The gold standard
WHY DOES THE PARTICIPANT SAY HIS/HER NAME, SURNAME, YEAR OF BIRTH AND NAME OF THE COMPETITION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE VIDEO PERFORMANCE? GOLD STANDARD FOR ONLINE MUSIC COMPETITIONS…
In 2010, for the first time ever, we organized a music competition for students of schools, colleges, and conservatories, as well as participants of all ages, completely online. The WORLD OPEN ONLINE MUSIC COMPETITION, is the longest-running competition of its kind, bringing together musicians from all over the world to compete in one place. Thanks to the power of the internet, we were able to create a truly global competition that breaks down barriers and provides a level playing field for all musicians.
For many years, participants, educators, and parents have asked why a participant must state their name, surname, year of birth, and competition name at the start of a video performance. This requirement was established by Milomir Dojčinović, the founder and director of the competition, when he transferred the live music competition to an online format in 2009.
The main objective of this fundamental condition was to ensure a democratic, equal, and trustworthy process between the organizer and participants.
The requirement for a participants introduction and recording in one take, without editing or camera breaks, helps maintain the fairness and regularity of the online competition.
The participant must turn on the camera, state their name, surname, year of birth, and competition name, perform the program, and then turn off the camera. These conditions, which provide public proof of the participant’s identity and ensure fairness for all participants, have been in place since 2010.
It’s important to note that some online competitions have different conditions and rules for recording video performances. Negative comments on social networks often stem from complaints about the regularity and fairness of these conditions.
But, guaranteeing fair and equal competition in online music competition is achieved by having participants provide their name, surname, birth year, and competition name. This ensures:
- Authenticity of participant’s identity and birth year,
- Preventing participants from registering in a younger category,
- Realistic competition with only registered participants,
- Ban on recording videos in parts or from multiple time periods,
- Prohibits using the same video in multiple online competitions,
- Prevents the organizer from artificially inflating participant count by downloading videos from online platforms.
By having these fundamental rules in place, an online music competition can maintain fairness, regularity, perspective, and trust between the organizer and participants.