1. These Terms and Conditions apply throughout the Sound of the Times 2017/18 competition and are applied at the total discretion of the competition organisers. As relevant, they apply to all members where there is a group entry.
2. All entrants must have a date of birth on or after 1st January 1991 and on or before 31st December 2000.
3. The competition is primarily open to people who have an active engagement in the communities within the Time & Leisure circulation areas. This includes all areas within the following post codes:
KT1, KT2, KT3, KT4, KT5, KT6, KT7, KT8, KT9, KT10, KT11, KT17, KT18, KT19, KT20, KT21, KT22, KT23
RH1, RH2, RH3, RH4, RH5
SM1, SM2, SM3, SM5, SM7
SW4, SW6, SW8, SW9,SW11, SW12, SW13, SW14, SW15, SW17, SW18, SW19, SW20
TW11, TW12
4. Most entrants will be expected to either live, study or work in one of these areas and be able to demonstrate that they do. 8 of the 10 winners will be selected from performers in the above areas. (Where a band is involved, it will be considered to be within the above area providing at least one of its members lives, studies or works within the specified post codes.) 2 of the 10 winners may come from outside these areas but must be resident in the United Kingdom.
5. Entrants will not be awarded any prizes until satisfactory proof of residency, location and date of birth, as relevant, has been provided.
6. The competition is open to entrants performing any type of music.
7. Entrants can be solo artists or groups/bands. The maximum number of members in any group is limited to 10 people. Only one entry per artist or group/band is permitted.
8. Entrants must submit one track only, which can be any length up to 10 minutes. There is no minimum duration.
9. Submissions can be made in MP3 format or via any standard streaming or video format (e.g. SoundCloud, Beatport, Bandcamp, YouTube).
10. Video recordings of live performances will be accepted, providing they are submitted in an accepted format.
11. Entries will only be considered if they are from unsigned artists and should ideally only comprise previously unreleased material. Arrangements or derivations of previously published material will not be considered unless the original material is out of copyright.
12. Winners must be available to record their submission in London between 6-17 November 2017. Winners will be expected to cover all related travel costs and expenses.
13. There will be 10 winners in total, which will be determined solely by the judges. No correspondence or communication will be entered into regarding the rationale of the judges’ decisions, which will be final.
14. Entrants will retain the copyright in the compositions submitted but irrevocably grant to the competition organisers all necessary licences (including mechanical licences) free of any payment to allow the fullest possible use of the recording of the submitted composition for what purpose the organisers deem appropriate and entrants hereby waive as against the organisers any moral rights in and to the submitted competition.
15. Winners acknowledge and accept that the competition organisers shall be the owner of the copyright in the sound recordings comprising the competition album throughout the world for the full period of copyright and the winners hereby irrevocably grant without charge all necessary consents to permit the fullest possible use of such sound recording.
16. Winners agree to take part in promotional events/material to support the competition free of charge.
17. The closing date for entries is midnight on 31st October 2017.
18. The organisers reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions within reason as the competition progresses with no liability to any other party.