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FAQ

Eligibility

Q1: May I play my own composition?
A1: No. You must perform classical music that is in the public domain. (In Canada, public domain means the composer(s) and the arranger(s) have been dead for more than 50 years.)

Q2: May I play a work for piano duo or duet?
A2: No. Only works for solo piano will be accepted.

Q3: May I play the solo part of a piano concerto?
A3: No. Only works composed for solo piano (without accompaniment) will be accepted.

Q4: I’m not certain the piece I wish to play is in the public domain. How do I find out?
A4: You must research the date of death of the composer. If the date of death is on or before Jan. 11, 1965, then the piece is in the public domain.

Q5: I teach piano part-time, but it is not my primary source of income. Am I eligible to enter?
A5: No. If you derive any income from performing or teaching piano, you are not eligible to enter.

Q6: I teach piano lessons as a volunteer, but I do not get paid. Am I eligible to enter?
A6: Yes. Piano Hero is open to pianists who do not earn, or have not earned, money from teaching piano.

Q7: May I play more than one piece?
A7: Yes. You may play multiple pieces as long as your video does not exceed 10 minutes.

Q8: I am a foreign student currently studying in Canada. Am I eligible to enter?
A8: No. Piano Hero is open to all Canadian residents, i.e. persons born and residing in Canada and persons who hold permanent residency status, but excluding foreign students and Canadian citizens living abroad.

Q9: I am a Canadian citizen currently living outside the country. Am I eligible to enter?
A9: No. Piano Hero is open to all Canadian residents, i.e. persons born and residing in Canada and persons who hold permanent residency status, but excluding foreign students and Canadian citizens living abroad.

Q10: The piece I have chosen contains repeated sections. Am I obliged to play them?
A10: No. You are not obliged to play repeated sections, but you may play them as long as you respect the 10-minute limit for your video.

Q11: The piece I wish to play is longer than 10 minutes. What do I do?
A11: You must either choose a different piece that runs less that 10 minutes, or play only a section of your piece. Either way, your video may not exceed 10 minutes.

Q12: May I perform my piece on an electronic piano?
A12: No. We will only accept videos in which contestants play an acoustic piano.

Q13: I have received a small honorarium for piano performances. Am I eligible to enter?
A13: If the honorarium was provided to cover expenses like travel or other related costs, then yes, you are eligible to enter. However, if the honorarium was provided as a performance fee, then you are not eligible. If you are uncertain, write to us at piano@cbc.ca to discuss.

Entering

Q14: How do I create a YouTube account?
A14: This eight-step wikihow should help http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-YouTube-Account

Q15: May I enter the contest without a Facebook account?
A15: Yes. To do so, you must register as a user on the contest entry page.

Q16: In my video, am I required to introduce my piece?
A16: No. You are not required to introduce your piece, however you may do so as long as you respect the maximum time limit of 10 minutes.

Voting

Q17: I don’t have a Facebook account. May I still vote?
A17: Yes, you may vote by registering as a user on the contest entry page.

Q18: I am not a Canadian citizen or a Canadian resident. Am I eligible to vote?
A18: Yes. Voting is not restricted by citizenship or geographical boundaries.

Q19: I voted for my favourite contestant. Can I vote for him/her again today?
A19: No. You must wait until tomorrow. We allow you to vote once per day per contestant.

Q20: May I vote for two different contestants on the same day?
A20: Yes. You can vote for multiple contestants per day, but only once per contestant per day.

Other

Q21: I commented on somebody’s video. Why don’t I see it?
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