Big Dog 92.7
Next Big Thing Contest
- The “Next Big Thing” contest (hereinafter: the “Contest”) is brought to you by Astral Media Radio G.P., (hereinafter: the “Contest Organizers”). The Contest runs in Saskatchewan and on the Internet, from Monday, May 14, 2012, at 7am CT to June 20, 2012, at 7pm CT (hereinafter: the “Contest Period”).
- This Contest is open to all persons residing in Saskatchewan who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence as of the first day of the Contest Period. Notwithstanding the preceding, the Contest is not open to individuals associated with the Contest, including the employees, agents and representatives of the Contest Organizers, (including their respective divisions, subsidiaries, affiliates and agencies), their advertising and promotional agencies, SaskMusic staff, suppliers of prizes, materials and services related to this contest or any other party directly linked to the holding of this Contest (the “Excluded Individuals”). This Contest is also not open to the immediate family members of the Excluded Individuals. For the purpose of these Contest Rules, “immediate family” includes: father, mother, brothers, sisters, children, legal or common-law spouse and individuals with whom such employees, agents and representatives reside.
HOW TO ENTER
If Internet entry
3. No purchase necessary. To enter, you must comply with the eligibility criteria set out in these Contest Rules, during the Contest Period, upload a video of your original music, from May 14, 2012 to May 30, 2012. Go to Big Dog 92.7 website at www.bigdog927.com (hereinafter: the “Website”). Complete the electronic entry form (hereinafter: the “Entry Form”) by filling out all mandatory fields, including: your last name, first name, age, complete address and postal code, phone number and area code, email address, correct answer to the mathematical skill-testing question appearing on the Entry Form and 4x4=___. Follow the instructions to confirm your eligibility and confirm that you have read and agreed to comply with the Contest Rules. Then click on Next Big Thing icon to send your Entry Form no later than 5pm on May 30, 2012 CT. Upon receipt of a confirmation message, you will then automatically be entered in the Contest.
4. Entrants must comply with the following conditions, otherwise the Contest Organizers reserve the right to cancel one or more of their entries and/or disqualify the entrant from participating in the Contest:
4.1 There is a limit of one entry per person/group per Contest Period.
4.2 The video is an original work, created exclusively by the participant registered with the Contest and for which the participant owns all the necessary rights, titles and interests, including without limitation, all the intellectual property rights (copyright, trademarks, commercial names), and does not infringe the rights of any living or deceased third party.
4.3 The video does not contain any defamatory content that could damage the Contest Organizers’, a participant’s or a third party’s reputation in any way whatsoever, nor does it infirnge the privacy rights of any person.
4.4 The video must be from an identifiable source. No false identity was created and you have not impersonated any person or legal entity.
4.5 If your video contains extras who can be visually identified, you have obtained the written authorization of each of these extras allowing the Contest Organizers to copy, display, assign or use the video in any way whatsoever. You accept to hand these authorizations over to the Contest Organizers upon their request.
4.6 BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU GRANT TO THE CONTEST ORGANIZERS THE RIGHT TO USE THE VIDEO, WHOLLY OR IN PART, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE CONTEST AND FOR PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE RIGHT TO ADAPT, MODIFY, BROADCAST OR REPRODUCE THE VIDEO IN ANY WAY AND ON ANY MEDIA WHATSOEVER WITHOUT COMPENSATION OR LIMITATION REGARDING THE GEOGRAPHICAL REACH OR OTHER CONSIDERATIONS.
4.7 The video complies with the present Contest Rules.
The Contest Organizers reserve the right to at any time disqualify a participant or to remove (or refuse to post) any submitted video that they consider or believe to be not compliant with the conditions outlined herein above or any other clauses of the present Contest Rules, and to exercise any and all other applicable rights and remedies, without possibility of appeal.
The Contest Organizers are not under the obligation to use the video that are submitted to them.
5. The following grand prize is available to be won: 1 grand prize will be awarded, consisting of:
- $10,000 cash;
- mentorship with SaskMusic professionals to review press materials and career planning;
- a prize package, valued at $5,000, custom-tailored to the winning artist by SaskMusic, which may include for example: studio time with a producer in Saskatchewan studio to record a professional single, release of a single to radio (including manufacturing, digital distribution, tracking and professional photography); a trip to attend the 2012 CCMAs in Saskatoon;
- opportunity to perform at the Craven Country Jamboree (Beer Garden) and be the opening act for Kellie Pickler at the Queen City Exhibition, subject to the winner being available at the dates scheduled for such events.
6. The following conditions apply to the grand prize: must be a resident of Saskatchewan and does not have a direct artist contract with one of the major recording labels.
7. All expenses other than those specifically mentioned above as included shall be assumed by the winner.
8. On June 20, 2012, at 7pm MT, in Regina, SK, at the Pump the Top Three qualifiers will perform live. A panel of judges, decided from SaskMusic, will decide who the winner shall be.
9. There is a limit of one prize per person/group. In addition, a contestant will not be eligible to win more than one prize during a period of thirty (30) days in any contest held on radio by Astral Radio Regina and any contest held on the website of Astral Radio Regina. Any potential winner selected in this Contest who does not comply with this condition will automatically be disqualified and another group/artist will be designated a winner. An ID may be required when claiming the prize.
HOW TO CLAIM A PRIZE
11. In order to be declared a winner, each selected potential winner must be in compliance with these Contest Rules and in particular, the following:
11.1 The Contest Organizers must be able to reach the potential winner immediately on June 20, 2012, the date on which the potential winner’s performance was selected;
11.2 OR have answered correctly the mathematical skill-testing question asked on the Entry Form;
11.3 If required, sign a publicity release and liability waiver form (hereinafter: the “Release Form”) sent by the Contest Organizers and return it to them within fifteen 15) days of receipt.
12. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Contest Rules. In the event the potential or declared winner fails to comply with any one of the conditions set out above or any other conditions set out in these Contest Rules, the Contest Organizers reserve the right to disqualify such entrant from the Contest and if time allows, a new winner will be selected in accordance with these Contest Rules, until an entrant is selected and declared a winner, without affecting the order in which other prizes are awarded.
13. The moment the contestant is declared a winner the Contest Organizers will inform all winners on how to take possession of their prize. In the event the winner fails to collect his or her prize in accordance with the instructions set out in this paragraph, the winner will forfeit the right to collect the prize, and the Contest Organizers reserve the right to withdraw the prize entirely. Another artist/group will be selected to receive the prize.
14. Verification. Entry Forms are subject to verification by the Contest Organizers. Any Entry Form which is incomplete, incomprehensible, inaudible, illegible, fraudulent, mutilated, altered, contains false information or is not received within the Contest Period, or any Entry Form which does not contain the correct answer to the mathematical skill-testing or otherwise does not confirm to these Contest Rules will automatically be rendered invalid and will not entitle such entrant to be eligible for a prize.
15. Disqualification. The Contest Organizers reserve the right to disqualify any person or cancel one or more entries of any person participating in this Contest or trying to participate by means contrary to these Contest Rules or in a manner which is unfair to other entrants (e.g.: use of an Entry Form obtained from an unauthorized source, entries exceeding the limit allowed, computer hacking, etc.). Any attempt to tamper with the entry process, interfere with these Contest Rules, deliberately damage any website or undermine the administration, security or legitimate operation of the Contest, is a violation of criminal and civil laws and the Contest Organizers reserve the right to seek damages and/or other relief from all persons responsible for such acts to the fullest extent permitted by law, which may include banning or disqualifying entrants from this and future contests. Such person may be referred to the appropriate judicial authorities.
16. Non compliance/eligibility. If a potential or declared winner is not in compliance with these Contest Rules, the Contest Organizers reserve the right to disqualify such entrant from the Contest and randomly select further entrants from the remaining eligible entries until a winner is finally declared. Any potential or declared winner who is not in compliance with these Contest Rules, must so inform the Contest Organizers immediately upon being contacted by the Contest Organizers.
17. Acceptance of prize. Prizes must be accepted as described in these Contest Rules and may not be transferred to another person, substituted for another prize, or exchanged in full or in part for cash, subject to the section below.
18. Substitution of prize. In the event it is impossible, difficult and/or more costly for the Contest Organizers to award a prize (or part of a prize) as described in these Contest Rules, the Contest Organizers reserve the right to award a prize (or part of a prize) of similar nature and equivalent value or, at their sole discretion, the value of the prize (or of the part of the prize) in cash.
19. Refusal of a prize. The refusal by a potential or declared winner to accept any prize awarded in accordance with the Contest Rules, releases and forever discharges the Contest Organizers and their agents of all obligations related to the prize, including delivery.
20. Liability limit – use of prize. Each entrant and any potential or declared winner releases the Contest Organizers, their subsidiaries, respective divisions, their parent corporations, their advertising and promotional agencies, their shareholders, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (hereinafter: the “Beneficiaries”) from any and all liability for any and all damage, loss or liability suffered as a result of or arising from the entrant’s participation in the Contest or the acceptance or use of his/her prize. In order to be declared a winner and prior to obtaining his/her prize, any potential or declared winner agrees to sign a declaration to such effect in the Release.
21. Warranty. Any person selected for a prize acknowledges that the only warranty applicable to the prize is the standard manufacturer warranty.
22. Liability of prize supplier. Any person selected for a grand prize acknowledges that upon receipt of a letter confirming the prize, all services to be rendered in connection with their prize become the sole responsibility of SaskMusic. A declaration to such effect will be included in the Release Form.
23. Liability limit – running of the contest. The Beneficiaries are not liable for faulty computer components, software, or links; the loss or non-existence of communications capability; or faulty, incomplete, incomprehensible, or erased computer or network transmissions that make it difficult, or render a user unable, to enter the contest; problems with any website or website feature howsoever caused, the malfunction of, or damage caused to, any telephone or network or lines, computer equipment, data or software, online systems, servers or access providers; or the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks; or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer “hackers” The Beneficiaries are not liable for any harm contestants may suffer directly or indirectly as a result of downloading any Web page or software or transmitting any information related to entry in the Contest. Further, the Beneficiaries assume no responsibility for entries lost, stolen, delayed, damaged or misdirected.
24. Web site access. The Beneficiaries do not guarantee access to or non-interruption of the Web site during the Contest Period or that it will be exempt from any errors.
25. Modification. The Contest Organizers reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this contest, in whole or in part, in the case of the occurrence of an event, an error or any human intervention that could corrupt or affect the administration, safety, impartiality or the running of the Contest as provided in these Contest Rules.
26. Early termination of the Contest. In the event that the computer system cannot record all the Contest entries during the Contest Period for whatever reason, or if participation in the Contest must be terminated in whole or in part before the closing date of the Contest as per the Contest Rules, the Contest Organizers will proceed with the performance from among entry forms duly registered during the Contest Period or, as the case may be, up to the date of the event that lead to the termination of the Contest.
27. Limit of prizes. In no event shall the Beneficiaries be obligated to award more prizes than set out in these Contest Rules or to award prizes otherwise than in compliance with these Contest Rules.
28. Impossibility to act – labour dispute. The Beneficiaries shall not be responsible for any damages for a failure to operate the Contest in accordance with these Contest Rules in any case where their incapacity to act results from circumstances or a situation beyond their reasonable control or because of a strike, lock-out or any other labour dispute in their company or those of businesses which services are used for holding this Contest, war, riot, insurrection, earthquake, terrorism, civil commotion, fire, flood, accident, storm or any other act of nature.
29. Liability limit– participation. Any person who participates or tries to participate in this Contest releases the Beneficiaries from any and all liability for damages which he/she could suffer from participating or trying to participate in this Contest.
30. Authorization. By entering this Contest, each declared winner consents to the Contest Organizers, SaskMusic and their representatives to use, at their sole discretion and if required, their name, photograph, likeness, testimonial related to the prize, place of residence and/or voice without compensation whatsoever and that, without limit as for the period of use, in any media and on a worldwide scale, for publicity purposes or for any purpose that may be considered relevant. A declaration to such effect will be included in the Release Form.
31. List of winners. From June 20, 2012 to July 20, 2012, the name of the winner/group will be available at the office of the Station Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AND/OR at all times between those dates on the Website.
32. Property of entries. Entry Forms are the sole property of the Contest Organizers and at no time will be returned to entrants.
33. Communication with entrants. No communication (other than while registering) or correspondence will be exchanged with entrants in the context of this Contest with the exception of selected entrants or declared winner.
34. Personal information. Contestant personal information that is collected in this Contest will be used solely by the Contest Organizers, SaskMusic and their representatives for the administration of the Contest. There will be no communication of commercial or of any other nature, unrelated to this Contest sent to an entrant, unless such entrant gives specific authorization to the Contest Organizers for that specific purpose.
35. Decisions of the Contest Organizers. All decisions of the Contest Organizers or those of their representatives regarding this Contest are final and binding.
36. Identification of the contestant. For the purposes of these Contest Rules, the entrant is the person whose personal information is printed on the Entry Form. It is to this person [that the mathematical skill-testing question will be asked] and the prize awarded if selected and declared a winner.
37. Unenforceability. If a section of these Contest Rules is declared or ruled by a Court of Law as illegal, unenforceable or void, that section will be deemed void but all other sections not affected will be enforced as allowed by Law.
38. Jurisdiction. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.
SaskMusic Rules & Regulations
Rules and Regulations
Selections and Prizing
1. This competition is produced by SaskMusic on behalf of Big Dog 92-7.
2. Submissions must be made via a combination of video submission and entry form. All submissions must consist
of a video of the artist performing one original song (see Rule #3 below) and other material as requested on the entry
form. Each artist/group may make ONE submission only.
Big Dog 92-7 shall conduct a preliminary screening of all submitted videos to ensure basic standards of quality (i.e.
vocal can be clearly heard) and decency (i.e. lack of profanity and nudity) have been met. Submissions which do not
meet submission criteria, or that are incomplete, will be ejected from the contest. Big Dog 92-7 and SaskMusic
reserve the right to reject any submission.
An impartial industry jury coordinated by SaskMusic, consisting of at least three jurists (i.e. established local
country artists, media and/or other music industry professionals), will then adjudicate all posted submissions to
select the Top 10 using criteria including: suitability of material for the artist, vocal quality, songwriting, overall
performance quality (music), originality as an artist, visual presentation (how creative or engaging is the video, or
the performer), and market potential. The general public will be invited to rate each posted submissions throughout
the submission period. The jury will take into consideration the public ratings registered on the Big Dog website,
however, these ratings will not necessarily determine nor influence the outcome of this round of the contest. Acts
selected by the jury to be in the Top 10 will then be notified.
Artists are encouraged to spread the word about their submission, in order to drive ratings by the general public.
3. The Top 10 will then be posted. Video ratings will be reset and public rating started anew. An impartial industry
jury will then adjudicate the Top 10 to select the Top 3, as above. The judges will consider the results of the public
voting in their deliberations, but are not bound to select those artists most highly rated by the public.
The top 3 semi-finalists, as determined by the judges, will be invited to perform in the live Finals show on June 20.
In the event that a finalist is unavailable or declines to participate in the finals, it shall be the judging panel’s
decision which alternate artist will be invited into the finals.
4. Finals: The finals show will feature the Top 3 finalists, and consist of a judging panel of at least three music
industry professionals. The panel will rank each performance based on criteria similar to the previous rounds, plus
Audience Response. The jury will also be provided with ratings for the 3 finalists as collected during the Top 3
period on the website, which they may choose to consider in their deliberations. Participants must consent to their
performance being recorded on video and/or audio for broadcast.
The winner of the finals will receive a prize package valued at over $15,000 including:
- $10,000 cash;
- mentorship with SaskMusic professionals to review press materials and career planning;
- a prize package custom-tailored to the winning artist; which may include for example: o studio time with a
producer in a Saskatchewan studio to record a professional single;
o release of a single to radio (including manufacturing, digital distribution, tracking and professional photography);
o a trip to attend the 2012 CCMAs in Saskatoon. Additionally, the winning artist may be offered paid performance spots at the 2012 Craven Country Jamboree and
Queen City Ex. Big Dog 92-7 and/or SaskMusic may offer the artist additional performance or showcase
opportunities at their discretion and upon artists’ agreement.
Logical career options and timeline will be clearly discussed with the winning act, with decisions made by mutual
agreement between SaskMusic and the artist. SaskMusic reserves the right to ensure quality at all stages of prize
delivery, such as use of a professional producer for recording sessions, and monitoring of packaging i.e. press kits,
photos, and website design. Any recording sessions completed under this project must take place in Saskatchewan.
5. All decisions of the judges will be final.
1. Open to any emerging country act (single artist, duo, or group) currently residing in Saskatchewan*, and who is
over the age of 19 as of June 20, 2012. Proof of residency may be required in the form of a valid Saskatchewan
Health card or Saskatchewan drivers’ license. All members of the act must be Canadian citizens or landed
The following exclusions apply:
a. the act (as a unit) may not now be, or ever have been, directly signed to a major record label or sub-label;
b. the act (as a unit) may not have ever been nominated for any Artist, Group or Rising Star categories of the
Canadian Country Music Awards;
c. The grand prize winner of any previous Big Dog 92-7 Next Big Thing competition will be ineligible to
*In the case of a group: At least 50% of its members must be current Saskatchewan residents.
2. “Country” shall be defined as any form (i.e. mainstream, traditional, contemporary) as well as country-related
genres such as bluegrass and roots. The suitability of submissions will be at the discretion of the initial selection
jury. It should be noted that performance judges will be looking for an artist who would be suitable for booking at a
major country festival, and who has “radio-friendly” material.
3. Contestants must perform original material, which is defined as: material written by the artist/someone in the act,
OR material which has not ever been commercially released by any artist. (If you didn’t write the song, just as long
as it has never been publicly released.) The act may perform one previously released ("cover song") in their set if
selected to appear in the live Finals. Songwriting quality of the performed material, whether written by the artist or
not, will play a significant part in the judges’ scoring.
4. If invited to perform in the live Finals, artists must be available from 1-11 pm on June 20 for soundchecks and
performance at The Pump Roadhouse in Regina. Artists will be required to submit a set list and lyric sheets prior to
5. Acts are responsible for providing their own accompaniment for the finals, if desired, at their own expense.
Artists may also sing to recorded tracks or accompany themselves (solo). Acts are responsible for all costs and fees
associated with using their own band, a backing band, or singing to recorded tracks, and are responsible for their
own travel and associated fees to participate in this competition. Professional sound, backline and lighting will be
6. Finalists will be provided with an honorarium (which may be used to offset some of the expenses noted above). 7. Contestants must consent to their video submission, biographical information and weblinks (as provided on their
entry form) being promoted to the general public. Additionally, we request permission to use your sound and image
in photographs, ads, performance footage and promotional material to be used in relation to promotions in and
resulting from this competition.
8. Winner and semi-finalists agree to participate in activities, as requested, and act as ambassadors of “The Next Big
Thing” competition wherever possible for a period of one year following the competition.
9. Staff of Big Dog 92-7 and SaskMusic may not enter this competition as artists themselves or perform as
accompanists during semi-finals or finals.
10. Staff of SaskMusic are ineligible to serve as jurists during any phase of this competition.
11. All jurists will be required to sign Conflict of Interest declarations, stating they will conduct their adjudications
12. Rules and application directions are available at www.bigdog927.com and www.saskmusic.org.