NOTE: Entries due by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 1, 2023. Winners will be announced on July 8, 2023 at the IN-PERSON event.
By participating in this Contest, each participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and to the decisions of the judges selected by Common Ground on the Hill, which are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. The Contest will operate as described below:
Videos must NOT:
Virtual Competition Categories:
In consideration of an Entrant's Video being reviewed and evaluated for this Contest, each Entrant hereby grants to Common Ground on the Hill a non-exclusive, irrevocable, universal license to use, copy, sublicense, transmit, distribute, publicly perform, publish, delete, or display such Video, or any portion thereof, or the musical composition contained therein, in any media now known or hereafter devised and for any purpose, including advertising or promotions, and to use the name, likeness, voice, biographical information, and image of Entrant and any other persons who appear in such Entrant’s Video in any media now known or hereafter devised and for any purpose, including advertising or promotion of Common Ground on the Hill or any other person or entity at Common Ground on the Hill's discretion.
By entering the Contest, each Entrant warrants that the videographer who recorded that the Entrant’s Video has granted to the Entrant a transferable license to the Video, and that the Entrant transfers to Common Ground on the Hill the right to use the Video, or any portion thereof, including the right to make derivative works or to mix the Video with other videos or elements, in any media for any purpose. Entrant expressly waives any moral rights in the Video. Each Entrant also grants to Common Ground on the Hill a non-exclusive, perpetual, sublicensable, worldwide, and royalty-free right to use the musical composition performed in the Video for any purpose, whether with the Video or separate, and grants to Common Ground on the Hill any synchronization, mechanical, or public performance rights necessary to use the music or Video in any media (including platforms that may not have PRO licenses) and for any purpose. Each Entrant authorizes Common Ground on the Hill and any entities affiliated or in privity with Common Ground on the Hill to utilize, for eternity and in any manner they see fit, the Video, and to make derivative works from such materials.
Fill out virtual competition registration form below
On-site registration runs from 9-10 AM on Saturday, July 8, 2023
The in-person Deer Creek Fiddlers' convention will take place on the campus of McDaniel College (2 College Hill, Westminster, MD 21157) as part of the Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music & Arts Festival. Click HERE for map. Free parking available on the campus of McDaniel College.
NOTE: Certain categories are ONLY available during the IN-PERSON competition
(NOTE: Prizes subject to change)
Grand Prize - Judge's Choice in 2023 TBA Prize in 2022: One (1) winner will receive FREE tuition to TEN single-period courses during Traditions Weeks workshops at Common Ground on the Hill 2024, valued at $970. Past workshops have feature renowned musicians including the Grammy-nominated band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Scottish fiddler Pete Clark, Brian Connolly of Craobh Rua of Ireland, Barry Mitterhoff, Joe Troop, Steafan Hannigan & Saskia Tomkins, Robin Bullock, Rachel Hair, Kelly Brzozowski, Susan Boyer Haley, Ken Kolodner and many more!
First Place Winners in 2023 will receive a cash prize as noted below, plus FREE tuition for FIVE single-period classes of Traditions Weeks 2024 workshops at Common Ground on the Hill, valued at $485.
Second Place Winners in 2023 will receive a cash prize as noted below, plus FREE tuition for 3 single-period classes of Traditions Weeks 2024 workshops - a $300 value.
Third Place Winners in 2023 will receive a cash prize as noted below, plus FREE tuition for 2 single-period classes of Traditions Weeks 2024 workshops, a $200 value.
2023 Band Prizes TBA
Instrument prizes, awarded according to judges' choice, may or may not be awarded to category prize winners. The judges' decision regarding the recipients of the instrumental prizes is final.
Model: Originally a Nippon violin made sometime between 1914 and 1921 by the Suzuki Company of Japan.
Prize Sponsor: Lovingly restored and converted to a 5 string by luthier Thomas Precht.
Model: Gold Tone MM-150 Maple Mountain Openback Banjo (Five String, Maple), valued at $849.99. The Maple Mountain 150 exemplifies Gold Tone's mission: to give you the best instrument for your money. The MM-150 was our first openback banjo and it still offers features found on many higher-priced banjos for less than you'd expect to pay. The half-inch-thick maple rim carries an authentically-designed Whyte Laydie-style scalloped three-piece brass tone ring under an eleven-inch Remo Renaissance head. Premium parts include a comfortable maple neck, rosewood fingerboard with snowflake inlays and a frailing scoop, vintage Fairbanks-style headstock design, planetary tuners, a reproduction of the early 1900s armrest (secured by the banjo's bracket hooks), and No Knot tailpiece. The MM-150 is completely set up at the Gold Tone Factory. Retail value $850. See complete specs HERE.
Prize Sponsor: Gold Tone. Visit their website at goldtonemusicgroup.com/goldtone
Instrument prizes, awarded according judges' choice, may or may not be awarded to category prize winners. The judges' decision regarding the recipients of the instrument prizes is final.
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