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School of Rock, fall 2011


October 13th to October 24th: entry period
Record your best original song, and create a profile at CBC Radio 3 and upload the song there so we can hear it. Make sure you email to let us know you've entered the contest. Put the words "SCHOOL OF ROCK" in the subject line, and include the names of your band members their ages, and the school(s) you all go to. We'll add your song to our contest playlist at Radio 3 so our judges and everyone who's following the contest can hear it.

October 25th to October 28th: the first cut
Each day on Mainstreet (between 3 and 6pm on CBC Radio 1) our judges will choose one or more semi-finalists. If you live outside metro, in an area where CBC Radio 1 broadcasts Close To Home between 3 and 4pm, you can hear the first hour of Mainstreet by streaming us online here.

October 28th at 5:30pm: online voting begins
Our online poll will be open until November 3rd at 11:59pm.  You can vote once a day from any one computer.  If you vote on a shared computer (at a library, for instance) and if someone votes after you, their vote will cancel yours out.  The two bands that place first and second in the online poll will play off in a live finale on Mainstreet, as long as they're available to come to Halifax on the date we choose (likely to be during the week of November 7th-10th).


Create an artist's profile at CBC Radio 3 and upload your original song.  Consider uploading a photo and bio, too - judges sometimes like that kinda thing.  The song you enter must be composed by and be the original work of the contestant, and must not violate the rights of any third party. By submitting an entry, contestants assign all rights and waive any moral rights they may have in their texts. Contestants acknowledge that CBC may air this song in whole or in part, on any medium (radio, television, Internet or other).

IMPORTANT: After you create your profile on Radio 3, and upload your song, you must send an e-mail to to let us know you're entering. Put "School of Rock" in the subject line to make sure we see it.  (We get a lot of email.)  In the email, include the names if the members of your band, their ages, and the names of the school(s) you go to. You'll also need to include a phone number where we can reach each member of your band.  Consider including the lyrics, too - some judges like that kinda thing.

Do all of this by 5:30pm Atlantic Time on Monday, October 24th, 2011.  There are more details on eligibility below.




Our three judges will select the semi-finalists. As they listen to submissions they'll be considering the performance and songwriting ability with an ear for musicality, originality, accessiblity. And that 'X Factor' that just makes a music fan feel like they've stumbled onto something special. The public will narrow the field to two finalists through online voting.



Musicians must be students at a junior high or high school in Nova Scotia, or homeschooled kids in that age group.  The song submitted for judging and performance must be an original piece of music, to which the musicians in the band have sole performance and publishing rights. If you wrote the song in collaboration with a junior high or high school aged person in Nova Scotia who is not in your band, that's okay as long as they know and approve of the song being entered in the contest.  Think twice about profanity in the lyrics - it seriously limits our ability to play your song on the radio, and the judges may take that into consideration when choosing semi-finalists.

All entrants chosen as finalists and who are under the age of majority must have proof of parental permission to participate (complete a form which we will provide.)

All entrants must sign a waiver confirming authorship of the lyrics and music, and giving CBC permission to broadcast the song on the air, post it online, and use parts thereof for purposes of promoting the event.

Once the finalists have been selected, musicians must be willing to allow CBC radio, and possibly television, to come to their home and school and interview teachers, friends, parents, etc.

Finalists must be available to perform live in our CBC studio in Halifax, and make themselves available for profile interviews, and a soundcheck earlier the day of the live event. This will likely require taking a day off school.

If you are selected as a finalist, in order to perform live on the radio in our School Of Rock contest, you must provide us in advance with the information we will need to process a contract for you, including (but not necessarily limited to) your name, address, and SIN.



a) Winners to have their name and/or picture, including their photograph, and/or their voices used for advertising purposes related to this contest, free of charge.
b) Winners shall sign a document attesting to their eligibility as stipulated in these rules and releasing CBCand their affiliates, as well as their respective directors, officers and employees, from all liability for any damage or loss arising from participation in this contest or from the awarding, acceptance or use of the prize.
c) The prize shall be accepted as is, nor sold nor transferred. No substitutions will be allowed.
d) Refusal to accept the prize releases CBC and,their affiliates, as well as their respective directors, officers and employees, of any liability and obligation toward the winner.
e) Should any contestant make any false statement, he/she shall be automatically disqualified from the contest.
f) CBC and their affiliates, as well as their respective directors, officers and employees, shall assume no liability resulting from losses, delays, mistaken addresses on mail or e-mail received, typographical errors, technical, computer or telephone malfunctions, loss or theft of computer or telephone data, damage to software or computer equipment, fraudulent calls or any other mistake.
g) CBC and,their affiliates, as well as their respective directors, officers and employees, shall assume no liability whatsoever for any situation in which their inability to act results from an event or situation unforeseeable or beyond their control, including a strike, lockout or any other labour dispute at their location or the locations of the organizations and businesses whose services are used to hold this contest
h) All personal information, such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and age is collected solely for the purposes of administering this contest and shall not be used for any other purpose without consent. By providing this information, all contestant consent to it being used for the stated purposes.
i) By entering this contest, contestants agree to abide by the contest rules, which shall be applied by the CBC. All its decisions are final.