Hard Rock Rising Tampa

Battle of the Bands

Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and 97x are looking for the next big thing in the Tampa Bay area.

Featuring Hard Rock Rising Tampa - Battle of the Bands, where local bands take the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe for the chance to play at this year's 97x Next Big Thing! Musical acts will have to - quite literally - battle it out for their shot to hit the big stage.


 

Grand Prize Winner: Play at 97x Next Big Thing 2021

After 4 bands slug it out in the finale, one grand prize winner will have the chance of a lifetime to play on stage at 97x Next Big Thing 2021.

  • COMPLETE OFFICIAL RULES


    NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.
    1. CONTEST PERIOD/ENTRY DEADLINES:
      The Hard Rock Rising® Tampa Battle of the Bands Contest 2021 (“Contest”) begins at 10:00am Eastern Time USA (“ET”) on September 7, 2021 and ends on October 1, 2021 (“Contest Period”). The Entry Period, Entry Deadline, Social Media Voting Period and Judging Periods are described and defined in the table below and in each Section noted. See Sections 3 and 4 below for details on how to enter.

       Timeline  Description
       September 7, 2021 @ 10:00AM EST   COMPETITION ENTRY PERIOD: See Section 3 below for how to enter and criteria for participating in the Contest.
       October 1, 2021 @ 11:59pm EST
       COMPETITION ENTRY DEADLINE: Any Band participating that has not submitted fully completed Entry Materials (as defined below) in the manner set forth in these Official Rules so that they are received by Sponsor by this date and time will not be eligible to compete and will be disqualified.
       October 11, 2021 – October 15, 2021
      FINALIST BAND SELECTION PERIOD. Hard Rock Tampa selects three (3) Finalist Bands from eligible entrants. See Section 5 below. 
       October 18, 2021  ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS AND WILDCARDS. Three (3) Finalist Bands announced. (4-6) Wildcard Finalists Announced.
      October 18, 2021 @ 10AM EST  – October 22, 2021 @ 4PM EST
       SOCIAL VOTING PERIOD. Fans vote to select one Wildcard Finalist Band via social media. See Section 5 below.
       October 25, 2021  ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS. The three (3) Finalist Bands and the announced Wildcard Finalist Band who will perform at the Live Competition will be announced online.
       November 17, 2021  LIVE COMPETITION. Hard Rock Tampa will conduct a Live Competition on this day and select one Grand Prize Winner. See Section 6 below.
    2. ELIGIBILITY:
      A “Band” is a group of eligible Band Members (as defined below) where the Band meets all of the eligibility requirements set forth in these Official Rules for the Contest (“Official Rules”), including any applicable Live Competition Requirements (as defined below) from the date the Band submits its Entry Form (as defined below) up through the conclusion of the Grand Prize Performance (as defined below). A “Band Member” or “Member” is a member of an eligible Band herein who meets all of the eligibility requirements set forth in the Official Rules (including any applicable Live Competition Requirements) from the date his/her Band submits its Entry Form up through the conclusion of the Grand Prize Performance.

      a) Band Member eligibility: In order to be eligible to compete in the Contest, win any prize or participate in the Grand Prize Performance, each Band Member must at all times from the date each Band submits its Entry Form in full compliance with these Official Rules and becomes a Band entrant in this Contest, up through the conclusion of the Grand Prize Performance:
      i) Be sixteen (16) years of age or older;
      ii) Be listed as a member of a Band in the Entry Form of the Band at the time it enters the Contest;
      iii) Perform/compete only on behalf of one Band;
      iv) Be an authentic member of a Band who has regularly performed with the Band prior to the Contest i.e., not manager, agent, technical or administrative support person, spouse, friend, etc. who has not regularly performed with the Band prior to the Contest;
      v) Be eligible to participate in the Contest in accordance with, and be in full compliance with, all of the provisions of the Official Rules, including any applicable Live Competition Requirements;
      vi) Not be an employee, agent, officer or director of, or a member of the immediate family (parents, children, siblings and spouses, regardless of where they reside) or household (whether related or not) of an employee, agent, officer or director of any of the Contest Entities. “Contest Entities” are collectively defined as (a) Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. (“Sponsor”), (b) any restaurant, cafe, hotel and/or casino licensed or franchised by Sponsor or an entity affiliated with Sponsor, (c) any restaurant, hotel, and/or casino franchisee or licensee of Sponsor or one of Sponsor’s affiliated entities, (d) RPMC (“Contest Administrator”), (e) eMinor Incorporated, (f) any judge in this Contest (except a Fan Judge, as defined herein), and (g) any entity affiliated with the entities/persons described above, including but not limited to affiliated, parent, and subsidiary companies, affiliated advertising and promotion agencies, and vendors or promotional partners associated with this Contest.
      vii) Bands awarded prizes in previous Hard Rock band competitions are permitted to participate in this Contest.
      b) Band eligibility: In order to be eligible to compete in the Contest, win any prize or participate in the Grand Prize Performance, each Band must at all times from the date each Band submits its Entry Form in full compliance with these Official Rules and becomes a Band entrant in this Contest, up through the conclusion of the Grand Prize Performance:
      i) Be an account holder of Reverb Nation (www.reverbnation.com). See Section 3(b) below for details on how your Band can become an account holder;
      ii) List all Band Members in the Entry Form of the Band at the time it enters the Contest. Any Band Members not listed at that time are not eligible to participate in the Contest;
      iii) Consist only of Members who are eligible to participate in the Contest in full compliance with the terms of these Official Rules. In the event any Member of a Band is not eligible or is disqualified, then the entire Band may be disqualified;
      iv) Consist only of authentic Members who have regularly performed with the Band prior to the Contest i.e., not a manager, agent, technical or administrative support person, spouse, friend, etc. who has not regularly performed with the Band prior to the Contest. Please note that there is no limit on the number of Band Members. Band Members who are ineligible herein, or who were not listed in the Entry Form, or who are not authentic Members who have regularly performed with the Band prior to the Contest (e.g., managers, agents, technical or administrative support people, spouses, friends, etc.) are not eligible to receive any portion of the Grand Prize;
      v) Be eligible to participate in the Contest in accordance with, and be in full compliance with, all of the provisions of the Official Rules, including any applicable Live Competition Requirements; and
      vi) Bands who have won prizes in previous Hard Rock band competitions (except the immediate previous year) are permitted to participate in this Contest.
      Eligibility will be determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion.
    3. HOW TO ENTER:
      a) First, each Band must select one (1) representative who shall have full legal authority to act on behalf of and legally bind/obligate the Band and each of its Members with respect to the Contest, and who will be the sole contact person for the Band and all of its Members in all matters related to the Contest (the “Band Representative”). A Band Representative must be of an age wherein he/she may enter into legally binding agreements and not be a minor in the jurisdiction in which the Band Representative resides. If all Band Members are deemed minors in their country of residence, then the parent or legal guardian of at least one Band Member must serve as the Band Representative. In the event of any dispute as to the authority of the Band Representative to act on behalf of and legally bind/obligate the Band and each of its Members with respect to the Contest at any time during the Contest Period or prior to the Grand Prize Performance, the Band shall be subject to disqualification at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
      b) Prior to entering the Contest, if your Band is not already an account holder of Reverb Nation (www.reverbnation.com)then your Band must join/sign up (at www.reverbnation.com) as an artist/band member of Reverb Nation prior to entry. There is no cost to become an account holder of Reverb Nation, nor is there any continuing obligation as a result of becoming an account holder.
      c) Next, visit TampaHardRock.com/rising (the “Website”) and fill out the entry form in its entirety.
      d) Prior to or during the period from 10:00am ET on September 7, 2021 – 11:59pm ET on October 1, 2021 (the “Competition Entry Period”), the Band Representative should visit the Website and follow the Contest links to receive details on the Contest and see the Official Rules. The Band Representative should carefully review the Official Rules of the Contest (including all instructions on performance conditions/restrictions and judging criteria). The Band Representative should print out a copy of the Official Rules at that time for future reference and distribute the Official Rules to all Band Members.
      e) After the Band Representative and each of the Band Members have carefully read the Official Rules, and when the Band is ready to enter the Contest, the Band Representative should visit the Website prior to the Entry Deadline and follow the Contest links to the official Entry Form for the Contest (“Entry Form”).
      f) As part of the Entry Form you will be required to upload (2) songs as “Audition Songs”. This Audition Songs must be a file containing an audio recording of an Original Song by your Band. An “Original Song” is a song (including any lyrics, music, musical or audio tracks, arrangement and composition) performed by the Band (whether live or in a recording)which is used to participate in the Contest where (i) the song (including any lyrics, music, musical or audio tracks, arrangement and composition) is written and performed solely by one or more eligible Members of your Band who are listed on the Entry Form (and by no other person or entity) and (ii) your Band, or one or more eligible Members of your Band who are listed on the Entry Form, owns and controls all right, title and interest, including copyright, in and to the lyrics, music, arrangement and composition of such song. The Audition Song cannot be a Cover Song (as defined below) from another band or artist.
      g) The Entry Form must be completed in full by the Band Representative. Once (i) the Entry Form has been fully completed by the Band Representative, and (ii) the Band Representative has agreed on behalf of the Band and each of the Band Members to all of the Official Rules and the terms and conditions of the Entry Form, then the Band Representative must submit an Audition Song and submit the Entry Form (collectively, the “Entry Materials”) in accordance with the instructions on the Website prior to the Entry Deadline. All Entry Materials must be completed and submitted together prior to the Entry Deadline. Failure to (1) fully complete the Entry Form, (2) meet the requirements for the Audition Song, or (3) submit the completed Entry Materials prior to the Entry Deadline, will result in disqualification of the Band and all of its Band Members. Only complete Entry Materials will be accepted. If Entry Materials are incomplete or do not comply with these Official Rules in any manner, the Band and each individual Band Member may be disqualified at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.
      h) There is a limit of one Contest Entry Form per Band and per person/Band Member. If more than one Entry Form is received from the same Band, or a Band Member appears on more than one Entry Form, then the applicable Band(s) and Band Member(s) may be disqualified in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor.

    4. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
      a) Each Band, and each of its respective Band Members, agree, warrant and represent that:
      i) In any instance where the Official Rules of the Contest or the Contest Entities require that the Band submit or perform an Original Song, then such song (including any lyrics, music, musical or audio tracks, arrangement and composition) (1) has been written and performed solely by one or more Members of the Band who are listed on the Entry Form (and by no other person or entity) and (2) the Band, or one or more Members of the Band who are listed on the Entry Form, own and control all right, title and interest, including copyright, in and to the lyrics, music, musical and audio tracks, arrangement and composition of such song;
      ii) With respect to any of the lyrics, music, musical or audio tracks, arrangements, compositions, or songs performed by the Band during the Contest that are not Original Songs of the eligible Band or eligible Band Members who are listed on the Entry Form (“Cover Songs”), the Band has obtained any authorizations required (if any), in advance from all persons or entities having any rights, title and/or interest whatsoever with respect to such Cover Songs in order to perform or otherwise use such Cover Songs during the Contest without violating the rights of any persons or entities and;
      iii) The use of Creative Materials (as defined below) in the manner contemplated by these Official Rules will not infringe upon the intellectual property rights, or defame or invade the publicity or privacy rights, of any third party, living or deceased. All songs performed by the Band during the Contest, or posted on any Social Media Platform (as defined below) and attributed to the Band, or otherwise played or used while the Band is participating in the Contest or Grand Prize Performance, or in any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein (including all Original Songs and Cover Songs), are referred to herein collectively as the “Creative Materials”.
      iv) If a Band or any Band Member is uncertain as to whether they can agree to these representations and warranties, they should confer with their legal counsel or other advisors. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to request proof in writing of any necessary authorizations, consents, licenses, assignments or waivers required herein.
      b) Creative Materials must not contain “sampling” from other songs, music, sound effects, or any other elements over which the Band and its Band Members do not have all necessary rights, title and interest, including copyright.
      c) Creative Materials and Band names must be in keeping with Sponsor’s positive image. Without limitation, Creative Materials or Band Names that are deemed by Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, to be or to contain offensive profanity, explicit sexuality, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, or libelous content, or which encourages unlawful behavior, or which is hateful or misogynistic, or which is racially, ethnically or otherwise offensive or objectionable, or which portrays the Sponsor in a negative fashion, may be disqualified.
      d) Creative Materials, Entry Materials, and Band names must not include brand names, trademarks, trade names, logos or the intellectual property of any third parties without the written consent of the third party, if applicable.
      e) Creative Materials and Entry Materials must be from an identifiable source. Any attempt to create a false identity, to impersonate any person or entity, or to make a false or misleading statement, or misrepresent an affiliation with any person or entity, may result in disqualification.
      f) Sponsor reserves the right at any time, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify a Band that Sponsor believes, in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance with these Official Rules, or which has made a false or misleading statement on any Entry Form or otherwise, and reserves the right to pursue all other rights and remedies available at law in the event of such disqualification.

    5. SELECTION FINALIST BANDS:
      a) Only eligible Bands move on to this stage of the competition. In this stage of the competition, eligible Bands are only competing against other eligible Bands.
      b) Finalist Bands are selected in two different ways. The chart below outlines the ways Bands can be selected as a Finalist Band.
      c) Contest Administrator Selection. In this method of selection, between October 11, 2021 & October 15, 2021 (Finalist Selection Period”), the Contest Administrator will select, in his/her sole and absolute discretion, using such judging criteria as may be established by such Contest Administrator, three (3) Finalist Bands from the eligible Bands competing, subject to eligibility requirements set forth herein and compliance with these Official Rules. The decisions of the Contest Administrator relating to the selection of each Finalist Band are final and binding. In the event it is determined that any potential Finalist Band or Band Member is ineligible, or fails to appear and/or perform at their scheduled date for any live competition, or is subject to disqualification for any reason, then the Band will be disqualified and the Contest Administrator may elect, in its sole and absolute discretion, to name another Band as a Finalist Band instead. Sponsor reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of Finalist Bands to be selected at any time, without prior notice, in its sole and absolute discretion. The three (3) Finalist Bands for each such Competition Site who will compete in the Live Competition.
      d) Wildcard Band Selection. In this method of selection, Fan Judges (as defined below) will select one (1) Wildcard Finalist Band by casting votes (in the manner described below) during the Fan Voting Period. The Band receiving the highest number of valid votes from Fan Judges will be selected as a Wildcard Finalist Band (“Wildcard Finalist Band”), subject to eligibility requirements set forth herein and compliance with these Official Rules. Sponsor reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of Wildcard Finalist Bands to be selected at any time, without prior notice, in its sole and absolute discretion. Wildcard Finalist Bands and Finalist Bands selected by a Contest Administrator are hereafter sometimes collectively referred to as “Finalist Bands”. The odds of being declared a Wildcard Finalist Band depend on the number of Bands competing, the skill of the Band and its Band Members, and the skills of other Bands competing. In the event it is determined that any potential Band or Band Member is ineligible, or fails to appear and/or perform on their scheduled date for any live competition, or is subject to disqualification for any reason, then the Band may be disqualified and the Band receiving the next highest number of valid votes from Fan Judges may be named as a Wildcard Finalist Band.
      e) Voting to select Wildcard Finalist Bands by Fan Judges – During the period beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET on October 18, 2021 and continuing up and until 4:00 p.m. ET on October 22, 2021 (“Fan Voting Period”) each Fan Judge may vote (in the manner described below) for a favorite Band. A vote is accomplished by submitting a vote on the Sponsor’s social media platforms (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, applicable) (collectively, “Social Media Platforms”). Each person clicking on the vote button for a Band will be considered a “Fan Judge”. Fan Judges will judge the Band and the Band’s Audition Song according to the following judging criteria and with the following weight given to each such criterion (the “Wildcard Finalist Judging Criteria”): 1) Musicianship (50%); 2) Voice Talent (30%); 3) Originality (20%). Automated votes are prohibited. There is a limit of one (1) vote per each Band per Fan Judge per social media platform. You CAN vote for the same Band via multiple Social Media Platforms. In the event of a tie in the voting, the Wildcard Finalist Band shall be selected by the Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion. The valid votes cast by the Fan Judges and the decisions of the Sponsor relating to the selection of each Wildcard Finalist Band are final and binding. The one (1) Wildcard Finalist Band selected will be notified on October 25, 2021.


      Method Of Selection  How The Selection Occurs
      Contest Administrator Selection  Each Contest Administrator selects three (3). Bands who will be Finalists.
      Wildcard Band Selection
       Fan Judges vote to select one (1) Wildcard Finalist.


    6. SELECTION OF ONE (1) GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
      On November 17, 2021, a panel of qualified judges to be selected by the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion (collectively, the “Grand Prize Judges”) will judge the Body of Work of each Finalist Band. The Grand Prize Judges will use the following judging criteria and with the following weight given to each such criterion (the “Grand Prize Judging Criteria”): 1) Originality (30%); 2) Musicianship (30%); 3) Voice Talent (20%); and 4) Marketability (20%). The one (1) Band receiving the highest total score from the Grand Prize Judges, in their sole and absolute discretion using the Grand Prize Judging Criteria, will be declared the Grand Prize Winner (“Grand Prize Winner”), subject to confirmation that each such Band and all Band Members are eligible under the Official Rules and in full compliance with the Official Rules. The odds of being declared the Grand Prize Winner depend upon the skill of each Band and its Band Members. In the event of a tie, the Band from among the tied entries with the highest score in the first judging criterion described above will be declared the Grand Prize Winner. In the event of a tie using the tie-breaking criterion, the Grand Prize Judges will select the Grand Prize Winner in their sole and absolute discretion. The decisions of the Grand Prize Judges relating to the selection of the Grand Prize Winner are final and binding. In the event it is determined that any Band or Band Member is ineligible or is subject to disqualification for any reason, then the Band will be disqualified and the Sponsor may elect to name the Band receiving the next highest total score as the Grand Prize Winner. In the event of a tie in such instance, the tie breaking criteria described above may be utilized. The persons serving as Grand Prize Judges are subject to change at any time at the Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.

      The identity of the one (1) potential Grand Prize Winner Band will be announced on or about November 17, 2021.

    7. PROHIBITED PRACTICES:

      a) No Band, Band Member, Fan Judge, or any person affiliated with a Band shall engage in, or encourage, any solicitation for votes or favorable or unfavorable scores from Sponsor, Fan Judges, Judges, Regional Judges, or Grand Prize Judges by offering prizes, gifts, products, services or any other type of incentive (monetary or non-monetary) for votes or favorable or unfavorable scores, including any offer to trade votes or favorable scores e.g. soliciting votes in online chat rooms or on websites in exchange for reciprocal votes. In addition, no Band, Band Member, Fan Judge, or any person affiliated with a Band, shall offer any prizes, gifts, products, services or any other type of incentive (monetary or non-monetary) for anyone to attend or not to attend a competition event at a Participating Location. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, disqualify any Band or Band Member engaged in or encouraging such activity, or who benefits from such activity.
      b) A Grand Prize Winner may be disqualified at any time and the associated prize may be forfeited in the event that any Band Member of a Grand Prize Winner becomes involved in any situation which may bring Sponsor into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule, or which has the potential to shock, insult or offend the community or any group or class thereof, in such a way that could negatively impact the reputation of Sponsor.

    8. PRIZE NOTIFICATIONS: If any Band Representative cannot be reached by telephone or email within forty-eight (48) hours from the first prize notification attempt, or if any Band fails or refuses to complete, sign and return any documents required by Sponsor within the time specified by Sponsor, then such Band may be disqualified. In such instance the Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion, may choose another competing Band instead with the next highest score (or number of votes, as applicable) to receive the applicable prize or award.

    9. PRIZES: One (1) Grand Prize: Such prize includes the following:
      a) Grand Prize Performance: The Grand Prize Winner Band will perform live during the 97x Next Big Thing 2021 at the Mid-Florida Credit Amphitheatre in Tampa, FL. This performance is referred to herein as the “Grand Prize Performance”. The Grand Prize is awarded to the Band, not individual Band Members. The date, time, length and other specific requirements for the Grand Prize Performance will be determined by Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion. Only eligible Band Members named in the Entry Form are eligible to participate in the Grand Prize Performance. Due to the nature of this prize element, this prize element has no ARV.

    10. TAXES:
      a) The ARV for the Grand Prize Winner is US$2,500.00.The award of the Prize to the winner will be reported to the IRS, as required by U.S. law.
      b)All federal, state, provincial, and other tax liabilities, including but not limited to sales and use taxes, goods and services taxes, excise taxes, income and U.S. withholding taxes, customs duties, fees and like amounts in connection with a Band’s or Band Member’s prize, acceptance or use of a prize herein will be the sole responsibility of each Band or Band Member, as applicable. If a potential winner is not a “U.S. person” (as defined by U.S. tax law) and Sponsor is required to withhold U.S. federal withholding tax from the prize (and pay such amount directly to the United States Internal Revenue Service), then, except as provided above with respect to any International Tax Assistance Award, such potential winner will be required to pay to the Sponsor the amount of the legally required withholding before the potential winner can receive the applicable prize or, at Sponsor’s option, the amount of any credit issued or cash awarded as part of the prize may be reduced by the amount of the legally required withholding. If required, failure to pay such amount within the deadline established by the Sponsor will result in the disqualification of the potential winner. Notwithstanding such payments, each winner shall be solely responsible for the payment of any taxes due as a result of winning a prize. All prize values are in U.S. dollars, except where noted.

    11. USE/OWNERSHIP OF CREATIVE MATERIALS:
      With respect to the use and ownership of all Creative Materials, by participating in the Contest each competing Band and each Band Member acknowledges and agrees as follows:
      a) The rights of each Band and each Band Member, and the Sponsor, shall be established by the terms of these Official Rules and by the contents of any releases or affidavits entered into as required by these Official Rules.
      b) Except to the extent prohibited by law, Sponsor and its designees may use, copy, publish, videotape, broadcast, distribute and otherwise publicly display all elements of the Band’s Creative Materials and video or audio recordings made of the Band’s performances during the Contest and any Grand Prize Performance, or in any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein, as well as the Band’s name and each Band Member’s name, address [city and state/province], biographical information, statements, voice, photograph and other likeness, in whole or in part, in any and all media either now or hereafter known, in perpetuity throughout the universe, solely in connection with advertising and promoting the Sponsor, the Contest Entities, the Grand Prize Performance, or conducting this Contest, without notification and without compensation of any kind to the Band, any Band Member or any third party. Sponsor reserves all rights in perpetuity, including without limitation, the right to reproduce, alter, amend, edit, modify, crop and use the Creative Materials and recordings made of the Band’s performances during the Contest and any Grand Prize Performance, as well as any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein, in connection with conducting this Contest or advertising and promoting the Sponsor, the Contest Entities and/or, the Grand Prize Performance, or any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein.
      c) Sponsor does not undertake to consider the Creative Materials in confidence and Sponsor has not made any prior inducements, promises or representations to the Band Member(s) or Band(s) regarding the Creative Materials other than as set forth in the Official Rules.
      d) Participation by each competing Band in this Contest, and the accompanying submission of each Band’s Creative Materials to Sponsor, shall in no way limit or restrict Sponsor's rights with respect to, or the use of, Creative Materials submitted by other Bands or Band Members, or otherwise independently developed, created or used by Sponsor, both prior to and after the submission of each Band’s Creative Materials herein, and Sponsor shall have no obligations to each Band and Band Member with respect to such other Creative Materials. Accordingly, each competing Band and Band Member acknowledges that Sponsor's use of other material containing elements similar to or identical with those contained in the Band’s Creative Materials shall not entitle the competing Band or Band Member to any compensation if Sponsor has an independent right to use such other materials.

    12. GENERAL PRIZE RESTRICTIONS/CONDITIONS:
      Each Band Member of the potential Grand Prize Winner must be in possession of a valid passport by the deadline established in these Official Rules for the applicable prize and have any other necessary travel documents (including required visas), and have no restrictions on his/her ability to travel as contemplated herein. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Grand Prize Winner in which all Band Members do not have a valid passport by the established deadline. Sponsor will not be responsible if any Band Member of the Grand Prize Winner Band is denied entry into the United States, or re-entry to his/her country of residence for any reason whatsoever. In such case, any additional expenses incurred will be the sole responsibility of the applicable Band Member. If any Band Member of the Grand Prize Winner is denied entry into the United States, then the Grand Prize Winner may be disqualified, and the trip portion of the Grand Prize may be forfeited, in whole or in part, at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor may assist in securing certain travel documents, including visas, but each Band Member of the Grand Prize Winner must adhere, comply and submit all required documents in a timely manner in order to secure lawful air transportation to and from Miami, Florida U.S.A. The Grand Prize may be forfeited, in whole or in part, at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, in the event such Band or any of its members, staff or representatives fail to cooperate with Sponsor regarding the planning and production of the Grand Prize trip or Grand Prize Performance, or the production of any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein. Scheduled activities are subject to change. Sponsor reserves the right to change/add components to the travel schedule and the Grand Prize Performance. Airfare and hotel accommodations are at the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. Each Band Member of a Grand Prize Winner must arrange travel with Sponsor’s agent at least forty-five (45)calendar days in advance of the departure date specified by Sponsor. All meals, taxes, gratuities, insurance, incidentals(including mini-bar and entertainment expenses), phone charges, transportation between the airport and each Band Member’s residence, and other expenses not specifically identified in these Official Rules are the sole responsibility of each Band Member. Each Band Member of the Grand Prize Winner must comply with all hotel check-in requirements, including but not limited to the presentation of a major credit card. All elements of the Grand Prize are subject to availability. Sponsors not responsible for cancellations of a Grand Prize Performance, scheduled events or travel that is beyond its control, including force majeure events such as acts of God, fire, floods, volcanic disturbances, extreme weather including but not limited to hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, tornados, war, terrorism or threats of terrorism, government regulation, civil disobedience, disaster, or other casualty, strikes or threat of strikes, power outage, or similar causes beyond the control of Sponsor making it illegal, impossible, or commercially impracticable for Sponsor to provide its obligations under the Official Rules. In the event that any element of a prize is not available (including the Grand Prize Performance), then all other prize elements will still be offered (or substitutions for a destination may be scheduled) and no compensation will be due the prizewinner or any Band Member for the unavailable element(s). No transfer, substitution, or cash equivalent for any element of a prize is allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize element of equal or greater monetary value (whether in cash or otherwise) if a prize or prize element cannot be awarded as described for any reason. If any prize is returned as undeliverable or is forfeited or refused, this may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected as a potential winner, if time permits.

    13. CONTEST CONDITIONS:
      If one or more Band Members of a Grand Prize Winner cannot travel, or refuses to travel, to the United States, or does not cooperate in the production, broadcast or distribution of any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein, or does not comply with the Official Rules (including any Live Competition Requirements), then the entire Grand Prize Winner Band may be disqualified in the sole and absolute discretion of Sponsor. By participating in the Contest, each Band and each Band Member agrees:
      (a) That only the laws of the United States shall be applicable to this Contest and their participation in this Contest, regardless of the country of origin or residence of the Band and/or each of its Band Members;
      (b) To be bound by these Official Rules and any other documents required by Sponsor (including, without limitation, the Entry Form and any releases and affidavits required) and by the decisions of Sponsor, the Contest Administrator, and any judges herein, and to waive any right to claim ambiguity in this Contest, the Official Rules (including any Live Competition Requirements) or any other documents required by Sponsor (including, without limitation, the Entry Form and any required releases and affidavits);
      (c) To indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Contest Entities, and their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from any and all liability, claims, losses, damages, demands, causes of action, penalties and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or related to any statement, action or failure to act by the Band, any Band Member or any member of the Band not competing in the Contest, or any person affiliated with the Band (collectively, “Non-Contestant”) during or in connection with the Band’s or Band Member’s participation in the Contest, and/or any breach or alleged breach of these Official Rules or of any other documents required by Sponsor or related to the Creative Materials or any use thereof; and
      (d) Not to sue and to irrevocably and unconditionally release, waive and forever discharge the Released Parties from any and all liabilities, claims and demands of any kind or nature whatsoever, in law or equity, whether known or unknown, which the Band, any Band Member or any Non-Contestant (or any of their successors-in- interest, heirs and/or agents) ever had, now have, or in the future may have against the Released Parties, including, but not limited to claims arising out of or related to personal injury (including death) and/or damage, theft, loss or any other harm resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity (including but not limited to the trip, any Grand Prize Performance, and any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein), the acceptance, possession, misuse, improper awarding, failure to award, or use of a prize, and/or the use of any of the rights granted herein (including, without limitation, the use and exploitation of the Creative Materials and any other videos and recordings made of the Band’s performances during the Contest, or during the Grand Prize Performance, or in any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein, and each Band’s name, Band Member’s name, address [city and state/province], biographical information, statements, voice, photograph and/or other likeness).

    14. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:
      Contest Entities are not responsible for illegible, garbled, corrupted, damaged, lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable or incomplete Entry Forms, Creative Materials, Audition Songs, or online votes, whether due to system errors, human errors or failures, or faulty transmissions or other telecommunications or other types of malfunctions or interferences, and/or for online votes not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system or human errors and failures, or faulty transmissions, or as a result of any other error or problem of any kind relating to or in connection with this Contest, whether technical, mechanical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the collection and processing of the Entry Forms, Creative Materials, Audition Songs, and/or the judging of the Contest, voting, the announcement of a prize winner, or in any Contest-related materials. Sponsor may prohibit a Band or Band Member from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole and absolute discretion, it determines that said Band or Band Member, or anyone acting in concert with such Band or Band Member, is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or unfair voting or judging practices, or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants, any judges or Sponsor’s representatives. If for any reason any portion of this Contest is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, then Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest and select the potential winning Bands either by means of (i) those eligible votes or judges’ scores (as applicable) received up to the cancellation/suspension date or (ii) Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANYONE ELSE TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANYWEBSITE, SOCIAL MEDIA SITE OR HYPERLINKS RELATED TO THIS CONTEST OR A BAND’S PARTICIPATION INTHIS CONTEST, OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST, MAY BE IN VIOLATION OFCRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TOSEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TOTHE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

    15. MISCELLANEOUS:
      The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules, or of any Entry Form, release or any other document required herein, shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other remaining provisions. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules (and the Entry Form, release or any other document, as applicable) shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. All Live Competition Requirements are incorporated in these Official Rules as though set forth in full. These Official Rules (including any Live Competition Requirements) and any other documents required by Sponsor constitute the entire understanding and agreement between each Band, Band Member and Sponsor. No other agreement, written or oral, express or implied exists between each Band or Band Member and Sponsor with respect to the Creative Materials, Official Rules or this Contest. Any modification, waiver or termination of the provisions of these Official Rules or such other documents must be authorized in writing by Sponsor. In the event of a discrepancy or conflict between the terms of the Entry Form or any Live Competition Requirements and these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall govern. Although these Official Rules, (including any Live Competition Requirements) may be available in multiple languages, the English version of these Official Rules shall prevail in the event of any conflict or difference between the English version and any version in another language. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to change, add to, delete from, modify or amend these Official Rules (including any Live Competition Requirements) at any time. All decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding.

    16. PERSONAL INFORMATION:
      By entering the Contest, each Band and each Band Member consents to the collection, use and disclosure of its/his/her personal information collected in connection with the Contest by Sponsor and its authorized agents and representatives for the purposes of administering this Contest. Each Band and Band Member also agrees to the use in perpetuity of such Band’s and Band Member’s name, address [city and state/province], biographical information, statements, voice, photograph and/or other likeness, on any website or Social Media Platform related to the Sponsor, at the Grand Prize Performance, in any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein, and otherwise in connection with conducting or promoting the Contest, Grand Prize Performance, any music video produced as part of any prize awarded herein, and Contest Entities, without further notice or compensation. It is agreed that all personal information collected during the course of the Contest may be transferred to the U.S.A. for the purposes set forth herein.

    17. DISPUTES:
      Except where prohibited, each Band and each Band Member agrees that:
      (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate Federal or state courts located in the State of Florida, USA;
      (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and
      (3) under no circumstances will any Band or Band Member be permitted to obtain awards for, and each Band and Band Member hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses against any of the Contest Entities. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of each Band, Band Member and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Florida or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Florida.

    18. RULES/WINNERS LIST:
      To view the most up-to-date version of the Official Rules or obtain a list of the winners, please visit www.TampaHardRock.Com/Rising or email and request the Hard Rock Rising Tampa® Battle of the Bands Contest Official Rules or Winners List. Please specify “Rules” or “Winners List”. The complete winners list will be available on or about November 20, 2021.

    19. SPONSOR:
      Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Cafe Tampa (USA), Inc., 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, Fl 33610.
      This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform. You are providing your information to Hard Rock Cafe Tampa and not to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social media platform. The information you provide will only be used in accordance with the Official Rules of this Contest.

You will be Judged.

The live competition judges will include a variety of music industry professionals. There will be five categories included in the judging criteria:

  • Originality (30%)
  • Musicianship (20%)
  • Vocal Ability (20%)
  • Stage Presence (20%)
  • Audience Reaction (10%)

Timeline of Events

September 7, 2021 @ 10:00AM COMPETITION ENTRY PERIOD:
October 1, 2021 @ 11:59PM
COMPETITION ENTRY DEADLINE: Any Band participating that has not submitted fully completed Entry Materials in the manner set forth in these Official Rules so that they are received by Sponsor by this date and time will not be eligible to compete and will be disqualified.
October 11, 2021 – October 15, 2021
FINALIST BAND SELECTION PERIOD. Hard Rock Tampa selects three (3) Finalist Bands from eligible entrants.
October 18, 2021 ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS AND WILDCARDS. Three (3) Finalist Bands announced. (4-6) Wildcard Finalists Announced.
October 18, 2021 @ 10AM  – October 22, 2021 @ 4PM
SOCIAL VOTING PERIOD. Fans vote to select one Wildcard Finalist Band via social media.
October 25, 2021 ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINALISTS. The three (3) Finalist Bands and the announced Wildcard Finalist Band who will perform at the Live Competition will be announced online.
November 17, 2021 LIVE COMPETITION. Hard Rock Tampa will conduct a Live Competition on this day and select one Grand Prize Winner.
If you have any questions about the contest, please send an email to .

©2021. No Purchase Necessary. To enter the Hard Rock Rising Tampa Battle of the Bands 2021 contest, sign up by 11:59pm on October 1, 2021. All applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older. There is a limit of one (1) entry per band. Only Bands selected from qualifying entries may perform at the Hard Rock Tampa Cafe. For all entry and eligibility requirements, prize descriptions, and full official rules and details, download the full rules.