What is UpStagedAID?

UpStagedAID is the hottest new competition to hit the a cappella world! Hosted and produced by UpStaged Entertainment Group, industry experts in performing arts tournaments and competitions, UpStagedAID takes the spirited school rivalry landscape usually reserved for sports teams and repackages it for collegiate a cappella. Think of a mash-up between the excitement, fan engagement and bracket structure of the NCAA’s March Madness, and the world’s best a cappella groups performing their hearts out.

UpStagedAID is a virtual competition—no in-person performances required, and there is no fee to enter.

Groups submit a YouTube video of a recent performance for a chance to be one of 32 teams seeded to compete for the championship—and to win over $10,000 in prize money.

Select rounds in the competition even allow for audience participation voting, giving teams the chance to involve their friends, family, classmates and alumni in the competition too by voting them through to the next round!

For more details on how to enter your group, see below under Rules & Regulations.

To read more about UpStaged Entertainment Group, click here.

UpStagedAID Rules & Regulations

Requirements for Entry:

Q: Who is eligible to compete?

A: A Cappella groups from any higher education institution (college, university, trade/vocational school, graduate school, etc.) are eligible to compete, including from international institutions.

Q: What kinds of videos are eligible?

A: Any kind of a cappella video (live performance, music video, virtual choir, etc.) is admissible as long as it is 4 minutes or less in length, was recorded within the last three years, and has at least one current group member in the video.

Q: Is there a registration fee?

A: There is NO registration fee!

Q: Can a group submit more than one video for consideration?

A: No.

Q: Is there a min/max number of performers allowed per group?

A: No.

The Submissions Process:

Q: How do I enter my group?

A: Go to www.ncpachamps.com and follow the steps provided for submitting your video.

Q: What is the deadline for submissions?

A: Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 10:00 PM Eastern Time.

Q: Who can I contact if I’m having trouble with the submissions process?

A: Please email info@upstagedu.com.

The Selection Process:

Q: How are the initial 32 groups being selected to compete?

A: To narrow down the entries to just 32 available spots, UpStagedAID has appointed three selection judges who will score each entry video across two categories: Musicality and Performance. Both categories will be weighted equally and averaged together. The final composite score will be each of the three judges’ scores added together. The 32 teams who score the highest will be entered into the competition.

Q: What if two groups from the same school enter the contest?

A: Only one group can be chosen to compete per school. Multiple teams from one school may enter and through a ratings by judges submission process a (single) chosen group will be selected to represent that school.

Q: Who are the three selection judges who will screen for admission into the 64-team bracket?

A: Bryan Guffey, Amanda Cornaglia, and Evan Feist. To read their bios, click here [link TK].
The Competition:

Q: How is the UpStagedAID competition structured?

A: Of all the eligible submissions received, 32 teams will be selected for 5 rounds of competition, laid out in a bracketed format much like the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament. The 32 teams will be separated into 8 geographic regions, with 4 teams seeded in each region.

Q: How will the brackets be populated?

A: Teams will be primarily be grouped by geographic region, and they will be seeded into their respective brackets based on the composite score they received in the competition’s initial selection process.

Q: How will the teams compete?

A: In each match, two teams (represented by their video entry) will go song-to-song against each other. One will be voted the winner and will move on to the next round.

Q: Who decides the winner of each round?

A: How the winners are decided will change throughout the competition.Winners are decided one of two ways. During the initial rounds winners will be determined by an audience vote via the UpStagedAID website and mobile app. The finals will be decided by UpStaged a cappella industry judges.

Q: How do I invite my group members, family, alumni and others to vote in the competition?

A: Direct them to ncpachamps.com! Every page of the virtual competition website also has “Share” links to share wins via social or email, and spread the word to help drive excitement and voting for your team.

Q: Who is on the judging panel for the Finals?

A: Deke Sharon, Annette Philip and Christopher Diaz. To read their bios, click here [link TK].
The Winners:

Q: How are the winners being recognized?

A: The team who comes in First Place is crowned the NCPA National Champion, and the final 8 teams in the competition are crowned NCPA Regional Champions. Additionally, NCPA honors will be given in categories such as Best Solo, Best Percussion, Best Arrangement, and Most Creativity.
To learn more about the NCPA, the National Collegiate Performing Arts Association, click here [more specific link TK]

Q: What prizes are being offered?

A: The final 8 teams in the competition will receive a cash prize of $250. From there, they proceed to the final rounds to battle for additional cash prizes: Third Place will win $500, Second Place will win $1,250, and The First Place UpStagedAID Champions will receive $2,500. Additionally, UpStagedAID is matching all cash prizes to the social justice charity of your team’s choice.

Q. What is the Social Justice Charitable Match Component to the Competition?

A: During the submission process, teams are asked to identify a charitable “Social Justice” nonprofit organization for which they will be competing. For the teams who go on to win cash prizes, UpStagedAID will match, dollar for dollar, their prize amount with a charitable contribution to that chosen organization. In other words, if your team wins $250, UpStagedAID will also donate $250 to your chosen social justice charity.

Q: What constitutes a “Social Justice Charity”?

A: Teams may choose any registered nonprofit whose work furthers equal economic, political, and social rights, opportunities, and privileges for all people. To be eligible for a donation, recipient organizations must be formally registered nonprofit organizations, and they must be in good standing with the charities division or other applicable governmental oversight agency in the state in which they are incorporated.

Q: Where is the prize money coming from?

A: UpStaged Entertainment Group sponsors and investors.

Q: Will winning groups have to pay taxes on prize money that is awarded?

A: Yes. Your group (or an individual representative) will need to complete an IRS W-9 Form in order to claim your prize money.

Other Questions You May Have:

Q: What is considered cause for disqualification?

A: Submitting a video with no current members, submitting a video that uses musical instruments, and attempts to tamper with the voting platform are all considered causes for team disqualification.

Q: What security measures are in place to ensure the integrity of the voting process during the competition?

A: UpStaged has secure software in place to prevent voter fraud. Every vote requires a first name, last name, and verified email address in order to count.

Q: How will my data be collected by UpStaged?

A: UpStaged is prioritizing the security and online privacy of its participants. Users interacting with our site may provide UpStaged Holdings with their name, address, telephone number, email address, domain name or URL, or other personally identifiable information. UpStaged Holdings may use this information for its own business purposes. These may include informing users of future competitions and opportunities for college and high school performing artists. For further information, please see UpStaged’s Privacy Policy.

Q: How can my group be certain that we have all the rights to the underlying music and other elements of our video submission to comply with UpStaged’s Terms of Service?

A: On YouTube, a cappella groups have the right to publish videos of their performances under Fair Use law, as long as music credit is given to the original rights holders. This understanding is further laid out in YouTube’s Terms of Service.

Additional Rules

Applicable to all UpStaged Holdings On-Line Events

No purchase necessary. One valid entry per contestant.

You must be 16 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for this Contest. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Only one school per entry per contest can be chosen to compete. Multiple teams from one school may enter and through a ratings by judges submission process a (single) chosen group will be selected to represent that school.

Winners will be notified by email. If a winner is unreachable after seven (7) days, or if that winner is unavailable for prize fulfillment, an alternate winner will be selected. If an eligible winner cannot be found for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.

Employees of Upstaged Holdings, its respective parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising sponsors and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of each are not eligible.

Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the designated UpStaged Contest administrators and/or judges, which are final on all matters pertaining to the Contest. Contest entrants agree to abide by such additional contest or competition rules as may be applicable to specific UpStaged contests or competitions, and published by UpStaged from time to time.

Entrants further grant to Upstaged Holdings the right to use and publish their proper name and state online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the Contest.
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Each winner, by acceptance of the prize, agrees to release all Sponsors, and their parent and subsidiary companies, their officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising agencies from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the prize.

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All results posted are unofficial until winners respond to e-mail notification.

Each winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes and will be required to complete an IRS form W-9. UpStaged Holdings reserves the right to withhold prizes until a completed form W-9 is received.

This Contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that a contestant is using the contest for gambling purposes they will be disqualified and reported to authorities.

Upstaged Holdings reserves the right to change the Official Rules rules at any time.

This contest is officially sponsored by Upstaged Holdings, Inc.