Your Start in the Arts Grant Contest - Full Rules

Eligibility

Your Start in the Arts Grant Program (the “Contest”) is open to U.S. High School Theater and Drama Departments who are proposed by either current or former students of that high school. Employees of New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Sponsor

The Contest is sponsored by New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, located at 39 W 19th Street, New York, New York 10011.

Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a grant is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

Contest Period

The Contest begins on October 1, 2020 at 12 PM ET and ends on October 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT (the “Contest Period”). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted online for the duration of the Contest.

How to Enter

Online: This method of entry will be available by visiting our website (https://nycda.edu/your-start-in-the-arts) and following the directions provided to fill out the proposal form, and submit.

Entry Evaluation Process

On or about November 15, 2020, the Sponsor will convene a panel of New York Conservatory teaching faculty to evaluate the grant proposals received. Students or alumni proposing their high school for a grant must have identities verifiable either through social media or in direct conversation with the Sponsor. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential school winners via email on or about December 15, 2020. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within ten (10) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.

Winner Notification

The potential grant winning schools will be notified by email on December 15, 2020. Each potential grant recipient will be required to submit the following materials within ten (10) business days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent, in order to claim the grant: (1) A paragraph about the winning school and its drama or theater department, (2) A quote from a drama teacher or administrator about how the funds will help the department, and (3) A signed release for use of these materials in the Sponsor’s press materials. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to submit the requested materials within the required time period, the potential winner forfeits the grant. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by choosing from among all remaining eligible entries. Grants will be fulfilled approximately 3 weeks after the conclusion of the Contest.

Prizes

High School Drama Department Grants (10) – $1,000

General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Contest and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney’s fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the Sponsor to enforce any provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor, and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives, and agents (the Released Parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto), including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the event and/or the flyover, if applicable, the incorrect downloading of the application, the processing of entries application downloads or in any Contest-related materials; or (f) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrants participation in the Contest or acceptance, receipt or misuse of the prize (including any travel or activity related thereto). Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the Released Parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney’s fees. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.

Disputes

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in New York. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York.

Privacy

Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy. Any personal identifying information related to the high school students or alumni proposing a high school entrant will be kept strictly private, used only for verification purposes by the Sponsor, and under no circumstances released publicly.