The SFWGA does not release personal information about staff, instructors, student officers, or student performers, that has not been specifically disclosed by the performing units as part of their introductory announcements or website information page. The SFWGA does not post the names of student performers by their photographs. Sometimes the world can be no-so-nice, and there is no reason to tell strangers who you are and what you look like. Your friends and family will recognize you, so no one else really matters. Parents and Guardians may request the exclusion of a student's name from contest announcements and website information by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Filming and Recording Performances
The SFWGA is committed to compliance with US Copyright laws. All of the music that is played or performed at our contests is through written agreements with the music publishers and their licensing agencies. These agreements specifically prohibit the recording of any performance, including amateur filming by parents, spectators, or students. We respect the rights of the composers and publishers and do not permit video recording devices inside the contest area. Our student performers work hard to learn and perform their shows. Placing a spectator-filmed video on a social networking site like YouTube or Facebook poses the serious risk of having that unit's music license revoked, effectively ending their season. Please respect our student performers as well as the music copyright owners and do not video record any performance at a contest.
Photography at Contests
Take all the still photos you want. Just make sure the flash is turned off. Let's say that again, because it's very important: be absolutely sure that the flash is turned off. Here's why: those flashes of light are very distracting to others, including the judges. But most of all, distracting to the performers. It takes a lot of focus and concentration where there is a sabre spinning above your head, and that sudden bright flash of light could cause a very bad ending and a trip to the hospital. Not to mention that the distance from bleachers to the performance floor is greater than what most flashes can handle, so the photo won't come out anyway.
The SFWGA sells advertising space on this website, and allows its contracted partners to sell advertising in media licensed by the SFWGA, such as Contest Program Books, Yearbooks, and Championship Video productions. The SFWGA also permits Contest Hosts to sell or assign vendor booths to both SFWGA member units as well as professional vendors. The appearance of an advertisement in one of these media formats, or a vendor booth at a contest, should not be construed as an endorsement by the SFWGA of that particular entity or the products and services they provide. The SFWGA does not permit performing units to display advertisements or commercial affiliations as part of their performances, or place advertising banners/signs inside the contest area (gymnasium) at any time. Product logos that appear on musical instruments as part of their manufacturing design, and sponsors or patrons of the Contest Host, are excepted.