Official rules: Karin Larson YourClassical Prize





To enter the Karin Larson YourClassical Prize (“Contest”), follow the instructions on the Contest web page at to submit (1) a URL to a video file of you performing a piece of music that celebrates women in classical music; the video file must be under seven (7) minutes in length (2) two 150-word essays as further outlined below; and (3) complete the entry form posted on that page. The video must be of a solo performance, although it may include an accompanist, and it should be an original video (not a video by a third party). The prize will be awarded only to the soloist. Incomplete entries or entries submitted by other means will not be considered. Submissions must be submitted and received between 9 a.m. CT on April 1, 2024 and 11:59 p.m. CST on April 30, 2024 (the "Submission Period"). Sponsor’s computer time-clock is the official timekeeper for all Contest purposes. Sponsor has sole responsibility for determining if an entry has been successfully submitted. Limit one entry per person. Any Submission that is not in compliance with these Official Rules may be disqualified, at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Evidence of submitting a Submission does not constitute evidence that Sponsor received it. Any entry that is not properly submitted or received for any reason, including any technical difficulties, upload failures, failures to save or properly store the entry, efforts of hackers or any lost or disconnected Internet connections, will be disqualified. Any attempt by any Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries allowed will void that Entrant's entries and that Entrant may be disqualified. Use of artificial intelligence or any automated system to participate in the Contest is prohibited, will result in disqualification and all such entries will be deemed void.

If you are a minor, you must review these Official Rules with your parent or legal guardian and have permission from your parent or legal guardian to participate in the Contest. If a minor is chosen as a finalist, they must submit written permission from their parent or guardian as a condition of further participating and potentially winning a prize.


To be eligible to enter the Contest, a participant (the "Entrant") must be 14 to 28 in age at the time of entry and through to the final awarding of the prize. Entrants and their immediate families, or persons living in the same household, must not be employees of American Public Media Group or its related organizations, including Sponsor. Any Entrant (a) who does not meet all eligibility requirements, or (b) who exhibits behavior that is illegal, unethical, inconsistent with good citizenship, or is otherwise inappropriate may be disqualified at any time, at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Entrant must be a Minnesota resident. (Residency means you currently live in Minnesota and have a Minnesota address. Students attending school in Minnesota at the time of the competition are also eligible to participate. Students who are Minnesota residents but are attending school outside of Minnesota at the time of competition are also eligible to participate provided they have a primary Minnesota home address when not at school.) The soloist featured in the video will be deemed the Entrant for all Contest purposes.

You must be an amateur musician to enter. Entrant will not be disqualified if the Entrant has accepted a modest stipend, payment, or honorarium for performances (e.g., paid church musician, paid accompanist). However, no Entrant a) may be represented under a talent contract (e.g., by a talent agent or manager), b) may have a merchandising agreement, c) may have a signed contract with a record label, d) may have any contract that would limit or impair Sponsor's ability to use the Submission, e) may have any contract that would make an Entrant's appearance in the Submission a violation of any third party right(s), and/or f) may have any other contractual relationship (e.g., guild or union memberships) that may prohibit the Entrant from participating fully in this Contest, or from allowing Sponsor to use, on a residual-free and royalty-free basis, the Submission worldwide (subject to all local laws and regulations) in all media in perpetuity.


To be eligible to win the Contest, a Submission must meet all of the Submission Requirements. Any Submission that does not meet all Submission Requirements may be disqualified at any time, at the sole discretion of Sponsor. All physical and electronic entry materials and Submissions will be used by the Sponsor for the purposes outlined herein and will not be acknowledged or returned.

1. The Submission must be a video of the Entrant performing music which celebrates women in classical music. Sponsor reserves the right to determine whether the musical works are within the scope of the required musical style.

2. The Submission must be made by an Entrant who meets all eligibility requirements.

3. Length of the submissions must be no longer than seven (7) minutes.

4. Submissions must include two 150-word essays:

  • One that explains how the musical performance celebrates women in classical music.

  • One that explains what winning this prize would mean to them.

5. Submissions must comply with all Terms of Service for the web site where they are posted.

Additional Submission Requirements: Sponsor reserves the right to, in its sole and absolute discretion, disqualify any entry and/or Submission for any reason it considers to be inappropriate for the Contest. Entry Submission Requirement restrictions include, but are not limited to, the following requirements:

• Except as relates to the Sponsor’s brand(s) or approved partners, not include trademarks, logos or copyrighted material not owned by entrant or material that is used without permission (including, but not limited to, company names, photographs, works of art or images published on any media) or that otherwise infringes or violates the rights of any third-party (including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, logos, contract and licensing rights, rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights (i.e., “droit moral”) or any other intellectual property rights);

• Must not include any unauthorized people, videos, photos, images, comments or plagiarism of any kind;

• Must not contain or reference nudity, inappropriate, indecent, sexually explicit, pornographic or obscene content or images (which shall be determined by Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion);

• Must not contain any religious, political or politically themed or motivated messages, comments, statements or images as solely determined by Sponsor;

• Must not defame, slander, libel, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks or any other content that could adversely affect the name, reputation or goodwill of the Released Parties or any other individuals and/or entities affiliated or associated with Sponsor, the Contest or any prizes, the determination of which shall remain in the sole discretion of Sponsor;

• Must not depict or include any comments, descriptions or images that may be considered unlawful, harmful, threatening, violent, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, religiously, ethnically or otherwise objectionable in any manner as solely determined by Sponsor;

• Must not include any commercial message or monetary solicitations;

• Must not be subject to any third-party agreement or require payment or incurrence of any sums to obtain further permissions of any person or entity as a result of its use or exploitation of the comment(s), photo, idea or rights therein or portions, or modified versions or derivative works thereof; and not include any name, likeness, description, photograph or any other identifying element, in whole or in part, of any person, living or dead, without permission.

Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify and remove any entry at any time that is not in compliance with these Official Rules. All entries must conform to the Submission Requirements as outlined above and below, or it may be disqualified and not considered for the Contest. If, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified submissions, Sponsor may terminate the Contest and no prize will be awarded.

Once a Submission has been submitted, it may not be revised, changed or edited. Entrant is responsible for any and all expenses associated with participating in the Contest, including any recording or submission costs.


Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Official Rules (e.g., add rules or to clarify any or all of the rules) at any time during the Contest. Any such additions or clarifications will be posted with these rules, and Sponsor will have no further obligation to announce or publicize such additions or clarifications. Likewise, Sponsor reserves the right to make exceptions to the Rules in its sole discretion and without further obligation to other Entrants.


By entering the Contest, all Entrants grant an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to Sponsor and its related companies to reproduce, distribute, and display the Submission: (a) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, including, but not limited to terrestrial broadcasts, web, and any other platform now known or later developed, and (b) in any other use in any media now or hereafter known. Sponsor will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Sponsor or its related organizations may use name and likeness of winning Entrant and Submissions for advertising, fundraising, promotional or publicity purposes without further compensation or approval. Any finalist(s) who is a minor must provide a signed copy of Sponsor's parent/legal guardian consent form to be provided by Sponsor.


Every eligible entry will be considered. Selection will be made according to the following process.

Judging Stage: Eligible Submissions will be judged by a Sponsor-appointed panel of judges pursuant to the following guidelines, requirements, and criteria to choose up to five (5) finalists for the voting stage of the Contest:

• Relevance to Theme (50%): Submission’s success and relevance in celebrating women in classical music.

• Quality (25%): Technical, musical and literary quality of performance and essays .

• Creativity (25%): Originality, uniqueness and creativity of overall Submission.

In the event of a tie, the tied entry with the highest score in the Relevance criteria will be deemed the finalist. If the tied entries are still tied, the tied entry with the highest score in the Quality criteria will be deemed the finalist or Sponsor may decide in its sole discretion to select both of the tied parties as finalists. Sponsor will not disclose judging scores. Decisions of the Sponsor and judges in the selection and determination of finalists, prize winners and all matters relating to this Contest are final and binding.

Public Voting Stage: Following the determination of the selected finalists, Sponsor shall provide access to the finalists’ Submissions via the Contest website, social media outlets and other marketing channels to facilitate consumer voting to choose the winner. The voting period shall occur beginning on or about 9:00 a.m. CST May 20, 2024 and ending on or about 11:59 p.m. CST May 31, 2024 (subject to change at Sponsor’s sole discretion). Should the voting date change, Sponsor will prominently announce the new dates via the Contest website. During the voting period, individuals may vote for their favorite finalist via the Contest website. Limit one vote per person during the entire voting period.

In its sole discretion, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry should the voting process appear to have been tampered with or manipulated in any way. In its sole and absolute discretion, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any votes deemed to be fraudulent, in violation of these Official Rules, or by any means contrary to these Official Rules which would be unfair to other finalists or that would otherwise undermine the integrity of this Contest. Votes that have been tampered with, reproduced, falsified, or altered are void. Votes are subject to verification at any time.

Furthermore, obtaining votes by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including vote-bartering or offering prizes or other incentives to members of the public, is prohibited. Sponsor reserves the right to request proof (in a form acceptable to Sponsor – including, without limitation, government-issued photo identification) for any votes entered, or purportedly entered, to be considered valid for the purposes of this Contest. Where requested, failure to provide such proof to the satisfaction of Sponsor may result in a disqualification of the entry receiving such questionable votes. If it is discovered or reasonably suspected in Sponsor’s sole discretion that attempts were made to: (i) use (or attempt to use) multiple names, identities, email addresses and/or any automated, macro, script, robotic or other systems(s)/ program(s) to submit votes; (ii) engage in any form of proxy voting scheme or (iii) engage in any behavior deemed to be in violation of the letter and/or spirit of these Official Rules, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify the implicated finalist.

Following the close of the voting period, the Sponsor appointed panel of judges shall review the voting results for accuracy and any potential voting irregularities. The finalist with the highest number of valid and confirmed votes shall be deemed the winner.


The winner will receive the following grand prize:

1. $20,000, absent any extraordinary factors which might dictate a different amount, such as a tie in the voting process.

2. Recording studio time at a recording studio chosen by Sponsor and in an amount to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. ($950 value)

3. Multichannel marketing. ($4,000 value)

4. Opportunity to perform submitted piece of music for the MPR board of directors.

Total prize package approximate retail value: ($24,950)

Use/broadcast of winner’s video and performance are not part of the prize, and Sponsor has no obligation to broadcast the video performance. All other costs and expenses related to prize acceptance, delivery, redemption or use not specified herein as being provided are the sole responsibility of winner. All income, federal, state and local taxes are winner’s sole responsibility. All prize awards are non-transferable and no cash redemption or prize substitution allowed, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as provided herein. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. Failure to collect or properly claim prize in accordance with these rules will result in forfeiture of the prize. If any portion of the prize is forfeited for any reason, winner will not receive any other prize substitution or compensation. Any unclaimed prizes will not be awarded.


The Entrant acknowledges that by entering the Contest, the Entrant agrees a) that no form of cheating will be tolerated specifically including without limitation vote fraud, vote sharing, vote exchanges, vote purchases or any other methods that artificially increase the number of votes received for a Submission, as judged in Sponsor’s sole discretion, b) that the performance may not be edited prior to submission, and c) that the Entrant and the Submission meet all requirements of these Official Rules. Any persons found cheating or otherwise violating the Official Rules, as determined in the sole discretion of Sponsor, may be immediately disqualified from the Contest. By entering this Contest, Entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules as stated herein and the decisions of Sponsor and judges, which are final and binding in all matters pertaining to this Contest. Additionally, by participating, Entrants agree to comply with the terms of use and other contracts and policies governing any related website.

By participating, Entrants agree to hold the Sponsor, judges, the applicable social media sites and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) harmless from any claims, losses, actions, or damages of any kind, whether actual, incidental or consequential, for injury (including but not limited to death), damages, losses or expenses arising out of or relating to entrant’s participation in this Contest, or the acceptance, possession or use/misuse of any prize, or participation in prize-related activities (including but not limited to travel or activity related thereto), and to assume all liability therefor. Furthermore, the entrant agrees to indemnify and defend the Released Parties from any third-party claims associated with the Submission, participation in the Contest and use of the prize, including without limitation injury, death or claims for monetary damages.


By participating in this Contest, Entrants agree the Released Parties have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind which result from use of the prize, or by participation in the Contest, are not responsible for interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer transmissions or jumbled, scrambled or misdirected Submissions or transmissions, or for phone, electrical, network, computer hardware or software or program malfunctions, failures or difficulties or for other errors, omissions, interruptions, or deletions of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic or for any damage to any person’s computer related to participating in the Contest. Sponsor and its affiliated organizations, their agents and employees are not responsible for illegible, unintelligible, late, lost or stolen entries, Submissions or mail or incorrect or inaccurate entry information, whether caused by Internet users or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest or by any technical, typographical or human errors that may occur in the processing of any entries in, or the administration of, this Contest. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Contest, as solely determined by Sponsor, may be disqualified and may be subject to prosecution. If in the sole judgment of Sponsor, the Contest is compromised by viruses, bugs, non-authorized human intervention, harassment or other causes which otherwise corrupt or interfere, or may corrupt or interfere, with the administration, security, fairness, safety or intended facilitation of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion to discontinue, suspend, modify or terminate the Contest and proceed in a manner it deems fair and reasonable, which manner shall include the selection of winners from among eligible entries received prior to such discontinuation, suspension, termination or modification.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE Sponsor RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of a winner based on an email address, the winning entry will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. “Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an internet access provider, on-line service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Sponsor MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT AS REGARDS TO A PRIZE OR ANY COMPONENT OF A PRIZE.


By participating in this Contest, each Entrant agrees to allow Sponsor, and/or its designees the perpetual right to use his/her Submissions, name, personal information, photos and/or likeness, and statements for Contest, trade, commercial, entertainment, advertising and publicity purposes, at any time or times, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, including but not limited to the Internet, without notice, review or approval and without additional compensation, except as and where prohibited by law


Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Minnesota. All disputes arising out of or connected with this Contest will be resolved individually, and without resort to class action, exclusively by the appropriate federal or Minnesota State Court located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of Minnesota and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of Minnesota. All judgments or awards shall be limited to actual incurred out-of-pocket expenses (excluding attorneys' fees) associated with participation in this Contest and shall not include any indirect, punitive, incidental and/or consequential damages.


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