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Redeye Chicago Rock N' Vote Official Contest Rules

April 13, 2012


The Semifinalist and Finalist rounds of "RedEye Rock N' Vote Competition" (the "Contest") start at 12:01 AM (CT) on Monday, April 9, 2012 and end at 11:00 PM (CT) on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 ("Contest Period"). The sponsor of this Contest is RedEye, which is located at 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 ("Sponsor"). The Contest shall be subject to these Official Rules, and by entering, all contestants agree to abide and be bound by the terms and conditions herein and the decisions of the Sponsor. 

1)    Eligibility: This Contest is open to legal U.S. residents residing in the Illinois counties of Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage or Will who are 18 years of age and older as of the first day of the Contest Period and who are in a band or music artists. You must be an amateur musician. For purposes of this Contest, an amateur is defined as an individual or band that earns less than 10 percent of its income from public music performance. Employees (and their immediate family members (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) or household members (whether or not related)) of Sponsor, Hard Rock Cafe and of their parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, prize providers, and/or public relations companies associated with this Contest (collectively, the "Contest Entities"), are not eligible to participate. A potential winner may be requested to provide proof that all eligibility requirements are met as well as proof of ownership of the email address associated with the winning entry. Void where prohibited and outside the above-listed counties. This Contest shall be governed and enforced pursuant to Illinois law, excluding choice of law provisions.

2)    How to Enter: Send an audio or video recording of your song (the "Song") to Matt Pais, RedEye movie and music critic, by mail at 435 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 or by email at Each entry must include a short biography (no more than 50 words) of the performer. The biography will not be included in the judging. The Song must be original and may be in any genre. If you mail your song, you can put it on a CD, DVD or a jump drive. Please be aware that any media will not be returned. All entries must be received by no later than 11:59 pm CT on April 16, 2012. Limit one entry per performer.

3)    Submitted Materials: By submitting an entry, entrant represents and warrants that the Song submitted: is the original creation of the entrant or entrant's group, that Entrant has all rights necessary to submit; has not been copied in whole or in part from any other work; contains no defamatory, threatening, obscene, harassing or otherwise unlawful material; has never been previously published or submitted to any other competition; and does not violate or infringe any copyright, trademark, or other proprietary or privacy or publicity right of any person or entity. If an entrant breaches any of these representations and warranties, or any of the Contest Rules, he or she is solely responsible for injury caused by the breach. Violation of any of these representations and warranties will be cause for disqualification. Entrants agree to indemnify, defend and hold Sponsor harmless against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, claims, debts, investigations, fines, penalties, costs, expenses and settlements (including attorneys' fees and costs of litigation, settlement, judgment, interest and penalties) arising out of or related to a breach of the foregoing representations and warranties. Finalists grant to Sponsor an irrevocable, world-wide, fully-paid, perpetual license to use the winning Song in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, in any manner related to the Contest, Sponsor, including but not limited to advertising for Sponsor, without prior notice, approval or compensation. Winner otherwise retains all rights to the Song. Entries that do not comply with these Official Rules or that otherwise contain prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified and will not be considered for a prize. The Sponsor makes the final determination as to which entries are eligible to take part in this Contest and may be considered for a prize. Certain entries may be featured from time to time on the Contest website during the Contest, in Sponsor's sole discretion; being selected as a featured Song is unrelated to the judging criteria (as described below) and does not guarantee selection as a prize winner in the Contest.

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