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Words First: Terms and Conditions

  • Video entry to the workshops are open to people aged between 18 to 30 years old, who are full time residents of the UK (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) except employees of the BBC (or any BBC Group company), their close relatives or any person closely connected to the scheme. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.

  • Applicants will be asked to provide their name; date of birth, contact number, email, address, ethnicity, gender, emergency contact, assistance requirements, relevant medical conditions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

  • At the time of application, Participants must not have or be in the process of, signing a book deal with an established publishing house (self-publishing work and undertaking professional gig bookings are acceptable).

  • All applications should be submitted in English. Applications that feature a backing track or other music will not be accepted.

  • Applications open on 26 April 2019 and video entries close at 23:59 on 10 May 2019. Applications outside this timeframe will not be considered, so please do not wait until the last minute to upload your video.

  • Participants can only enter the scheme, individually. Only 1 video per person is permitted. If more than one video is submitted, only the participant’s first submission will be considered.

  • Video entries cannot be returned, so please remember to retain a copy. Due to the volume of entries, unsuccessful participants may not be contacted. All successful participants will be contacted by 19 May 2019.

  • All video entries, performances and other contributions from participants (in workshops or otherwise) must be the original work of the participant and must not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no responsibility where participants fail to comply with these Terms and Conditions. By entering the scheme, each participant agrees to fully indemnify the BBC for any and all resulting liabilities related to any breach by a participant of these Terms and Conditions.

  • Participants retain the copyright in their video entries and any contribution they make as part of the scheme, however, each participant grants to the BBC, a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty free license across all media - to publish, broadcast and post the entries and or any contributions from the participants, which includes online, and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged. The said license also includes all necessary rights and permissions to enable the BBC to fulfil and complete the administration of the scheme.

  • By submitting a video each participant agrees that the BBC may in its sole discretion, edit, adapt, abridge or translate the video and or any contribution from participants, as part of the talent search, to fulfil the intended purpose of the scheme (as set out above).

  • Following the online applications (video submissions), participants will be considered based on a) the originality of the writing (spoken word) and performance, and b) the candidate's overall passion and potential.

  • Thereafter, approximately seventy-five (75) participants will be selected to attend one of five (5) workshops (ideally, selected participants will be asked to attend the workshop that is situated nearest to their address). Selected Participants will be invited to attend a workshop and a showcase, and the participants from each of the five (5) regional workshops will be considered by the BBC and partners in their absolute discretion (in accordance with the criteria set out in these Terms and Conditions) and participants with entries and contribution found to be most appropriate to the criteria shall receive a place at a showcase in July 2019 and a finale in September 2019, which may be broadcast in part, live on BBC Radio.

  • In the event that one or more of the participants selected to attend the finale are unable to do so, alternatives will be selected and invited to attend the finale.

  • Participants will be required to cover their own costs (travel, accommodation, etc.) for participating in the scheme and attending the workshops. Only in exceptional circumstances (at BBC’s discretion), such as where selected participants are travelling from Wales and or Northern Ireland, the BBC may cover expenses or other costs for a participant.

  • N.B. participants selected to attend the finale in September 2019, shall have their reasonable travel and accommodation costs covered by the BBC.

  • The BBC reserves the right to exclude any participant, video, performance, etc. that breaches any law or regulation, any of these Terms and Conditions, or where the participant or any contribution may in any way, bring the BBC into disrepute.

  • For the avoidance of any doubt, there is no obligation on the BBC to ensure that workshops or any aspect of the scheme take place, and the BBC reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions and or cancel the scheme (or any part of the scheme) at any stage, if deemed appropriate or necessary by BBC, or where circumstances arise, outside of the BBC’s control.

  • To the extent permitted by law, the BBC excludes liability for any loss and or damage (whether such damage or any losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise) including financial, reputational loss or disappointment.

  • The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries, agencies and or any other organisations associated with the scheme, do not accept any liability whatsoever for any technical failure, malfunction or any other problems with any server, Internet access, electronic or mechanical system issues or otherwise, which may result in any participant video being lost, not properly registered or recorded.

  • These Terms and Conditions are governed exclusively by the laws of England and Wales and for the avoidance of any doubt, the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

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