Song Sharks 2024

Eligibility: You Must be a full member of MusicAlliance.com This means you are an Affiliate Plus, Pro or Elite Member. There is a special offer to help you get started on this page
Category: Please ensure you are clear on the category you are entering and the requirements for that category.
What You are To Submit: Unless asked to submit additional information, please submit only the required form along with your track and lyrics. Be familiar with the acceptable file formats and other standards required to properly submit any/all content.
Contact: Ensure you are able to receive communications from us. Make sure you can receive SMS and email from MusicAlliance.com
Understand the Process Clearly: Nobody is perfect, but preparation is professionalism. So take the time to understand or ask questions. We have created a scenario of 6 pre-event workshops to help get you prepared.
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Conditions that Apply to Category Selection  

You are either an individual or a team. If every member of your team is under 21, you will enter in that category.
If you (or a teammate) become 21 the year you enter, you are not eligible in this category.

You are Professional if you (or a teammate) make a significant part of your income from streaming, and/or professional music placement with artists and synchronization placements. Have established social media followers. Had or currently have pro contracts. Are intentional in your pursuit of brand, fan base and music content for a number of years. And have consistently released music for an extended period.

If you are NOT under 21, a professional, or a team, then you are Emergent. 

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Social Media ActivitySelect All Applicable Provide follower/subscriber info
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Your entry is not complete until you have submitted. 

You must be a member of MusicAlliance.com  A complimentary member may enter the Youtube challenge.  

You must be a full member (not just complimentary)  in order for your entry to move forward to the main Song Sharks Challenge

You may enter up to three songs but must upload only one song at a time as each song will have a unique anonymous identifier. 

You have read and understood all rules that pertain to entering your song into Song Sharks and must submit a signed Song and Artist Competition Liability Waiver.

Fraudulent or incorrect information may lead to disqualification  

You agree to all the rules at all times or may withdraw your entry.   

SONG AND ARTIST COMPETITION LIABILITY WAIVER


This Agreement ("Agreement") is entered into on the date of submission between Digital Music Alliance inc, located at Las Vegas Nevada ("Organizer") and the participant as detailed in this entry process

1. Scope of Agreement

This Agreement pertains to Participant's involvement in the Song Sharks Music Investor Challenge ("Competition"), organized by the Organizer. Participant acknowledges and agrees that participation in the Competition is voluntary and subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein.

2. Acceptance of Terms, Conditions, and Event Rules

Participant acknowledges that they have carefully read and understood all terms, conditions, and rules governing the Competition as set forth by the Organizer. Participant agrees to abide by all such terms, conditions, and rules throughout their participation in the Competition. Participant further agrees to comply with any additional entry requirements or modified challenge rules communicated by the Organizer, as required to ensure fairness and practicality.

3. Release of Liability

Participant hereby releases and forever discharges the Organizer, its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, and representatives from any and all liability, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, actions, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with Participant's participation in the Competition, including but not limited to any claims for copyright infringement, intellectual property disputes, defamation, or breach of contract.

4. Indemnification

Participant agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organizer, its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, and representatives from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, expenses, or fees (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of or in connection with any third-party claims related to Participant's participation in the Competition, including but not limited to claims alleging copyright infringement, intellectual property disputes, defamation, or breach of contract.

6. Right to Use Participant's Material

Participant hereby grants Organizer the non-exclusive right to use, reproduce, display, and distribute Participant's submitted materials (including but not limited to songs, artwork, and performance recordings) for the purposes of promoting the Competition and Organizer's activities, including but not limited to advertising, marketing, publicity, and social media promotion.

7. No Guarantee on Prizes

Participant acknowledges and agrees that prizes awarded in connection with the Competition are subject to availability and may be provided by third-party sponsors. Organizer makes no guarantee as to the availability, nature, or value of prizes and disclaims any liability arising from Participant's receipt or non-receipt of prizes.

8. Representation and Warranty

Participant represents and warrants that:
a. Participant is the sole owner of all rights, title, and interest in and to the song(s) and artwork submitted by Participant for the Competition, or Participant has obtained all necessary rights, licenses, permissions, and clearances to submit such materials to the Competition;
b. Participant's submission does not infringe upon the intellectual property rights or other rights of any third party;
c. Participant's submission is original and does not contain any defamatory, obscene, or unlawful content.

9. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Nevada. Any dispute arising out of or in connection with this Agreement shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Nevada.

[Organizer Name as Signature] Digital Music Alliance Inc


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Preliminary

A committee of analysts will eliminate material that is clearly not suitable for moving forward.
   
The MusicAlliance.com YouTube challenge

MusicAlliance.com upload and playlist all entrants’ songs anonymously. Lyrics may be posted if provided. No identifying data is allowed at this stage.  We will ensure control to ensure no unfair advantage is not gained. Winners will be based on thumbs up and view time. Thumbs down will be ignored. Prizes will be awarded to category winners. Most importantly if you make it to the finals a very positive outcome would reflect on your ability to generate fan support. Analysts/Investors will be provided this information. So get your submissions in early.   
 
Round One

Entries are listened to, in identical numbered batches by 3 preliminary analysts. Each analyst will choose a winning participant and one wildcard contestant. Where the same participant is chosen by more than one analyst, one of the wild card contestants will draw in, to ensure three contestants will move forward. Wildcards added in Round One, will also form a replacement pool. Should a finalist become  unavailable, a replacement candidate will be selected from this pool,  by the analysts by majority vote.
There are six Round One events. This means 18 candidates will move to round two. There will be three live online round two events, each consisting of 6 candidates.
 
Round Two   

18 candidates will move to round two. There will be three live online Round Two events, each consisting of 6 candidates. Each analyst will choose a winning participant and one wildcard contestant. Where the same participant is chosen by more than one analyst, one of the wild card contestants will draw in, to ensure three contestants will move forward. Wildcards added in Round One, will also form a replacement pool. Should a finalist become unavailable, a replacement candidate will be selected from this pool, by the analysts by majority vote.
9 participants will move forward to the final adjudication event. Wildcards added in Round two will form a replacement pool should a finalist withdraw or otherwise be unavailable. These candidates will be selected by Investors, as a majority vote.

Round Three

From the nine finalists, 4 contestants will be selected to present by the 4 Investors. This is NOT a majority vote. It is a selection only. The five not chosen will be in a replacement pool and replacement will be selected by majority vote as/if required. Investors will make offers or pass. Investors may partner and compete. All facts presented by participants will be reviewed prior to finalizing any deal. Participants have the right to make a 2-minute lifeline phone call for advice. The offer may change while that call is being made.
May 29th 2024
Song Sharks Challenge Rules and Regulations
 
Eligibility:
The contest is open to songwriters and musicians of all ages and nationalities.
Both solo artists and teams/groups are eligible to participate.
Use one entry form for each piece of music. Each will be assigned their own unique identifier. 
All members are eligible for the Music Alliance YouTube Challenge
If you are not, or cease to be, a full member of Music Alliance your entry cannot move forward from the YouTube Challenge to the Analysts and Adjudicators for the main Song Sharks event.

The Four Categories for Entry

Under 21: If You Turn 21 the year you enter you are not eligible for the under 21-year-old category. If you are a minor (under 18) You must have a parent or guardian sign your entry documentation.   

Emergent:  If you are NOT under 21, a professional, or a team, then you are Emergent.

Professional: Entrants who make a significant part of their income from streaming and/or professional music placement with artists and synchronization placements. Have established social media followers. Had or currently have pro contracts. intentional in their pursuit of brand, fan base and music content for a number of years. Consistently released music for an extended period.

Bands/Teams: You are either an individual or a team. If every member of your team is under 21, you will enter that category.
This is not a contest it is an investor challenge. You are not trying to win a prize, you are trying to find an investor for your music. Generally original material is far more attractive than cover songs as the publishing rights can be lucrative. That does not mean never do a cover song, that is a strategic decision. The strength of a great cover song has been known to sell albums. Consider everything from the eyes of an investor. Understand how artists earn, what basic deals look like and how your brand fits that goal. 
     
Submission Guidelines:
Each contestant/team may submit up to three original songs. Contestants must submit original songs only; no cover songs or previously released tracks are allowed.

Submissions must be made in digital format (MP3, WAV) via the official contest webpage.
Each submission must include the song’s title, lyrics, and a brief description or inspiration behind the song.

Use one entry form for each piece of music. Each will be assigned their own unique identifier and posted and playlisted to the Music Alliance Youtube site under that name. Your song will remain anonymous to the public but we will send you a link to it.    

There are multiple submission deadlines as there are six primary live adjudication events followed by two secondary and one final event. The projected schedule is below. Submissions are due 6 weeks in advance. The first deadline is September 30 for the Group One event in November.  Future dates will be announced.  
 
Submissions received after the submission date will be directed to the next event, unless this was the final event, in which case the submission would be rejected.  

If your material is presented on time but submission milestones have been exceeded your submission may be posted for the following event.  

It is advisable for you to submit as early as possible to maximize your YouTube Challenge Results 

Song Requirements:

Songs must be original and composed by the submitting artist(s).

Songs must not exceed five minutes in length.

Lyrics must be provided and should be clear, audible, and free of offensive language or content.

Song Sharks Adjudicated Criteria: Your Music, Your Presence, Your Work Ethic, Your Traction, Your Trajectory 

Your music will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Originality and creativity

Lyrics and composition

Melodic and harmonic structure

Overall impact and performance

Your Presence, will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Your existing fan base

Your online and social media presence

Your Work Ethic, will be assessed based on the following criteria:

What you have built so far

What you have committed to succeed

Measurables and Tangibles so far

Strategic Action Plan(s)

Your Traction, will be assessed based on the following criteria:

Your existing catalogue of songs

Performances

Streams

Social Media Followers

Other

Your Trajectory will be assessed based on the following criteria:

The recency of your activities/results 

Recent growth that indicates growing momentum, sustained interest and increasing positive metrics   

Voting and Selection Process:

All songs will be posted anonymously with lyrics, on the Music Alliance YouTube site , for public voting. Thumbs up, comments and view time will dictate leaders in this category. This information will be reviewed by analysts and investors.

Entries will be submitted from June through selection of the 6th event participants.

A panel of analysts will review all submissions and select a shortlist These results will be weighted as one factor presented to analysts and investors in their assessment process.

Qualifiers will be announced at the live event. So be present if your name is called as your song will be played and you will then answer questions from the analysts/investors about your career plan.

This is a public event. For every participant chosen there is a matching wildcard to take your spot if you are not present.   
   
Finalists will present to a panel of investors and pitch for a deal. Judges will be apprised of your background and youtube challenge results.

 Investor Panel: This is NOT a Song Contest. This is an Investor Challenge. Investors are the final process. 

We will appoint appropriately skilled analysts to curate all entrants and select those most favorable to getting a deal.

Those selected will take part in one of 6 live online events, which will each result in the selection of 3 primary and 3 wildcard entrants being selected. Wildcards draw in only if a primary is unable or unwilling to fulfill their obligations.

Your songs are totally relevant and a critical component but not the only component in Song Sharks

As of the starting date May 29th 2024) there will 13 months until the live finals in Las Vegas. Thus selecting Investors for the final is premature. We will invite 4-5 investors as we become aware of the music genre balance and the most eligible investors to suit those needs.  The Analysts will be professionals who have experience in Artist and Repertoire (A&R), Music Production and Management.      


Rewards:

Though there are reward packages. they are designed to support any offer you may receive from an investor and are often bundles of services such as Music Video production, mixing, mastering recording packages, travel costs to Las Vegas for the final and other promotional rewards rewarded via Music Alliance from our affiliates.

We have pegged the opening amount at 25,000 per category but expect this to grow significantly.      



Rights and Usage:

By entering the contest, contestants grant the organizers the right to use their submitted songs for promotional purposes related to the contest. All Participants must grant permission for their entries to be used in promotional and informational materials of Digital Music Alliance inc.


Contestants retain all copyright and ownership of their original works. Notwithstanding what may be given for an Investor Deal. 

Music Alliance does not retain rights to any aspect of your work other than to talk about it, play it and otherwise promote it).

However, the nature of an investor challenge is that investment will be made in exchange for something. This is what you will be negotiating should you make it to the finals.

Typically, artists give up 50% of their publishing but this is not set in stone. Make sure you attend our pre-event workshops on these subjects.  The organizers will not use the songs for commercial purposes without the explicit consent of the artists.

Disqualification:

Contestants who violate the rules or engage in unethical behavior may be disqualified at the discretion of the organizers.

If you submit false or inaccurate information, you will be disqualified.

 If you are found to have infringed on someone’s copyright or fail to submit additional information as required that may also cause you to be disqualified.

Understand the rules and eligibility

Any form of plagiarism or submission of previously released songs will result in immediate disqualification.

Contestants who violate the rules or engage in unethical behavior may be disqualified at the discretion of the organizers.

Material, which is Obscene, Vulgar, or hateful is not acceptable.

You must meet all legal requirements as defined in rules and regulations

Applicants not eligible in category applied for will be rejected  

Entrants submitting non original content will no be accepted.

Appeals:

The attached document details the appeals process if your song or entry is rejected and you wish to appeal that decision

Contestants who violate the rules or engage in unethical behavior may be disqualified at the discretion of the organizers.

Acceptance of Rules:
By entering the contest, contestants agree to abide by all rules and regulations.
Contestants acknowledge the decisions of the analysts. Investors and organizers are final and binding.
10. Additional Rules:
The organizers reserve the right to modify or amend the rules as necessary to ensure the fairness and integrity of the contest.
Any changes to the rules will be communicated to contestants in a timely manner.
Contact Information:
For any inquiries or further information, please contact Hometeam@MusicAlliance.com with Song Sharks in the subject line or visit www.MusicAlliance.com
 
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