Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year 2014

To celebrate the 40
anniversary of the Lowden Guitar, George Lowden Guitars are
delighted to introduce the Young Guitarist of the Year 2014 competition.
George Lowden has been designing and making his acoustic guitars in Ireland since
1974 and exporting them worldwide since 1981. A growing team of craftsmen,
including 2 of his sons, work under his direct supervision building Lowden guitars by
hand in Downpatrick, Co Down.
Making a Lowden requires a passionate commitment to no compromise. This
commitment is something we will look for in the eventual winner of the competition.
The Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year gives you an opportunity to showcase your
skills in front of prominent music industry figures. The competition will showcase your
skills not just through social media, but also in front of a live audience for the
competition winner.

The Competition

Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year sponsored by George Lowden Guitars,
Amped Promotions, Candyrat, G7th Capo Co, and LR Baggs. It is open to
entrants, worldwide, aged 25 or below on 20
November 2014.
How To Enter

All you have to do to enter is upload a video to YouTube of you performing on the
guitar a composition composed or arranged by you. The video must be no more than
four minutes long. You must then place a link to the video on to the Lowden Young
Guitarist Of The Year Facebook page on 12
September 2014. Be sure to put
“Lowden Young Guitarist Competition Entry” in the video title.
You MUST also submit the competition entry form available in the tabs at the top of
the George Lowden Guitars Facebook page.
An independent judging panel will judge all the competition entries based on
four criteria: composition, technical ability, taste and
feel, performance and delivery. The panel will then prepare a shortlist of finalists
that will be announced on www.georgelowden.com and the Facebook page. The
finalists will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and industry figures. The
winner will be announced in September 2014.
The winner will win a Lowden acoustic guitar, and will enjoy the prestige of being
crowned Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year 2014. The winner will also be flown to
perform in the Lowden 40th Anniversary Concert in Belfast, NI on 20th
November 2014. They will be eligible for a 1-year management contract and will be
featured in magazines and press.
Before entering, be sure to read the Terms & Conditions carefully.


Important – if you are under 18, a parent or guardian must consent to you
entering the competition before you enter.
Closing date for entries is 11:59pm GMT, Sunday 31
The shortlist will be announced at the Lowden website on 12th September 2014.
Good luck!
Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year 2014 Competition Rules
1. Competition
1.1. By taking part in the Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year 2014 competition
(“Competition”), you agree to be bound by the terms set out herein
(“Competition Rules”).
1.2. The organiser of the Competition is George Lowden Guitars Limited, a
company with a registered address at Unit 27, Down Business Centre,
Belfast, BT30 9UP (company no. NI054467 (“Lowden”) in association with
Amped Promotions.
1.3. Clause headings will not affect the interpretation of these Competition Rules,
and a reference to a clause is a reference to a clause in these Competition
Rules. Words in the singular include the plural and in the plural include the
singular, and references to any gender include all genders. References to
including and include(s) shall be deemed to mean respectively including
without limitation and include(s) without limitation.
2. Eligibility
2.1. You may only enter the Competition if you will be 25 years old or younger on
November 2014.
2.2. If you are under 18 years old on the date that you submit your video, you will
need the consent of your parent or guardian before entering the
Competition. You must not enter the Competition unless you have obtained
the relevant consent of your parent or guardian.
2.3. You must be available to perform at the Lowden 40
Concert in Belfast on 20
November 2014.
2.4. Employees and/or freelance contributors, contractors or sub-contractors of
Lowden, and any of the official partners, sponsors, or associates of Lowden
relating to the Competition (any such party, “Associates”) or any Judges
(as defined at clause 4.2) and any family members of any of the
aforementioned parties are not eligible to enter this Competition.
3. Competition Entry
3.1. In order to enter the Competition, you must submit a video (“Entry”) of you
(“Entrant”) performing a composition on the guitar (“Composition”).
3.2. The Composition:
3.2.1. may be performed either solo or over a backing track (which you
have the right to use or allow to be used for the purposes set out in
the Competition Rules);


3.2.2. must either be an original piece of music composed by you or an
original arrangement by you of an existing piece of music (for which
you have the consent of the rights holder to use or allow to be used
in accordance with the Competition Rules); and
3.2.3. must not contain anything which may be deemed obscene or
3.3. A Composition that has won a prize in a major national or international
competition or that has been entered into such a competition where the
results are still pending is not eligible for entry.
3.4. An Entry will only be admissible if it is:
3.4.1. submitted in accordance with the instructions set out on the Lowden
Facebook page;
3.4.2. submitted by an Entrant (or, where the Entrant is under 18 years of
age, by a parent or guardian on behalf of the Entrant) (not via an
agency or any other representative body); and
3.4.3. received by Lowden no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday 31

August 2014.
3.5. An Entrant is only permitted to submit one Entry in the Competition.
3.6. There is no fee for entering the Competition.
4. Judging, Notification and Finals
4.1. Each Entry will be judged on the following four criteria: composition,
technical ability, taste and feel, performance and delivery.
4.2. Subject to clause 4.7, a panel of judges appointed by Lowden (“Judges”)
will determinate (at its sole discretion) which Entrants shall be short-listed for
the next round of the Competition (such participants, “Finalists”). Finalists
will be announced on 12
September 2014 on www.georgelowden.com
(“Lowden Website”) and on Lowden’s Facebook page.
4.3. The selected Finalists may be requested to submit an additional entry video
(“Additional Video”) for the Judges to determine the winner of the
Competition (“Winner”). If you do not comply with any request by the
Judges to submit an Additional Video, you may be disqualified from the
Competition. For the avoidance of doubt, any Additional Video will be
subject to the same restrictions as an Entry and will be subject to these
Competition Rules.
4.4. The Judges will select one Winner from the Finalists. The Winner will be
announced at the end of September 2014 on the Lowden Website and on
Lowden’s Facebook page.
4.5. All decisions by the Judges, Lowden or its Associates in relation to the
Competition are final. In the event of a disagreement between any of these
parties, Lowden shall be entitled to make the final decision.
4.6. If the quality of Entries does not meet the standard required by
Lowden, at its sole discretion, Lowden reserves the right to instruct
the Judges not to select any Finalists and/or Winner.


4.7. Lowden reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant where it believes, in its
absolute discretion, that the Entrant is in breach of the Competition Rules, or
has acted illegally or in any manner that could bring Lowden’s reputation
into disrepute.
5. Prizes
5.1. The Winner shall, subject to clause 5.2, be awarded:
5.1.1. the title of ‘Lowden Young Guitarist of the Year 2014’;
5.1.2. a Lowden acoustic guitar selected by Lowden;
5.1.3. a one year management contract (subject to terms) with Amped
5.1.4. coverage in magazines associated with or selected by Lowden and
on the Lowden Website; and
5.1.5. the opportunity to perform at the Lowden 40th Anniversary concert
in Belfast, NI on 20
November 2014. Flights and hotel
accommodation for the Winner shall be at Lowden’s expense.
5.2. Lowden reserves the right to remove any prizes or title awarded in
connection with the Competition (“Prize”) in the event that the recipient of
any such Prize has been found to be in breach of the Competition Rules, or
committed any illegal acts or other acts which would bring Lowden into
5.3. Lowden reserves the right, in its sole discretion to change or add to any
Prize awarded.
5.4. In the event that you receive any Prize, you acknowledge and agree that
neither Lowden nor its Associates have any liability whatsoever to you in
connection with your use and/or possession of the Prize provided that
nothing in these Competition Rules shall exclude or limit the liability of any
part for personal injury or death caused by negligence or for anything else
which cannot be excluded or limited by law.
6. Publicity
6.1. Where requested to do so by Lowden, you agree, subject to reasonable
notice being given to you, to participate in any publicity event in connection
with this Competition and/or in connection with the business of Lowden or its
Associates and you consent to Lowden and/or its Associates using your
name and image for such purposes.
6.2. In the event that you are required to perform your Composition at the
request of Lowden, you agree:
6.2.1. to comply with any instructions reasonably given by Lowden; and
6.2.2. that your performance will not include anything that could be
deemed (in Lowden’s sole opinion) to be obscene or offensive.


7. Intellectual Property Rights
7.1. By submitting an Entry you represent and warrant:
7.1.1. that you own all rights (or have the necessary consent of any third
parties who own any rights) in and to the Entry (including the
Composition); and
7.1.2. that use (including reproduction) of the Entry and/or Composition by
Lowden or its Associates in accordance with the Competition Rules
shall not breach the rights (including intellectual property rights) of
any third party.
7.2. By submitting an Entry you grant Lowden and its Associates a world-wide,
royalty-free licence commencing on the date on which the Entry is submitted
and continuing for the period of 3 years from the date on which the Winner is
announced, to use the Entry for purposes including the following:
7.2.1. in association with the Competition;
7.2.2. for marketing purposes on any websites associated with Lowden
and/or its Associates, including the Lowden Website and Lowden’s
Facebook page;
7.2.3. for promoting the Competition and/or Lowden’s business at public
exhibitions and events, on television and via other media channels
including emails, websites and press packs; and
7.2.4. for reproduction on merchandise associated with the Competition.
7.3. Lowden shall be entitled to sub-licence its rights under clause 7.2 to other
third parties including users of websites associated with Lowden and/or its
7.4. You agree (and you procure that any third party who has any rights in and to
the Entry agrees) to waive any moral rights or similar rights you have (or that
third party has) in your Entry whether such rights arise pursuant to the
Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988 or equivalent legislation anywhere
in the world.
7.5. Subject to clause 7.4, you (and/or where appropriate, your licensors) shall
retain ownership of all copyright and any other intellectual property rights in
your Composition.
8. Liability
8.1. Entries are uploaded at your own risk and Lowden cannot accept
responsibility for any damages or losses suffered by you as a result of the
actions of any third parties, including the act of copying or using your Entry.
8.2. As part of the submission process, you will be required to upload your Entry
on to the online channel, YouTube and the social network site, Facebook.
Each of these mediums is subject to terms and conditions separate to the
Competition Rules. You should read any such third party terms and
conditions and privacy policies before uploading your Entry. Lowden
accepts no responsibility for the actions or inactions of any such third
party nor for any breach by you or any such third party in uploading
your Entry.


9. Personal Information
9.1. By entering the Competition, you will submit some information by which you
or another party can identified (such information, “Personal Data”). In the
event that you do so disclose such personal data, you:
9.1.1. warrant and represent to us that you have secured all consents and
permissions, and have taken all actions necessary, as may be
required by applicable law for the purposes of storage by us of any
data relating for the purposes set out in the Competition Rules; and
9.1.2. in relation to any Personal Data relating to you, that you consent to
the use of such Personal Data in accordance with these
Competition Rules.
9.2. We may use your Personal Data for the following purposes:
9.2.1. for the organisation of the Competition; and
9.2.2. for marketing and promotional purposes for the Competition and
Lowden’s business.
9.3. By submitting an Entry, you consent to the use of your Personal Data
in accordance with clause 9.2. In the event that you do not consent to
this use of your Personal Data, you can notify us by sending an email
to: guitarist@georgelowden.com or you can notify us by writing to:
Lowden Young Guitarist Competition 27 Down Business Park
Downpatrick, United Kingdom BT30 9UP.
9.4. The Personal Data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and
stored at a destination outside the European Economic Area (EEA) for
instance, if our websites (or YouTube or Facebook) are hosted outside
the EEA. These countries may not have as stringent data protection
regimes as EEA countries. By submitting your Personal Data you
agree to this transfer, storage or processing.
10. General
10.1. If any provision (or part provision) of these Competition Rules is found by
any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, the
other provisions will remain in force. If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal
provision would valid, enforceable or legal if some part of it were deleted, the
provision will apply with whatever modification is necessary to give effect to
the intention of Lowden.
10.2. These Competition Rules form the entire agreement between you and
10.3. These Competition Rules are subject to the laws of Northern Ireland and the
exclusive jurisdiction of the Northern Irish courts.

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