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International association of artistic, cultural and media professionals
TALENT SEEKERS was born in October 2008 with the aim of building an international network of cultural, artistic and media professionals who can help each other with their respective projects, as well as working together to discover and promote new talent.

The idea emerges from the conviction that, as managers of creative content, we boast an individual power which can be multiplied when we work in association with other related companies, a power which becomes even greater when our activity is specifically motivated by the interests of the creators and the consumers of this content, whose diffusion we are responsible for.

In this sense, we have developed a series of tools which demonstrate that cooperating with others produces a far greater benefit than competing against them. In particular, we have an application that will permit each associated professional to circulate news and advertisements regarding his/her own projects, by means of the different “broadcasting” channels which will gradually be created at TALENT SEEKERS in each field and language represented.
The contest
The name TALENT SEEKERS will be linked to the idea of an international awards contest whose purpose will be to draw attention to 100 authors per year in each of the following disciplines:

• Photography.
• Painting, drawing, engraving.
• Digital art, net art.
• Film, video, animation.
• Sculpture.
• Music.
• Literature, philosophy, journalism.
• Installations, performance art.
• Web design, graphic design.
• Free category (*).

(*) Free category: architecture, design, fashion, ceramics, craft work, etc.

(**) In order to become acquainted in detail with the selection process of artists, we would recommend you read the following paragraph of the FAQ section: What is the method of selection for artists to be evaluated by the jury?


IMPORTANT NOTICE:

The second edition of the International Talent Seekers Awards has been postponed until a new proprietor or sponsor willing to invest the necessary resources to organize it is found. We have considered asking the community for their support to finance the project, via donations or fees, but have concluded that this is not a policy we would feel comfortable with.

Those interested in considering the acquisition of Talent Seekers can visit the following link: TALENT SEEKERS FOR SALE. In the meantime, we recommend our users to continue using Talent Seekers as an effective international talent search platform and do apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused.

Thank you for your trust.
The awards
The 1.000 authors selected by the public will be presented in an historical presentation on the website distributed in 10 groups of 100 authors each (one per category) and organized in accordance with the votes received by the jury. This space will be promoted at length among users.

In accordance with the support received from sponsors, we will concede a series of prizes to the most outstanding authors. These prizes will be announced throughout the 2nd and 3rd phases of the contest (*).

The prizes given will also be accompanied by an extensive on-line campaign, destined to the thousands of media companies included in TALENT SEEKERS data base.

(*) TALENT SEEKERS reserves all rights to modify or cancel prizes previously announced when the same depend directly on third parties outside the control of our organization.
The authors
Any author belonging to any of the 10 disciplines of the contest can participate. Just a simple form must be completed, which will be transacted by personnel of TALENT SEEKERS. In this form, you must provide a photograph of yourself or your group, together with a website address where your work is displayed.

Each author will be assessed by the whole of their work exhibited on their web page in the category of their presentation. This means that the author him/herself will be voted for and not just one particular work.

So as not to prejudice the professional career of any author presented, only votes received for the 100 most outstanding authors selected by the public in each category will be made known. Furthermore, this information will not be revealed until the 3rd phase of the contest has concluded. This means the winners will be spotlighted, but there will be no losers.

All participant authors in this present edition of “TALENT SEEKERS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS” will automatically be included in the next edition without the necessity of having to make an application. On the other hand, each author will be able to cease participation in the same upon request.
The public
All of you -music, literature and art lovers- will have a key part in helping us to discover the authors you consider deserve support from the professional sectors.

In particular, you will have the responsibility of choosing the 100 most popular authors in each of the 10 categories represented in this contest (a total of 1.000 authors). To participate, you just need to complete a simple inscription form.

As members of TALENT SEEKERS, you will also be able to access all news published by the professionals of the different sectors represented, as well as receiving by e-mail any news you have previously notified us that you are particularly interested in.

In order to guarantee the legitimacy of votes, TALENT SEEKERS will reserve the right to eliminate any points that could have been given fraudulently, should at any time suspicious or unusual conduct be detected. In this sense, we have at our disposal the tools necessary to avoid one same person making more than one vote for an author from one same ip address.
The jury
All professionals who can assert their speciality in any of the 10 categories of the contest will be able to participate as members of the jury. Record companies, publishers, producers, managers, agents, galleries, the media, Internet portals, cultural promoters, specialised journalists, teachers, etc. are all very welcome.

As “TALENT SEEKERS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS” is a contest orientated towards the discovery of authors unknown to the general public, the jury could also consist of artists, musicians, writers or any other creative professional whose renowned prestige would prevent their participation in the “authors” category. All they will have to do is present a brief summary of their professional achievements to endorse their application.

The members of the jury will enjoy a series of benefits, amongst them the possibility of offering their professional services and of circulating news and advertisements at an international level. This circulation will be made by means of our newsletters, our on-line news section and an original system for inter-changing news and advertisements with other media companies, hence multiplying their power of communication. All our news will be directed to a public which will have previously expressed their wish to receive them and that will have expressly indicated the different subjects of their choice, as well as the various languages in which such news could be presented.

Your only commitment as a member of the jury will be to examine on-line the 100 finalist authors in the corresponding category or categories in which you have been admitted and vote, anonymously and during a specified time, for all those authors you consider most outstanding. Presumably, the said period will be January of 2010.
The sponsors
All individuals, institutions or companies who wish to support our project can become our sponsors. In TALENT SEEKERS there will be a place for all of them (*). In particular, there will be three way of cooperating:

• OPTION A: Donating a cash amount to TALENT SEEKERS which will be integrally destined to the promotion of this project or to any other objective previously agreed.

• OPTION B: Offering a cash prize or in kind to one or several of the selected authors. For example, the publication of a book, CD or DVD, the organization of a concert or exhibition, the purchase of a work of one of the winning artists, etc.

• OPTION C: Sending a communication to the users of your organization, publishing a news item in your media and/or including a TALENT SEEKERS banner on your webpage.

(*) The position that each sponsor occupies on TALENT SEEKER’S website and their inclusion in our mailing lists and other means of circulation at our disposal will depend on their degree of involvement in the project. Except where previously stipulated, TALENT SEEKERS will apply in this sense its own decision criteria.
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