II. ABOUT THE SERVICE
Progressive Musicians are dedicated to helping musicians achieve their goals and advance artistically. We offer unique opportunities to perform, compete, learn and progress. Conducted online through the submission of recorded videos, all candidates will receive a written evaluation of their performance from our qualified judges in our non-elimination round. For the final round applicants will have the opportunity to showcase their improvement by re-submitting an updated video. Demonstrated growth and achievement will be factored into the competition scoring. Top prize winners from each age category will be awarded the opportunity to perform on our winners recital.
Progressive Musicians LLC International Competitions (International Piano and Violin Competition 2020) are open to pianists and violinists as well as duo ensembles of all ages, nationalities and countries. Independent artists who are not currently signed to a major label record company and/or its affiliates or subsidiaries, are eligible to apply for the Competitions. By submitting an application form, the artist or ensemble acknowledges that he/she/it is not signed to a label record company and/or its affiliates or subsidiaries. Any applicant under the age of 18 years will require the signature (endorsement) of a parent or legal guardian. Multiple winners will be chosen from each age category. The applications are reviewed and judged within each of the age/repertoire categories as listed on the Competitions tab under Requirements.
The application for competitions and other events may be obtained from the Progressive Musicians’ website. All applications must be completed in their entirety and all fees must be paid by their specified deadlines.
The first round is a non-eliminatory round. All participants will submit a video recording of their performances over the internet. Our non-eliminatory round includes a written evaluation of the each performance from one our our esteemed judges. The judge’s written evaluation is based solely on professional opinions. Progressive Musicians assumes no liability. There will be no direct contact between applicants and judges beyond the judges evaluation form. Evaluation form will be delivered via email from the Progressive Musicians management. After receiving the judges evaluation, participants will have two weeks to practice and then submit an updated video recording for the second round (see our competition calendar more specific dates and deadlines). Participants may apply to as many competitions as they would like and may enter the same competition with multiple entries (all standard fees apply for each entry). Entries will not be accepted if late, incomplete, damaged, forged, mutilated or edited. Progressive Musicians accepts no liability for any late, lost, damaged, misrepresented, stolen or incomplete entries.
VI. HOW TO APPLY TO COMPETITIONS
- Pay the application fee via PayPal (found under the Apply tab) *service fees may apply
- Download and complete the application
The application may be completed on a computer with the use of any PDF annotating program (Acrobat, Preview, etc…). You may also choose to complete the application by hand and scan/email it back. Return the completed application and a headshot (headshots will only be accepted in JPG, JPEG, BPM, TIFF, and PNG formats) to email@example.com. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applications require a short biography of 75 words or less. If selected to play in the winner’s recital, applicant’s headshots and bios will be printed in the winner’s recital booklet and listed at www.progressivemusicians.com. Progressive Musicians reserves the right to edit biographies as needed to best fit within the recital booklet. All fees are nonrefundable.
VII. SUBMITTING A VIDEO RECORDING
Videos do not need to be of professional quality as long as the image and audio are clear to the viewer. Videos must show the musician’s face (profile is acceptable) and hands at all times and may not be edited. Videos will only be accepted over the internet. Applications must include the internet links for each video submission. Be sure to turn off all privacy settings for each link. Applications will not be accepted for unviewable links. Audio recordings will not be accepted.
VIII. REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants may choose one or two pieces from the standard repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods) fitting within the category time limit. All solo pieces and concerto movements must be memorized (with exception to the adult amateur category). Memorization is not required for duo sonatas, chamber works, and piano ensembles. Only solo pieces and works for piano ensemble (one piano) are permitted in the Piano Category, piano concertos are not permitted. Violin applicants may include chamber music for violin(s) and piano. Concertos with orchestral reductions are also acceptable. Individual movements taken from larger works are acceptable (movements of Sonatas, Suites). Only original works are allowed. Simplified arrangements and incomplete movements will not be accepted (with exception to orchestral cuts and reductions in violin concerti). Repertoire chosen for video submissions and the winners recital may not exceed its category’s time limit.
IX. APPLICATION FEES AND PAYMENT
Application fees are posted in the “Apply” tab at www.progressivemusicians.com. To make a payment, click the PayPal link and follow the instructions. When your transaction is complete, include the PayPal transaction ID on your application. If applying during a promotional period, payments and applications must be submitted by the specified deadline. Applicant recordings are not required to be submitted until the competition’s deadline. Progressive Musicians will accept payment through PayPal, certified check and money order. Progressive Musicians does not accept personal checks. If applicants wish to pay through certified check or money order, contact Progressive Musicians at firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions. Progressive Musicians reserves the right to adjust all fees and deadlines. All fees are nonrefundable.
X. COMPETITION RESULTS
Each winner will be notified via email (see dates posted in the Winner’s Recital tab of the Progressive musicians website). Applicants who are selected for the winner's recital will have one week to accept or decline the invitation to participate. The recital fee will be due by the deadline to secure a spot on the recital. All competition results will be posted on the Progressive Musicians website.
XI. ONLINE EVENTS/ONLINE WINNER’S RECITALS: RULE AND REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
All online events and online winner’s recitals may be broadcasted on the Progressive Musicians’ website, YouTube channels and other social media platforms including but not limited to the Progressive Musicians Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. If selected to perform in an online event and/or online winner's recital, a commitment must be made no later than one week from the date of notification. It is understood that performers choosing to participate in an online event and/or online winner’s recital will perform the repertoire presented in their original video submissions, unless they request otherwise. Repertoire performed on online events and/or online winner’s recitals must meet the time limit requirements specified by Progressive Musicians and are subject to approval. All performers participating in online events and/or online winner’s recitals must submit a video file of their performance(s) via file sharing (ex: Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCould, etc…) with email@example.com. Internet links to videos that cannot be downloaded by Progressive Musicians will not be accepted. It is understood by sharing files of their performance(s) with Progressive Musicians, that performers grant Progressive Musicians permission to broadcast them for public viewing. All participants may be interviewed via the internet for promotional purposes of the event/recital. Performers may decline a promotional interview if they wish.
XII. WINNER’S RECITAL: FEES, RULES, AND REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS
If selected to perform in the winner's recital, a commitment must be made and all fees must be paid no later than one week from the date of notification. Recital fees are $375 for soloists and $225 for each musician of a duo or chamber ensemble. Recital fees include; recital booklets containing the performer’s biographies and photos, a certificate of participation, a certificate of recognition for each performer’s instructor, four (4) complimentary concert tickets to the winner’s recital, and professional digital photos of the performance. It is understood that competition winners choosing to participate in the winner’s recital will perform the repertoire presented in their competition video submissions, unless they request otherwise. If a change of repertoire is desired, a “change of repertoire” application must be completed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org the deadline posted in the Winner’s Recital tab of www.progressivemusicians.com.All repertoire performed on the winner's recital must meet the time limit requirements for the proper categories and are subject to approval by the competition judges. All fees are nonrefundable.
XIII. WINNERS RECITAL ACCOMPANIMENT
All violin repertoire performed on the winners recital must be presented with piano accompaniment unless such accompaniment does not exist for the chosen selection. Violin soloists who require piano accompaniment may elect to hire their own pianist or request to perform with a Progressive Musicians collaborative pianist. To request collaborative piano services from us, submit a “Request of Collaborative Services” application, and a PDF file containing the piano score (orchestral cuts must be clearly marked). After this application has been received, and the collaborative pianist’s availability has been confirmed, a $150 fee will be charged and will be due by a deadline specified by Progressive Musicians. Due to scheduling, only a limited number of collaborative pianist requests will be accepted. Failure to pay the collaborative pianist fee by the deadline could result in the loss of service. The collaborative pianist fee includes a 15 minute rehearsal and the recital performance with the collaborative pianist. All fees are nonrefundable.
XIV. CARNEGIE HALL
Carnegie Hall’s policy strictly prohibits the use of personal photography and videography.
XV. TICKET INFORMATION
Additional tickets to the winners recital may be purchased through the Carnegie Hall box office for $50 by contacting CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800, online at www.carnegiehall.org, or at the door. Tickets will go on sale 90 days prior to the recital. Travel to New York City and accommodations are solely the responsibility of each performer.
XVI. REGISTRATION; RULES FOR USER CONDUCT AND USE OF THE SERVICE
You need to be at least 18 years old or have a parent/guardian signature to register for all Progressive Musicians’ events.
XVII. USE RESTRICTIONS
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XVIII. CONDUCT RESTRICTIONS
We grant you permission to use and access the Service provided by Progressive Musicians LLC, subject to the following express conditions surrounding User Conduct. You agree that failure to adhere to any of these conditions constitutes a material breach of these Terms.
By participating in any of the Progressive Musicians events, each participant agrees to be bound by the Progressive Musicians’ Policy and specific event Rules, as amended, which are posted on this page and on any events listed on our web-page. Participant further agrees to be bound by the decisions related to the events, which is final and binding in all respects.
Progressive Musicians LLC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any applicant found to be: (a) violating the Progressive Musicians LLC Policy and Competition (or any event) Rules; (b) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of events or the Progressive Musicians Website; (c) violating the terms of service, conditions of use and/or general Policy or guidelines of Progressive Musicians LLC and/or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
Winners must at all times behave appropriately when taking part in our events and observe all Rules and Regulations in force at the Halls, studios and/or other locations. Progressive Musicians LLC reserves the right to remove any individual from their event premises or locations, if they fail to behave appropriately. Removal from any one of our events will result in disqualification of such winner and/or participant.
XIX. CONTENT DISCLAIMER
We do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information on the Site or the Service nor are we responsible for, the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice, or statement made by the competition judges. Judges’ comments are based on their professional opinions. All judges decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Progressive Musicians takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any comments or advice. Under no circumstances will we be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from anyone’s reliance on information or other content posted on/through the Service or transmitted to applicants.
By participating in our events, applicants and participants:
Expressly grants Progressive Musicians LLC the right to use his/her name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address (“Personal Information”) for the purpose of administering its Competitions and events, including but not limited to contacting and announcing winners;
grants to Progressive Musicians the right to use his/her name and information for publicity and promotional purposes relating to its Competitions and events, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.
XXI. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Progressive Musicians LLC reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate any and all events in whole or in part, and/or to modify, amend or suspend any and all events and/or any and all Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason without prior notice.
XXIII. EMAIL MAY NOT BE USED TO PROVIDE NOTICE
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XXIV. USER CONSENT TO RECEIVE COMMUNICATIONS IN ELECTRONIC FORM
XXV. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER
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XXVIII. GENERAL TERMS
Effective as of July 6, 2020