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Competition Rules:

Competition is limited to individuals 18-30 years old by Monday, November 2, 2015.  The competition will consist of a preliminary and final round.

The senders of the first 60 complete application forms shall be admitted to the audition round of the Competition.  The audition jury will select a maximum of 10 competitors for the preliminary round occurring on June 14 & 15, 2016.  Those chosen will be invited to participate in writing by Longwood Gardens no later than February 12, 2016.  Acceptance must be confirmed by February 15, 2016. After the preliminary round, a maximum of 5 competitors will be selected for the final round occurring on June 18, 2016. Candidates may not take part in the Competition more than twice and the first place winner may not enter the competition in future years.  Longwood Gardens’ employees, officers and directors along with family members of the foregoing may not compete in or judge the competition.

Performances must not exceed 50 minutes; that time period includes the pauses between pieces.

Competitors may use music scores during all performances. If scores are used, the original score must be provided or the original copies or photocopies of published works that are free from copyright will be allowed.  Competitors must provide each work’s publisher and edition. Music must be submitted as soon as the competitor has been notified of their participation in the competition.

The order of appearance of competitors in the preliminary and final rounds will be determined by a random drawing.

Longwood Gardens will provide a page turner for the competition performance only, if needed.

Each round of the competition will be ticketed.

During the Competition, competitors who do not respect the rules of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition will be disqualified without right of appeal.

The Jury:

The audition jury will select 10 competitors for the preliminary round and the competition jury will select 5 competitors for the final round and prize winners.  Competitors may not contact or speak with any member of the jury as long as they continue to participate in the competition. Any violation of this rule may disqualify the competitor.

Competition Prizes:

The prizes specified will constitute the only prizes of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.
Pierre S. du Pont First Prize
          $40,000 
          Contract with Phillip Truckenbrod Concerts Artists 
          2016-2017 Performance at Longwood Gardens
Firmin Swinnen Second Prize   
          $15,000
Clarence Snyder Third Prize     
          $5,000 
Audience Choice Prize              
          $1,000

The competition jury has the option to refrain from awarding all prizes and to divide the prizes between competitors in the event of a tie.  In the case of a first place tie, the prize shall be divided equally between the tied competitors.  Taxes will be deducted from prizes according to all tax laws in effect at the time of the competition.  Each winner will be required to complete an IRS form W-9 or W-8BEN in order to receive payment.  Longwood Gardens will comply with all applicable withholding requirements.

Travel Visa:

Competitors are responsible for providing their own visas to enter the United States and shall provide proof of having obtained a visa by April 1, 2016.  Competitors who must present an official letter of invitation to obtain a visa should ask Longwood Gardens for a letter before April 1, 2016.

Performance Rights:

The Competition may be recorded, broadcast on international radio and television, or retransmitted over the Internet, without any financial compensation to the competitors. Competitors are therefore expected to relinquish all broadcast and recording rights of all kinds, as well as the ensuing rights, for an indefinite time period. Longwood Gardens may photograph, record and film the competitors for advertising and promotional purposes. By signing the application form, the competitors agree to release their rights to future use of all photographs, recording and filming of their performances.  It is anticipated that a CD recording of selected competition performances will be commercially produced and that parts or all of the competition will be made available on the internet. In addition, a recording may be made of each competitor’s performance on Longwood Gardens’ in-console organ computer system to be played anytime in the future.  Camera crews may photograph all competition events. Longwood Gardens may not be held liable for any payments to competitors arising out of materials derived from competition performances. Applicants are required to sign a release form yielding all rights on such materials to Longwood Gardens. Competitors must make themselves available for all press related interviews and activities.  Competitors should be free of all engagements during the duration of the Competition.  The first prize winner should be available to perform during Longwood’s 2016-2017 concert season.

Withdrawing from the Competition:

If any competitor withdraws after March 1, 2016, they will be held responsible for refunding the Competition expenses incurred on their behalf – i.e. travel, accommodations, and transportation and forfeit all rights.  Competitors withdrawing for medical reasons or a death in the family are exempt.

Acceptance of Rules:

Signing the competition application form proves competitor’s acceptance of all rules of the competition.