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BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2020

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Terms and Conditions

1. The BBC’s code of conduct for competitions applies to this competition. You can read more about it here: BBC Competitions Policy.

2. The BBC is the organiser of this competition.

3. The competition is not open to employees, agents or contractors of the BBC or any of its subsidiaries, their immediate families or any other person connected or involved with the competition.

4. The competition is only open to individual musicians who fulfil all of the following requirements:
• Entrants must be aged between 16 and 27 as at Wednesday 24th July 2019; and
• Entrants must reside in Scotland.

You must inform the BBC production team if you are a member of any professional/talent union or association, such as Equity, or are represented by an agent or talent organisation. This will not affect your application or participation in the competition.

In the case of entrants under 17 years of age the consent of a parent or guardian will be required to enter.

5. To enter the competition, entrants must submit:

• a 10 minute recording of themselves playing traditional Scottish music
• a short written biography of their traditional music experience
• a list of songs/tunes submitted and any relevant details of their source/background
• a 1 min home video of themselves performing in domestic or concert setting.

6. Entries may be made online at

7. The competition opens on Wednesday 12th June 2019. Entries received before this date will not be considered.

8. Closing time for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 24th July 2019. Submissions received after this time will not be considered. Entries will not be returned so please remember to keep a copy.

9. Entrants can only enter individually. Entries from bands will not be accepted. Only one entry per person is permitted. If you submit more than one entry, only the first entry received will be considered.

10. Entries must not contain any defamatory, offensive or any other unsuitable material. Entries must be suitable to be broadcast by the BBC to audiences of all ages.

11. Entrants retain all rights in their entries but grant to the BBC a non-exclusive licence to broadcast their entry across all media (including use in all media now known or which may hereafter become known), including use on any online platforms.

12. Entrants warrant that they have obtained all rights necessary to grant the BBC the licence as set out in clause 11 above, and that their entry does not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

13. Entrants permit the BBC to edit or change entries in any way it may in its sole discretion consider necessary for the purposes of use in the competition and the uses set out in clause 12 above.

14. By entering the competition, entrants, or their parent or guardian if the entrant is under 17, warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the competition and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

15. A selection of entries may be broadcast or used on-line throughout the competition. A selection of entrants may also be interviewed by the BBC and these interviews may also be broadcast or used on-line. This will not be a part of, or have any influence on, the judging process.

16. Entries will be judged on the following four criteria:
• Technical Range & Accuracy
• Performance & Communication
• Musicality and Ornamentation
• Choice of Programme

17. Entries will be judged through the following process:

Round One
A panel of judges will review all entries and select a shortlist of up to 12 entrants to take part in the semi-finals, based on the criteria set out above.

The shortlisted entrants will be contacted by Friday 30th August 2019. If a shortlisted entrant cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made to do so, the organisers reserve the right to offer the place in the semi-final to the next best entrant.

Semi-finals will take place across the weekend 22 – 24 November 2019. The residential semi-final weekend will include rehearsals and workshops on media presentation. The organisers will provide accommodation at Wiston Lodge for each semi-finalist as well as reasonable travel costs.

All semi-finalists will be asked to perform in a public concert where they will be judged by a panel. The panel of judges will select the 6 finalists based on the criteria set out above.

The Final
The 6 finalists will then be invited to perform at the final which will be held in Glasgow on Sunday 2nd February 2020 as part of Celtic Connections Festival.

The organisers will provide accommodation and rail travel for each finalist (and one parent or guardian if the finalist is under 18).

The final will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland and each finalist will be asked to perform in front of a panel of judges. The panel of judges will select one winner based on the criteria set out above. Judges use a scoring system out of 10 per criteria. This score will be used as a guide however the winner is ultimately decided on the basis of panel discussion and a majority agreement. In the event of a deadlock, the chair of the judges will have the casting vote.

18. The prize will consist of:
• A recording session with BBC Scotland in Glasgow (the winner will be asked to enter into a standard agreement with the BBC before the recording session takes place);
• An opportunity performance at the Scots Trad Music Awards;
• One year's membership of Musicians Union.

All finalists will receive one year’s membership of the TMSA and the opportunity to take part in the annual TMSA Young Trad Tour (subject to any necessary contracts being entered into with the relevant parties).

19. The prize is as stated above. There is no cash alternative and the prizes cannot be sold or transferred in any circumstances. The BBC is not responsible for any element or change to the prizes that are outside of its control.

20. The names of each entrant whose entry is broadcast or used on-line will be made public. Entrants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity if required.

21. The organiser’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

22. The organiser reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions, who has acted fraudulently in any way, who (in the Organiser’s sole discretion) brought the BBC into disrepute, or to withhold or withdraw a prize if in its opinion entries do not reach the required standard.

23. The organiser reserves the right to amend these Terms and Conditions or cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the BBC Radio Scotland website.

24. The BBC, TSMA and Hand up for Trad, their sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, Internet access, system, or otherwise which may result in any entry not being properly registered or recorded.

25. To the extent permitted by law, the BBC will not be liable for any loss or damage (whether such damage or losses were foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise) including financial, reputational loss or disappointment.

26. The full title of this competition is ‘BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2020’ or for the competition in general ‘BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician’ should be used at all times when referencing the award and it should not be abbreviated in print, online or on air as simply “Young Trad”. No commercial gain can be made from using or referencing the BBC brand, the award itself or any other element of this awards process.

27. The BBC’s Terms of Use apply to this Competition. For the avoidance of doubt, for the purposes of the Terms of Use entries are considered competition entries: they are not a Creation.

28. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of Scotland.

Related Link

Benedict Morris - Young Trad Winner 2019

Benedict Morris from Glasgow (fiddle)