BHoF Application System

Main application dashboard - Instructions for completing the application - Judging criteria - Rules for entry


Rules & how to apply

The following are the complete rules for applying for the 2015 Weekender. There's a lot contained here but we wanted to make sure you can find a clear answer for everything!

Quick links to content on this page:

Opening of application and rule updates
Requirements, eligibility of entries, and submission of materials
Final authority and decisions
Entry fee
Applicant tickets
Categories, time limits, props, and multiple-category applicants

Appropriateness of act and act elements
Photo submissions
Video submissions
Optional press material, and web links and viewability of online submissions
Non-competitive participation
Performance exclusivity
Photography and videography at the event
Legal compliance and indemnification

Opening of application and rule updates

  1. The application "season" and application system being "open" are considered to begin when The Burlesque Hall of Fame publishes via mailing list, Facebook, or otherwise online stating that applications are now open for the year.
  2. To help applicants plan acts, we try to publish the rules as early as possible and before the application opens. We reserve the right to make unannounced rule changes at any point after this but before the applications system formally opens.
  3. We will take every measure possible to avoid changing rules once the application system is open. Our policy is that only "critical" rule changes can occur after the season opens; with "critical" being defined as: essential to the function of the applications, evaluation system, or clarity of rules. Once the season is open, rule suggestions and non-essential changes are held for discussion for inclusion in subsequent years. If it is absolutely necessary to update the rules, we will clearly indicate in this section of the rules what changes have been made.

Requirements, eligibility of entries, and submission of materials

  1. Age: You must be 21 years of age or older (as of June 4, 2015) to apply or participate. (This is also noted in the Legal Compliance section.)
  2. Application: All applications for the 2015 Weekend must be submitted through the online system. All application fee payments will be through PayPal.
  3. Deadline: The application deadline is 11:59pm PST on January 19, 2015. The online application system will not allow applications to be submitted or updated after that time.
  4. Performance dates and your own availability: The 2015 Weekend will take place over four days and nights-- Thursday June 4 through Sunday June 7, 2015. Which events occur on which nights are subject to change between now and when we notify you of your application decision. If you are accepted to perform during the Weekend, your acceptance message will indicate which night's show you will be performing in. If you are unable to attend on your specific night, your spot cannot be switched for another night and you may be asked to forfeit your spot.
  5. Completeness of application: All fields in the application form are required unless otherwise indicated. The online application system is designed to not allow entries that are incomplete due to any blank fields; however, the online system does not check for accuracy of these fields. (For instance, it can check that a phone number has not been entered; but it won't be able to determine if a phone number is wrong or incomplete.) Please check your application for accuracy before submitting it.
  6. Changes to application: Except for updating your login information, no changes to the application can be made once it is submitted.
  7. Changes to tech requirements: Once the application has been submitted, we do understand that you may need to make small changes to the tech info you have provided in the application. The tech info in your application will be provided to the show producers, who will contact you to confirm final details (and any changes) and schedule run-throughs. Small changes to tech requirements are permissible but your act cannot be significantly different from how it is described in your application and submitted. Final authority over changes is at the BHoF's discretion.
  8. Submitted materials: Submitted materials are non-returnable and may be used for the purpose of promoting The Burlesque Hall of Fame and the Weekend.
  9. Confirmation of application submission: When your application is submitted, you will see a confirmation screen and your status within your online account will be updated to reflect that it has been received. This is your confirmation that your entry has been properly submitted.
  10. Timing of entries: All entries within the open application period will receive equal evaluation. We offer a discounted application fee for early payment, but early entries will not receive special consideration for being early. Therefore, you should make sure to submit the best application possible.
  11. False accounts: The BHoF and Selection Team reserve the right to delete or remove from consideration any application accounts that are deemed to be false, misleading, spam, or otherwise not representative of an actual performer intending to submit a legitimate application.

Final authority and decisions

  1. Agreement to rules: Electronic submission of the application constitutes agreement by applicant and any participating personnel (e.g., other members of a group) to abide by all stated rules and guidelines.
  2. Selection team and evaluation: To ensure fairness, applications are evaluated by a multi-person Selection Team using a scoring system. The BHoF reserves the right to keep Selection Team member identities confidential to ensure fairness to all.
  3. Continuity and consistency of act: If accepted into the Weekend in any capacity (competitive or noncompetitive), you must perform the same act that you submitted. We understand that choreography may be refined and changed slightly, but the act should not be fundamentally different than originally submitted.
    • In the event that two or more acts have the same music or are very similar, the selection team reserves the right to contact those applicants about performing a different act. This is the only case in which substitute acts will be permitted.
  4. Finality of decisions: The Selection Team's decisions are final and binding, and the Selection Team reserves the right to make changes as unforeseen circumstances warrant for the final production of the Weekend. (For example, in the unlikely event of an erroneous notification, which this electronic system is designed to avoid, the Selection Team's final decision still stands). Other changes could include, but are not limited to, changes to categories or number of performance slots, changes to correct any database errors, or disqualification in the event of nonadherence to the application and Weekender rules.
  5. Rule modification: The BHoF and Selection Team reserve the right to modify these rules as needed, but will do so only if absolutely necessary once the online application is open. Any such modifications that may occur during the application period will be communicated either via a message on the website (highlighted on this list of rules), and/or by email to registered users in the system.

Entry fee

  1. Application fee: Each act entered must include a non-refundable application fee, payable via PayPal. Each act submitted must have its own fee paid. Payment is through the PayPal system but can be made with a credit card and does not require a PayPal account. The application fee is not tax-deductible.
  2. Deadline for application fee: To encourage early payment and starting application preparation early, we offer a discount on the application fee if it is paid early. Discount cutoff dates are noted clearly within the application.
    • These dates are just to get a discount on the payment-- the full application doesn't need to be submitted until the final deadline.
    • The discount deadlines apply to all acts, including the second act submitted (if submitted at all). The system does not allow for an additional discount beyond that.
  3. New for 2015: Fee credit to application: the fee will be automatically credited to the application it is intiated from.

Applicant tickets

  1. Purchase of weekend tickets/passes: If accepted to perform during the Weekend, applicants receive a free nontransferable General Admission pass for themself for the night of their performance only. They must still purchase tickets and/or weekend passes if they plan to attend any night other than their performance night. Single tickets are not tax deductible. Weekend passes are not tax deductible for regular levels (general admission/premium/VIP) but there is a "VIP + donation" option in which the donation portion is tax deductible.
  2. Applicant presale tickets: applicants who successfully submit their application by the deadline are offered a chance to purchase up to two discounted Weekender passes during the presale period in late February and/or March. The discount will not be available for extension to friends/family, and we reserve the right to cancel transactions due to unauthorized discounts.

Categories, time limits, props, and multiple-category applicants

  1. Main contact person: Each performing entity (for example, you, or your group) must have a Main Contact Person ("MCP") with an account on this system who is responsible for completing and submitting this application.
    • Solo applicants must be the MCP for their solo act; but they do not have to be the Main Contact Person for a group entry they are a part of. (Example: Minnie Mouse is applying as a solo act, and is also part of the Disney Troupe. She must complete the application for her own act, but either she or Mickey or any other member of the group can be the MCP for the group entry.)
  2. Updated for 2015: Application accounts: the system has been updated to accept multiple applications per user account, up to the limits specified in this section of the rules. Each MCP (defined immediately above) only needs to use one account.
  3. Limit to entries: Each performing entity (a soloist or group) can submit up to two entries, per category. (Example: Minnie Mouse can submit up to two solo acts and up to two for her Disney Troupe as well; but neither she nor the Disney Troupe can submit three or more acts.)
  4. Time limit for acts: Solo acts must be four minutes or less; group acts must be five minutes or less. For both, up to 15 extra seconds TOTAL is allowable on-stage time before the music starts and/or after it stops. This amount of time-- 4:15 (solo) or 5:15 (group)-- is the absolute maximum amount of time you can be onstage, and it applies no matter which night you are accepted into. Prop setting or clearing by the stage crew can occur before or after this as long as you are not onstage.
  5. Props: Please avoid using props that take a significant amount of onstage setup/breakdown time. We really mean it! (That is, we're not so much worried about props that require backstage handling, but rather if it needs a significant amount of time of prep onstage before or after your act that would take up time that could be allotted to another performer.) The show is time-budgeted down to the minute, and any excess greatly adds to our showroom/labor cost.
    • You are responsible for all aspects of props (outside of stage handling specifically for your performance), including any and all costs. The BHoF will not rent any equipment on your behalf, cover any freight costs, or provide extra labor for your setup.
  6. Male acts: If you are a soloist, apply in the Boylesque category. If there's more than one of you, then apply in the Group category.
  7. Female solo acts - choosing the correct category (Debut vs. Main):
    1. If you are applying as a solo act:
      • If you have previously competed as a soloist at any BHoF or Exotic World weekend from 2004-2014, then apply in the main Miss BHoF category.
      • If you have previously performed as a soloist in a noncompetitive evening showcase from 2004-2014 or at the pool party or afterparty from 2004-2012, then apply in the main Miss BHoF category.
      • If you have previously performed as a soloist at the 2013 or 2014 pool party or afterparty, then apply in the Best Debut category.
      • If you have previously performed/competed at the Weekend but only as a member of a group, then apply in the Best Debut category.
      • If you have never previously performed/competed at the Weekend, then apply in the Best Debut category.
  8. Additional onstage personnel - choosing the correct category (Solo vs. Group):
    1. For the solo categories, you cannot have any other visible onstage personnel, period. If you have any additional personnel, you must apply as a group.
    2. Groups must provide a headcount in the application as well as legal names; no additional personnel may be added to the act after it is submitted. A one-for-one substitution may be allowed by the BHoF if it does not change the concept of the act. All such requests will only be granted at the BHoF's discretion and if the request is made in writing (email is acceptable) no later than 14 days before the performance date. If you need to reduce your group size after the application is submitted, please contact the BHoF to clear it.
    3. Per the "final decisions" section of the rules, the Selection Team and the BHoF reserve the right to recategorize acts if they deem it necessary.
    4. If your act requires a non-visible assistant, then please note it in the "props" question on the Tech Info page. If this person's role is something that one of the crew members can do, the show producers reserve the right to use the crew instead.

Appropriateness of acts and act elements

  1. Prohibited substances: Per agreement with the venue, absolutely no fire or liquid is permitted in any act.
  2. Additional prohibited substances: Mylar confetti is prohibited. If you use it in your video, you will be required to leave it out of your final act if accepted to perform. Glitter is permitted and we will have a way of cleaning it between acts, but please be mindful of not making a mess!
  3. Music requirements: Music for acts must be pre-recorded. If you have a group number with musical instruments as an integral part of the act (and not just serving as the music for the act), the group must be able to carry their own gear on/off stage very quickly (in the allotted 15 seconds) and without needing to sound check. You may contact us ahead of time (while you're working on your application) to check if it's something permissible and that we can feasibly do.
  4. Originality of material: All acts must be your own work and artistry. We reserve the right to take punitive steps (up to and including dismissal or award revocation) if we determine an act violates this due to something such as (but not limited to) demonstrable and overwhelming similarity to a previously existing act. (And really... just remember that if you do well in the competition, the burlesque world's eyes are on you!)
  5. Compensation and responsibility for additional costs: By performing, you agree that you are donating your time and talent and will not receive any additional compensation from The Burlesque Hall of Fame. Additionally, you are responsible for all costs relating to performing your act during the Weekender, including but not limited to: travel and lodging; shipping of materials; etc. If your act is accepted into the Weekend and requires any "special handling" or gear beyond what we offer to all other applicants, you agree to bear that cost.
  6. Nevada state laws: The Burlesque Hall of Fame Pageant/Weekend has adult themes and all participants must abide by all Nevada laws.
  7. Limitations on full nudity and lewdness: Full nudity is prohibited and coverings such as pasties and G-strings must be worn at all times. Specifically:
    • ALL performers, male and female, are required to fully cover their genitals and anus with an article of clothing while onstage.
    • For female performers, areolas must be fully covered by pasties or clothing at all times while onstage.
    • ANY incorporation of full nudity, dildos, vulgarity, or explicit sexual imagery of any kind (real or simulated) are prohibited onstage.
    • Failure to follow any of the above will result in immediate disqualification from the competition and removal from the show, and the performer shall be excluded from The Burlesque Hall of Fame performance opportunities for up to two years at the discretion of the Weekender Production Team.

Photo submissions

  1. Photo submission: to make the application process quicker and easier, applicants are not required to submit photos at the time of applying. If you are selected to perform during the 2015 Weekend, we will contact you several weeks beforehand to provide a high-resolution photograph for use in the souvenir program.
  2. Program design and suitability of photographs: Program designers have the final decision about use of photos in the program. By submitting the application, you agree that if you are selected, you will provide us with a photo that meets the following guidelines:
    • Photos submitted don't have to be professionally shot, but they will be for use in the program, so they should show you at your best.
    • For solo acts, headshots are preferred. For group acts, photos should show the entire group, not just an individual performer, and photos where the group is clustered together tend to print better than when the members are spread out.
    • The picture does not have to depict the same act that you submit.
    • You should have the rights to the photo, and it must be able to be printed without photo credit (due to space limitations).
    • You grant the BHoF permission to use the photograph for its promotional purposes, indefinitely. The BHoF may accommodate written requests for revocation of the use of your photograph at its discretion.

Video submissions

  1. Required performance footage: Performance footage is REQUIRED of all applicants, and must be of the specific act that you are submitting for consideration. You will not be evaluated on the production quality of your video (sound, lighting, editing, etc.), but the content of the video is essential and should still be representative of you and your talent, and what makes your act special.
    • Pro tip: As described above, you will not be evaluated on production quality, but you should make sure it meets basic reasonable watchability standards. (e.g., that you are even visible, or that it's not shot in portrait mode.) Both the video and application represent you, and the video is the Selection Team's primary way of getting a feel for your act. Please take your time making both as indicative of your personality and talent as possible.
  2. Performance footage link: All video submissions will be via an online link that is included in the application, such as a YouTube (preferred) or Vimeo.com link. You may also use a linked or non-publicly-linked page on a website. We strongly prefer YouTube.
    • Pro tip: Please double-check your link for accuracy and to be sure that it works. If you want your video to be viewable by the selection team (of course!) but not viewable or searchable by the public, most video-upload sites have a setting that allows this. On YouTube, it is called "viewable only by people who have the URL."
  1. Title/description of videos: To assist the evaluation team, you are encouraged to be descriptive with your online video title, such as including your performer name in the title, or using text within the video. This is not essential (and you won't be penalized for not having it), but it will really help the evaluation team.
  2. Important: see "viewability" section immediately below for additional information about public viewability/permissions of online video.

Web links and viewability of online submissions

  1. Nonworking web links: Web links of performance footage are essential to the application process so please choose and type/copy them carefully. If a link does not work, the BHoF may contact you for an updated link. This is done so at the BHoF's discretion and will be accompanied with a deadline to provide a working link.
    • Pro tip: To reduce chance of errors resulting from long URLs, we recommend using TinyUrl.com or some similar service to shorten URLs. (It is a free service that requires just one click to use.) If using more than one TinyUrl in your application, please double-check your application to make sure that you’ve included the correct TinyUrls in the right places, and aren’t accidentally giving us a link to something else!
  2. Public viewability/availability of video: For all applicants, your online video must be viewable for the entire duration of the application season (i.e., after you have submitted your application) until we have published the full list of performers for 2015. And for those acts offered a performance spot during the Weekend, the video must be viewable until after the Weekender is over to facilitate tech preparation. Your online video should be publicly viewable without any login, password, or “friend-linked” restrictions. We do understand that sometimes, material may be hosted on third-party sites that require this. If this is the case, you must provide a password and direct link, as Selection Committee members will NOT view pages that require them to join, search, browse, upload/ download, or otherwise perform extra work in order to find and view your content.
    • Note: for the sake of privacy, if you feel very strongly about requiring a password to view your video, then please use the "additional information" box to clearly indicate this and provide the password. We recommend instead using the "viewable only to people who have the link" setting.

Non-competitive participation

  1. We plan to offer non-competitive performance opportunities. There is a spot in the application where you can indicate your preference for this.

Performance exclusivity

  1. Applicants who are offered a spot to perform at the Weekend in any capacity (competitive or noncompetitive) agree to not perform in any other capacity in the Las Vegas metropolitan area for a period of ten days before the start of the Weekend and seven days after the end of The Burlesque Hall of Fame Pageant weekend. This rule applies to the group as a whole and the individuals inherent in the group.
    • Exceptions to this may be granted to performers who live in the Las Vegas area and are already part of an existing show, e.g. Cirque du Soleil. If this applies to you, please contact us at 2015@bhofapplication.com to authorize it.

Photography and videography of performers at the event

  1. Personal photography: The BHoF does allow personal photography at the Weekend; if you are selected to perform, you agree that the BHoF is not responsible for those photographs and you release the BHoF from any liability in how those photographs are used.
  2. Videography: The BHoF does not allow personal videography of the stage performances at the Weekend. The BHoF does film performances for its own archive; if you are selected to perform, you agree that:
    • the BHoF may use your likeness from this footage for its promotional purposes, indefinitely; and
    • your right to perform on-site is contingent upon signing a release for this.
  3. 3rd party videography: In some cases, the BHoF explicitly grants permission to third parties for limited videography (such as credentialed members of the press). Third party video teams are responsible for obtaining their own releases when applicable. Your performing at the event constitutes agreement to this and a full release of responsibility in how this footage may be used.

Legal compliance and indemnification

  1. All applicants and participants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of performance.
  2. All applicants and participants agree to abide by Nevada state law regarding nudity and appropriateness as described elsewhere in these rules.
  3. All participants must sign an on-site safety waiver in order to perform or compete.
  4. In applying to participate in this event, you grant The Burlesque Hall of Fame and its assignees irrevocable permission to use your name, likeness, and performance for unlimited promotional use.
  5. All participants agree to take full responsibility for themselves and the act they are performing. All participants agree to hold the The Burlesque Hall of Fame and any of its representatives blameless for any accident, injury, or loss that might occur due to their participation in this event, and free from all liability for accidents, injuries, or losses.

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