2019 Battle Royale Official Rules

1. Who can enter?

An act may be a band, solo/duo.

2. Are there other restrictions?

An individual may not compete in more than one act in any capacity. A musician cannot compete in both the Band Division and

the Solo/Duo Division.

3. What is a band? What is a solo/duo?

Band: Any act with three or more musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed.

Solo/Duo: Any act with one or two musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed.

4. Scoring Criteria

Categories include: Talent, Vocals, Song Writing Content, Stage Presence and Originality.

a) Song Writing Content: The judging panel will include members of varying ages, backgrounds and opinions. Bands are not restricted to a given genre of music; however, artists should pick material carefully.

b) Vocals: The acts vocal skills.

c) Talent: The acts instrumental skills.

d) Originality: Original work is encouraged. Cover tunes are allowed but playing the recorded rendition lick by lick is discouraged; will not be looked upon favorably by the judges; and will be reflected in scoring.

e) Stage Presence: Most contestants have performed on stage enough to know that they are not simply playing music, but putting on a show. This category rates how “sellable” a band may be.

To reflect the relative importance of each category in the success of a band, a band’s score in each category is weighted. Raw scores for Song Writing Content is multiplied by four, Talent and Vocals by three and Originality and Stage Presence are multiplied by two. The total in each category represents the Weighted Score for that category. Total possible weighted score is 140.

5. Scoring System for Judges

a) All categories and weightings are as previously stated.

b) Each judge will indicate his or her Raw Score (a whole number between 1 and 10) in each category and turn that information over to the scorekeeper.

1-3 Typical of a beginning band.

4-5 Typical of a local weekend band.

6-7 Typical of an advanced local band but not yet ready to headline a festival.

8-9 Typical of the quality artists who headline major clubs.

10 Typical of those who play the main stage at major festivals.

c) The scorekeeper will multiply the Raw Score in each category by the established multiplier to get each judge’s Weighted Score in each category for each act.

d) The Weighted Scores from each category for an act are added together to determine the acts’ Total Weighted Score for each judge.

e) After all acts have been judged and each act’s Net Weighted Score for each judge calculated, each act will then be ranked for each judge based on that judge’s order of scores, with the act receiving the judge’s highest Net Weighted Score being given a ranking of 1, and so on for that judge. So, in a competition with five acts, for example, each judge ends up with the acts ranked 1 - 5 based on each judge’s personal scoring habits. This results in the acts’ Final Ranking Number for each judge.

f) In the case of a tie, the scorer shall calculate the sum of all Net Weighted Scores from all judges for the tied acts. The band with the higher sum of Net Weighted Scores wins.

6. Staging and Equipment

Jasper Folk Music Festival volunteer committee will provide backline and sound. The setup on stage will include a drum kit with snare drum, amps, keyboards and mics. The backline in your venue will be based on your registration information. Drummers should bring their own cymbals and kick pedals (Yes, you will need your cymbals, you might want to bring your own snare too) and Harmonica players CAN (but are not required) bring their own harp amp. Keyboard players may (but are not required, we will provide) bring their own keyboards and keyboard amps, stands will be provided. Effects racks and other auxiliary equipment are permitted.

Competitors are prohibited from bringing their own amplifiers (harp amps and keyboard amps being the only exceptions). Please bring a DI (if you use one) every effort will be made to provide suitable equipment.

7. Order of Appearance

The order of appearance of acts is random.

8. Marketing Release

The entrants agree to the use of any photographs and videos taken of themselves and their band members in any publicity material. The promotor, Jasper Heritage Folk and Blues Society reserves the right to amend the competition terms and revoke an entrant’s participation at any time it deems necessary. All decisions made by Jasper Heritage Folk and Blues Society in regards to the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize is not transferable.

2019 Battle Royale Registration 

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By submitting this form to the Jasper Folk Music Festival, I confirm that I have read and agree to the Battle Royale Official Rules. I also understand that myself and my band are required to sign in at the legion at 6PM on Thursday, July 25, 2019. *