Cover the Decades - competition rules

Welcome to the “Cover the Decades” competition!
sponsored by our friends at IK Multimedia, Boz Digital Labs, and Rusty Frets Guitar Shop

The Game
All contestants may enter the contest by submitting a cover version of the song chosen to represent a given decade by the deadlines given for each contest. Community members and fellow entrants will score each entry based on the following (recommended) scoring criteria:

Scoring criteria

Originality : 1-3 points (1= you basically did the original again, 2=different, but “safe” 3=unexpectedly different/completely different genre/etc

Quality of mix/recording/etc : 1-3 points (1=beginner, 2=solid mix, 3=radio ready)

Overall (performance and production) : 1-4 points (1=unoriginal and poorly performed, overwhelming pitch issues, etc, 2=decent, but needs some work, 3=solid production and performance, 4=pro level performance and ready for the masses)

add scoring total for up to 10 available points

Choosing the winner(s)
When an individual contest ends, we’ll grab the Top 4 entries (based on community rating) and a winner will be chosen by a committee of volunteer judges.

The Prizes
Each contest in this series will have a prize or prize package to be listed on each individual contest page.

NOTE The songs covered in this series are used with permission for the purposes of this contest and are subject to copyright laws.

The Rules
Only one chance to enter your cover song per competition.

Contestants may post as many preliminary versions in Bash This Recording as they wish prior to making their official entry in the Contest Thread. Contestants may submit only ONE entry in the Contest Thread, so don’t do that until you are absolutely sure that is your final version. If a contestant posts more than one entry in the Contest Thread, only the first one posted will be voted on and judged.

Attempts to edit the first submission or attempts to enter multiple times can be seen by admins and will be disqualified. Exception- Contestents may form groups with other members to collaborate on a “group” entry. Each group/collaborative entrant may be treated as a separate “individual” entrant. This group entry can be treated separately from a solo/individual entry.
BOTTOM LINE: you can’t enter multiple solo covers, or multiple covers with the exact same group. But you can still collaborate with other groups if you want. Each unique group, like each individual, gets one official entry. But individuals are free to collaborate with as many groups as they wish. No two groups will have identical membership, hence they’d be just duplicates of the same group.

Mix Entries are to be submitted under the Cover the Decades category for each decade competition.

Enter your username/nickname, a dash, and a catchy phrase. In the body below write a brief summary. No need for a book. Just talk about the direction you went, problems you had, whatever. No big deal.

Upload your MP3 file song entry. Note the mp3 may take several minutes to upload on a slow internet connection. Be Patient.

Attach a rating “poll” using the “build poll” function in the editor tools. Choose a “number rating” poll with a rating of 1 minimum, 10 maximum and 1 step. No need to check the “show who voted” box. (NOTE - to make things easy, when you start a thread, the poll will already be in the template)

You must be an Indie Recording Depot member of Trust Level 1 in order to rate mixes and enter. To become a Trust Level 1 member you must have 10 posts. This is to reduce spamming and cheating. It’s easy to get 15 posts. Introduce yourself or engage in other discussions! Join the gang! It’s fun to hang out here anyway.

Be sure to rate other entrants and provide HELPFUL information or tips to other entries with any improvements you’d recommend (ie, production tips, performance tips, mix ideas, etc.).

Cover the Decades GRAND PRIZE competition
Points will be kept during the entire series and are based on:
how actively you participated in the contest and helped others
the quality of that participation and help
how well you ranked in the community judging of your cover songs and final judging results

The Secret To Winning
The secret to winning this contest is to score as high as you can in the cover contest AND give as much good, friendly, and CONSTRUCTIVE help to others on as you can.


The Legal Stuff

Eligibility: This mix contest is open only to those who submit their mix entries at and who are 18 year or older as of the date of entry (to be fully eligible for a prize). Contestants that are under the age of 18 may participate in the mix contest, but eligibility to win a prize would be at the desecration of the prize sponsors and must be accepted by a parent/legal guardian. The contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees of IK Multimedia, Boz Digital Labs, Rusty Frets Guitar Shop, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to win prizes in the contest. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of The Indie Recording Depot (IRD) judges as final and binding as it relates to the content of this contest.

Contest Period: Entries will be accepted online starting and ending on the dates given on each individual cover contest. No entries will be accepted after each ending time.

How to Enter: The contest must be entered by submitting an entry at The entry must fulfill all contest requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the IRD judges. You may enter (individually) only once. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Indie Recording Depot.

Prizes: The Grand Prize Winner(s) of the Cover the Decades Series (the “Winner”) will receive a prize package to be listed here soon. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize(s) shall be solely determined by IRD sponsor(s). No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at IRD’s and sponsor discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all international duties/taxes/shipping, federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Winner Selection and Notification: Winner(s) will be selected by a process of community vote, followed by forum judge’s final decision, under the supervision of IRD and sponsors. Winner will be notified by email, telephone, etc. within five (5) days following selection of Winner. The Indie Recording Depot shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within [15 days] from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT IRD‘S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

Rights Granted by You: By entering this contest (e.g., audio, photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that IRD, anyone acting on behalf of IRD, and IRD’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of IRD. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Indie Recording Depot and sponsors from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which the Indie Recording Depot and sponsors may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

Terms & Conditions: The Indie Recording Depot reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond The Indie Recording Depot’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the contest. In such case, The Indie Recording Depot may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by The Indie Recording Depot. The Indie Recording Depot reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the contest or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. The Indie Recording Depot has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, The Indie Recording Depot reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless The Indie Recording Depot and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND OREGON, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Oregon having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this contest). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

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