2018 Competition Format & Guidelines

Dates to Remember

  • September 23 30, 2018: Submissions due no later than 11:59pm Eastern
  • October 5, 2018: Competitors announced
  • November 2, 2018: SoJam 2018 Competition

Eligibility

Groups are eligible to apply for the 2018 SoJam Scholastic Competition if they are made up entirely of full-time students OR are a recognized student group affiliated with a high school, college or university and adhere to college/university student group bylaws. Groups that are formed with the intention to earn a profit, provide mentorship and coaching, or otherwise seek to book headlining performances are not qualified to apply for the scholastic competition, but are encouraged to engage the SoJam production team for other opportunities. All questions regarding this rule should be directed to a SoJam 2018 producer.

How To Submit

Here’s what we are looking for from you:

RECORD YOUR GROUP FOR UP TO TEN MINUTES OF FOOTAGE.
It can be in rehearsal, in concert, on the street corner or in your garage — we just need to see enough a cappella to know your particular musical version of awesome. However, you’re more than welcome to use some of your time to tell us why you should be selected for the SoJam competition! This video should be a genuine representation of your group, so show us what makes you different! If you only need one song to do so — so be it. However, as this is an all-voices competition, your music submissions must be a cappella, and the video has to be of members of the group, ideally representative of those that will actually be competing. All arrangements and material will be considered. Video submissions over 10 minutes could be docked by the Selection Committee. Remember that they are your ticket into the competition so consider the viewer experience when submitting! It’s time to put your best foot forward.

The Selection Committee is a random selection of experienced A cappella judges, professionals, and enthusiasts from around the country. Neither the Competition Judges nor the SoJam Producers are part of the Selection Committee to ensure as fair a competition process as possible.

POST THE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE.
Make sure that you title the video ‘SoJam 2018 Scholastic Competition – (Insert your group name here)’, and make sure to use the video info section of the uploader to indicate your school and title/arranger for each song on the recording. Please also include a roster of those appearing in the video. You do not have to record the songs that you’ll be competing with, but it will not hurt your chances. Again the Selection Committee is different than the Competition Judges and the latter won’t see your work until you step onto the SoJam stage. It is wise to set your video as private/unlisted, but not required.

FILL OUT THE COMPETITION SUBMISSION FORM.
Fill out the official submission form. Make sure to include all requested information and paste in a link to your YouTube video. Your group’s info and video link will be sent to a diverse committee that will choose the six groups.

GET READY TO BUY YOUR SOJAM WEEKEND PASSES!
Be sure to purchase your group’s SoJam Weekend Passes before the submission deadline, although you can get a discount by purchasing earlier. Please note: YOUR GROUP MUST PURCHASE WEEKEND PASSES FOR ALL ATTENDING MEMBERS TO BE CONSIDERED TO COMPETE. SORRY, NO EXCEPTIONS. All tickets are non-refundable, so make sure you have your ducks in a row before you buy.

PREPARE TO ROCK.
The Selection Committee will announce the competing groups within 2 weeks of the submission deadline.

Format

Round 1 (Max 5 Minutes)
Show us the perception of the world around you through the eyes of your group.

Round 2 (Max 5 Minutes)
Show us the way those around you perceive who you are.

Round 3 (Max 7 Minutes)
Showcase the lens that alter the way things are perceived from different points of view.

All competing groups will perform the first 2 rounds. Judges will then eliminate all but the top two groups that will move on to Round 3.