The Calgary Talent Show is exclusively for amateur and rising artists. Professionals will not be permitted to participate in competition. Professionals include: union/equity members, paid teachers (defined as the majority, 60% or more, of their income comes from teaching in the performing arts).
There is no registration fee per audition. All acts welcome and encouraged.
Audition feedback will be available for purchase.
For group auditions, minimum is 2 participants per group, maximum is 10 participants per group.
Active members of ArtsConnex, are exempt from the feedback fee. For groups, as long as one of the participants is an active member of the Foundation, the fee will be waived. Members of the host group (Entr'ACT) are not allowed to compete.
Limited spots available. Only selected auditions will be asked to perform at the competition in front of the awarding panel of judges.
Minimum participant age is 5 years-old with parental supervision or involvement in the act. No maximum age.
All acts must be safe to perform in an indoor setting. Content, subject matter, material and attire must be appropriate for viewing by all ages, and all demographics. No rigging or anchored structures permitted. (i.e., ramps, scaffolding, wall mounts, back drops, etc.)
Awards & Scholarships
Cash prizes and all other recognitions will be awarded as per the latest posting on the Calgary Talent Show Prizes & Scholarships page. Prize values may be changed without notice as deemed appropriate by the organizers and sponsors.
Cash prize is a single prize. The organizers are not responsible for distributing the net cash prize among group members. This is the groups responsibility. The organizers, ArtsConnex, or any other party affiliated with the event will not mediate or assist the group in resolving disputes associated with the cash prize. Prize will be issued to the head group leader as indicated in the registration form.
As this event is organized by ArtsConnex, directors of the various divisions of the Foundation may choose, but are not obliged to offer a full or partial scholarship into one or more of their programs for the following season. These will be awarded to individuals that stand out in the eyes of the directors. They do not need to be in the top 3. There is no application process. If awarded, it will be on the spot. Participant will be asked to accept or decline the offer within 7 days of receiving the offer.
Under special circumstances, sponsors and/or third party vendors may be permitted to award additional prizes or scholarships specific to their industry and/or business' choosing. These may be granted with or without notice.
The winner may be asked to perform various publicity stunts throughout the year to promote the following season's Calgary Talent Show.
Any winner whom is found of having been a professional prior to their winning of the Calgary Talent Show, may be asked to return the prize(s) in full. At which point in time, the organizers will award the runner-up.
Winner(s) may not compete again for a minimum of two (2) years following their winning season.
Code of Conduct
All performers are to behave in a professional, responsible manner whenever associated with the event, ArtsConnex and/or its sponsors and representatives.
Poor sportsmanship of any kind will result in disqualification. This includes but is not limited to: harassment, ill-wishing another contestant, foul language, racism, sexism, discrimination, tampering with another contestant's equipment or person, theft, boasting. This also applies to winners who condescend to other contestants. Contestants may also be disqualified if a family member and/or acquaintances by proxy demonstrate similar qualities in association with a contestant.
Participants are not to interact with, discuss or receive advice from the judges prior to or during the event. Judges reserve the right to submit their scores anonymously. Contestants are to respect this at all times.
All participants are to complete the necessary paperwork to be allowed to participate in the Calgary Talent Show. This includes media releases and personal health & safety information sheets. Not completing the necessary paperwork in a timely manner may result in disqualification or replacement.
Harassment, aggression, and/or disrespect toward the organizers, representatives, judges, technical crew, audience and/or volunteers, will result in immediate disqualification. We pride ourselves in conducting a safe and caring environment for everyone present. Contestants may also be disqualified if a family member and/or acquaintances by proxy demonstrate similar qualities in association with a contestant.
Scoring and Rating
For transparency and fairness, audition judges are different than the final competition judges. For awarding purposes, final judges shall have complete control, and audition judges have no input in the awarding whatsoever.
Judges score on a rubric system and are tested for consistency. Final score is selected based on a combined average of all final judges scores. Scores are final and non-negotiable or disputable.
In the unlikely event of a tie, the dispute shall be resolved by taking the highest score in the audience engagement category. If those scores are also tied, the judges will deliberate on-site and make a final call based on their notes and recollections. Their decision shall be deemed final and indisputable.
All contestants regardless of placement will receive their judge scores and comments (if applicable) in a sealed envelope following the performance.
Revised March 2018
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The Calgary Talent Show is committed to supporting up and coming artists in our community. Throughout the season, we strive to help our winning contestants perform in the community, or provide scholarships into our many programs, and workshops offered by ArtsConnex.
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