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  1. 1. Index: 1. General 2. Getting Started 3. Buying Music 4. Charts 5. Channel Information And Definitions 6. Judging And Competitions 7. Fan Prizes 8. Content Removal Policies 9. Flagging Items For Review 10. Events: Fans 11. Marketplace Classifieds 12. Technical Issues 13. Troubleshooting 14. Search 15. Contact UsGENERALWhat is OurStage and how does it work?First, welcome and thank you for checking us out. Simply put, OurStage is a site that bringsartists and music fans together in a truly democratic environment. This is a place to discovernew music. Not only is your opinion heard on OurStage, but it actually counts and has a directeffect on your favorite artists. Best of all, both artists and fans can participate for FREE. Here show it works: 1. Sign up for a Free Fan Account. 2. Start judging! You can build up your profile as you go and engage with other users andartists by leaving feedback and selecting favorites.Whats in it for me?In addition to the reward of stumbling upon a new favorite band and helping them succeed, fanscan win all kinds of prizes. Previous fan prizes have included gear like pro headphones, MP3players, CDs, T-shirts, autographed pictures/posters and invites to private parties andscreenings with national artists and celebs. See specific competition for details.Whats all this about a "Community?"This is what OurStage is all about: building a relationship between fans, artists, venues andother music industry folks. None of these groups can succeed without the others. At OurStage,we feel that these relationships constitute a community of people, helping each other towardtheir individual goals. Furthermore, OurStage wants to encourage that community to be the bestit can be. Read more about the values we try to foster here.How is OurStage affiliated with MTV?OurStages partnership with MTV provides more chances for artists to get exposure on anational level. As a result of this partnership, OurStage artists have had their music selected for
  2. 2. MTV Network s on-air programming, such as Parental Control, Get Hired and Skins. OurStageis always working with our partners to offer more great opportunities to our artists. Stay tuned.GETTING STARTEDWhat is "My Profile?"This is your home base from which you can keep track of your activity, make playlists, selectfavorites, recommended artists, share favorite links and post notes and blogs. You also haveyour own calendar where you can RSVP and keep track of shows you want to attend. Theinformation blocks on the page can be moved and edited so that you can tailor the look of yourpage.How does Facebook Connect work with OurStage?When you sign up for OurStage via Facebook Connect, OurStage is able to quickly pull fromFacebook the basic info required to activate your profile. This info includes name, gender,profile pic (which you can always edit), networks, user ID and any other details designated aspublic. Information marked private will not be used. For further instructions on how to useFacebook Connect, check out Facebooks FAQs.How do I listen to music? Do I have to sign up?If you just want to listen to music on OurStage, you dont need to sign up. However, in order tohelp artists advance in our channels and competitions by judging, you need a fan account. It svery easy to sign up and we don t ask for much of your information. Just the info needed toprove you are a human as well as the contact information we need in case you win a prize.Can I download songs?Artist tracks are available for download for .99 cents. Thanks in advance for supporting theseemerging artists by purchasing their music.We occasionally offer free promotional downloads, so keep an eye out.How do I choose a custom URL?Simply go to "Edit Profile" in the left navigation bar, and click on "Public Info." You will see anoption below to select a vanity URL. Now you can share your OurStage profile with the easeand grace for which you are famous and beloved. Please note that a custom URL can only beselected once, so make it count.How do I forward my OurStage messages to my personal email inbox?Once you are logged in to your OurStage account, you should see a small box with a thumbnailof your profile image next to an arrow in the top right corner of the screen. Click the arrow and adropdown menu will appear. Now click "Edit My Account." This will take you to your accountinformation page. On the left side of the screen, underneath the "Contact Information: Email"field, there should be a box that reads "Forward OurStage messages to my email." Click thisbox to opt to have your OurStage messages forwarded to your personal email.
  3. 3. How do I view my OurStage inbox?Once you are logged in to you OurStage account, you should see a small box with a thumbnailof your profile image next to an arrow in the top right corner of the screen. Click the arrow. Adropdown menu will appear. Now click "Messages" to view your messages. Alternatively, usethe "Messages" link on the left side of your dashboard.BUYING MUSICHow do I buy music?Buying music is a simple process on OurStage. Here are five easy steps: 1. Click on the "buy" link on the desired songs media item page or player. Look for notificationindicating that the item is in your shopping cart. 2. To access your shopping cart, click the link at the top of the page. This will bring you to theshopping cart page where you can edit your items. 3. Click the "Check Out" button. You will then be directed to a PayPal window outside theOurStage site. 4. Pay directly with a credit card or pay with an existing PayPal account. Follow the on-screeninstructions. 5. Once youve confirmed your payment through PayPal, your music should download to yourcomputer (provided pop-up blockers are turned off). If you didnt receive your download(s),please contact our community team and they can assist you in getting the tracks youpurchased.What can I use to play songs back?Songs purchased off OurStage.com can be played back in any player that supports the MP3format. This includes iTunes, Windows Media Player, Media Player Classic or just about anyother current media player.Can I put the songs that I buy on my iPod/Zune/Rio/etc.?Of course! You can transfer songs youve purchased to any media player that supports MP3files. This includes the iPod, Zune, Rio and virtually every other media player on the market.What format are the tracks available in?The tracks are sold as MP3s and play/sound as you hear them on our site now. They arecurrently 128 kilobits per second bit rate files.CHARTSHow do songs and artists make it onto the "Whats Hot" list?The "Whats Hot" list is comprised of songs that have had the most success on the OurStagecharts. All songs and artists listed under "Whats Hot" have performed well in their respectivechannels during the last year.What are the "Standings"?
  4. 4. The "Standings" section shows the current song rank of the particular channel you are viewing.Standings are updated every half-hour or so.How often do the rankings change?Depending on the intensity of the battles, the rankings can change constantly. However, it cantake up to thirty-five minutes to update the rankings. So keep coming back to check, and keepjudging the content fairly.Why isn t the best stuff at the top of the charts?The simple answer is that not everyone shares your opinion of what is good. Taste, for better orworse, is relative. If you don t like what s at the top, keep judging. Get others who share yourtastes to judge, too, if you like.How are "Standings" different from "Top Tracks" on the charts page?The "Top Tracks" section is a weekly snapshot of the "Standings." Every Sunday morning, wetake a look at the current standings and post the results as the "Top Tracks" for a week. Youcan view past weeks by using the drop down menu on the right side of the "Top Tracks" page.Why am I only able to see the "Top 100?"We limit our channel views to the Top 100 for a few reasons: * For new users, the channel pages are a way to find the best music on OurStage. * For older users, placement in the Top 100 now becomes a bigger mark of distinction Thinkof it like charting on the Billboard Charts or another similar recording chart. By being in the Top100 you gain more exposure (and real bragging rights) than in the past because you are nowone out of a hundred, instead of one out of many hundreds. * Many artists dont want low rankings shown on their profiles because they feel like thismakes them look bad, which is not fair, especially when youre new. Artists are uncomfortableinviting their friends and fans to join OurStage when their song was ranked 400th in a channel of900 items.What is the Best Of The Best?The Best Of The Best charts show the Top 100 artists on OurStage in pop, rock, urban andcountry. Charts are generated four times a month and reflect the best artists over a six monthperiod. Charts are published up to forty-eight hours after the 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd of eachmonth.The Best Of The Best chart rankings are determined by a number of factors. The specificalgorithm may change from chart to chart but basic factors include: * Competition results over a six month period in channels assigned to the appropriate genre. * External information gathered from band URLs listed on their individual profile page. * General user preferences and behavior.CHANNEL INFORMATION AND DEFINITIONS
  5. 5. What is a music channel?A music channel is the place where artists songs compete against other songs of the samegenre. Each music channel is classified according to genre (For example, pop, rock, country,hip hop and so forth). Artists can enter one song per channel per month, with a total of threesongs in channel competitions in a given month. Competitions with our promotional partners doNOT count against this limit. If an artist enters a song into a promotional channel, they can alsoenter the same song into another non-promotional channel. This exception also applies to ourPremium Channels.How are the channels defined?Genre is subject to interpretation, of course, but here are the general guidelines you should usewhen considering genre appropriateness. Artists might be resistant to categorizing their music,and we at OurStage don t want to restrict the creative process, but in order to maintain fairnessand consistency in our competitions, we need to set some boundaries. We also realize thatsome songs may fit multiple genres.Here is an overview:AcousticThe featured or dominant instrumentation must be acoustic. There is leeway (electric keyboardsand electric bass, for instance, are allowed). Just think "MTV Unplugged." If your song isacoustically-based, but is country-influenced, it might fit better in the country channel. Vocalsare required and lyrics must be in English.Examples: Nick Drake, James Taylor, John Prine, Bert Jansch, Ani DiFranco, Connor OberstAll InstrumentalThis channel hosts variety of music that does not feature vocals. While these songs can spanmany genres, note that Electronica has its own channel.Examples: Itzhak Perlman, John Williams, Rodrigo y Gabriela, George GershwinAlternative (Rock)This channel is difficult to define, and so we at OurStage allow for some flexibility. But the genreis so-named because it is historically an alternative to the mainstream. If you could imagine yourmusic on mainstream pop or Top 40 radio, it is likely NOT alternative and would probably fitbetter in another channel. Grunge, noise-rock, math-rock, shoegaze...these are all welcomehere. Distorted guitar is a common feature, but please note that Punk has its own channel, asdoes Metal. Vocals are required and lyrics must be in English.Examples: Spacemen 3, Battles, Shellac, Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden, The WhiteStripesAlternative CountryAmericana, roots-rock, rockabilly, country-rock, and other hybrid genres like cowpunk...theseare all acceptable in this channel. Any country-influenced music that is markedly different fromthe slick productions of modern mainstream country is appropriate for Alternative Country.Vocals are required and lyrics must be in English.
  6. 6. Examples: Gram Parsons, Drive-By Truckers, Old 97s, Uncle TupeloAlternative Hip-HopThis channel is for music that shares the basics of hip-hop and rap, but is non-traditional andthus not in line with our Hip-Hop and Rap Channels. By and large, the Alternative Hip-HopChannel is for hip-hop fusions with other genres of music such as jazz, country or rock wherethe instrumental plays a more prominent part than traditionally heard in hip-hop or rap. Inaddition, alternative hip-hop songs often touch upon more socially conscious themes incomparison to rap or hip-hop. Depending on the degree of hip-hop influences in a song, it mightnot be the best fit for the Alternative Hip-Hop Channel, unless it features a fair amount ofrapping. Vocals are required and lyrics must be in English.Examples: Atmostphere, Cribs, The Roots, Kid CudiAlternative MetalAlternative Metal came about as a backlash to the glam / hair metal of the 1980s, going back tothe stripped-down ethos of punk and giving it a harder, stylized edge. It is heavily guitar-based,like metal, but tends to have more of a melodic sensibility and experiments with different soundsand textures. Vocals are required and lyrics must be in English.Examples: Janes Addiction, Faith No More, Tool, Helmet, System of a DownAmbient/ChillAmbient/chill music is a sub-genre of electronic music that focuses largely on the timbrelcharacteristics of sounds, often organized or performed to evoke an atmospheric or unobtrusivequality. The key element to this sub-genre is relaxation. Upbeat, aggressive, or other forms ofElectronic music should be entered in the Electronica Channel, including club music or what issometimes referred to ambient techno. Non-electronic tracks do not belong in the Ambient/ChillChannel. Vocals are optional but, if included, must be sung in English.Examples: Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, EnigmaBluesBlues music usually adheres to a fairly standard musical progression, though production stylecan vary widely - from solo acoustic guitar and vocal to full-band electric instrumentation. Thischannel allows for all styles of blues music (Delta blues, Chicago blues, Memphis blues, etc.). Ifyour song features a strong vocal melody sung over a hip-hop style backbeat, it is a better fit forthe R&B Channel. Vocals are required and lyrics must be in English.Examples: B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Stevie Ray VaughnChristianChristian music is written to express either a personal or communal belief regarding Christianlife and faith. The musical form can vary, but if the lyrical theme is centered on praise or worshipof the Christian God, it should be submitted to this channel. Vocals are required and lyrics mustbe in English.Examples: Amy Grant, Cece Winans, Chris Tomlin, Jars of ClayCountry
  7. 7. This is the best channel for any modern country that is or aspires to be mainstream, withprofessional, high-fidelity production of the kind heard on modern country radio or CMT.Typically, Country features rich lyrical content, with an emphasis on storytelling. Prominentinstruments are often acoustic guitar, banjo, steel guitar, electric guitar and fiddle. Vocals arerequired and lyrics must be in English.Examples: Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Big and RichCountry VideoThis should be a video to accompany the music that fits the parameters of the Country channel(see above). This should not be a live or home performance video. Slideshows and manipulatedstock footage are not acceptable. Cover songs are not allowed in any of the video channels.Also, marketing videos designed to promote a product such as a CD, movie, etc., are notappropriate for the Video channels and are a violation of our terms and conditions. Vocals arerequired and lyrics must be in English.Cover BandsThis is the channel for all remakes of songs pre-recorded by other artists. All genres arewelcome in the Covers channel.ElectronicaAll kinds of electronic music are welcome here, from techno to house to electro-pop. Entriesmay contain some non-electronic elements, but the dominant features must be electronic.Vocals are optional but, if included, must be sung in English.Examples: Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Fatboy SlimFolkFolk music is faithful to a long tradition that has not strayed too far from its roots. It is focused onlyrics, usually supported by a blend of acoustic and country sounds. Bluegrass is welcome inthis channel. Again, vocals are a must and must be sung in English. If your music has no lyrics,it might be better in the All Instrumental channel. If your song lyrics do not contain a strongstorytelling or socially-conscious element, you may want to submit your song to the Singer-Songwriter or Acoustic Channels. If your song features mostly electric instruments andsynthesized sounds, it is most likely not suitable for the Folk Channel.Examples: Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, J. Tillman, Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch, Iron & WineFunkFunk is a blend of soul, jazz, and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable form. Melody is de-emphasized in favor of a rhythm and groove, and so bass and drums are prominent. The songsoften eschew traditional song structure, and instead vamp on an extended groove. However,vocals are required and lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: Parliament-Funkadelic, Rick James, Sly and the Family StoneGospelGospel is spiritual in nature and characterized by dominant vocals, often choirs, singing lyricsbased on scripture. This is a specific categorization of Christian music, but based more in a soultradition. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung in English.
  8. 8. Examples: Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Staples SingersHard RockLess extreme than Metal, but heavier than Mainstream Rock, Hard Rock usually featureschunky and distorted guitar and forceful, melodic lead vocals. The tempo of Hard Rock isusually slower than Metal, as well. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: AC/DC, Breaking Benjamin, Wolfmother, 10 Years, Audioslave, ChevelleHard Rock VideoThis should be a video to accompany the music that fits the parameters of the Hard Rockchannel (see above). This should not be a live or home performance video. Slideshows andmanipulated stock footage are not acceptable. Cover songs are not allowed in any of the videochannels. Also, marketing videos designed to promote a product such as a CD, movie, etc., arenot appropriate for the Video channels and are a violation of our terms and conditions. Vocalsare required and lyrics must be sung in English.Hip-HopThe Hip-Hop Channel is for music that closely resembles Rap, but is less lyric-centric and oftenfeatures more danceable rhythms and melodic choruses or vocal lines. Hip-hop music is alsomore club friendly than Rap or Alternative Hip-Hop. If your song features mostly melodic vocallines as opposed to rapping, it is likely more fitting for the R&B Channel. Must include vocals.Examples: Kanye West, Soulja Boy, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, WaleHip-Hop VideoThis should be a video to accompany the music that fits the parameters of the Hip-Hop channel(see above). This should not be a live or home performance video. Slideshows and manipulatedstock footage are not acceptable. Cover songs are not allowed in any of the video channels.Also, marketing videos designed to promote a product such as a CD, movie, etc., are notappropriate for the Video channels and are a violation of our terms and conditions. Vocals arerequired and lyrics must be sung in English.Indie PopIndie Pop is the lighter, more upbeat offshoot of Indie Rock. Sometimes called twee pop, it isheavily influenced by the sound of 1960s pop music and often features harmonies and janglyguitar. Indie Pop usually features more lo-fi production than mainstream or Top 40 pop. Vocalsare required and lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: Tilly and The Wall, The Apples In Stereo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, DressyBessy, Papas Fritas.Indie RockLike Rock and Alternative, Indie Rock is guitar-based, but it has a more lo-fi aesthetic thaneither of those. Guitar sounds are often distorted, and singers sometimes incorporate unusualvocal styles. Indie rock often explores arrangements, instrumentation and lyrical subject matternot usually seen in mainstream/commercial rock music. Vocals are required and lyrics must besung in English.Examples: Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., The Pixies, The Walkmen
  9. 9. JazzThis is another very difficult genre to pin down, so we accept many styles into the Jazz channel:swing, dixieland, fusion, latin, bebop, big band, contemporary, smooth jazz, modal jazz, freejazz, etc. Regardless of the sub-genre, we are looking for improvisational features over jazz-oriented chord progressions (chords expanding beyond the traditional 1-3-5 triad). If youre in a40s-era big band with or without a vocalist (regardless of improvisation) you are also welcome inthis channel. Jazz standards are also suitable for this channel; however, appropriate creditMUST be given to the composer in the Item Description Field. If your material sounds similar tojam bands like Phish or The Grateful Dead, your music is better suited for the Funk Channel orone of the other Rock Channels. If your music is predominantly instrumental with no vocals andno improvisation, your music is best suited for the All Instrumental Channel. Vocals are optionalbut, if included, must be sung in English.Examples: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Ella Fitzgerald, FreddieHubbardTr3s Latin MusicLatin refers to many varieties of Latin music: Latin pop, Reggaeton, Latin jazz, Rock en Espaol,and all types of more traditional Latin music such as Samba, Bachata, Merengue, etc. Vocalsare required in this channel and are typically in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Otherlanguages are acceptable provided that the musical component fits accurately into the Latingenre.Examples: Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky MartinMetalThis channel is home to the more extreme hard rock music. Key features that distinguish ametal song form a hard rock song are faster tempos, more aggressive vocals and more intensedrum parts. There are many subgenres of metal and hardcore music, all of which belong here.This includes metalcore, power metal, death metal, black metal, hardcore, doom metal, thrashmetal, grindcore, heavy metal, etc. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: Metallica, Carcass, Stratovarius, Converge, Death, NecrophagistModern RockModern rock features high-production value with prominent and professional-sounding vocals,and often featuring modernized instrumentation (synthesizers, etc.). Emo and pop-punk fallunder this genre. If your song features standard rock instrumentation, production and timesignatures or has a classic rock sound, it may be a better fit for the Rock Channel. Vocals arerequired and lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: Killers, Muse, Fallout Boy, Green DayPopStyles of Pop vary, but songs in this channel should be akin to what youd hear on Top 40 radio,with an emphasis on the lead vocal and an adherence to the standard verse-chorus-verse songstructure. Pop rock and dance pop are both accepted here. Rapping should not be prominent onthese songs - look to the Hip-Hop or Rap channels for this. Club, dance, and techno would bebetter in the Electronica channel. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Avril Lavigne
  10. 10. Pop VideoThis should be a video to accompany the music that fits the parameters of the Pop channel (seeabove). This should not be a live or home performance video. Slideshows and manipulatedstock footage are not acceptable. Cover songs are not allowed in any of the video channels.Also, marketing videos designed to promote a product such as a CD, movie, etc., are notappropriate for the Video channels and are a violation of our terms and conditions. Vocals arerequired and lyrics must be sung in English.Pro Performance VideoThis should be a video of one full song performed LIVE and IN CONCERT. This means in frontof an audience. It should not be a home or rehearsal video and should be of better quality thantypical cell phone video. Flip cam or personal video camera quality is okay, but the audio shouldbe clear with no distortion. Cover songs are not allowed. If your video does not meet thesestandards, it will be removed. Vocals are optional but, if included, should be sung in English.PunkPunk music was born from a frustration with the extravagance of 70s arena rock. Punk is meantto be the antithesis of this extravagance. Songs are short and feature loud, overdriven guitar.Vocal styles are less refined than traditional rock, often with yelling or shouting. Punk songssometimes have political or socially-conscious lyrics. The Punk Channel also includes punkoffshoots like hardcore punk and emo punk as well as hybrids like ska-punk, folk punk, andpsychobilly. Songs in the Punk Channel are usually faster and more aggressive than those inthe Rock or Hard Rock Channels but less technical musically with not as much growling andscreaming as songs in the Metal Channel. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung inEnglish.Examples: The Ramones, NOFX, X, The Sex Pistols, Blag Flag, The Clash, The Damned,RancidR&BWhile R&B historically stands for rhythm and blues, the definition applied to our R&B Channel ismore contemporary. Modern R&B is much more similar to pop music than to traditional rhythmand blues. The focus is on the vocals, which usually feature a strong melody. R&B vocalsencompass many aspects of classic soul music, like ornate vocal embellishments andspontaneous improvisation. The instrumental accompaniment features a strong backbeat, oftensimilar to hip-hop beats regardless of the tempo. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung inEnglish.Examples: Alicia Keys, Usher, R. KellyRapThe Rap Channel is the most lyrical-centric music of the urban genres, and does not primarilyfeature danceable rhythms or melodic choruses. The subject matter is typically darker withgrittier themes than entries in the Hip-Hop Channel. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sungin English.Examples: Eminem, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, NWA, Mos DefRock
  11. 11. Rock is a broad genre, but we mean it here to include the classic form that would not otherwisebe classified in a sub-genre like Alternative or Indie Rock. It is mainstream and usually drawsheavily from the kind of music heard on classic rock radio. Songs in this channel should featureat least vocals, guitar, bass, and drums with a strong backbeat. Consider whether your songmight be more appropriate in a more specific channel (i.e. Hard Rock or Metal) before entering ithere. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Foo FightersRock VideoThis should be a video to accompany the music that fits the parameters of any style of rockmusic. This should not be a live or home performance video. Slideshows and manipulated stockfootage are not acceptable. Cover songs are not allowed in any of the video channels. Also,marketing videos designed to promote a product such as a CD, movie, etc., are not appropriatefor the Video channels and are a violation of our terms and conditions. Vocals are required andlyrics must be sung in English.Singer-SongwriterSinger-songwriters are musicians who perform and write their own music. The singers voice isthe focus and instrumental accompaniment is often very minimal. The lyrical content is originaland authored by the singer who is primarily responsible for the vocals in the piece. Full bands,with complex arrangements where the backing music is as much the focus as the vocals arebest suited for other channels like rock or soft rock. There are separate channels for male andfemale Singer-Songwriters. Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Carol KingSoft RockOften defined as "Adult Contemporary," this genre is far less aggressive than typical Rock andshould include melodic vocals. Piano and acoustic guitar are often primary instruments. Softrock might sound like full-band versions of Singer-Songwriter material. Vocals are required andlyrics must be sung in English.Examples: Sarah MacLachlan, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Michael McDonaldSoulFor our purposes, we make a distinction between Soul and R&B to allow for these two styles(classic and modern) to remain separate. The Soul Channel features music that closely adheresto the historical definition of rhythm and blues. Soul is often a fusion of funk and gospel music,though in order to be considered soul (and not funk) the vocals, not the backing tracks, must bethe focus of the song. The instrumental accompaniment is based around a chord progression.Vocals are required and lyrics must be sung in English. Vocals in the Soul Channel ofteninclude ornate vocal embellishments and spontaneous improvisation.Examples: Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Al GreenSouthern RockSouthern Rock shares much the same style as Rock (vocals, guitar, bass, and drums with astrong backbeat), but with a twang, incorporating country and blues to a large degree. Vocalsare required and lyrics must be sung in English.
  12. 12. Examples: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Allman Brothers, The Black CrowesTraditional CountryTraditional Country is old-school country, featuring classic instrumentation like steel guitar,banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. The instrumentation, however, is usually sparse and takes abackseat to the lead vocal. This genre has the same rich lyrical content as Country andAlternative Country, with an even heavier emphasis on storytelling. Traditional country has clearbluegrass or honky-tonk influences and little-to-no rock and roll influence. Vocals are requiredand lyrics must be sung in English.Examples: George Jones, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Hank WilliamsWorldThe World Channel is a crossroads of all different types of genres. Most importantly,submissions should be culturally specific and outside the realm of Western music. Vocals areoptional, and language is not a criterion: artists entered in the World Channel may sing songs inEnglish and reside within the US. Artists whose music fits easily into traditionally Westerngenres of music like rock, pop, country or hip hop should enter their songs in the appropriategenre channel. Reggae music is allowed in the World Channel, however Reggaeton is bestsuited for one of OurStages Hip Hop Channels due to its focus on rapping. New Age music isalso allowed in the World Channel.Examples: Enya, Amadou & Miriam, Balkan Beat Box, Ravi ShankarHoliday SongAll holiday-spirited music in any genre is allowed in this competition. Songs can either beoriginal or in the Public Domain. Please note that covers are allowed in this competition butsampling is not. If your song is a cover of previously recorded material and is NOT in the PublicDomain, you must have permission from the copyright holder or own the copyright. If an Artistenters a traditional or cover song for this Channel, appropriate credit MUST be given in the ItemDescription area or it may be considered Copyright violation and withdrawn. Copyrightedimages/album art may NOT be used accompanying any entries and will cause entries to bewithdrawn.JUDGING AND COMPETITIONSHow do the competitions work?There are two main types of competition: Channel competitions and promotional competitionswith our partners. The channel competitions take place on a monthly basis.All monthly competitions include three rounds: Regular judging, Semifinals and Finals.In regular judging sessions, all items in the channels (all sub-genres) battle for chart placement.This phase takes place from the first of the month until six days before the month ends. Duringsemifinals, the Top 40 entries in each channel battle amongst themselves over a four-dayperiod. For the finals, the last two days of each month, the Top 20 in each channel are rolledinto one of five music finals channels (main genres: Rock, Pop, Country, Urban, Specialty) orthe two video finals channels. The final round decides the seven Grand Prize winners acrossthese finals channels.
  13. 13. What are the different finals channels?OurStage has five different music finals channels and one video finals channels: Rock, Pop,Country, Urban, Specialty, and Video. These channels include the following sub-genres: * Rock: Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal, Indie Rock, Modern Rock, Punk, Rock, Soft Rock,Southern Rock * Pop: Indie Pop, Pop, Singer-Songwriter (Female), Singer-Songwriter Male) * Country: Alt Country, Country, Southern Rock, Traditional Country * Urban: Alternative Hip Hop, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Soul * Specialty: Acoustic, All Instrumental, Ambient/Chill, Blues, Christian, Cover Bands,Electronica, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Latin, World * Video: Rock Videos, Country Videos, Pop Videos, Hip Hop Videos, Hard Rock Videos*Note: Pro Performance Videos are not included in the Finals Channels. The winner of that prizeis decided at the end of Semi FinalsWhat are the different kinds of "battles?"Battles are where two or more songs are selected, according to our unique fair judgingalgorithm, to go up against each other and be rated by our users. There are two kinds of battles:Head-to-Head:Two songs pitted against each other for the love of a good fan.To judge head-to-head battles, follow these five easy steps: 1. Click on the word "Judge" in our navigation bar. 2. Pick the stage and channel you want to judge. We have a Music and Music Video stage,each with different channels. You can pick one of our monthly channel competitions (such asRock, Hip Hop, Country...) or select a special promotional channel where artists are competingfor specific and unique prizes. 3. Review two items, chosen by our advanced software that guarantees every artist receivesan equal number of views throughout the month-long competition. (If you see four songs at thebottom, you re in Sort4 view (see below) and can hit the red button on the right that says"Switch To Head-to-Head Judging.") Listen to or watch both items for at least fifteen seconds (ifone item reappears in multiple battles, you don t have to listen to it again). Then decide whichone you like better and by how much. Your ranking is registered along with all the other battlesand is used to compile our near real-time charting. 4. Repeat Step 3 or go back to Step 2 and select a new channel. 5. Set an alarm clock to remind you to stop and eat. Judging can be habit-forming.Sort4:The Thunderdome of music judging. Four songs enter, but only one can emerge victorious.To judge Sort4 battles, follow these easy steps: 1. Click "Judge" in the navigation bar. 2. Pick the stage and channel you want to judge.
  14. 14. 3. You should see a player with four songs below it then to the right you will see a chart withfour slots for you to rank in. If you dont see the chart, click the red "Switch To Sort4 Judging"button on the right (note: Sort4 is unavailable during Semifinals and Finals). 4. Once youre there, the first song will automatically play. Listen to at least fifteen seconds ofthe song and then drag it into the ranking chart. Repeat with each of the other three songs.Arrange the songs in the order of what you liked most to least. 5. Click "Lock In Vote" at the bottom of that chart. You can listen as many times as you likebefore making your final choices. Another Sort4 will appear. 6. Refrain from going mad with your newfound power.Why cant I judge for one particular band?This would defeat the purpose of fair judging. If you could choose what to judge, artists could sitthere all day and judge for themselves, unfairly influencing the charts and making musicdiscovery no fun at all. We want our charts to reflect the collective wisdom of our entirecommunity. This is what makes OurStage so unique and free from all the self-promoting noisethat makes other sites a drag to visit. We know that it asks a bit more of our community to dothings this way, but we are certain that the results are worth it, and we are grateful for yourparticipation. BUT, if you came here for a certain artist, and you make them your "favorite" artist,they are guaranteed to come up within the first twenty battles. Remember that you need to listento each song for fifteen seconds in order for your battle to count.Why am I limited in the number of battles I can do in semifinals and finals?There are only so many items to judge in a competition. We limit artists to one set of battles ineach of the final stages of the month in order to prevent people from trying to cheat their way tothe Number 1 spot by unfairly participating in thousands of battles. You will be able to completedifferent amounts of battles in the Finals Channels, because there are a different number ofitems to be judged. This system guarantees that every item in a channel receives equalexposure with the same number of chances to be judged favorably as every other entry.Keep in mind OurStage does not limit how many battles you can participate in or how long youjudge for during the regular judging session. In the interest of keeping this competition fair to allartists and fans, however, we decided to set a limit during the finals.Don t the artists just try to rank everyone else poorly?There are more fans judging on the site than there are artists making music, but imagine if itwere the other way around. Luckily, our computers are really smart. Artists cant game thesystem by voting down opponents. We hope and encourage everyone to be honest. But forthose who choose to counter the counter-culture of OurStage, you are statistically irrelevant toour system. Enough said.Do I get anything for judging?Honest and active judges, as well as users who turn out to be good at predicting winners, arerewarded with a shiny "Badge" of honor icon that follows them wherever they go on the site for afull calendar month. That way, artists and fans alike will see that they are heroes of theOurStage community. Exceptional judging will be recognized and forever etched in yourAchievement block on your profile page. In addition, judging in various competitions makes you
  15. 15. eligible for various sweepstakes prizes. These are listed specifically with the rules of eachcompetition.What is a Judging Influence rating?Rather than try to explain them all, this diagram might help make the best example of how theJudging Influencer meter gives you your rank:OurStage Judging Influence"Gavel God""Honorable""Weak"Before finalsJudges frequentlyJudges occasionallyDoesnt judge at all, waits for finalsListens to songsSometimes for fifteen seconds, often longerMostly for fifteen seconds, sometimes longerOnly for fifteen secondsWhen judgingIs very thoughtfulIs somewhat thoughtfulIsnt very thoughtful
  16. 16. When battling Sort4Cares about the first two slots same as the last twoCares more about getting the first two slots rightDoesnt really care about the orderWhen asked to "judge for me"Appreciates the passion, but judges thoughtfully based on how s/he feelsForms alliances that change throughout the month and is more thoughtful about who is in thealliance than what s/he is hearing or seeingJudges only for themselves or the band they joined OurStage to supportWhat is honest judging?At OurStage, an honest judge is someone who takes judging seriously, who listens/watchesevery song or video they review closely and who makes their final decisions carefully. An honestjudge also bases their choices for the battle at hand in the moment, regardless of currentposition in competition, because its all about the music. And they never rate in a malicious waybecause, well, that wouldnt be honest, would it?What is a Predictor?Heres a chart to break down the predictors role and related rewards:Predictor (Gold)The Gold Predictor badge is awarded to the user who actively judges battles with the highestdegree of accuracy, meaning this individual is excellent at picking the ultimate winners at theend of the month and possess an outstanding ear for identifying talent. Gold Predictors helpbuild the foundation for other members of the OurStage Community to enjoy. This is OurStageshighest honor.One award/month ($100)predictor gold.png
  17. 17. Predictor (Silver)The Silver Predictor badge goes to the user who actively judges battles with the second highestdegree of accuracy. The Silver Predictors knows talent when s/he sees it and is instrumental inhelping others in the OurStage Community discover the best of the best.One award/month ($50)predictor gold.pngPredictor (Bronze)The Bronze Predictor is awarded to the user who actively judges battles with the third highestdegree of accuracy. The Bronze Predictor is well aware of talent when s/he sees it and isfundamental in leading a vibrant Community.One award/month ($25)predictor gold.pngPredictor (Channel)The "Predictor" label is awarded to users who actively judge competitions and have an ear foridentifying top talent within specific channels. These individuals demonstrate an understandingof the type of music they judge through thoughtful selection.Multiple awards/month (badge)predictor gold.pngPredictor (Sponsored Competition)Prizes are awarded at the end of each month to individuals who honestly and insightfully judgea fair number of battles within sponsored channels, and whose selections - when compared tothe voting trends of honest judgers - best reflects the final outcome of the channel. Prizes areoffered through sponsored competitions, as outlined in the Fan Prize Calendar. Go to "Prizes"for details. (Additional restrictions may apply upon the request of the Sponsor.)Multiple awards/month (Badge)
  18. 18. Influencer - Honest and thoughtful judging awardsJudging ExcellenceAn influential user who is a thoughtful, honest and active judge. S/he wants to have a voice inthe world of new music and helps the most talented artists in the community rise to the top. S/hetruly enjoys the responsibility of influencing artists careers, which inspires him/her to judge morethan most.Many awards/month (badge)Predictor prizes are awarded as Amazon.com* Gift Cards**.*Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Amazon, Amazon.com, the Amazon.com logo,the Amazon Gift Cards logo, and 1-Click are trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. **Amazon.com Gift Cards (GCs) may be used only to purchase eligible goods on Amazon.com orits affiliated Web site Endless.com. GCs cannot be redeemed for purchases of gift cards.Purchases are deducted from the GC balance. To redeem or view a GC balance, visit "YourAccount" on Amazon.com. Except as required by law, GCs cannot be reloaded, resold,transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other account. Amazon is notresponsible if a GC is lost, stolen, destroyed or used without permission. Seewww.amazon.com/gc-legal for complete terms, restrictions and exceptions. GCs are issued byACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington company.What is a Recruiter?Connector: Recruiting Excellence AwardsConnector (Normal) A Connector is a user who invites people to join the music discoveryrevolution. This badge includes six levels - 1, 5, 25, 50, 75 and 100 - awarded according to thenumber of people the user brings to the OurStage Web site. Many/MonthSuper Connector A Super Connector invites people to join OurStage who go on to becomehonest and thoughtful judgers of music and music video Many/MonthUltra Connector An Ultra Connector invites people to join OurStage who go on to becomeactive and accurate judgers of music and music video. Many/MonthFAN PRIZESAny user who honestly judges a fair number of battles within the Fan Prize sponsoredcompetition is eligible to win a prize. These prizes are quite varied, depending on thecompetition, and may include musical equipment, headphones, MP3 players, trips to premiers,t-shirts, posters, autographed merch and more. The prizes are awarded to the users whosehonest judging cast over the judging session best predicts the final channel results. Theselection of winners is subject to additional prerequisites (i.e. age or location) and requirementsset by the prize sponsor specified in the "Rules" section of the Fan Prize.Winners will be contacted by OurStage within six to eight weeks after the close of our monthlycompetition.CONTENT REMOVAL POLICIES
  19. 19. Copyright infringement:Copyright infringement is a violation of the OurStage Terms and Conditions. You must be thecopyright holder or have the permission of the copyright holder in order to upload media (musicor video). If a media item violates OurStages Terms and Conditions, it is immediately removedfrom OurStage, and a notice is sent to the user responsible for the post. OurStages Terms andConditions cover copyright violations and offensive content. Since this is a manual process, wemay not be aware of all media items that violate OurStages Terms and Conditions. If you find aquestionable media item, be sure to flag it. If you want to make sure youre up-to-date on all therules, then check out OurStages Terms and Conditions.If you are a trademark or copyright holder and you believe that your rights have been violated inany way, please complete and mail a signed copy of the form below to our designated agent at:OurStage Inc.Attn: DMCA Agent Paula Schmitz519 CR 455Thorndale, Texas 76577Our agent information is provided pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C.512(2).Upon receipt of a fully completed and signed notification form, we will disable access to theallegedly infringing materials and will promptly notify the individual who posted the materials thataccess has been disabled as is our obligation under the Copyright Act. In the event yournotification is (1) unsigned or (2) not on our form and therefore does not contain theauthorization language of our form, we will work with you to obtain a properly executednotification. However, we will not be able to respond to your request, if any of the otherinformation is missing from your notification. Pursuant to 17 U.S.C. 512(g)(2), the individual whoposted the materials may provide us with counter-notification that the materials in question wereremoved or disabled as the result of a mistake or misidentification of the materials. This counter-notification must (1) be signed, (2) include the individuals name, address and telephonenumber, (3) include a statement that the individual is making the counter-notification underpenalty of perjury and (4) state that the person consents to the jurisdiction of the federal districtcourt where his or her address is located. If we receive such a counter-notification, anddetermine that we would like to restore access to the materials, we will send you notificationstating access to the materials will be restored within ten to fourteen business days. Access willbe restored between the tenth and fourteenth business day after we receive a counter-notification unless you inform OurStage that you have filed a court order to restrain theindividual who posted the material from engaging in further infringement activity on our networkand servers. If we determine that we do not want to restore access to the materials, you will notreceive any further notification.You can access the Notification Form here.FLAGGING ITEMS FOR REVIEWOurStage is a big site with a lot of media items on it, so it s difficult to make sure everything isrunning smoothly all the time. We appreciate the input of our users when they come across anitem of concern. Please use the following three categories when flagging media on OurStage:Copyright Violations, Offensive and Off-topic.
  20. 20. Copyright Violation: Use this flag to alert OurStage of a media item that violates another artistscopyright. This can include sampling, repurposed images, uploading material not owned by thatuser, etc. (To learn more about Copyright law in the United States, please feel free to check outthe US Copyright Offices FAQs.)Offensive: This flag is for materials which users might find offensive due to language and/orgraphic sexual or violent content. Please take into account the context in which an item isplaced, as there may be slightly different standards for music that is placed in differentchannels.Off-Topic: Use this flag for materials that are entered into the wrong channel or category onOurStage (i.e. a metal song posted in the Folk Channel). When something like this happens,please flag the item and let us know which channel the item should be in.All flagged items will be reviewed so that the appropriate action is taken. Users are alwaysnotified when their media is moved, removed, or, in extreme circumstances, their accountsuspended or banned. Be aware that no immediate action will take place until weve had achance to review the item in question.EVENTS: FANSWhat do the different colors on an artist s event calendar mean?When viewing an artists event calendar on their OurStage profile, events posted by the artistwill appear in blue. Events to which you have submitted an RSVP will appear in green.How do I RSVP to an event?To RSVP to an event on an artists OurStage calendar, click on or scroll over the event and hitthe "RSVP to Event" button. To RSVP to an event from an artists "Overview" tab or media itempage, click on the "RSVP to Event" button to the left of the event information. Only the user whoposted the event will be able to see the RSVP count.How do I share an event?To share an event, click on the event title. This will take you to the events page. You will seeicons for Twitter and Facebook. Click on the icon of the social-networking site you wish to sharethe event on and follow their instructions. You can also share an event via email by copying theevent page URL and pasting it into an email.How do I add an event to my shows?Events are automatically added to your shows when you RSVP.How do I view events near me?To view events near you by genre, first log in to your OurStage account. Then, select the genreof music you are interested in by selecting one of OurStages music channels.
  21. 21. You can select the channel of your choice by clicking the "Music" button in the main navigationbar at the top of the page then selecting one of the channels from the dropdown menu. Togenerate a list and map of events near you, you can click either the "Hot Artists and ShowsNear Me" link at the top of the page or click the "Near Me" link in the "Hot Shows" box on the leftside of the page.Why does my "Events Near Me" page sometimes show events that arent near me?Generating an "Events Near Me" page will show you the events that are closest to you. If therearent a lot of events in a specific genre in your area, the results will show you events outsideyour immediate area.MARKETPLACE CLASSIFIEDSWhat is Classifieds?Classifieds is a place where artists, industry professionals and fans can connect and fulfill all oftheir music-related needs. Think of it as your local classifieds section but on a music-centric sitewith over 4 million monthly visitors.Who can use Classifieds?Artists, industry professionals and fans - anyone who is a member of the OurStage community -can use Classifieds.What do I have to do in order to use Classifieds?To use Classifieds, all you have to do is become a member of the OurStage community. JoinOurStage and create your OurStage profile. Then, click on "Classifieds" to browse or post yourown listing.What can I post to Classifieds?You can post anything, as long as it relates to music, fits into one of our many Classifiedscategories, and abides by the OurStage Terms and Conditions. Find a band mate,photographer, new equipment, tour support, cool events in your area and more. If there are anyadditional categories you think we should incorporate into Classifieds, please contact us atmarketplace@ourstage.com.Why was my listing removed from Classifieds?If your listing was removed from the OurStage Classifieds, then the post was deemedunsuitable according to the rules stated in the above FAQs.How do I post a listing in Classifieds?Once you are logged into your OurStage account, click on "Classifieds" in the main navigationbar. You should see an "Add Listing" option under the "Actions" menu. Click here and select theappropriate category and subcategory headings for your listing. Enter your location and thedetails about your listing in the appropriate fields.
  22. 22. How much does it cost to post a listing in Classifieds?Posting a listing in Classifieds will be free for a limited time.How do I edit my listing?Once you are logged into you OurStage account, click on "Classifieds" in the main navigationbar. Click the "My Listings" button in the top right corner of the screen. You should see a list ofall of your current Classifieds posts. Click on the title of the listing you want to edit. This will takeyou to your listing. Click on the "Edit Listing" button in the right corner of the screen and makethe necessary edits.Can I remove my listing from Classifieds before the expiration date? How?You can remove listings from Classifieds at any time. To remove your listing, log in to yourOurStage account then click on "Classifieds" in the main navigation bar. Click the "My Listings"button in the top right corner of the screen. You should see a list of all of you current Classifiedsposts. Click on the title of the listing you want to edit. This will take you to your post. Click on the"Remove Listing" button in the right corner of the screen.How do I add a picture to my listing?When you create your listing, you will see a button labeled "Choose file" located at the bottom ofthe listing template. Click that button to browse through the photos on your computer. Select thephoto you want to use.Can I post my listing in more than one category or location?You may post your listing in more than one Classifieds category or location if your listing isrelevant to more than one Classifieds category or location. If you post a listing in a Classifiedscategory or location that it does not belong in, your listing will be removed. If you re-post yourlisting in a category less than a week after the listings original post, your listing will be removed.How do I respond to a listing?When you view a listing, you should see a "Respond To Seller" button in the right corner of thepost. Click this button if you want to respond. A response field will appear below the listing.Once you have typed in your message, click the "Respond" button beneath the response box.The poster of the listing will receive a message in their OurStage inbox. They will also be able tosee your response when they are viewing the listing that you have responded to. Only you andthe sender will be able to see this chain of communication.How will I know when someone responds to my listing?When someone responds your Classifieds listing, you will receive a message in your OurStageinbox. When you post a listing to Classifieds, remember to check your OurStage inboxfrequently, and keep in mind all OurStage users have the option of having their OurStagemessages forwarded to their personal email. You can view the response by logging in to yourOurStage account, clicking on "Classifieds" in the main navigation bar at the top of the page andclicking on the "My Listings" button in the top right corner of the Classifieds listing page. A
  23. 23. "[number] Messages" notice will appear next to any listing that has responses. To viewresponses for a listing, click on the listings title.How do I review the responses to my listing?Once you are logged in to your OurStage account, click on "Marketplace" in the main navigationbar. Select "Classifieds" in the drop down menu. Click on the "My Listings" button in the top rightof the Classifieds main page. Select the title of the listing that you want to view responses for.Any responses you have will appear in the "Listing Responses" grid. All listings can be sorted bythe column headers within the "Listing Responses" grid.I found an offensive/prohibited listing. What should I do?If you find a listing that is offensive/prohibited in Classifieds, please flag it. This will direct theOurStage staff to the listing so that they can take any necessary actions. To flag a listing, clickon the listing title, and then click the "Flag Listing" button in the right hand corner. Select"Prohibited" from the dropdown menu as the reasons for your flag. Next, use the "Please tell uswhy this listing should be removed from OurStage" text field to explain why you think this listingis offensive/prohibited. When you are finished, click the "Submit" button to send in your flag.I found a spammed/over-posted listing. What should I do?If you find a listing that you recognize as spam or a listing that has been over-posted inClassifieds, please flag it. This will direct the OurStage staff to the listing so that they can takeany necessary actions. To flag a listing, click on the listing title, and then click the "Flag Listing"button in the right hand corner. Select "Spam/Over Post" from the dropdown menu as thereason for your flag. Next, use the "Please tell us why this listing should be removed fromOurStage" text field to explain why you think this listing is spam/over posted. When you arefinished, click the "Submit" button to send in your flag.Who is responsible for monetary transactions in Classifieds?OurStage Classifieds provides a platform for users to interact with each other. OurStage doesnot process any monetary transactions between Classifieds users nor is OurStage responsiblefor any monetary transactions between Classifieds users. Any monetary transactions withregards to listings in Classifieds are between the user providing the good or service and theuser receiving the good or service. If you think a user is abusing Classifieds and not abiding byClassifieds guidelines and/or the OurStage Terms and Conditions, please contactmarketplace@ourstage.com.TECHNICAL ISSUESSystem Requirements for OurStage.comOurStage.com uses the latest in Internet web-browsing technology. As a result, we need ourviewers to have Adobe Flash 8 installed thoughVersion 9 is preferred. If you arent sure whetheror not you have Flash installed, or if think your version is out-dated, you can check by going toAdobes Flash site.We also highly recommend using Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox for Windows operatingsystems, and Safari, Firefox or Chrome for Mac. AOLs built in browser will not display all of the
  24. 24. images on our site correctly, so AOL users should consider using one of the previouslyrecommended browsers. Additionally, we suggest using a broadband Internet connection toview OurStage.com due to the speed requirements necessary for streaming video and audio.With the addition of the banner players, among other changes, OurStage no longer providessupport for Internet Explorer 6. If you are using Internet Explorer 6 you will experience severecompatibility issues, ones that cannot be resolved without upgrading your browser to a newerversion of Internet Explorer or switching to another browser we are compatible with.Why does OurStage want my email address or ZIP code?OurStage uses your email address to confirm that you are a legitimate user and that your emailaddress is valid. We also ask for your zip code so that we can target our sites content. That is,we use your zip code to present items that may be of a higher interest to you. If, for somereason, you are uncomfortable giving out your zip code, you may leave the field blank.I didnt get my registration email/I was not able to register.To complete the registration process and activate your OurStage account, you will need to clickthe activation link provided in your email confirmation.If you entered the correct email address but did not receive the confirmation email within a fewminutes, it is likely that your mail client or Internet Service Provider (ISP) is filtering the messageas spam. Check your spam or junk mail folder for the message. If you dont find the message inthe junk mail folder, please email our support team and they will activate your account for you.When I click on a song, it doesnt start playing. Why not?Users need Flash installed on their computers. Click here to find out more about the softwarerequirements for OurStage. If you do have Flash and are still unable to play the media on oursite, drop us a line.When I click on a link to learn more about something, I get a white page.If you are trying to access instructional files on how to add a banner or an OurStage mediaplayer to another site, or are looking for information about prizes, and cannot view the files, thenyou need to download a free PDF file reader. These files are available in the standard PDFformat used by many applications, including Adobe Acrobat Reader. Mac OS X comes with abuilt in program called Preview. You can also use Adobe Acrobat Reader or another applicationif you prefer.You can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free from this location.I had a problem when doing something on your site. What do I do?If you have encountered an error, or something doesnt work the way you expect, feel free towrite the OurStage technical support staff using the help form. This will send an e-mail to theOurStage staff, and they will get back to you as soon as possible.TROUBLESHOOTING
  25. 25. I deleted a message thread but it has reappeared. Why?OurStage "Messages" are different from traditional email. You can delete an exchange orconversation from your view, but if the other person in the exchange replies to the thread, it willreappear in "MyMessages."I signed up for the wrong type of account.If you sign up for the wrong type of account (i.e. fan that signed up for an artist account), thenyou will need to create a new account under the correct type. Please be aware that you cannotuse the same e-mail for multiple accounts, so you will need to switch that before making yournew account. Once youve made the new account, please contact community and they candeactivate the extra account.Ive been an OurStage user for a while, but something is different here. What gives?Here at OurStage, we like to continually strive to be better by improving the user experiencewhenever we can. This means that there will often be tweaks, changes, bug fixes, etc. We hopethat all of these changes are for the better, and that all of our users embrace these changes(though we know there will always be people resistant to change and that changes often taketime to get used to).Many of these changes have, and will, go unannounced. Some changes, such as major designchanges, are large and obvious whereas others, such as bug fixes, are under the hood andoften go unnoticed. New Web site features will normally get their own FAQ designated to teachpeople about them.SEARCHWhat search results show up under "Competitions and Opportunities?"When you search Competitions and Opportunities, you will see all related contests andpromotions associated with your search term. For example, if you search for "Drake" you willsee the following results:OurStage is proud to team up with Drake for the "Thank Me Later" Competition.OurStage is proud to team up with Drake for the "Thank Me Later" Backstage CorrespondentCompetition.These links will direct you to the landing pages for these promotions where you can viewinformation about the competitions as well as the rules.What search results show up under "Blog posts?"When you search the OurStage blog, you ll find blog posts related to your search term. Forexample, if you search for "The Sleep" you will see all of the OurStage blog posts that mentionThe Sleep. Click on the links to view a specific blog post.What search results show up under "Artists?"
  26. 26. Enter an artist name in the search field, and you ll get a list of artists with that term in theirname.Search for "Yonas" and get "Yonas"�amazing, isnt it? In addition to searching artistnames, this field searches artist bios as well.What search results show up under "Songs?"Song searches works THREE ways: it explores artist names, song titles and song descriptions.For example, if you search for the term "hero" you get an amalgamation of songs that have"hero" in the title, songs by bands with "hero" in their name, and songs with "hero" in theirdescription.What search results show up under "Videos?"Like songs, video searches explore artist names, song titles and song descriptions. Forexample, if you search for the term "villain" you get an amalgamation of videos that have"villain" in the title, videos by bands with "villain" in their name, and videos with "villain" in theirdescription.CONTACT USCan I give you some feedback?Yes, we need and crave your feedback. We do our best, but its only when users get the chanceto kick the tires that we find out whats working and what could be improved. Send us an email.Help me!Don t panic. Just write to the OurStage technical support staff using the help form to send an e-mail to the OurStage staff, and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

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