appraised retail value;

2. The actual number of each item, gift or prize to be awarded; and

3. The odds of receiving each item, gift or prize.

B. All disclosures required by this chapter to be in writing shall comply with the following:

1. All dollar values shall be stated in arabic numerals and be preceded by a dollar sign ($).

2. The number of each item, gift or prize to be awarded and the odds of receiving each item, gift or prize shall be stated in arabic numerals and shall be written in a manner which is clear and understandable.

C. It shall be unlawful to notify a person that he will receive a gift, prize or item of value that has as a condition of receiving the gift, prize or item of value the requirement that he pay any money, or purchase, lease or rent any goods or services, unless there shall have been clearly and conspicuously disclosed the nature of the charges to be incurred, including, but not limited to, any shipping charge and handling charges. Such disclosure shall be given (i) on the face of any written materials or (ii) prior to requesting or inviting the person to enter into the sale or lease in any oral notification.
 

Privacy Policy

ONLINE PRIVACY POLICY AGREEMENT

Aplaud Music Group Inc, (Aplaud), is committed to keeping any and all personal information collected of those individuals that visit our website and make use of our online facilities and services accurate, confidential, secure and private. Our privacy policy has been designed and created to ensure those affiliated with Aplaud Music Group Inc of our commitment and realization of our obligation not only to meet but to exceed most existing privacy standards.

THEREFORE, this Privacy Policy Agreement shall apply toAplaud Music Group Inc, and thus it shall govern any and all data collection and usage thereof. Through the use of www.aplaud.com you are herein consenting to the following data procedures expressed within this agreement.

It is highly recommended and suggested that you review the privacy policies and statements of any website you choose to use or frequent as a means to better understand the way in which other websites garner, make use of and share information collected.

Collection of Information

This website collects various types of information, such as:

- Voluntarily provided information which may include your name, address, email address, billing and/or credit card information etc., which may be used when you purchase products and/or services and to deliver the services you have requested.

- Information automatically collected when visiting our website, which may include cookies, third party tracking technologies and server logs.

Please rest assured that this site shall only collect personal information that you knowingly and willingly provide by way of surveys, completed membership forms, and emails. It is the intent of this site to use personal information only for the purpose for which it was requested and any additional uses specifically provided on this site.

Aplaud Music Group Incmay have the occasion to collect non-personal anonymous demographic information, such as age, gender, household income, political affiliation, race and religion, as well as the type of browser you are using, IP address, type of operating system, at a later time, that will assist us in providing and maintaining superior quality service.

Use of Information Collected

Aplaud Music Group Incmay collect and may make use of personal information to assist in the operation of our website and to ensure delivery of the services you need and request. At times, we may find it necessary to use personally identifiable information as a means to keep you informed of other possible products and/or services that may be available to you from www.aplaud.com. Aplaud Music Group Inc may also be in contact with you with regards to completing surveys and/or research questionnaires related to your opinion of current or potential future services that may be offered.

Aplaud Music Group Inc, may feel it necessary, from time to time, to make contact with you on behalf of our other external business partners with regards to a potential new offer which may be of interest to you. If you consent or show interest in presented offers, then, at that time, specific identifiable information, such as name, email address and/or telephone number, may be shared with the third party.

Aplaud Music Group Incmay find it beneficial to all our customers to share specific data with our trusted partners in an effort to conduct statistical analysis, provide you with email and/or postal mail, deliver support and/or arrange for deliveries to be made. Those third parties shall be strictly prohibited from making use of your personal information, other than to deliver those services which you requested, and as such they are required, in accordance with this agreement, to maintain the strictest of confidentiality with regards to all your information.

Aplaud Music Group Inc may deem it necessary to follow websites and/or pages that their users may frequent in an effort to gleam what types of services and/or products may be the most popular to customers or the general public.

Aplaud Music Group Incmay disclose your personal information, without any prior notice to you, unless required to do in accordance to applicable laws and/or in a good faith belief that such action is deemed necessary or required in an effort to:

Remain in conformance with any decrees, laws and/or statutes or in an effort to comply with any process which may be served upon Aplaud Music Group Incand/or its website;

Maintain, safeguard and/or preserve all the rights and/or property ofAplaud Music Group Inc; and

Perform under demanding conditions in an effort to safeguard the personal safety of users of www.aplaud.comand/or the general public.

Non-Marketing Purposes

Aplaud Music Group Incgreatly respects your privacy. We do maintain and reserve the right to contact you if needed for non-marketing purposes (such as bug alerts, security breaches, account issues, and/or changes in Aplaud Music Group Inc products and services). In certain circumstances, we may use our website, newspapers, or other public means to post a notice.

Children Under Age of 13

Aplaud Music Group Inc does not knowingly collect personal identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen (13) without verifiable parental consent. If it is determined that such information has been inadvertently collected on anyone under the age of thirteen (13), we shall immediately take the necessary steps to ensure that such information is deleted from our system's database. Anyone under the age of thirteen (13) must seek and obtain parent or guardian permission to use this website.

Unsubscribe or Opt-Out

All users and/or visitors to our website have the option to discontinue receiving communication from us and/or reserve the right to discontinue receiving communications by way of email or newsletters. To discontinue or unsubscribe to our website please send an email that you wish to unsubscribe to sophia@aplaud.com. If you wish to unsubscribe or opt- out from any third party websites, you must go to that specific website to unsubscribe and/or opt-out. Aplaud Music Group Incwill continue to adhere to the privacy policy described herein with respect to any personal information previously collected.

Links to Other Web Sites

Our website does contain links to affiliate and other websites.Aplaud Music Group Inc does not claim nor accept responsibility for any privacy policies, practices and/or procedures of other such websites. Therefore, we encourage all users and visitors to be aware when they leave our website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. The aforementioned Privacy Policy Agreement applies only and solely to the information collected by our website.

Security

Aplaud Music Group Inc shall endeavor and shall take every precaution to maintain adequate physical, procedural and technical security with respect to its offices and information storage facilities so as to prevent any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or modification of the user's personal information under our control.

The company also uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) for authentication and private communications in an effort to build users' trust and confidence in the internet and website use by providing simple and secure access and communication of credit card and personal information. In addition, Aplaud Music Group Inc is a licensee of TRUSTe. The website is also secured by VeriSign

Changes to Privacy Policy Agreement

Aplaud Music Group Increserves the right to update and/or change the terms of our privacy policy, and as such we will post those changes to our website, so that our users and/or visitors are always aware of the type of information we collect, how it will be used, and under what circumstances, if any, we may disclose such information. If at any point in time Aplaud Music Group Inc decides to make use of any personally identifiable information on file, in a manner vastly different from that which was stated when this information was initially collected, the user or users shall be promptly notified by email. Users at that time shall have the option as to whether or not to permit the use of their information in this separate manner.

Acceptance of Terms

Through the use of this website, you are hereby accepting the terms and conditions stipulated within the aforementioned Privacy Policy Agreement. If you are not in agreement with our terms and conditions, then you should refrain from further use of our sites. In addition, your continued use of our website following the posting of any updates or changes to our terms and conditions shall mean that you are in agreement and acceptance of such changes.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Privacy Policy Agreement related to our website, please feel free to contact us at the following email:

Email: jpiskora@loeb.com