COMPETITION RULES

BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATIONS PLEASE READ ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS. BY SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION FORM, THE CANDIDATES OR THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN UNDERSTANDS AND ACCEPTS THESE REQUIREMENTS, RULES AND REGULATIONS.

1. Seasonal Competitions and Musician of the Year

1.1 The competition is held by online video submission eg. through YouTube upload. Applications from musicians who are under the age of 18 must be filled and submitted by a parent or legal guardian.

1.2 For seasonal competitions, candidates can choose to enter into more than one category if they wish. If they do, candidates will need to submit additional application forms. Applicants will need to pay for each category the candidate enters into. 

1.3 For seasonal competitions, candidates can only play one musical instrument for each application. An additional musical instrument will need to be submitted as another application.

1.4 For seasonal competitions, candidates can apply in the same category with different instruments. They can also apply into different categories with different instruments.

1.5 For seasonal competitions, candidates can submit separate videos for different pieces.

 

1.6 For seasonal competitions, jury members who are currently teaching or have taught a candidate in the past two years must refrain from assessing their performance(s).

1.7 All candidates of the seasonal competitions will receive an official certificate in digital format, ready for printing.

Only the seasonal Gold, Silver, and Bronze Prize winners are qualified to order the trophy, which is at an additional cost. Seasonal paper certificates can be ordered for delivery by post, which is at an additional cost.

1.8 For seasonal competitions, the competition committee will arrange and send candidates' videos to professional jury members from the jury panel list. This will be done by a preference of relevant instruments or voice. In general, jury members will give marks based on the quality of the candidates' overall performance and musicianship.

1.9 For seasonal competitions, the Jury panel will give each candidate’s performance a mark out of 100. An average mark of 90 and above will be awarded the Gold Prize; An average mark of 80-89 will be awarded the Silver Prize; An average mark of 70-79 will be awarded Bronze Prize. An average mark of 65-69 will be honorably mentioned. An average mark of under 65 will not be awarded with a prize. There is no limited number for the seasonal prize winners.

1.10 For seasonal competitions, Special Prizes are awarded to those candidates who have shown a special and unique side of themselves in their video performance.

 

1.11 Only the seasonal winners who achieve a certain number of award points are qualified to apply for the annual competition – "Musician of the Year". No additional application fee is required for this year-end competition. (See 3. Award point section for more details). We may increase the number of award points in need to participate Musician of the Year from time to time. We normally only do this in incremental steps but we’ll publish the notice (such as through information on our website, social media or newsletter)

1.12 For Musician of the Year, the required amount of points will be deducted from the total points after the candidate successfully participated in the 'Musician of the Year'. The amount required for Musician of the Year 2021-22 will be announced in 2021-22 season 3.

1.13 The award points obtained in the seasonal competitions each year are valid until 1st April of the following year. For example, any award point received in 2020-21 seasonal competitions will be valid until 1st April 2022; any award point received in 2021-22 seasonal competitions will be valid until 1st April 2023. 

1.14 For Musician of the Year, audience votes on all platforms need to be coming from real accounts. London Young Musician reserves all the rights to deduct suspicious votes from fake accounts and to determine the final valid audience votes.

2. General Condition

2.1 Once the application fee has been submitted it cannot be refunded.

 

2.2 By participating in the competition, the applicant grants London Young Musician all rights to use and publish candidate's name, likeness, recordings, and other material in accordance with the Competition needs (promotion, social media, etc.) with no expectation of payment.

2.3 Each candidate is responsible for copyright/ownership of the audio/video/photo they submit to the competition.

2.4 The decisions of international jury members are final.

2.5 During the application process, the Competition collects necessary personal data from application form, this data being necessary for the various procedures of the Competition. The data is held on a secure database and only the following information is made public: family name, first name, biography, photographs. The unpublished information is not shared with third parties. Competitors have a right to view their data, and they can request, in writing, to have their data amended or refuse permission for its use once the Competition has ended.

2.6 Any Competitor who makes an attempt, or on whose behalf any attempt is made, to communicate with any member of the Jury during the adjudication period (starting on the day after application deadline, ends on the day of results publish) may face penalty such as disqualification, removing all previous award points, or banning from further entries to the competition.

2.7 We reserve the right to change the Conditions from time to time, and your continued use of the Website (or any part thereof) following such change shall be deemed to be your acceptance of such change. It is your responsibility to check regularly to determine whether the Conditions have been changed. If you do not agree to any change to the Conditions then you must immediately stop using the Website.

2.8 To the fullest extent permitted by law, we hereby exclude and shall not have any liability to any entrant or prize winner in connection with or arising out of any Competition howsoever caused, including for any costs, expenses, forfeited prizes, damages and other liabilities.

3. Trophy and other physical item orders

3.1 We will deliver the goods ordered by you to the address you give us for delivery at the time you make your order.  It is your responsibility to ensure that the delivery address you give us is correct and accurate and that there is somebody to sign for and take delivery of the goods from the delivery service used.

 

3.2 All orders within the UK are delivered using a registered courier. International orders are delivered by Royal Mail International Service. We cannot be held responsible for any delays once the goods have left us and are in possession of the courier or Royal Mail.

3.3 You will become the owner of the goods you have ordered when they have been dispatched to you. Once goods have been delivered to you they will be held at your own risk and we will not be liable for their loss or destruction.

 

3.4 We make no promise that materials on our website are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United Kingdom, and accessing the website from territories where its contents are illegal or unlawful is prohibited. If you choose to access this site from locations outside the United Kingdom, you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

3.5 If your order is returned to us because the courier, or you provided inaccurate address, or postal service could not complete the delivery to you for whatever reason, then you will be responsible for the repeat delivery costs.

3.6 If you are not completely satisfied with your order for any reason, you have the right to return them within 14 working days, which commence from the date of delivery, for credit or refund. It is your responsibility to return goods in their original pristine condition and packaging. Any costs incurred by you in returning your goods shall be your responsibility unless previously agreed by ourselves.

3.7 When ordering products for delivery outside of mainland UK you may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are levied once the package reaches the specified destination. Any additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by you; we have no control over these charges. Customs policies vary widely from country to country, so you should contact your local customs office for further information.

4. Award Point and LYM World Ranking System

4.1 When using London Young Musician Competition Service (provided by World Musicians League Ltd UK), we may provide you with opportunities to acquire a limited license to access award point, associated with your competition account (collectively, “Virtual Content”). When you earn award point, you only get a license to access it for special event such as London Young Musician of the Year. You have no ownership in any of the award point you gain and you can’t transfer it to someone else. Award point and ranking have no monetary value, are generally game specific and you can’t redeem award point for any type of “real world” money or obtain any refunds. When you obtain award point from us, what we are actually giving you is a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable, limited right and license to use that Virtual Content only in connection with your use of the applicable London Young Musician Services.

4.2 In an effort to constantly improve the London Young Musician, evolve our competitions and keep it safe, fun, and secure, we have the right to delete, alter, move, remove, or transfer any and all award points, in whole or in part, at any time, with or without notice to you, and with no liability of any kind to you. We won’t delete your award points without notice (such as through posts on our website, social media or email), unless your competition account and participation qualification is terminated by us for a legitimate reason or by you under section 2.6. We may sometimes change the number of award points in need for certain special events (for example, we might increase the number of award points needed to enter special events, such as London Young Musician of the Year). We normally only do this in incremental steps but we’ll publish the notice (such as through information on our website, social media or newsletter) if we plan to make changes that will significantly impact your award points. We don’t provide or guarantee, and expressly disclaim, any value, cash or otherwise, attributed to any data residing on servers we operate or control, including any award point attributed to your account.

​4.3 It costs certain amount of award points to participate in the 'Musician of the Year' in April. The required amount of points will be deducted from the total points after the candidate successfully participated in the 'Musician of the Year'. The amount required for Musician of the Year 2021-22 will be announced in 2021-22 season 3.

The award points obtained in the seasonal competitions each year are valid until 1st April of the following year. For example, any award point received in 2020-21 seasonal competitions will be valid until 1st April 2022; any award point received in 2021-22 seasonal competitions will be valid until 1st April 2023. 

4.4 ​LYM world ranking is published annually. The rankings are calculated based on the total scores from both seasonal competitions and annual competition every year. London Young Musician. Click here to see how the rankings are calculated every year.