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Move On Up! Gospel Sing-Off Competition


Sat, June 8, 2024

2:00 pm — 5:00 pm EST


Monmouth University


Move On Up Gospel Registration Form

Official Contest Rules “Move On Up” Gospel Sing-Off Competition – 2024

No Purchase Or Payment Necessary to Enter Or Win. Open to Praise Teams and Choirs located in the Greater Asbury Park and Newark, New Jersey areas.


The “Move On Up” Gospel Sing-Off Competition (the Contest) is open to praise teams and choirs located in the Greater Asbury Park and Newark, NJ communities. Choirs who do not meet the requirements will be disqualified and their submissions will be void. For purposes of these Official Contest Rules, individuals and teams who submit Contest entries will collectively be referred to as “Entrants”.

Employees and their immediate families (spouses, siblings, parents, children and their respective spouses) including household members of the Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music (BSACAM), Monmouth University, and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions and agencies are not eligible to enter.

This Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws.

By entering this contest, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Bruce Springsteen Archives & Center for American Music and Monmouth University and their respective trustees, officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents from any injury, death, loss, damage, action, claim demand or other liability that may occur from Entrant’s participation in this Contest or from the acceptance or use of any prize awarded or attendance at the event. BSACAM reserves the right to verify eligibility qualifications of any winner. Entrants agree to allowing their performance to be recorded and used for archival, educational, and promotional purposes. Entries will be considered ineligible if, at the sole discretion of the BSACAM, they do not follow the directions described in these official rules or if they contain language or images that are in any way threatening, abusive, offensive, defamatory, invasive or another’s privacy, in breach of confidence, embarrassing to any person or likely to deceive any person, hateful, blasphemous, pornographic, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or otherwise contrary to any law or appear contrary to the spirit of the Contest. By submitting an Entry, each Entrant warrants and represents that they consent to the submission and use of the entry in the Contest and to the BSACAM possibly posting information of the entry on its internet sites in connection with the Contest.

Rules of Entry

This Contest begins at 9:00 am on March 1, 2024 and ends at 6:00 pm on April 22, 2024 (the Entry period) and consists of three (3) phases. BSACAM is not responsible for late or unsuccessful attempts to enter. BSACAM reserves the right to allow for minor fluctuations between the timing of an Entry and the actual runtime of the Contest based on clear intent to comply with the Official Rules as determined by the BSACAM’s sole discretion. An eligible entry must be received as described above. Incomplete entries are void. By entering, Entrants agree to the terms of these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements. The Entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address provided. BSACAM is not responsible for lost, stolen, mutilated, incomplete, incorrect, delayed, interrupted illegible or misdirected entries. All entries become the property of BSACAM and will not be acknowledged or returned. Entrants must have been granted the right to furnish the services and use the names and likeness of all choir members. Each choir Entrant must designate a representative who is a member of the choir who shall be the spokesperson on behalf of the choir and responsible for the submission of all required information and documentation. By submitting an Entry, the Entrant represents and warrants that the Choir Entrant representative has obtained permission from each person whose name, images, likeness or voice is included in the Entry and that such persons has granted the Entrant all necessary rights to use the person’s likeness as described in these rules and that the Entrant can make written copies of such permission available to the BSACAM upon request.

How to Enter

During the entry period, March 1-April 22, 2024, log on to Move On Up Gospel Registration Form and fill out the online registration form.

Next, upload an original video audition of your choir via the link at the bottom of the registration form after completing the form.  The video may not exceed five (5) minutes in duration.

Videos must be filmed in widescreen (no vertical video will be accepted) and the video file must not exceed 3GB.

Only one Entry per Choir/Praise Team will be considered.  Each entry must feature Entrant only.

The Entry must not contain material that violates or infringes upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to material that violates privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights or that constitutes copyright infringement.  Without limiting the foregoing, Entry must not include any third-party trademarks, logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, or sculptures.

Praise Teams and Choirs must have a minimum of three (3) members to participate in the Contest.
The Entry must adhere to the following guidelines: Each performing member must be active members of the choir.
Live accompaniment is encouraged, however, only recorded instrumental tracks no vocal tracks are permitted.

Entrant must agree that if selected as a finalist, they will be available to perform at the Final Gospel Sing-Off competition at Monmouth University on June 8, 2024.

Determination of Finalists

A panel of unbiased, independent judges selected by the BSACAM that do not have a connection to or affiliation with any choirs, praise teams, or choruses in Greater Asbury Park or Newark, NJ area will review all submitted auditions between April 22, 2024, and April 28, 2024, and determine the six (6) finalists [(3) from each community] that will represent their communities in the final competition.  The criteria used for judging will include the following:

  • Presence
  • Technical Merit
  • Originality/best Interpretation

This criterion will be used by the judges to determine the final winner.

On April 30, 2024, BSACAM will announce the top six (6) finalists from amongst all eligible Entries received during the Entry Period.

Final Competition

The Finalists will compete live at Monmouth University (the “Event Venue”) on June 8, 2024 at 2:00 pm EDT.  A panel of judges will score the Finalists in each category using the same criteria specified in Phase 2 (the “Finals”).

Performances will not exceed fifteen (15) minutes total duration and the Finals.  This can be allocated to 1 song or a medley as long as the performance is within the 15-minute timeframe.

Each Entrant is responsible for its own music accompaniment.  BSACAM will provide a backline of Yamaha keyboards, drum set, amplification and microphones.

Finalists must be able to provide a contact person for all production related needs.  This individual must be prompt in all correspondence and with the production manager and sound engineers.  All production related information and will be due by Friday, June 1st, 2024.

No assistance by anyone other than the choir director may be given to the choir during the performance.   Any such assistance overseen by any of the judges and/or reported by 2 or more individuals and verified may be cause for automatic disqualification. This includes performers added to the group without prior notice and approval by the production manager.

All chosen finalists must submit a completed W9 in order to receive awards prior to the June 8, 2024 final competition.

Determination of Winner

Six (6) competing Finalists will be judged by an independent panel of judges on the following criteria:

  • Presence – 30% of Score
    Enthusiasm, connection to the audience, general appearance (uniformity and professional behavior)
  • Technical Merit – 40% of Score
    Clarity, naturalness, purity of vowel and articulation, tone, quality, consistency, projection, vitality rhythmic accuracy, control, evenness of vocal line and conductor’s ability to communicate to the choir.
  • Originality/best Interpretation – 30% of Score
    Dynamic style, artistry, expression, and musical interpretation

The voting process will be conducted by a panel of Judges under the supervision of the BSACAM.  The judges shall choose the Finalists and Winners in their sole discretion whose decision is final and binding.

The Finalists with the most cumulative votes in each category will be selected as the Winner.


Six (6) Finalists will receive the opportunity to perform live at “Move On Up” finals scheduled on June 8, 2024 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.

Winners will be selected to receive a cash prize in the amount listed as follows:

  • Best Gospel Choir/Praise Team Winner will receive a check for $10,000
  • Runner Up will receive a check for $5,000

Federal and state taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the winners.

  • No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.
  • If any Entrant is disqualified or found to be ineligible for the contest, BSACAM reserves the right to determine an alternate Finalist or Winner or not to award the prize at its sole discretion.
  • Prize distribution will occur immediately following the announcement of the Winner and finalists provided a completed, valid w9 has been submitted by an authorized, designated representative of the choir.
  • Awards must be used for the intended purpose of supporting the choir/praise team and not for individual use.