Please read this agreement carefully before registering. By registering to participate, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.

The Marvin Hamlisch Contest is open to student and emerging composers. Eligible composers must be enrolled in a school program and/or have received less than $10,000 (US) in combined creative/production/package fees, excluding academic scholarships, in the two years preceding the competition. Composers must be at least 18 years of age to participate. The contest is open to composers from any country.

Participation in the Marvin Hamlisch Contest costs $25 (US), due at the time of registration via credit card. Upon receipt of payment, CINE will provide further information and instructions for receiving the footage to score and submitting completed work.

The following actions are grounds for disqualification from the Marvin Hamlisch Contest with forfeiture of registration fee:

Misrepresentation of a composer’s eligibility status. All composers must be eligible under the above guidelines.
Use of stock music or previously written or recorded music (whether by the composer or another source).
Collaboration or assistance in composing with a teacher, professional composer, or anyone who does not meet the eligibility requirements stated above. All writing collaborators must receive full credit and be eligible to submit according to the rules of the contest.
Dissemination or distribution of the copyright-protected footage received from CINE (with or without your score). If the filmmaker grants permission to allow composers to distribute the film with scores, CINE representatives will notify all composers and alert them to the requirements of distributing the footage.
CINE will send notification and judging information for each score to the attention of the contact listed on the registration form. Please make sure all contact information — email address and phone number — is accurate. Change of contact information can be sent to CINE is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections or outdated addresses. CINE staff can be reached by email at, or by mail to CINE, 1003 K Street NW, Suite 208, Washington, DC 20001 USA. The office phone number is +1-507-400-2463.

At the conclusion of the first stage of judging, each composer will be notified via email of his or her status (if s/he was selected as a finalist or not) and given access to first-stage judging comments. Comments from the guest jury will be available to finalists after the winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Award is announced.

The following is the tentative notification calendar for the 2014-2015 Marvin Hamlisch Contest. All notification dates are approximate and subject to change.

First stage complete, composers notified of status: May 15, 2015
Final stage complete, winner announced: June 14, 2015

The winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Award, as selected by the guest jury, will receive a statue, which will be presented at a CINE Celebrates event. Details of the award presentation will be coordinated with the prize winner, CINE, and the estate of Marvin Hamlisch.

The winner will also receive automatic membership to the composer pool of At the conclusion of the contest, CINE will connect the Marvin Hamlisch Award winner with scoreAscore representatives for further instructions.

Any changes to the Marvin Hamlisch Award or prizes will be related to all entrants, award recipients and finalists.

All selected scores may be excerpted for publicity purposes. CINE reserves the right to promote any entry to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Marvin Hamlisch Contest or Marvin Hamlisch Award.

The individual submitting a score to the Marvin Hamlisch Contest hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the score for consideration. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless CINE, the estate of Marvin Hamlisch, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to submitted material. The burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright, trademark, rights of privacy, publicity or any other proprietary rights rests with the composer. The entrant shall bear the sole liability for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission.

This License shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the District of Columbia without consideration of conflicts of laws provisions and principles. All claims between the parties, regardless of legal theory and whenever brought, shall be resolved in the state or federal courts of the District of Columbia, USA, and you stipulate that you expressly submit to the personal jurisdiction of such state and federal courts, and you further agree that any judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision, or portion thereof, of this Agreement to be unenforceable, the remainder of this License shall continue in full force and effect.

This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of productions and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. No amendment to or modification of this License will be binding unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of CINE. Nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver of CINE’s rights under the United States of America patent and copyright laws or any other Federal or State law, nor of any of CINE’s rights under the rules or laws of any country, territory, republic, and/or province.

CINE reserves the right to remove a score from consideration for any reason and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal.

CINE may, at our discretion, transfer a portion of your submitted work to a compilation DVD or online video file for promotional purposes. This will be done if the production contact has not provided promotional material by an agreed-upon deadline.

You have read and agree to our general rules and terms and conditions. You agree that failure to adhere to any of the general rules or terms and conditions may result in disqualification for which no refund for registration fee(s) is due.

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