Wilson Center Guitar FEST RULES & REGULATIONS

RULES & REGULATIONS • JUDGES COMPETITORS

August 18 - 20, 2016

The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is an annual, multi-genre festival that features four different competitions—Rock/Blues, Fingerstyle, Jazz, and Classical. 

The deadline for applications was May 31, 2016, @ 11:59pm CDT.


RULES & REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

OVERVIEW

  • The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the fourth annual Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival to take place August 18-20, 2016 at the Wilson Center, located within Mitchell Park in Brookfield, Wisconsin, just minutes west of Milwaukee.
  • The competition is divided into four separate genre categories: 1. Rock/Blues, 2. Fingerstyle, 3. Jazz, and 4. Classical.
  • Candidates are eligible to compete in up to two categories.
  • The Initial preliminary round judging will take place via YouTube video.
  • The semi-final rounds of the competition will take place Friday, August 19, 2016.
  • The final rounds of the competition will take place Saturday, August 20, 2016.
  • Semi-final and final rounds will take place in front of a public audience and will be judged by a panel of renowned artists from each genre.
  • First place winners in each category will be awarded a $3,000 cash prize.* Additional awards include a $1,500 second prize and a $1,000 third prize in each category. Supplementary non-cash prizes may be announced at a later date. First place winners will perform on Saturday August 20, 2016 at 7:30pm as openers to Al Di Meola.

 * The First Place Winners in each category are not allowed to participate in future Wilson Center Guitar Competitions.


OFFICIAL RULES

Please read these Official Rules before entering the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival. By participating in this competition, you agree to be bound by these official rules and represent that you satisfy all the eligibility requirements set forth herein.

Employees of the organizer, sponsors, and providers of any prize offered in this competition or any business or entity involved in the development, production, implementation, judging, administration, or fulfillment of this competition, and the immediate family members of any of the above (meaning spouses, parents, siblings, or children living in the same household) are not eligible.

Please note that this is a skill-based artistic competition. 

ELIGIBILITY
The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is open to individuals of all ages. Candidates are required to complete and submit the application form and video(s) by the specified due date. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of the entry. Late or incomplete entries are not considered valid entries. Any form of entry, other than as specified in these rules is prohibited. The organizer will be collecting personal data about participants when they register to enter the competition. By participating in the competition, candidates agree to all terms and conditions. By entering you agree to be bound by these official rules and decisions of the judges, which will be final and binding in all respects. 

The Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival is open to all non-professional guitarists of all nationalities. A candidate may not be a professional guitarist and may not be signed to any labels and/or professional management. 

A professional guitarist is defined as a person who makes a full-time career from guitar related work. Examples of this are teaching guitar lessons (i.e. 30 – 60 students per week), touring full-time with a band, performing session work full-time (i.e. recordings, television, film, commercials, pit orchestras, etc.). If a guitarist only teaches a small number of students, and/or plays non-regular jobs, they would not necessarily be considered a professional guitarist. Anyone enrolled as a full-time student is considered a non-professional guitarist.

The qualification as a non-professional guitarist will ultimately be at the sole discretion of the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival management. 

INSTRUMENTS
Candidates may bring and use any 3-, 4-, 6-, 7-, 8-, or 12-string acoustic or electric guitar. The only personal pieces of gear a candidate may use is his or her guitar, pedal effects, cable, pick, slide and strap.

TECHNICAL DETAILS FOR THE LIVE SEMI-FINAL AND FINAL ROUNDS

  • For electric guitars, a maximum of three effects (pedals) will be allowed. For live rounds, candidates will have a choice of amplifiers provided by the Organizer.
  • For classical and acoustic guitars, amplification will be done through the use of a microphone or a direct hook-up (DI) to the console (available on site). Classical guitarists are not required to use amplification during the semifinal or final rounds.
  • The effects supplied by the candidates must be handed over to the Organizer before the live rounds with the controls adjusted. Effects pedals should already be fastened and hooked up to a pedal board.
  • Guitars must be tuned before going on stage.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • May 31, 2016 – deadline for application materials and video.
  • June 15, 2016 – notification of semifinalists via email.
  • August 19-20, 2016 – live performance of semi-final and final rounds in Brookfield, WI.

PERFORMANCE VIDEO SUBMISSION DATES & TIMES

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2016, @ 11:59pm CDT. The organizer’s computer runs the official clock for the Competition and will solely determine the time by which an entry is received.

HOW TO ENTER

Visit www.wcguitarfest.com, complete the application form and pay online. Submit your video in one of the following ways: 1. through YouTube.com by entering the URL(s) within the application form or 2. email the URL(s) by midnight on May 31, 2016 to dsipe@wilson-center.com

REGISTRATION & FEES

You may register in a maximum of two (2) different genre categories. Indicate on the form the category (-ies) in which you wish to compete. The registration fee is $50 for one category. The registration fee is $80 for two categories. The application fee is non-refundable, without exception.

PRELIMINARY ROUND VIDEO DETAILS

All genre categories: Two works of contrasting styles of the candidate’s choice performed “live on video.” The length of the video is to be ten (10) minutes or less. Any submission over ten (10) minutes will not be considered. These works may be individual works or single sections/movements from larger works. Candidates entering two genres must submit a video for each genre in which they are competing. Do not submit the same video for two different genres.

VIDEO CONTENT INSTRUCTIONS

While we advise all candidates to create the best quality entry possible, both regarding the audio and the video, it need not be at a professional level production value. The video may be shot in any location (home, school, recital hall, etc.) though a more acoustically flattering room is desirable. Candidates should dress appropriately, as they would for a recital or audition. 

The video must clearly show the candidate’s face, hands, and guitar. A stationary camera position is acceptable, with no zooming, panning, etc. You may use backing tracks or live musicians to accompany your performance. Please do not submit a video with product placements or other commercial intent. No foul language or offensive gestures.

The contestant should state on-camera:
“My name is (state name here as it appears on the entry form). This is a (state the style of the pieces being performed – blues/rock, classical, jazz, or fingerstyle) performance for the 2016 Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival. The pieces I am performing are (state the names of the pieces and composers).” 

Candidates may not say anything more than what is listed in the above statement in their video entry about the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival. Those departing from this stated direction may be disqualified.

Video editing during a work is not allowed. The only editing allowed in the audition video is the insertion of an introduction, if necessary, and the editing together of two required songs. Any video not conforming to the above specifications may be reason for disqualification at the discretion of the competition.

YouTube.com VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

If a candidate chooses to submit their video via YouTube.com, they must select "Public" or “Unlisted” in the privacy settings when uploading the video. If the candidate selects "Private" their submission will be invalid. The candidate must provide the link to their video submission on the application form or email it directly to the competition manager at dsipe@wilson-center.com. For more information on posting videos we recommend exploring the “Help” section found on the YouTube.com homepage.  

The candidate’s YouTube.com video postings must be titled as follows: WC Guitar 2016 “Candidate’s name.” For example: WC Guitar 2016 John Smith.

Note that there is a space after WC and before Guitar. Note that WC is capitalized. After the word Guitar, candidates must leave one space before their first name, and one space before their last name. 

Note that there are no underlines or underscores where spaces occur. If a candidate’s entry strays from these titling instructions, candidates risk being disqualified. 

ADJUDICATION

All candidates will be judged by a panel of three independent and credible judges on the following criteria: technique, musical interpretation, and overall artistry. Video submissions will be judged by June 15, 2016. Semi-finalists will be notified, and invited to participate in the semi-final and final rounds in Brookfield, WI on August 19-20, 2016. Only those candidates who are selected for the semi-finals will be notified.

NOTIFICATION

Notification to all semi-finalists will consist of an email to the address listed on the registration form, as well as posted online by June 15, 2016 at 5:00pm CST. By entering this competition, you agree that the notification methods stated herein are sufficient to give you notice in the event that you are chosen. If any semi-finalist fails to respond by agreeing in person or via email to participate in the next level of the competition within seven (7) days of notification or does not appear at the next level of the competition, then that candidate forfeits his or her right to participate further in this competition. Any runners-up will be notified via email within two (2) business days of the day that any candidate fails to respond or declines the invitation to compete in the next level of competition. If a semi-finalist declines the invitation to compete, then the candidate who received the next-highest final score in the video submission will be invited to compete.


SEMI-FINAL ROUND

The total amount of performance time for this round cannot exceed 10 minutes in length. The semi-final rounds will be judges by a panel of three judges located behind a screen. You may play material in the semi-final round that was performed in the preliminary round.

Please note that each genre has different requirements. Backing tracks are allowed in the jazz and rock/blues categories. Backing tracks must be submitting to the organizer 30 days in advance of the competition in a commonly accepted audio format (i.e. .wav, .mp3, etc.).

You must use the following WC Guitar Fest supplied backing tracks for the rock/blues and jazz semifinals:

Rock/Blues Repertoire Requirement

  • "Midnight" by Jimi Hendrix (with backing track supplied by the WC Guitar Fest and a (contrasting) selection of candidate’s choice.

Backing Track Downloads:

Click here to download .wav file version.

 

Fingerstyle Repertoire Requirement

  • “(The Man with the) Green Thumb” by Tommy Emmanuel and a (contrasting) selection of candidate’s choice. We highly recommend that the fingerstyle semi-final candidates use the following commercially available printed music for “(The Man with the) Green Thumb” available from Mel Bay.

Jazz Repertoire Requirement

  • "All The Things You Are" by Jerome Kern and a (contrasting) selection of candidate’s choice.

Classical Repertoire Requirement

  • Luigi Legnani - Caprice #2 Op. 20 and a selection of candidate’s choice (multi-movement works are acceptable).

FINAL ROUND

The total amount of time for the final round cannot exceed 15 minutes in length. The titles and composers of the works to be performed must be submitted directly after the semifinal round results are announced. The semi-final rounds will be judges by a panel of three judges located behind a screen. You may play material in the final round that was performed in earlier rounds.

Rock/Blues Repertoire Requirement
(Backing tracks are allowed, but must be submitted 30 days in advance of the festival.)

  • Two or more (contrasting) solo selections of candidate’s choice. 

Fingerstyle Repertoire Requirement

  • Two or more (contrasting) solo selections of candidate’s choice.

Jazz Repertoire Requirement

  • "Anthropology" by Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie (with live professional bassist and drummer supplied by the Wilson Center.)
  • One unaccompanied solo selection of the candidate’s choice.

Classical Repertoire Requirement

  • Leo Brouwer - Tres Apuntes (Three Scketches)
  • One or more (contrasting) solo selections of candidate’s choice (multi-movement works are acceptable).

TIME LIMITS

Candidates must ensure the time they take to perform their pieces does not exceed the time limit allowed. Candidates will be timed from the moment their music begins until all pieces are completed. If the performance exceeds the time limit, live performances will be stopped at the discretion of the judges.

Candidates are required to complete and submit the application form and video(s) by the specified due date. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of the entry.  All late or incomplete entries are not considered valid entries. Any form of entry, other than as specified in these rules is prohibited. The organizer will be collecting personal data about participants when they register to enter the competition. By participating in the competition, entrants agree to all terms and conditions. By entering you agree to be bound by these official rules and decisions of the judges, which will be final and binding in all respects.

TRAVEL & ARRIVAL

Candidates are responsible for their own travel, hotel accommodations, and expenses for the semi-final and final round stages of the competition in Brookfield, WI.

All semi-finalist candidates MUST register at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts IN PERSON between 12:00PM-8:00PM CST on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016 OR 7:00AM-9:00AM CST on THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2016. Failure to do so may result in disqualification from the live competition.

Punctuality and order of performances
Candidates must be present in the performance hall one hour before the stated time frame for the round. Candidates will draw numbers to determine the order of performances one hour before each round.

Other
Candidates must bring their own guitar(s) for their performances and remain solely responsible for their instruments. Any candidate who fails to abide by the competition rules may be disqualified.

Any registration form found to contain false or inaccurate information may result in the candidate's disqualification. 

The Organizer reserves the exclusive right to record, photograph or disseminate any and all stages in the competition in any manner whatsoever.

Participation in the Wilson Center Guitar Competition & Festival implies the full and clear adherence to these rules, the waiver of all rights and recourse in respect of the submission procedures, their results and the awarding of prizes, and in respect of any physical or material damage sustained by the candidate either during the performances or when traveling to said performances.