New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest

Submit a video today of your children's chorus and they could perform on LIVE television on Nov. 30 in New Haven

New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest

NBC Connecticut is proud to once again be the official television sponsor of the New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting and the winter festivities on the historic New Haven Green.

As part of the NBC Connecticut Tree Lighting special broadcast on Nov. 30 live from the New Haven Green, we are looking for a childrens' school or youth chorus to perform at least two songs on the show.

To enter the contest:

  • The chorus must sing one of the following three songs in an audition video: Jingle Bells, O' Christmas Tree, or Joy to the World.  Any other songs will cause the video to not be considered.
  • All people under the age of 18 appearing in the submission video, must have a waiver signed by a legal parent or guardian for the chorus to be considered.  Students without a waiver should not appear in the video. Download the required waiver here. 
  • Click the contest link here to submit a video by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19.
  • A panel of judges at NBC Connecticut will select the top three finalists.
  • The videos of the top three finalists will be posted on nbcconnecticut.com with the public being able to vote or a winner starting at noon on Nov. 22.
  • Winning chorus will be announced Nov. 27.
NOTE: NBC Connecticut will not be able to provide transportation or accommodations for your choir to be at the New Haven Green.


New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest

Official Rules

November 8, 2017 — November 26, 2017

PRELIMINARY INFORMATION: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Void outside Connecticut and where prohibited. The New Haven Tree Lighting Choral Contest (“Contest”) will begin on November 8, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. ET and end on November 26, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. ET (“Contest Period”). All times in the Contest refer to Eastern Time (“ET”). Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received. Contest is subject all applicable federal, state and local laws. PRIZE (DEFINED BELOW) DOES NOT INCLUDE ACCOMMODATIONS, PARKING, OR TRANSPORTATION.

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to permanent, legal United States residents who are physically residing in Connecticut, and who are thirteen (13) years of age or older as of the start of the Contest Period. NOTE: IF YOU ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF THIRTEEN (13) AND EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE, YOU MUST HAVE PARENTAL PERMISSION TO ENTER THE CONTEST. Entry (as defined below) may be submitted by an individual or by a choir or chorus of twenty (20) or fewer members (“Choir”). Each member of the Choir must comply with the eligibility requirements outlined herein for the Entry to be eligible. Officers, directors, and employees of Contest Entities (as defined below), members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses and/or parents, children, and siblings, and each of their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside), and/or persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. Contest Entities, as referenced herein, shall include WVIT, 1422 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110, NBCUniversal Media, LLC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112 (collectively, “Sponsors”), and each of their respective parent, subsidiary, and affiliate companies, and each of their respective administrative, advertising, and promotion agencies, and any other entity involved in the development, administration, promotion, or implementation of the Contest. Winner (defined below) must be available to attend Event (defined below) that corresponds to Prize, or Prize will be forfeited.

HOW TO ENTER: As part of your Entry (defined below), you will be required to submit an original video (“Video”) on the following theme: “Showcasing your chorus or choir’s vocal talent and personality through singing one of the following songs: “Jingle Bells,” “Oh Christmas Tree,” or “Joy to the World” (“Theme”). You may submit the Video online according to the provided instructions on the Website (defined below). Video must have been taken by you, you must have the permission of any person who appears or is identified in the Video, and it must be in the English language. If any minors appear in Video, the entrant must be that minor’s parent and/or legal guardian. Professional Videos with watermarks are not eligible. Video must be in one (1) of the following electronic formats: MPEG (.mpg), QuickTime (.mov), AVI (.avi), Windows Media (.wmv), Flash Video (.flv), and Real Media (.rm). Video must not exceed two hundred (200) MB and/or be longer than three (3) minutes in length. If Video exceeds three (3) minutes in length, only the first three (3) minutes will be judged.

To enter the contest, during the Contest Period, visit the NBC Connecticut Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/NBCConnecticut (“Website”), access the Contest tab (“Contest Tab”) within the Website and follow the provided instructions to complete, and thereafter submit, the entry form, which includes the chorus name, chorus hometown, phone number, e-mail address, and Video (“Entry”). A Facebook account is required to enter the Contest via Facebook. If you do not already have a Facebook account, you can go to www.facebook.com to create a free Facebook account. If you choose to submit an Entry via your web-enabled mobile device, data rates may apply. See your wireless service provider for details on rates and capabilities.

If you are under eighteen (18), you must have the permission of your parent or guardian to enter. All Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be acknowledged or returned.

All minors featured in the chorus or choir Video must have signed waivers from a legal parent or guardian before the Video can be considered. Waivers can be downloaded here.

Sponsors may choose to broadcast on-air and/or display on the Website, a selection of Videos (defined below) as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees to the posting of such entrant’s name and Video (defined below) on the Website and/or on Sponsors’ social media pages, including but not limited to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

You must submit the Video as part of your Entry to enter and be eligible for the Contest. By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsors the non-exclusive, royalty-free, and irrevocable rights to use, reproduce, copy, publish, display, distribute, perform, translate, adapt, modify, and otherwise exploit the Video and to incorporate the Video in other works in any and all markets and media worldwide in perpetuity. Entrants warrant that they have the sole and exclusive right to grant such rights to Sponsors and that the Sponsors' reproduction, publishing, displaying, and/or other use of the Video will not infringe on any rights of third parties, including, without limitation, copyright, trademark, privacy, or publicity, or create claims for defamation, false light, idea misappropriation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, or breach of contract. If any Video contains material that is violent, pornographic, obscene, illegal, inappropriate, or racially or morally offensive or if any Video does not comply with these Official Rules or meet Sponsors’ standards for any reason, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, such Video (and the related Entry) may be rejected as ineligible for consideration. Entries must comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Sponsors shall have no obligation to copy, publish, display, or otherwise exploit the Video.

You may enter a Choir one (1) time during the Contest Period. Multiple Entries received from any person beyond this limit will void all such additional Entries. Entries must be received before November 19, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. ET to be eligible for the Contest. Sponsors’ computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Contest. Entries generated by a script, macro, or other automated means or by any means that subverts the entry process will be disqualified. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including, but not limited to, computer or network malfunction or congestion, are void and will not be accepted. In case of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval.

PRIVACY: Entrants will have the opportunity to receive information from Sponsors and selected partners by checking the appropriate box(es). If, at any time, you no longer wish to receive materials from the Sponsors or our partners, please go to our privacy policy, located at http://www.nbcuniversal.com/privacy, or the applicable partner’s privacy policy and follow the procedures indicated.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF FIRST ROUND FINALISTS AND WINNER: There will be two (2) rounds of judging: round 1: initial judging to determine the First Round Finalists; round 2: public voting to determine Winner.

Round 1: Initial Judging for the First Round Finalists: On or about November 20, 2017, one (1) or more qualified judges selected by Sponsors (“Judges”) will review all eligible Entries received during the Contest Period and select up to three (3) finalists (“Finalists,” each a “Finalist”) based on the following judging criteria (“Judging Criteria”): Quality of sound and singing (33.3%), Tone and Style (33.3%), and Overall Excellence to Theme (33.3%). Each Finalist will advance to Round 2: Public Voting for Winner, subject to verification of eligibility. The selection and review process may occur on a rolling basis as Entries are received. In the event of a tie, the Initial Judges will break the tie by selecting the tied entrant who received the highest points from the Initial Judges for Overall Excellence to Theme to advance to Round 2: Public Voting. In the event a tie remains, an additional tie-breaking judge will judge the tied Entries, using the Judging Criteria, to determine which of the tied Entries will advance to Round 2: Public Voting. Sponsors reserve the right to pick fewer than three (3) Finalists (or none at all) or to extend the Contest Entry Period if the Contest does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Entries, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion.

Round 2: Public Voting and Final Judging for Winner: Beginning on or about November 22, 2017, the Finalists’ Entries will be posted on the Website in a randomized manner for public viewing and voting. On or about November 22, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. ET until November 26, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. ET, or on such other dates and at such other times as determined by the Sponsors in their sole discretion (the “Voting Period”), visitors to the Website may vote for his or her favorite Finalist according to Judging Criteria, voting rules, and procedures established by the Sponsors, which will be posted on the Website. Finalists will be judged based on the following 40% public voting and 60% based on Judging Criteria from the Judges, and the Finalist with the highest score, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, will be the winner (“Winner”), subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. For sake of clarity, the Winner will be the Choir featured in the Video and not the individual who entered the Entry. In the event of a tie, ties will be broken as described with regards to Finalists above. The Voting Period, voting rules and procedures and voting methods are subject to change, at the Sponsors’ sole discretion, and any changes will be posted on the Website. Voting is currently limited to one vote per person during the Voting Period, but Sponsors reserve the right to change the limit on the number of votes, in its sole discretion. Notification regarding any such change will be announced on the Website. Winner will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver of Liability, and, except where prohibited, Publicity Release (collectively, “Contest Documents”) within twenty-four (24) hours of such notification. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification. If the potential Winner cannot be reached or is found ineligible, cannot or does not comply with the foregoing requirements and these Official Rules, if Prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or if it does not satisfactorily execute all of the Contest Documents, potential Winner will be disqualified and Sponsors will award the Prize (defined below) to the runner-up Finalist.

PRIZE: There will be one (1) prize (“Prize”) awarded to Winner. Prize will consist of the following: the opportunity for the winning Choir to perform live on NBC Connecticut’s New Haven Tree Lighting Special (“Appearance”) scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. ET at New Haven Green, located at 250 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06511(“Event”). No more than twenty (20) members of the wining Choir may participate in the Event. Prize may be subject to certain terms and conditions as specified by issuer. Restrictions may apply.

If Winner is a minor, Prize must be accepted by Winner’s parent or legal guardian on the Winner’s behalf. Prize will be awarded to the Choir, and not the individual who submitted the Entry.

Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of Prize is zero dollars ($0). Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of Prize may vary. Any difference between ERV and ARV will not be awarded. PRIZE (DEFINED BELOW) DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION, ACCOMMODATIONS OR PARKING.

All details of Prize will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute Prize (or portion thereof) with a similar prize (or prize element) of comparable or greater value. All taxes and other expenses, costs, or fees associated with the acceptance and/or use of Prize are the sole responsibility of Winner. Prize cannot be transferred by Winner or redeemed for cash and is valid only for the items detailed above, with no substitution of Prize by Winner. If Prize is unclaimed within a reasonable time after notification from Sponsors, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, it will be forfeited, and time permitting, an alternate Winner may be selected from the remaining eligible entries at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

Sponsors shall have no responsibility or liability for cancellations, delays, or any other change by any company or person providing any element of Prize, and are not responsible or liable for any expenses incurred as a consequence thereof. Date and/or time of Event is subject to change. Event is subject to cancellation. If Winner chooses to attend the Event with less than twenty (20) Choir members, the remaining elements of Prize shall constitute full satisfaction of Sponsors’ Prize obligation to Winner and no additional compensation will be awarded. Choir members may be required to execute and return releases of liability and, except where prohibited, publicity releases (collectively, “Choir member Documents”), which must be returned with the Contest Documents, or Prize will be forfeited. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all Choir members under the age of eighteen (18).

RECORDING: Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose to record and/or broadcast the Appearance of the winning Choir on NBC Connecticut. If Sponsors, in their sole discretion, elect to incorporate any such audio and/or video recordings (the “Recordings”) into any NBC Connecticut television shows, the taping and/or the Recordings will not be considered an employment opportunity, and Winner will not be entitled to compensation or credit thereof. Sponsors will determine the nature of the Recordings in their sole discretion. If the Recordings are broadcast, such broadcast will be at a time, for a length of time, and on a date determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Winner may be required to return completed and signed appearance releases, confidentiality agreements and such other documents as may be required by Sponsors prior to their Appearance on NBC Connecticut and/or Winner and participation in the segment or rehearsal, if any. Failure of Winner to complete and execute these documents in a timely manner, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion, may cause Appearance to be forfeited. The content of the Recording as, and if, finally exhibited and the number of exhibits and re-airs thereof, if any, will be determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Winner will not have a right of review, notice, or approval of the content of the Recordings or any exhibition or exploitation thereof. Sponsors have the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify Winner, and cause Prize to be forfeited, and remove Winner from Event at any time, if any behavior of Winner is deemed by Sponsors to be disruptive or if it may or does cause damage to person, property, or reputation of Sponsors or if it otherwise violates the policies of Sponsors, or if Winner does not follow the directions of Sponsors at all times. These Official Rules and the Contest itself are neither a contract nor an application for employment.

CONDITIONS: By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees for entrant and for entrant’s heirs, executors, and administrators (a) to release and hold harmless Contest Entities, and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from such entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of Prize or any portion thereof (including any travel related thereto); (b) to indemnify Released Parties from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest and to hereby acknowledge that Released Parties have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to Prize, including express warranties provided exclusively by prize supplier that are sent along with Prize; (c) if selected as a Winner, to the posting of such entrant’s name on Website and the use by Released Parties of such name, voice, image, and/or likeness for publicity, promotional, and advertising purposes in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and, upon request, to the giving of consent, in writing, to such use; and, (d) to be bound by these Official Rules and to waive any right to claim any ambiguity or error therein or in the Contest itself, and to be bound by all decisions of the Sponsors, which are binding and final. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in disqualification from the Contest at Sponsors’ sole discretion.

ADDITIONAL TERMS: Sponsors reserve the right to permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Any attempt to deliberately damage the Contest or the operation thereof is unlawful and subject to legal action by Sponsors, who may seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law. The failure of Sponsors to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsors (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules. Released Parties assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to entrants’ or to any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with the Contest. Released Parties are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical, or computer failures of any kind; for inaccurate transcription of entry information; for errors in any promotional or marketing materials or in these Official Rules; for any human or electronic error; or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed, lost, late, damaged, or returned. Sponsors reserve the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Contest or any element thereof (including, without limitation, these Official Rules) without notice in any manner and for any reason (including, without limitation, in the event of any unanticipated occurrence that is not fully addressed in these Official Rules). In the event of cancellation, modification, or suspension, Sponsors reserve the right to select Winner in a random drawing from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to the time of the event warranting such cancellation, modification, or suspension. Notice of such cancellation, modification, or suspension will be posted on the Website. Sponsors may prohibit any entrant or potential entrant from participating in the Contest, if such entrant or potential entrant shows a disregard for these Official Rules; acts with an intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrant, Sponsors, or Sponsors’ agents or representatives; or behaves in any other disruptive manner (as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion). Sponsors reserve the right to modify these rules for clarification purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.


WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the name of the Winner, available after December 5, 2017, visit https://www.nbcconnecticut.com, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by February 5, 2018 to: Attn: Brad Luck, 1422 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110.

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