RULES & REGULATIONS

All Rules & Regulations subject to change 

Curtis Labelle's Original Cover Contest is open to amateur and professional songwriters of any nationality and is only open to Canadian residence 18 years of age or older. Curtis Labelle will retain all rights to all and any music written by him including music and lyrics as well as retain all copyrights and all other rights controlled by Curtis Labelle in regards to any song entered in the Contest. The winner of the Original Cover Contest presented by Canadian Rock Pianist Curtis Labelle will share equal rights and royalties for the chosen cover song distributed to associated streaming platforms represented for Curtis Labelle.  
 
Production value and quality of performance is encouraged. All audio entries will be only accepted in MP3 format and emailed to management@curtislabelle.com. All video entries will only be accepted with an unlisted YouTube link emailed directly to management@curtislabelle.com. All entries will choose one of the selected three songs. "Run Run Away", "You Found Me" and "Five Finger Dance" all music and lyrics by Curtis Labelle including all copyright.

 

You are encouraged to show your style of music, by creating a cover of one of the chosen originals by Curtis Labelle that represents you.  All genres accepted.  Solo artists and bands welcome.  
 
All entries must be entered online through the www.curtislabelle.com website. One entry per artist. There is no entry fee. It is the Entrant's responsibility to ensure that the MP3 recording and video links submitted is complete and playable. 

 

IMPORTANT DATES and INFORMATION:

Entry Opens - June 1, 2021 3pm MST

Entry Closes - June 15, 2021 3pm MST
 

TOP 100 will be chosen based off of EPK, their social media engagement, community connection, and marketability via online platforms, streaming platforms.

ROUNE ONE: June 22, 2021 - July 6, 2021

ROUNE TWO SEMI FINALS: July 13, 2021 - July 27, 2021

ROUNE THREE FINALS: LIVE Performance of TOP 8 finalists Friday August 6, 2021 and Winner chosen

 

Only 100 entries will be chosen for round one.  Every entry is not guaranteed to be in the competition.  There will be an initial screening process by the selected judging panel to select the top 100 entries. Entrants will be chosen based off of their artists representation in the Canadian music industry.  Entrants will have to include in their entry the following assets (entrants will fill out the google form provided after clicking the "enter contest" button located at www.curtislabelle.com

Please be sure to include the following in your entry (you will be able to do this in the google form once entries open June 1, 2021) 

CHECK LIST:

  • Full Name

  • Age/Date of Birth

  • Country of residence

  • Email

  • Manager (if applicable)

  • Website (if applicable)

  • Choice of original song to cover - Run Run Away, You Found Me, Five Finger Dance

  • The genre for your cover of the original song chosen (all genres accepted)

  • Solo Artist or Band

       Your Artists EPK  - for example please click HERE

  • Social media links (including but not limited to) Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

  • Distribution links to your latest singles

  • Headshots/Promo Photos of solo artist/band

  • Quotes from industry and no industry representatives

  • link to interviews and other social engagements

ALL ENTRIES MUST COMPLETE THE ENTRY CHECKLIST TO BE CONSIDERED AND SELECTED AS THE TOP 100 

IN ADDITION  FOR THE TOP 100 YOU ARE INVITED TO LIKE AND FOLLOW ALL CURTIS LABELLE MUSIC SOCIAL MEDIA:

                                   INSTAGRAM          FACEBOOK          TWITTER          SPOTIFY          YOUTUBE

ROUNE ONE: June 22, 2021 - July 6, 2021

The top 100 entries will be required to send in via email to management@curtislabelle.com their complete MP3 recording of their choice of original song by Curtis Labelle.  The top 20 artists with the best audio cover will be chosen to advance to the semifinals.  The judging panel will be making the top 20 selection.  Judging will take place LIVE on social media via Facebook/YouTube on Curtis Labelle Music channels Friday July 9, 2021 6pm MST.

ROUNE TWO SEMI FINALS: July 13, 2021 - July 27, 2021

The top 20 semifinalists will be required to make a music video of their selected original song and send it via email to management@curtislabelle.com as an unlisted YouTube link.   The top 8 artists with the best music video cover will be chosen to advance to the finals.  The judging panel will be making the top 8 selection.  Judging will take place LIVE on social media via Facebook/YouTube on Curtis Labelle Music channels Friday July 30, 2021 6pm MST.

ROUNE THREE FINALS: LIVE Performance of TOP 8 finalists Friday August 6, 2021

The top 8 entries will be performing live on the official Facebook/YouTube channel for Curtis Labelle Music of their selected original song.  Showmanship, talent, professionalism and entertainment value and quality of performance ability will all be taken into consideration.  The judging panel will be choosing the Winner, first runner up, second runner up and third runner up during the live performance on social media. 

PRIZES 

Winner - $1000 Cash in Canadian funds, Official CL Signature merchandise package A, Interviews via social media and news representatives, official single cover release on Curtis Labelle's affiliated streaming platforms and collaboration with Curtis Labelle NEW Album release in 2022 and an interview spot on the Canadian talk show Chattin 88 with host and executive producer Curtis Labelle.

First Runner Up - Acknowledgement in social media platforms, CL Signature merchandise package B, interview on Canadian talk show Chattin 88 with host and executive producer Curtis Labelle.

 

Second Runner Up - Acknowledgment in social media platforms, CL Signature merchandise package B, interview on Canadian talk show Chattin 88 with host and executive producer Curtis Labelle.

Remaining 5 finalists - CL Signature merchandise package C.

All entrants are encouraged to share, comment and like all social media posts made by Curtis Labelle Music on all social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (this helps keep the community, reciprocity and love alive)


The judging committee will be comprised of a selection of high-profile music industry professionals. Top 100 chosen artists will be listed on www.curtislabelle.com Friday June18, 2021. Cover songs are judged based on how well they liked the song and how the artists best represents the Canadian music industry with the following considered but not limited to: musicianship, showmanship, entertainment value, likeability, quality of performance ability and professionalism. 

 

CL SIGNATURE MERCHANDISE PACKAGES:

Package A:  Hat, Hoodie, Sweatpants, Mug

Package B:  Hat, Shirt, Mug

Package C:  Hat