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Contest for New Music 2015 - Rules in English

Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2015 - säännöt
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Contest For New Music (later referred to as contest) looks for the best new Finnish song and artist. The winner of the contest represents Finland in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Finnish Broadcasting Company (later referred to as Yle) decides on the realization
of the contest and on the timetable, taking into account the rules and timetables set
by the European Broadcasting Union (later referred to as EBU).

1 .Participation and materials

1.1 The entry must be previously unreleased.

1.2 Demos must be sent to the contest between September 1st noon and September
8th noon. Only demos which meet this deadline and these rules may take part
in the contest..

1.3. The demo and other requested material can be delivered either by uploading them
in a digital form to Yle’s server or mailing them on a memory stick (addresses and
technical requirements are at the end of these rules). If you send the material
on a memory stick download, fill in and sign the entry form that you find at yle.fi/umk.

1.4. Artists may take part as solo singers in just one song but they can be
group members in another song. The creators of the songs (writers, lyricists, arrangers)
may participate with numerous entries.

1.5. The singer or the group that performs the song on a demo must also be the final
performer of the number.

1.6. Demos must be sung, be of a high production standard and, besides the melody,
also the outlines and ideas of the final arrangement must be heard in them.

1.7. Demos and other material sent to the contest will not be returned and Yle does
not pay compensation for them. Neither is Yle responsible for such costs or payments
that result from the production of the material sent to the contest.

1.8. In connection with the contest, Yle has the right the use all the material that
has been broadcast, including the marketing of the contest and all programs that
were produced during the contest, with any means of transmission and without any
time limit.

1.9. When writers, performers and other copyright owners enter the contest, they give
Yle the permission to follow their preparation for the competition.

1.10. Yle has the exclusive rights to all the material it has produced during the contest
with no regional or time limit. This includes the right to edit the material
and give it further.

2. Contest Procedure

2.1. A jury of experts appointed by Yle pick up the entries (artist + song) that
go further out of all the songs that were sent to the contest.

2.2. Yle reserves the right to decide on the method of picking the contestants.
Once the decisions have been made, they are final.

2.3. The viewing public votes the finalists out of the contestants that have
gone further. The semifinals are broadcast live on television.

2.4. The winning song is picked on the UMK final in a live broadcast in March 2015.
The winner is committed to represent Finland in the international
Eurovision Song Contest of 2015 with an entry that complies with
the rules of EBU.

2.5. If public voting fails due to a technical fault or any other reason during a semifinal
or the final, the winner is decided by a panel of experts appointed by Yle.

2.6. Before a date that will be announced later, the contestants may not publicly
disclose the various phases of Yle’s contest procedures, results, etc. Yle has the right
to disqualify any contestants who do not follow secrecy or other rules of the contest.

3. General rules

3.1. The demo that has been sent to the contest may not take part in Eurovision
qualifiers in other countries.

3.2. At least one of the writers and the lead singer(s) has to be a Finnish citizen
or live in Finland permanently.

3.3. All performers taking part in the contest must be 16 years old by May 16th
2015 (this is a tentative date and subject to change). The above-mentioned
restriction does not apply to composers, lyricists or arrangers.

3.4 The song may be longer than three minutes, but when contestants go further
they pledge to comply with EBU’s rules and make a three-minute version of their
song before a later given date.

3.5. In TV performances the group may not have more than six members.

3.6. The language of the song may be chosen freely. The winner has to bear in mind
that, according to EBU’s rules, the lyrics of the song may not be political or offensive
and that they cannot include swearwords or trademarks.

3.7. All TV performances in the contest are done singback with live-on-tape
or instrumental backing. Backing tracks must be delivered to Yle before a date
that will be announced later.

3.8. An associate chosen by Yle produces the final versions of the songs that
have gone further. Contestants may also produce the final version by themselves.
Then the contestants or their representatives (producer, record company and so on)
have to deliver the finished material by a certain deadline and in the required
recorded format. The contestants or their representatives are responsible for
the technical execution of the version. If a third party later has some extra claims
to Yle about the new backings of the performance and/or sung versions, the producer
of the recording is responsible.

3.9. Yle reports the composers, lyricists and arrangers of the song to Teosto,
that takes care of the compensations according to the valid agreement.
Contestants have to report the song to Teosto themselves.

3.10. Yle compensates contestants for such moderate travel and lodging costs
that have been negotiated with a Yle representative in advance. To contestants,
backing vocalists and other persons accepted to the performance from abroad,
Yle only compensates the travels inside Finland which have been agreed on.

3.11 Yle compensates the contestants for TV performances separately.

3.12 Yle does not compensate for other assistants of the contestants
that take part in the planning and preparation of the performance in the contest.
Nor does Yle pay for the cost of the costumes, special hair-dos or extra props
acquired for the contest. During the contest Yle offers the normal hair, make-up,
costume and choreography services. Competitors are allowed to employ
assistants of their own, but Yle does not pay for their expenses or fees.

3.13. The compositions or lyrics that take part in the contest may not be
performed publicly or issued commercially or non-commercially (sheet music, record,
cassette, CD, DVD, movie, video, radio, television, internet, mobile, on demand, etc)
before Yle announces which songs have been chosen to go further. Those songs
may be performed in public or issued only after a date which will be announced later.

3.14. Those who have the rights to the songs that have gone further in the contest
pledge to allow their songs to be released on a possible compilation album.
A separate licence fee will not be paid for the use of songs on the compilation album,
only sales royalties according to the pro rata practice.

3.15. The performers (lead singer(s), band(s), backing singers and other performers)
of the songs that have gone further have to be available for practice, performances
and marketing on dates announced later and also during the whole contest.

3.16. Yle requires all the rights that EBU demands from it from the producer, writers
and performers of the winning song. Regarding this, a special preliminary
agreement will be drawn with all the writers, performers, and producers
or their representatives of the songs in the final. In the preliminary agreement
the writers of the songs and/or their representatives also guarantee that they
have not surrendered their rights and that they do not have any other commitments
which are in conflict with the above-mentioned EBU agreement.

3.17. Yle reserves the rights to changes in the rules. Otherwise in participation
and in performing the songs, the international rules of the Eurovision Song Contest
drawn by EBU are applied. If EBU’s rules or their interpretation force to alter these
rules in some ways, Yle reserves the rights to such changes. Yle also reserves the
right to disqualify songs that do not meet these rules.

3.18. When taking part in the contest, the performers, composers, lyricists
and arrangers accept the rules and comply with them.

The material required in these rules must be delivered between
noon September the 1st and noon September the 8th either by uploading
them in the digital form at yle.fi/UMK
or mailing a memory stick to

Yle Kulttuuri
PL 65
00024 Helsinki.

Entry in the digital form requires:

- Demo of the song. Format: mp3
- Two photographs of the performer of the song (singer(s) and/or band. Both
a vertical and a horizontal photo. Make sure that the name of the photographer
is included and that you have the right to use the photos. Format .jpg., the biggest
possible file size of the camera (imagesize: large), compression format: fine. Notice!
No raw-files, no mobile photos!

- A bio of the contestant (singer(s), and/or band) fit for publication, including the
possible Twitter-, Facebook-, Internet sites or other links.

- Song lyrics. (.doc, .pdf or .rtf)

- If you send the material on a memory stick, download, fill in, sign and send also
the entry form that you find at yle.fi/umk.

Further information on e-mail at umk@yle.fi