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How to judge a beat battle - Criteria for judging beat battles
Guidelines For Showcase and Competition (Beat-Battle)
Participant Guidelines For Showcase and Competition
– Producers can register for the showcase or the competition only, or producers can register to participate in both. Please read description details to clarify the difference between the showcase and the competition portion of the event.
– All producers and production teams must play their own original beats.
– Beats cannot be played by a representative such as (but not limited to): management, publisist, lawyer, record company rep, promoter, friends, family, etc.
– Producer must be 18 years of age to enter venue and participate.
Showcase Description Details
Each music producer receives 3 minutes to display original music production to music industry professionals and potential clients shopping for tracks. Following the showcase, feedback is given from a collective of qualified music industry taste-makers. Please note that the showcase offers no prizes or award for it's participants, Producer looking to compete for prizes must register for the Competition.
Competition (Beat-Battle) Description Details
16 Beat-makers compete for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place trophies, cash and prizes. The winner and finalists are selected by a panel of special guest and/or celebrity judges. Judging Criteria includes: diverse production skills, creativity, originality, sound quality and complying with rules.
Music Format Rules For Showcase and Competition
– The AUDIO CD or LAPTOP is the only accepted format allowed on stage for beat playing. (no mobile devices, no DVDs, no data-discs, no single computer hardware components such as portable hard-drives, flash drives or memory cards, no internet streaming, no studio equipment, no musical/production instruments, etc…)
– All cds will be played on a professional grade cd turntable/player provided by the event.
– All producers are suggested to bring duplicate audio cd(s) as a good practice, incase of cd or laptop failure.
Competition (Beat-Battle) Rules and Guidelines
– Each qualifying round is structured as a single elimination tournament bracket-type competition.
– Competitors can NOT use the same beat in one night of competition.
– Competitors can NOT use vocal sample hooks or vocal sample loops at anytime, vocal one-shots and vocal phrases are ok.
– Each round will instruct a sequence number (the amount of track plays per competitor for the current round; Example: If each producer plays 1 track, this is considered a 1 sequence round, if the round consist of each producer playing 2 tracks this is considered a 2 sequence round, 3 tracks per round = 3 sequence Round … and so forth) and a track style (this details the track type or style of music to play for the current round)
– Each round starts with a coin toss, the toss winner decides who will play the first track in the current round.
– Each track play time is limited to 60 seconds or less. (This is subject to change for special category rounds, please read competition details.)
– A panel of judges decides which of the 2 competitors will advance to the next round, up to the final round. Judging Criteria includes: diverse production skills, creativity, originality, sound quality and complying with competition round instructions.
– In the event of a voting tie from the judge panel, a tie-breaking judge will be selected or the crowd will decide on the tie-breaker.
– If a qualifying round lacks an even amount of competitors, the judging panel can unanimously choose one previous eliminated producer to compete in the following round to balance the competition brackets.
– The final round will consist of the last 4 competitors, after completing the final round, each judge is given a token pack that contains 4 tokens, separately valued at 1 point, 2 points, 3 points, or 4 points, these points will be awarded to each finalist per judge. The producer with the most accumulated points walks away as the 1st Place Winner.