The purpose of the Music for All’s Bands of America Media Pass Policy is to facilitate increased awareness of and interest in music education and Music for All, and to advocate for, and publicize, the activities and accomplishments of the students, teachers, and music programs performing in Bands of America Championships.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A MUSIC FOR ALL EVENT MEDIA PASS?
Music for All welcomes news media representatives who want to provide coverage of the event of the hard-working young people and their supporters who make the events exciting and important educational performance experiences.
Bands of America Championships Media Passes are intended for representatives of official news media outlets only (i.e. newspapers, television, radio, periodical publications), with valid credentials from the news outlet they represent. Independent photographers, “band photographers,” and photographers for hire by outside companies or organizations are not eligible for Bands of America Media Passes.
STUDENT YEARBOOK OR SCHOOL NEWSPAPERS
ELIGIBLE for Bands of America Media Pass with valid school media credentials.
A student representative of a school's newspaper or yearbook may receive a media pass with valid school media credentials.
“BAND OR ORCHESTRA (SCHOOL) PHOTOGRAPHERS”
NOT eligible for Bands of America Media passes.
“Band photographers” who do not have valid media outlet credentials do NOT meet the criteria for a Bands of America event Media Pass. Still photography of any kind MAY be taken from the spectator seating areas. “Band photographers” must go into the stands to take performance photos, even with a band Field Pass. Photographs of pass-restricted areas may not be sold, distributed, duplicated, or placed on the Web in any downloadable fashion. This restriction applies to all who enter the stadium including any band parents with field passes or other event credentials. Only the OFFICIAL Bands of America photographers and official media representatives who have been issued a Bands of America Media Pass will be allowed to shoot from the performance field.
WHERE AND HOW ARE BANDS OF AMERICA MEDIA PASSES OBTAINED?
A media representative is required to show official working media credentials in order to pick up a Bands of America Media Pass and must sign in at the ticket window with name and media outlet. Media Passes are intended for reporters and news photographers.
VIDEO BROADCAST NEWS & VIDEO RECORDING EQUIPMENT
VIDEO NEWS MEDIA passes will be issued by Music for All to qualified broadcast television news media. No other video or audio recording devices are allowed into a stadium or other venue, including those with “band videographers,” without expressed, written, advance permission by Music for All. Credentialed television news crews must show their station credentials at the Will Call Ticket Window (or other designated area) and sign in. Music for All staff on-site will be contacted to meet the camera person on-site. Any camera person wishing to enter the stadium area for any other purpose, including documentary filmmakers, must have pre-approval in writing from Music for All. Requests, both in advance and on-site, may be denied.
Use of cameras of any kind are NOT ALLOWED on the field or performance stage for any Music for All event or program, except for the Official Photographers of Music for All, and official news media with properly issued Bands of America Media Passes. Media Passes do not grant permission to photograph more than two consecutive bands from the field. Still cameras (digital or film, professional or otherwise) are allowed into the stadium and may be used from stadium seating, but not on the field. Tripods or other similar equipment that may obstruct the view or path of travel of others in seating areas are not allowed. The issuance of a “Field Pass” or other non-media Bands of America event credential does not include the right to use a camera on the field. Pass-holders must go into and be in the spectator seating area to use their camera.
USE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC/AUDIO/VIDEO IN COVERAGE OF MUSIC FOR ALL EVENTS
Any news media entity collecting any sort of “photography, video, or audio materials” (photographs, web images, film, traditional video, or audio, photos, etc.) from Bands of America or Music for All events may use that material only for traditional print news media and television newscasts or Web-based or print news coverage, with a limitation of up to five minutes in length for video from a single event or program. Such media entity may not offer any live video, audio or other coverage of the event through any means, including radio broadcasts, television broadcast, webcasts or podcasts, without the advance written permission of Music for All.
This policy includes all events, programs, and warm-ups and other on-site activities that are part of or involving a Music for All or Bands of America program or event.
Thank you for your support and cooperation!