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Rules & FAQ's

Yeh yeh we know – who needs rules? Sadly we do. Check out the basic rules below and also read the Terms and Conditions for the full legal treatment (you lot could be song stealing psychos – you just don’t know these days.)

Basic Rules

  • Your tracks must be in the MP3 format and be around five minutes.
  • You must be 16 years old or over – Hard I know but we’re not after teeny pop
  • Up to two tracks per entry
  • Your songs should be original – that’s right! We’re after talent.
  • Your songs should contain no samples, unless you own the administration rights to them and you have the expressed written permision from the copyright woners or the original wrtiers to use them. If you have used a sample and you have any queries, please contact us and make us aware.
  • You should be from the UK to enter – we’re planning a worldwide contest very soon but for now this contest is only open to those living in the United Kingdom.
  • Your band should have no more than 6 members.
  • If you make the  London heats you need to be available on either June 10th, 11th, 13th and 18th June 2012..
  • If you make the London final  you and your band must be available to play the live final on 18th June 2012.
  • If you win the competition you will need to make you and your band available to play The Hop Farm Festival on June 29th - July 1st 2012

    Click on Terms and Conditions (T’s and C’s) below for a full set of rules

    Terms and Conditions

 

FAQ's

  1. How Does The Contest Work?
    You are asked to submit an original music track that either yourself or your band have created. All tracks will get uploaded on to the SupaJam website and put to the public vote. The best 18 tracks, as voted for by both the public and the SupaJam panel, will go head to head for a series of London finals.

     
  2. Is the contest open to everyone worldwide?
    No, this contest is only open to UK residents. Please email us at bandsupport@supajam.com and we’ll notify you about the next contest when it launches.
  3. I’m younger than sixteen, can I still enter?
    No we’re afraid not.
  4. Both myself and my band (if you have one) are under 18 years old, how do we register?
    You must have your parent’s or guardian’s verbal permission to register for the contest. If you make it to the finals then we will need this in writing.
  5. Who are SupaJam?
    SupaJam is the new destination website that uncovers the best new music and entertainment from around the world. It also showcases movie trailers, webisodes and the very best content from around the web.
  6. What sort of music are you looking for?
    We’re looking for tracks and bands that will fit in with the Hop Farm festival. Check out the following link to see this years line up.

    http://www.hopfarmfestival.com/line-up
     
  7. Where, when and how will the final heats take place?
    The heats will take place for the final 18 bands (9 public votes and 9 SupaJam choices) in London at Powers Bar, Kilburn on June 10th, 11th, 13th, June 2012.

    Each band will play a short live set featuring up to 3 tracks to showcase their talent.

    Two bands from each heat will go through to the grand final (one public vote and one judges choice)
     
  8. Where and when is the contest Live final being held?
    In London 18th June 2012. The six final bands will be invited to play a short set on that evening and the judges will make their decision based on their performance that night. The winner of the final will win the grand prize and play at Hop Farm Festival 2010in Kent.
  9. Is it my responsibility to get to the live heats and final in London?
    Yes. It is your responsibility to get to the final and arrange your own accommodation if you are staying over in London. Lets face it if you have to rough it think of it as inspiration for your next album!
  10. If I win the grand prize can my friends come with me to this years Hop Farm Festival?
    Sorry but no. Your friends are more than welcome to come but they must buy their own tickets and make their own way there.
  11. Should I have my own travel insurance?
    Yes please as well as medical insurance.

Creating And Submitting Your Track

  1. How can I record my track?
    That is down to you. You may already have your track recorded – that is fine. Failing that you can go into a studio to record it, you can record it using your computer or you can record it using an old 4 track – Just make sure it is the best possible quality and that it showcases your talent. Only the best tracks will make it to the final 18.
  2. How long should my track be?
    Your track should be no more than around 5 minutes. There is plenty of time later in your recording career to make a mini masterpiece spanning 24 mins. For now we are just interested in a track that is short and sharp and focuses on your talents.
  3. May I use bad language in my track?
    Yes. We’re not your parents – Just make sure it's good!
  4. Does my track have to be an original piece of work?
    Yes. We are NOT looking for cover versions here or anyone else’s work. The track must be original to you or your band.
  5. Why must I / we be unsigned?
    This competition is open to people or bands at the beginning of their careers. It’s designed to give an aspiring artist or band their first real shot at the big time. If you are signed to a record label or have a publishing deal then you are already established. We understand that many of you are signed to your own Independent labels and that is fine providing they are not connected to a major record label.
  6. I’m not ready to upload my track by 15th May.  Can I upload it later?
    No. If you fail to upload your track by 15th May 2012 then you will not be able to enter the contest.
  7. I tried to upload my track just before the deadline but I couldn’t as the server was busy – can I upload it later?
    No – As the deadline approaches there will be a rush to upload tracks that may mean that you are unable to successfully upload yours. We would suggest you plan a quiet time to upload your track and definitely not at the last minute.
  8. How many people are allowed in a band?
    Six. We will accept entries if there are more than six of you but if you win the grand prize only six persons will be flown out to the festival to play so you will either have to make your own arrangements to get them down there or you had better prepare yourself to sack your best mate who is saying he is the best triangle player in the world!
  9. I can’t see or listen my track after I have uploaded it?
    That is correct. All the eligible tracks entered into the contest will be revealed after 16th May 2012. 

 

The Hop Farm Festival 2012

  1. Where is the Hop Farm Festival 2012  held?
    In Kent, UK. The festival is in the town of Paddock Wood, Kent.
  2. What is the Hop Farm Festival 2012 ?
    The Hop Farm is truly a unique experience with the aim of being a festival for the ticket paying, festival goer, returning live music to its roots and back to basics mentality where you turn up with your ticket and enjoy the same experience as every other ticket holder..
  3. When is the Hop Farm 2012 Festival?
    This years festival is being held between June 29th - July 1st 2012
  4. Who is playing at this years festival?
    Please click on the following link as the full line up is slowly released between February and June each year with new acts and headliners being added every week.
    Click here to see the latest line up
     
  5. Where can I find further information and buy tickets for this years festival?
    Tickets are available from the link below. You will also find all other information regarding the festival here like accommodation, how to get there and much more.

    Order Tickets Here !

 

Voting

  1. Why do I want people to listen to and rate my track?
    Between May 16th - 30th  2012 All eligible tracks entered into the contest will be released on Supajam.com. First round voting commences.

    After the initial voting period the top 18 will be revealed and each act will be invited to play in one of the London heats. Nine of the final 18 tracks will be selected by the fans vote so get your friends and fans to vote like mad!

    The heats will take place for the final 18 bands (9 public votes and 9 SupaJam choices) in London at Powers Bar, Kilburn on June 10th / 11th / 13th  2012.

    Each band will play a short live set featuring up to 3 tracks to showcase their talent.

    Two bands from each heat will go through to the grand final (one public vote and one judges choice.
     
  2. How do I tell my friends about the contest and to rate my track?
    On every finalists page you will see that you can "email your friends". The more friends you encourage to rate your track the more chance you or your band have to make it to the finals.
  3. Can someone rate more than one track?
    Absolutely. A person can rate as many of the entries as they'd like. However, you can't rate the same track more than once.
  4. How are the public ratings calculated?
    We don't reveal the rating details in order to avoid people gaining an unfair advantage. However, it is a combination of the number of people who listen to your track in full, rate your track and the rating that each person gives.
  5. How else can I promote my track to increase the chances of it winning?
    We would suggest you create a page on Facebook, Bebo or Myspace. Wherever you can shout about it, Shout about it!

 

Troubleshooting

  1. I’m having trouble uploading my track, what should I do?
    Please wait a few minutes and try uploading your track again. There is likely to be a lot of traffic as entrants upload their entries near the final hours of the contest. Please continue trying to upload your track until you receive confirmation that it was received.
  2. What format shall I upload my track in?
    You can upload your track as an mp3 (please no larger than 8mb).
  3. Where can I get answers to questions not already in this FAQ?

            Any other questions? Email bandsupport@supajam.com and we will try and sort you out. . 

 

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