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Rules

Rules and Regulations of the Vocalist/Producer Challenge

  1. Team Definition and Roles
    • A team is comprised of one vocalist and one producer
    • The team must remain the same members through the entirety of the competition
    • The team must remain in the same roles through the entire competition
      • This means that you can’t swap roles mid-competition
    • The tracks must only feature members of that team unless otherwise stated.
    • The producer is responsible for track production and final mixing
    • The vocalist is responsible for lyrical content and delivery*
      • *the producer may “hype” (i.e. dubs, intros, shout outs) through the track
      • *the producer may join the vocalist on the chorus
  2. Specific Production Guidelines
    • Production can be samples, live instrumentation, synths, digital constructions, or a cappella (i.e. beatboxing) or any combination there-of; unless otherwise stated in a round challenge
    • No plagiarism*
      • *Samples can be used
    •  All production, mixing, and mastering must be performed by producer
    • All production must meet requirements of round challenge to be eligible for voting/scoring on that round
    • All production or the track must be initiated after the announcement of that round begins
      • No already released content will be accepted
      • No already completed productions prior to round start will be accepted
  3. Specific Vocalist Guidelines
    • All lyrics must be written and performed by team vocalist unless otherwise stated in a round challenge
      • The producer may contribute as per section 1.f
    • All subject matter and round challenge requirements must be met to be eligible for voting/scoring on that round
    • No plagiarism of lyrics will be tolerated
    • Though this is intended to be a full song-submission challenge, each submission must have at least 16 bars (one standard verse) long to be eligible for submission
    • All lyrical content on the track must be created after the announcement of that round begins*
      • No already released content will be accepted
      • No already completed productions prior to round start will be accepted
  4. General Track Submission Guidelines
    • All tracks must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST the day the challenge round ends to nerdcorevpc@gmail.com
    • Tracks should be submitted in Mp3 format via email
    • Submission for each round should include
      • Team Member Names
      • Title of Track
      • Track attached
    • Tracks must meet a minimum verse length and can be no shorter than 60 seconds as a total production
    • No track shall be released to the public outside of the VPC approved outlets during the entirety of the competition or prior to the release of the first compilation album*
      • *Sharing content linking back to the VPC postings of it on your own local social media is more than encouraged.