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Time away from home is a challenge for many musicians. Touring can spark feelings of homesickness. For songwriter Jared Salte, that longing for Alberta translated into inspiration.
His song, Heart Stays (Home), is the grand prize winner of this year’s ATB Financial All-Albertan Song Contest.
“Those lyrics were written while I was away from home on tour and I really was excited to come home,” said Salte.
Salte, who calls Sherwood Park home, says he’s usually a music first, lyrics next kind of songwriter. Not this time.
“It started with lyrics for a change.”
Once the chorus lyrics came together Salte said he starting digging into the feeling of what home meant.
“I started thinking about how lucky I am to have my family in Alberta. To have grown up and live here. And slowly all those thoughts brought up memories and stories which then took pen to paper and words to song,” recalls Salte.
The song also features the talents of Salte’s wife Bethany Schumacher. You’ll hear her backup vocals in the winning track (listen below).
Salte also earned the Fan Choice Award, which earned him an additional $2,000 on top of the $10,000 grand prize.
Second prize goes to Ryland Moranz of Lethbridge for his song I Am Yours And You Are Mine. That’s worth $3,000.
And Sydney Mae of Calgary takes third place for It’s Good to be Back Home. She’s no stranger to wowing judges. In 2014 she was the winner of the ATB Homegrown Talent Contest at Big Valley Jamboree. Now her songwriting has earned her more recognition and $2,000.
Congratulations to all! And thank you to the dozens of musicians who entered the contest this year.
Because every contest needs to have rules, to ensure fairness across the land, ATB Financial (also, “we” or “us”) has a few of our own that we’d like to include for our 2017 All-Albertan Song Contest (“Contest”).
We want everyone to have a chance to enter to win, so there is no purchase necessary to enter or win. However, some restrictions do apply to be eligible to enter or win, so that all entries have an equal chance of winning. Let us point them out here.
Please see below for official rules and complete details.
To be eligible to enter the Contest, we require a few simple things. Specifically:
- be a resident of Alberta and reside in Alberta at the time of entry.
- not be an employee, director, agent or contractor of ATB Financial or its subsidiaries (which means a company controlled by ATB Financial), the National Music Centre or CKUA Radio.
- not be related to, or living in the same household of, an employee, director, agent or contractor of ATB Financial or its subsidiaries, the National Music Centre or CKUA Radio.
2. How to Enter
a) For an eligible entry:
- record and submit an original, new, unreleased song about Alberta. For clarity, the song must not have been sold or distributed to the public for public use (this includes being played on the radio or on television) (“Public Distribution”). If the song has been uploaded to YouTube or posted through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat (“Social Media”), the song is eligible to be submitted for this Contest (provided it is not a song for Public Distribution). The song must be written and performed by the entrant.
- submit the song in a commonly used electronic audio format (i.e.: MP3), or on a CD.
- submit a legible lyrics sheet.
- submit a photo of themselves.
- submit their contact information in a separate document, including phone number and email address, and song title.
b) Entries may be submitted through the online entry form found on the ATB Financial community website wearealberta.ca (“Website”) or through regular mail to:
2017 All-Albertan Song Contest
2100 - 10020 100 Street NW
3. Contest Period
Contest period is from September 29, 2017 (12:00 PM local time) to November 27, 2017 (12:00 PM local time).
Entering the Contest indicates:
- if you are eighteen (18) years of age or older, your consent for ATB Financial, or its agents, to collect and use your name, address and other personal information for the purpose of administering this Contest. This also provides consent for ATB Financial to communicate with you by email (unless you don’t provide your email address in your contact information) and for ATB Financial to directly market to you products and services of ATB Financial and its subsidiaries (unless you have expressly opted out).
- if you are under eighteen (18) years of age, your confirmation that you have obtained the verbal and/or written permission of your parent or legal guardian to enter in this Contest, and for ATB Financial, or its agents, to collect and use your name, address, and other personal information for the purpose of administering this Contest. This also provides consent for ATB Financial to communicate with you by email (unless you don’t provide your email address in your contact information).
a) The grand prize winner receives $10,000 CAD from ATB Financial (in the form of a bank draft).
b) The second-place winner receives $3,000 CAD in cash from ATB Financial.
c) The third-place winner receives $2,000 CAD in cash from ATB Financial.
d) The winner of the Fan Choice Award [explained below in section 6c)] receives $2,000 CAD in cash from ATB Financial.
e) If any of the prizes are unavailable for any reason, we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to substitute a prize of similar value in full satisfaction of the prize award.
6. Winner Selection
a) On or about November 29, 2017, a panel of judges from the National Music Centre, CKUA Radio and ATB Financial (the “Panel”), in their sole discretion, will select a short-list of three (3) to six (6) entries (the “Finalists”) from the pool of eligible entries. The odds of being selected a Finalist are dependent upon the number of eligible entries submitted and received in accordance with these Contest Rules.
b) On December 1, 2017, the photo, song, and lyrics of each Finalist will be posted on the Website. Entrants agree to this, without qualification.
c) On December 1, 2017, the photo, song, and lyrics of each Finalist will be posted on ATB Financial’s Facebook page, where Facebook users (“Users”) are able to vote for their favourite Finalist. Users may vote only once. Facebook voting will commence at 8:30 AM local time, December 1, 2017 and will close at 8:30 AM local time, December 8, 2017. The Finalist with the most votes at the conclusion of Facebook voting will win the Fan Choice Award ($2,000 CAD). In the event of a tie, the $2,000 prize award will be split equally amongst the Finalists that tied for the most votes.
d) The Finalist that wins the Fan Choice Award is eligible to win the grand prize, second-place or third-place prizes.
e) The Panel will choose the grand prize, second-place and third-place winners. The songs will be judged on their musical merit and their connection to Alberta. The decision of the Panel will be final and binding in all matters relating to the selection of the winners.
f) All the winners (grand prize, second-place, third-place and Fan Choice Award) will be announced live on CKUA Radio between 8:30 AM and 9:00 AM local time on December 8, 2017. The grand prize winner will be called live on air. The Website will be updated with the winners by 9:00 AM local time on December 8, 2017.
g) All winners will be contacted on December 8, 2017 using the contact information provided with their contest entry. If the winner cannot be contacted on December 8, 2017, ATB Financial will continue to contact the winner each day afterwards until the winner is contacted.
7. Miscellaneous Rules
a) No cash redemption or substitution of prize except by ATB Financial due to prize unavailability or eligibility of winner, and then for a prize of equal or greater value.
b) Any income taxes and any other expenses not specified in these Contest Rules are each winner’s sole responsibility.
c) The winners may be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release and Publicity Release within 7 days of issuance of prize notification.
d) Non-compliance with any of the Contest Rules may result in disqualification.
e) We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to disqualify any entry or entrant, and to modify, terminate or suspend this Contest.
f) While we don’t believe anyone would want to manipulate our Contest, but just in case someone does, we reserve the right, and discretion, to void any and all entries of an entrant whom we believe has attempted to tamper with or impair the administration, security, fairness, or proper play of this Contest. Also, automated entry systems, of any form, are prohibited.
g) We are the sole and final arbitrator of any disputes regarding this Contest, any entry, entrant, and any Contest Rule or eligibility requirement.
h) All entries become the property of ATB Financial, and entrant’s materials (lyrics sheet, photo, audio file/CD, etc.) will not be returned.
i) We will not be confirm or acknowledge if an entry has been received.
j) Entrants may be required to provide reasonable proof that they meet the requirements of the Contest.
8. Agreement, Consent and Release
By participating, entrants and winners agree:
a) to be bound by these Contest Rules.
b) ATB Financial, and its subsidiaries, agents and sponsors, shall have the right and permission to use their name, image, voice, place of residence, biographical information, photograph and or/likeness, and any statements they may make regarding the prize, for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose worldwide in perpetuity and in any other media or format now or hereafter known without any form of compensation, permission, or notification.
c) ATB Financial, and its subsidiaries and agents, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, successors and assigns shall have no liability for lost, incomplete, illegible, late, misdirected, stolen, damaged, postage due or mutilated entries; as a result of, technical or mechanical malfunctions; failures of electronic equipment, computer hardware or software; failures of computer online systems, servers or providers; failures of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or Website; or inaccurate entry information whether caused by equipment, programming used in this Contest, human processing error, or otherwise.
d) ATB Financial, and ATB Financial’s subsidiaries and agents, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, successors and assigns shall have no liability and will be held harmless by entrants and winners for any liability, loss, injury, claim, or damage to themselves or any other person or entity, including but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to personal or real property, to entrants, winners or any other person or entity due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize or participation in this Contest.
e) the submitted song and lyrics is an original work created by the entrant, that the song and lyrics does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the song or lyrics.
f) to grant to ATB Financial an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive right to post, display, share, publish, print, produce, reproduce, copy, or otherwise use the submitted song or lyrics for advertising and/or trade and/or any other purpose worldwide in perpetuity and in any other media or format now or hereafter known, including without limitation on ATB Financial’s web page located at atb.com, on the Website, and in Social Media, without any form of compensation, permission, or notification.
g) to permit ATB Financial to retain the song and lyrics that may be archived in ATB Financial’s records and accessible to ATB Financial, and ATB Financial’s subsidiaries and agents, and all of their respective officers, directors and employees.
i) this Contest is not sponsored, endorsed by or administered by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat. By entering this Contest, all entrants and winners release Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat from any liability in connection with this Contest.
j) in addition to the above, the grand prize winner agrees and/or acknowledges:
i. to be photographed, interviewed, and/or be featured in an article, video or other media format which profiles the winner in a story on the Website, on atb.com, and in Social Media;
ii. to perform a live concert (within Alberta) for ATB Financial for an additional talent fee (fee to be agreed upon between ATB Financial and the grand prize winner); the date and location of the concert will be determined and agreed upon between ATB Financial and the grand prize winner; and
iii. they retain the copyright to the song and lyrics, and are free to negotiate for and decide on any further uses of the song and lyrics.