SUBMISSIONS CLOSED
WINNERS ANNOUNCED
DECEMBER 31, 2012

OFFICIAL RULES

1. THE "CREATE" SONGWRITERS' SEARCH ("CONTEST") IS OPEN TO ANY U.S. RESIDENT THIRTEEN (13) YEARS OR OLDER (ENTRANTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE WILL NEED PERMISSION FROM THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN) WHO REGISTERS BY COMPLETING AN OFFICIAL ONLINE ENTRY FORM AT TODAYSCHRISTIANMUSIC.COM ALONG WITH THE ENTRY FEE. THE EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 15, 2012 AND THE REGULAR ENTRY DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1, 2012. THE EARLY ENTRY FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS: $39.98 FOR THE EARLY ENTRY; $59.98 FOR AN ENTRY PLUS A ONE PAGE CRITIQUE FROM THE CONTEST JUDGES; AND $79.98 FOR AN ENTRY PLUS A ONE PAGE CRITIQUE FROM THE CONTEST JUDGES, AND POSTING OF THE SONG ON TODAYSCHRISTIANMUSIC.COM WITH WRITER CONTACT INFORMATION. THE REGULAR ENTRY FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS: $50.00 FOR THE REGULAR ENTRY; $75.00 FOR AN ENTRY PLUS A ONE PAGE CRITIQUE FROM THE CONTEST JUDGES; AND $100.00 FOR AN ENTRY PLUS A ONE PAGE CRITIQUE FROM THE CONTEST JUDGES, AND POSTING OF THE SONG ON TODAYSCHRISTIANMUSIC.COM WITH WRITER CONTACT INFORMATION. INDIVIDUALS WHO PAY FOR POSTING AGREE TO HAVE THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESS POSTED AS CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE WEBSITES. INDIVIDUALS MAY ENTER AS MANY TIMES AS THEY CHOOSE, AS LONG AS A SEPARATE ENTRY FORM AND A SEPARATE CHECK IS USED FOR EACH SONG ENTERED. EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS OF SALEM PUBLISHING, INC. D/B/A CCM MAGAZINE, REACH SATELLITE NETWORK, INC D/B/A WBOZ-FM, SALEM RADIO NETWORK, INC D/B/A TODAY’S CHRISTIAN MUSIC RADIO NETWORK, AND CARON BROADCASTING, INC. D/B/A 94FM THE FISH ("PROMOTERS"), THEIR PARENT COMPANY, THEIR PARENTS' AFFILIATED COMPANIES, AND THEIR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST.

2. THERE WILL BE THREE (3) RUNNER UP WINNERS AND ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER. THE RUNNER UP WINNERS AND GRAND PRIZE WINNER ("WINNERS") WILL BE SELECTED FROM AMONG ALL ELIGIBLE ENTRIES RECEIVED. ALL ELIGIBLE ENTRIES RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 15TH 2012 WILL RECEIVE A DISCOUNTED ENTRY FEE RATE, AS DETAILED ON THE CONTEST ENTRY FORM. ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH DECEMBER 1, 2012. THE WINNERS WILL BE DETERMINED BY A PANEL OF JUDGES INCLUDING, CELEBRITY JUDGES LAURA STORY AND CINDY WILT COLVILLE, AND OTHER MUSIC PROFESSIONALS SELECTED BY PROMOTERS (COLLECTIVELY, "CONTEST JUDGES") BASED SOLELY ON THE CONTEST JUDGES OPINION OF THE MARKETABILITY OF THE SONG. ENTRANTS NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN. WINNERS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE WILL NEED A PARENTAL RELEASE/CONSENT FROM THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN PRIOR TO AWARDING OF ANY PRIZE. THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED DECEMBER 31, 2012 AND NOTIFIED BY E-MAIL OR REGULAR MAIL NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2013. THE WINNERS MUST COMPLETE AN AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY AND LIABILITY AND, WHERE LAWFUL, A PUBLICITY RELEASE. IF PROMOTERS DO NOT RECEIVE THE AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE WITHIN TWO (2) WEEKS OF NOTIFICATION, THE PRIZE MAY BE FORFEITED AND AN ALTERNATE WINNER MAY BE SELECTED. EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, BY SIGNING THE AFFIDAVIT AND RELEASE, THE WINNER GRANTS PERMISSION TO THE USE OF HIS/HER/ITS NAME, LIKENESS, PICTURE, PORTRAIT, HOMETOWN, SERVICE MARK, VOICE, BIOGRAPHICAL/OTHER INFORMATION, AND STATEMENTS FOR ADVERTISING AND PROMOTIONAL PURPOSES FOR THIS AND OTHER PROMOTIONS BY SALEM PUBLISHING, INC., SALEM RADIO NETWORK, OR CARON BROADCASTING, INC. WITHOUT ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. PROMOTERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST, LATE, DAMAGED OR MISHANDLED ENTRIES.

3. THERE IS ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE

  • THE GRAND PRIZE IS A THREE (3) MONTH WRITER DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE WITH SONGWRITING COACH CINDY WILT COLVILLE. DURING THIS PERIOD, THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL RECEIVE FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($500.00) GROSS PER MONTH (ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($1,500) TOTAL, PAYABLE BY THE PROMOTERS.
  • THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL ALSO RECEIVE A THREE (3) DAY TWO (2) NIGHT TRIP TO NASHVILLE FROM THE CONTINENTAL U.S. AIRPORT CLOSEST TO THEIR HOME. THE TRIP WILL INCLUDE AN INTRODUCTION OF WINNER BY CINDY WILT COLVILLE TO THE MAJOR CHRISTIAN MUSIC PUBLISHING COMPANIES WHICH WORK THE BEST WITH THE WINNER’S STYLE OF MUSIC. THE TRIP WILL ALSO INCLUDE A CO-WRITING SESSION WITH A PROFESSIONAL SONGWRITER, THE PRODUCTION OF A ONE SONG DEMO, AND A MENTORING LUNCHEON OR DINNER WITH LAURA STORY. AIRFARE, HOTEL AND MEALS WILL BE PROVIDED.
  • PRIOR TO THE TRIP, THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE AN IN-DEPTH SONG CATALOG ASSESSMENT OF UP TO FIVE SONGS FROM PROFESSIONAL SONGWRITING COACH AND FORMER BRENTWOOD/BENSON MUSIC PUBLISHING HEAD CINDY WILT COLVILLE.
  • THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER WILL BE FEATURED IN A 2013 CCM MAGAZINE ARTICLE.
  • THE GRAND PRIZE HAS A TOTAL MAXIMUM RETAIL VALUE OF FIVE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED DOLLARS ($5,400).

THE GRAND PRIZE DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY OTHER PERSONAL EXPENSES RELATED TO PARTICIPATING IN ANY ELEMENTS OF THE GRAND PRIZE.

THERE ARE THREE (3) RUNNER-UP PRIZES:

  • THE RUNNER UP PRIZE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A CASH PRIZE OF ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($150).
  • THE RUNNER-UP PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE INCLUDED IN A 2013 CCM MAGAZINE ARTICLE ABOUT THE CONTEST.
  • THE RUNNER UP PRIZE WINNERS WILL JOINTLY RECEIVE A ONE (1) HOUR PHONE MENTORING SESSION WITH LAURA STORY.
  • THE RUNNER UP PRIZE WINNERS WILL JOINTLY RECEIVE A ONE (1) HOUR PHONE CONSULTATION WITH SONGWRITING COACH CINDY WILT COLVILLE
  • THE RUNNER UP PRIZE HAS TOTAL MAXIMUM RETAIL VALUE OF ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($150). NO TRANSFER, SUBSTITUTION, OR CASH EQUIVALENT WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANY PRIZE, PROVIDED THAT PROMOTERS MAY, AT THEIR SOLE DISCRETION, SUBSTITUTE A PRIZE OF EQUAL OR GREATER VALUE.

5. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO ABIDE BY AND BE BOUND BY ALL OF THESE OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES AND THE DECISIONS OF GENERAL MANAGER of the PROMOTERS ("CONTEST JUDGE"). ALL DECISIONS REGARDING THE CONTEST INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SELECTING THE WINNER, WILL BE MADE BY THE "CONTEST JUDGE", WHOSE DECISIONS SHALL BE FINAL. THE CONTEST JUDGE MAY PROHIBIT AN ENTRANT FROM PARTICIPATING IN THIS CONTEST, IN HIS/HER SOLE DISCRETION, IF, IN THE OPINION OF THE CONTEST JUDGE, THE ENTRANT FAILS TO ABIDE BY THESE RULES, OR OTHERWISE ACTS (I) IN A NON-PROFESSIONAL OR INAPPROPRIATE MANNER, (II) WITH AN INTENT TO ANNOY, ABUSE, THREATEN, OR HARASS ANY OHER ENTRANT, JUDGE, OR PROMOTERS, OR (III) IN ANY OTHER DISRUPTIVE MANNER. THE WINNER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL TAXES. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LAWS APPLY.

6. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO RELEASE AND HOLD THE PROMOTERS, THEIR PARENT COMPANIES AND THEIR PARENTS' AFFILIATED COMPANIES HARMLESS FROM ANY AND ALL LOSSES, DAMAGES, RIGHTS, CLAIMS, AND ACTIONS OF ANY KIND IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST OR RESULTING FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, OR USE OF ANY PRIZE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, AND PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND CLAIMS BASED ON ANY LIBEL, SLANDER, ILLEGAL COMPETITION OR TRADE PRACTICE, VIOLATION OF RIGHTS OF PRIVACY, INFRINGEMENT OR COPYRIGHTS, OR OTHER RIGHTS OF THIRD PARTIES.

7. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, EACH CONTESTANT HEREBY: (A) GRANTS TO PROMOTERS AND THEIR SUCCESSORS, LICENSEES AND ASSIGNS, THE IRREVOCABLE RIGHT BUT NOT THE OBLIGATION, WITH OR WITHOUT CONTESTANT'S KNOWLEDGE, TO FILM, TAPE AND/OR PHOTOGRAPH, RECORD, EXHIBIT, EDIT AND OTHERWISE USE CONTESTANT'S APPEARANCE, NAME, LIKENESS, SONG LYRICS, MUSIC COMPOSITIONS, RECORDINGS, VOICE, SINGING VOICE, CONVERSATION, SOUNDS AND BIOGRAPHICAL DATA ON OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY PROGRAMMING, MUSICAL RECORDING, SONG LYRICS, SHEET MUSIC, CD, DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO FILE OR ANY OTHER PROMOTION OR EXPLOITATION THEREOF IN ANY MANNER DETERMINED IN PROMOTER’S SOLE ELECTION AND DISCRETION, WHICH USE SHALL NOT ENTITLE CONTESTANT OR CONTEST'S AGENTS, FAMILY, SUCCESSORS OR ASSIGNS TO RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION WHATSOEVER; AND (B) AGREES THAT PROMOTER IS THE SOLE OWNER OF ALL RESULTS AND PROCEEDS OF ANY SUCH RECORDING, FILM, TAPE AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHY; AND (C) THAT PROMOTER’S SUCCESSOR AND ASSIGNS, AND LICENSEES, FOREVER AND THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE, MAY USE THE SAME AND ANY PORTION THEREOF IN ANY AND ALL MEDIA, WHETHER NOW KNOW OR HEREAFTER DEVISED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, MOTION PICTURES, TELEVISION AND PUBLISHING (OF SOUND RECORDINGS, SHEET MUSIC, COMPILATIONS OR OTHERWISE) AND IN CONNECTION WITH THE ADVERTISING, SALE, PROMOTION, MARKETING, MERCHANDISING, DISTRIBUTION, PUBLICIZING AND ALL OTHER TYPES OF EXPLOITATION OF THE CONTEST, THE SONGS ENETERED THEREIN OR ANY PART THEREOF (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE PROMOTION OF THIRD-PARTY SPONSORS), OR IN ANY MANNER OR FORM.

IN ADDITION TO THE RIGHTS GRANTED ELSEWHERE IN THESE RULES, BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST EACH CONTESTANT UNDERSTANDS AN AGREES THAT IF HIS/HER APPEARANCE, NAME, LIKENESS, VOICE, SINGING VOICE, CONVERSATION, SOUNDS AND/OR BIOGRAPHICAL DATA IS USED BY PROMOTER IN ANY MANNER, THE CONTESTANT (AND THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN IF APPLICABLE) MAY BE REQUIRED, IN CONSIDERATION OF PROMOTER GRANTING ANY AWARDED PRIZE HEREUNDER, AND AT PROMOTER'S ELECTION, TO ENTER INTO THE FOLLOWING AGREEMENTS WITH PROMOTER AND/OR PROMOTER’S DESIGNEE(S), THE TERMS OF WHICH SHALL BE SUBJECT TO GOOD FAITH NEGOTIATION: (A) AN AGREEMENT FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF CONTESTANT'S CAREER IN THE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CONTESTANT'S SINGING, SONGWRITING OR OTHER SERVICES); AND (B) AN AGREEMENT FOR THE USE OF CONTESTANT'S NAME, VOICE, CONVERSATION, LIKENESS AND BIOGRAPHY IN CONNECTION WITH ADVERTISEMENTS, ENDORSEMENTS, MERCHANDISING AND/OR SPONSORSHIPS. CONTESTANT AGREES THAT SUCH AGREEMENTS SHALL BECOME FULLY EFFECTIVE ONLY AT THE ELECTION OF PROMOTER AND/OR PROMOTER'S DESIGNEES, WHICH ELECTION SHALL OCCUR ON OR PRIOR TO THE DATE WHICH IS THREE (3) MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THE AWARD OF THE FINAL PRIZE HEREUNDER.

8. TO FIND OUT THE WINNERS OF THE CONTEST, LOOK FOR THE WINNER’S NAME POSTED AT TODAYSCHRISTIANMUSIC.COM, ONCE THE NAME HAS BECOME AVAILABLE UPON THE CONCLUSION OF THE CONTEST.