BHOF 2020 Rules and Regulations
The following are the complete rules for applying for the 2020 Weekender. There's a lot contained here but we wanted to make sure you can find a clear answer for everything!
Opening of application and rule updates
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Age: You must be 21 years of age or older (as of August 27th, 2020) to apply or participate. (This is also noted in the Legal Compliance section.)
- Application: All applications for the 2020 Weekender will be submitted online through TroupeIT. All application fee payments will be through TroupeIT's payment provider.
- Fees: Application fee payments must be completed within the online application system, payments made with any other method in order to settle the application fee will not be accepted. The application fee is not tax-deductible. Fees for the 2020 season are $29 per application if submitted before Monday, December 16, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST and $39 per application if submitted by Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST
- Membership: A valid BHoF membership (at any level) is required at the time of the application submission. For acts featuring more than one performer, only the contact person named in the application must be a member.
- Deadline: The application deadline is Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. The online application system will not allow applications to be submitted or updated after that time.
- Performance dates and your availability: The 2020 Weekender will take place over four days and nights from August 27, 2020 to August 30, 2020. 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 Weekender, 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.
- 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 completeness 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.
- Changes to application: Except for updating your account information, no changes to the application itself can be made once it is submitted.
- 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 .
- Submitted materials: Submitted materials are non-returnable and may be used for the purpose of promoting the Burlesque Hall of Fame and the Weekender.
- Confirmation of application submission: When your application is submitted, you will see a confirmation screen and your status on the main application dashboard will be updated to reflect that it has been received. This is your confirmation that your entry has been properly submitted.
- 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.
- False accounts: 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.
- Application fee: Each act entered must include a non-refundable application fee, payable through TroupeIT. Each act submitted must have its own fee paid. The application fee is not tax-deductible.
- Deadline for application fee: Early payment and application submission before the early bird deadline will receive a discount on the application fee. Discount cutoff dates are noted clearly within the application.
- The discount deadlines apply to all acts, including the second act submitted (if submitted at all). The system does not allow for an additional second-act discount beyond that.
- Fee credit to application: The fee will be automatically credited to the application it is initiated from.
- Purchase of weekend tickets/passes: If accepted to perform during the Weekender, applicants receive a free nontransferable General Admission pass for themself for the night of their performance only. They must still purchase tickets and/or Weekender Passes if they plan to attend any night other than their performance night. Single tickets are not tax deductible. Weekender 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.)
- Application accounts: The system accepts 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.
- 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.)
- Time limits: 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 on-stage, 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.
- Props: Please avoid using props that take a
significant amount of on-stage setup/breakdown
time. (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 on-stage 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. BHOF will not rent any equipment on your behalf, cover any freight costs, or provide extra labor for your setup.
- (Revised for 2020) Male-identified** 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.
- (Revised for 2020) Female-identified**solo acts: If you have never previously performed/competed at the Weekender as a soloist, then apply in the Best Debut category. If you have previously performed/competed at the Weekender as a soloist, then apply in the Miss Exotic World category.
- Miss Exotic World Statement of Intent: In receiving the Miss Exotic World crown, you become a lifelong representative of The Burlesque Hall of Fame, with a real opportunity to do good for the museum and for the burlesque community as a whole. BHoF wants to help you make the most of your year in the spotlight as Reigning Queen of Burlesque. To that end, we have created an agreement between us and the winner of the MEW competition, spelling out the rights and responsibilities of the role and how we can support you. These responsibilities boil down to: a) developing and executing a project of benefit to the museum, the community, or the art of burlesque as a whole; b) creating regular updates for social media and BHoF’s website about your progress throughout the year; c) representing BHoF at events and in media; d) creating a fundraiser for BHoF or the Legends Challenge; and e) engaging with our burlesque legends in some regular way. If accepted to compete for the title of Miss Exotic World, you will be asked to complete a short “Statement of Intent” outlining how, if you win the title, you hope to use your position to benefit BHoF, the burlesque community, and/or the art of burlesque. This statement will act as your reference in developing whatever projects you undertake with BHoF during your reigning year.
- Additional onstage personnel — choosing the correct category (Solo vs. Group):
- For the solo categories, additional visible personnel may be allowed on-stage during your act provided their time on stage does not exceed 15 seconds total. Additional visible personnel must be BHoF stagehands or BHoF stage kittens; alternative personnel may be approved by BHoF producers on a case-by-case basis. If additional visible personnel must be on-stage for longer than 15 seconds, you must apply as a group.
- 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 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 BHoF to clear it .
- Per the Final Decisions section of the rules, the Selection Team and BHoF reserve the right to Re-categorize acts if they deem it necessary.
- 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
- Prohibited substances: Per agreement with the venue, absolutely no fire or liquid is permitted in any act.
- Additional prohibited substances: Mylar confetti, oils, and lubes are 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 to perform at the Weekender and requires any "special handling" or gear beyond what we offer to all other applicants, you agree to bear that cost.
- Nevada state laws: The Burlesque Hall of Fame Pageant/Weekender has adult themes and all participants must abide by all Nevada laws.
- 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 on-stage.
- For female performers, areolas must be fully covered by pasties or clothing at all times while on-stage.
- 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 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 2020 Weekender, we will contact you several weeks beforehand to provide a high-resolution photograph for use in the souvenir program.
- 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
- 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 BHoF permission to use the photograph for its promotional purposes, indefinitely. BHOF may accommodate written requests for revocation of the use of your photograph at its discretion.
- Video Length: The act portion of your video submission cannot be more than one minute longer than the category limit. If the video you must submit is longer, then you must specify which portion should be evaluated.
- 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
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- Important: see "viewability" section immediately below for additional information about public viewability/permissions of online video.
- We will offer non-competitive performance opportunities. There is a spot in the application where you can indicate your preference for this.
- Applicants who are offered a spot to perform at the
Weekender 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 Weekender and
seven days after the end of the Burlesque Hall of Fame
Pageant Weekender. 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 email@example.com to authorize it .
Photography and videography of performers at the event
- Personal photography: BHoF does allow personal photography at the Weekender; if you are selected to perform, you agree that BHoF is not responsible for those photographs and you release BHoF from any liability in how those photographs are used.
- Videography: BHoF does not allow personal
videography of the stage performances at the
Weekender. BHoF films performances for its own
archive; if you are selected to perform, you agree
- 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.
- 3rd party videography: In some cases, 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
- All applicants and participants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of performance.
- All applicants and participants agree to abide by Nevada state law regarding nudity and appropriateness as described elsewhere in these rules.
- All participants must sign an on-site safety waiver in order to perform or compete.
- In applying to participate in this event, you grant Burlesque Hall of Fame and its assignees irrevocable permission to use your name, likeness, and performance for unlimited promotional use.
- All participants agree to take full responsibility for themselves and the act they are performing. All participants agree to hold 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.