CRY SuperStar Event Terms and Conditions

1. What is the Objective of CRY America’s ’Superstar’ contest/event?
i. Superstar is a virtual national contest that enables individuals in the USA to express & display their talent in the areas of singing and dancing, while making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children.

2. From where (Geography) can I participate?
i. The Superstar Contest is open to all individuals residing in the USA from the age-group of 6 years and above – each entry must belong to an individual.
ii. The contest is open virtually to USA residents only – from all the 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Hawaii and Alaska
iii. Entries submitted by groups & teams will not qualify for the Superstar Contest.

3. Timeline for the Event
YouTube videos to be submitted on or before the last submission date as mentioned in the registration details.

4. Event Categories
i. Event Entries must be as per the following 2 categories only: Singing and Dancing
ii. All entries must be original – entries that are imitation of or copied from any other individual/organization/company/institute/business house/book/website is considered invalid.

1) Please refer to the table below for details of the categories and uploading rules to ensure eligibility of your entry.
2) Each entry needs to be submitted along with a signed Superstar Registration Form

5. Qualifying Age Groups
i. Rising Star: 6 – 11 years
ii. Rockstar: 12 – 17 years
iii. Shining Star: 18 years and above

6. Rules applicable to Children’s Entries (6 to 17 years)
i. Juniors (6 to 12 years)

  1. All Junior entries require parental consent
  2. All registration/entry forms for Juniors need to be approved and signed by a parent/legal guardian of the child.
  3. We seek minimum information about your child, limited to what is essential for this event – child’s first name, age, city of residence and event category
  4. All event related activities (registration, uploading, promoting etc) to be undertaken by the parent on behalf of the child

ii. Teens (13 to 17 years)

  1. All Teen entries also require parental consent
  2. All registration/entry forms for Teens need to be approved and acknowledged by a parent/legal guardian of the child
  3. We seek minimum information about your child, limited to what is essential for this event – child’s first name, age, city of residence and event category

7. How do I register for the event?
i. All entries must belong to an individual. Please note that entries submitted by groups will not quality for the Superstar contest
ii. Online, through a Youtube video submission. See How do I Upload section for more details. To register go to CRY America Events website

8. How do I Upload my Entry?
i. Event registrants can upload their entry after registration (see for detailed instructions).
Ii. Last date for submitting / uploading entries is as per notification in the event.
iii. Pls see table below for the format in which the entries require to be uploaded, following this format will ensure eligibility of your entry.

Event Category Selecting and Judging Criteria Format for uploading entries
Singing 1. Originality
2. Concept / design relates to the theme of the contest
3. Innovativeness/ creativity
4. Clarity of theme
5. Attractiveness/ eye-catching
Youtube Video between 120 to 145 secs
Dancing 1. Originality
2. Concept/ design relates to the theme of the contest
3. Innovativeness/ creativity
4. Clarity of theme
Youtube Video between 60 to 75 secs

9. Superstar Event Viewing Gallery
i. All eligible entries for the Superstar Contest will be available for public viewing on the CRY America website
ii. Event entries can be sorted and viewed by Event Category, by Age Group.
iii. All winning entries will be specially displayed and acknowledged on the CRY America website after the judging process has been completed. Winning entries will also become part of the Superstar Event Archives and will be available for viewing year on year.

10. Suggested Donation
We appreciate all donations raised through this event which will be directed towards supporting the cause of underprivileged children in India and the USA. All donations received through this event will be eligible for tax exemption. Thank you for your donation and we truly value your support.

11. Selection Process (Superstar Event Winners)
i. Judges Panels

  1. The composition and selection of judges of the Judges panel will be at the discretion of CRY America.
  2. All Judges Panels will comprise up to 3 Judges (judges across the Song & Dance categories may be different) – but the same selection/judging criteria will be used across all judges panels.
  3. Judging will be done as per event category & age group.

ii. Scores – each entry/ material will have an assigned score by the Judges panel.

  1. Scores will be recorded & maintained for all eligible event entries.
  2. Selection of winners for the online event will be based on scores assigned by the event judges.
  3. Decisions on event winners will be final and at the discretion of the Judges Panels & CRY America.

iii. Event Winners

  1. Each category will have a 1st & 2nd Prize – this will again be differentiated by the 3 age groups.
  2. National winners – therefore, there will be a total of XX (i.e. 2 categories x 3 age groups) prize winners nationally for this event, if we receive entries across all categories and age groups.

12. Selection/Judging Criteria (Winning Material)
i. The Selection/Judging criteria that will be used by the Judges Panels for each category is specified in the table above.
ii. The specifics for each selection criteria are given below

  1. Originality: Freshness of style and presentation of the idea. How distinguishable the entry is from the others in the same category/ age group.
  2. Innovativeness/Creativity: Ability to link the theme with new, imaginative ideas and perspectives. Ability to see and solve problems relating to children’s issues and rights in a new way.
  3. Clarity of theme: Direct & comprehensive expression of the theme.
  4. Concept/Design relates to the theme of the contest: The material should go beyond merely discussing/ presenting the existing injustices faced by children to envisioning and presenting some solutions/actions towards a better situation for children. This criteria would give weightage to the depth of the message. Higher scores will be assigned to entries that inspire or compel viewers to act/ work for positive change.
  5. Your face should be visible and it should be clear you are singing and/or dancing
  6. No cuts allowed in the video
  7. Further, each category has an additional criteria related to time limit – see category & eligibility table above for details.

iii. In the event that a tie breaker is required in the judging process to arrive at the winners – the entry with the highest score on the specific selection/judging criteria “Concept/Design of the Entry relates to the theme of the Contest” will be declared the winner.

13. Award Winning Prizes & special recognition for winners
i. There will be no cash rewards/prizes for this event.
ii. National Winners – Prizes/ awards to national winners will comprise the following:

  1. National Prizes: If entries are received for all event Categories and from all Age groups, the total number of winners will be 12 (2 event categories x 3 age groups x 2 prizes).
  2. National winners will receive special CRY America “Child Rights Champion” Award Certificates
  3. All winning entries/ material will be displayed on the CRY America Website which is visited by over 25,000 visitors each month. The winner’s name will be displayed along with the winning material.
  4. All winning entries/ material will be acknowledged and recognized through the CRY America Newsletter which goes out to over 10,000 CRY America volunteers, donors and contacts in the USA.
  5. Select Winning material will be placed in a CRY America Publication, along with the winner‘s name. The selection of material to be placed in this publication will be final and at the sole discretion of CRY America.
  6. Your face should be visible and it should be clear you are singing and dancing
  7. Gifts and/or Gift Certificates that CRY America may be able to source or get sponsored.

14. Guidelines of submission
i. All entries must be original – they cannot be an imitation of or copied from any other organization/ company/ institute/ business house/ individual/website.
ii. All original material against entries submitted for this contest must be retained by the event registrant (owner of the material) for the entire duration of this contest as it may be required to be submitted to the Judges Panel and/or CRY America at any time.
iii. All entries must be created by and belong to the individual who submits the entry. In the case of children, the entry is to be submitted by a parent or legal guardian of the child. Entries submitted by groups and teams will not be eligible for this event.
iv. Parental approval and authorization is required for all entries related to children. Any entry related to children without parental authorization/approval will not be eligible for this event.
v. All Entries must meet the selection criteria as specified in the table above. Entries that do not follow the uploading directions and formats as given in the table above will not be considered as eligible entries.
vi. Any person found to be tampering with the content of this event or damaging the spirit of this contest will be disqualified. If any material is found to be offensive to any other person, community or children,
CRY America reserves the right to remove the material from its website. This decision will be final and at the sole discretion of CRY America.
vii. The CRY America board and staff who are closely involved in organizing and executing the Superstar Contest, along with the event judges and respective family members are not eligible to be event participants.
viii. No breaks in the video are allowed.

15. Terms of Use
For good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency and receipt of which are hereby acknowledged, I authorize CRY, Child Rights and You America Inc (CRY America), to make use of the written content, images, video, and/or any other materials submitted hereunder, as well as my name, voice, likeness, and appearance therein, together with the personally identifying information I may provide on the connection therewith (collectively, Submission), as further described below.

CRY America’s Right to Use My Video Submission.
I grant CRY America the right to edit my Submission in any manner, and to use and license others to use my Submission, or any portions, reproductions or versions thereof in any and all media, now known or hereafter invented (including, without limitation, television, home video/dvd, merchandising, publishing, online and mobile services), in any manner, an unlimited number of times, in perpetuity, throughout the world, with or without charge or cost to end users or other third parties. I also grant CRY America the right to use and license others to use my Submission for promotion, publicity and/or marketing of CRY America or in any other manner as determined by CRY America.

Clearance of My Video Submission for CRY America’s Use.
I represent and warrant that my Submission is my original work and that I have secured any and all rights, releases and permissions necessary for CRY America’s use of the Submission hereunder, including without limitation those related to any people, places, music, performances of dance or music, video, photographs, graphics and/or other elements in my Submission (collectively, “Elements”). I represent and warrant that no further permissions or fees are due for CRY America’s use of my Submission or any Elements therein. I further represent and warrant that any statements made by me or others in the Submission are true to the best of my knowledge and that neither they, nor any Element of the Submission, will violate any law or regulation violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party.

Waiver of Right of Approval.
I hereby waive any right of inspection or approval of my Submission as used by CRY America, including without limitation any approval of my appearance and/or use of my name therewith or the uses to which they may be put.

Release and Waiver; Indemnification
I acknowledge that CRY America will rely on this Release, potentially at substantial cost to it, and I hereby waive the right to assert any claim of any nature whatsoever against any party relating to the exercise of the rights and permissions granted hereunder. I agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless CRY America from any and all claims arising from its use of my Submission as permitted hereunder.

16. Miscellaneous
By participating, entrants (or guardian) agree:
[a] to these terms of this contest and decisions of CRY America and the judges, which shall be final in all respects relating to the contest; and
[b] to release, discharge and hold harmless CRY America from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind resulting from their participating in the contest or their acceptance, use or misuse of a prize including, without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, copyright, trademark, defamation or invasion of privacy.
Entrants agree to permit CRY America to use his or her name, photograph, likeness, entry, biographical information, voice, voice likeness, and city and state address for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in all media, including but not limited to within CRY America’s website, in perpetuity, without compensation (unless prohibited by law) and agree to execute specific consent to such use upon request.

CRY America is not responsible for and shall not be liable for:
[a] any electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind, including without limitation, server malfunction or by any human error which may occur in the processing of entries;
[b] failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions;
[c] late, lost, misdirected or incomplete entries; or
[d] any condition caused by events beyond the control of the CRY America that may cause the contest to be disrupted or corrupted.
CRY America reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest or any portion thereof, and limit entries to those submitted prior to the action taken, or to proceed in such a manner as may be deemed fair and equitable by CRY America in its sole discretion and to award the prize from all eligible entries received prior to such action taking place.

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