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Online Audition and Competition Rules


ASL Artist Song Competition is an internet sign song competition, culminating in a Final Live competition!  This event is for anyone who has a passion for ASL and Deaf Culture. Someone with a knack for language and interpretation of music.  For those that love the beauty of ASL and the challenge of seamlessly blending English, ASL and music.  


If you fall into any of the above categories, then ASL Artist is your place to shine!



May 15 – July 24, 2017:                Audition Video Submissions                                        

July 25 - July 31, 2017:                 Submissions Judge Panel Review

August 1, 2017:                             Finalists Announced

September 23, 2017:                    LIVE ASL Song Artist Competition!


LIVE ASL Artist Song Competition:  

September 23, 2017 at College of Canyons:

Santa Clarita Valley Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons


*The ASL Artist Committee reserves the right to change the above timeline as seen fit. 



The contestants are grouped in three categories, based on school enrollment at the time of audition: 

  • High School Category:  students currently enrolled in High School.

  • College Category: students currently enrolled in College courses.

  • General Public Category: anyone age 18+ who is not enrolled in school.




1.  Online submission of your signed song, beginning  May 15, 2017 – July 24 , 2017, by 11:59 PST.

2.  Contestant must be associated with the competition group they are submitting for at the time of submission. Proof of HS or College enrollment will be required prior to being selected as a finalist.

3.  Contestants will compete within their respective categories in an online audition from May 15, 2017 – July 24, 2017.


Registration Requirements

  1. Please visit www.elevatesign.com to download a release form.  Sign and scan to your computer.

  2. Complete the online application form.

  3. Submit your non-refundable payment of $20 online via PayPal or Venmo: “ASL Artist”

  4. Email your video to submission@elevatesign.com Include your full name and your song name from your completed registration form.

  5. If your file is too big, go to www.wetransfer.com Type in your email and add a note: “last name, first name: name of song” and send it to submission@elevatesign.com


Video Submission Requirements

Online audition video submissions will be accepted from May 15 – July 24, 2017.  


Audition video submissions must be solo – no group submissions will be accepted.

  1. Please sign your name, the category for which you are competing (High School, College, General Public), and why you were inspired to sign your chosen song.  

  2. Song choice must be appropriate for all audiences. Gospel, patriotic and songs with profanity, inappropriate content, or deemed offensive by the ASL Artist Committee will be disqualified.  

  3. Original Songs are acceptable and encouraged.

  4. Background must be free of distracting patterns and objects.  A solid background in a blue, grey, black, brown, or other dark tones is preferred.

  5. Contestant must wear clothing that is free of distracting patterns; solids are best.  Color should contrast with the contestants’ skin tone.  

  6. Maximum Length:  Video must be 4 minutes or less.   

  7. Lyrics must be captioned on the video.  Failure to do so will result in being disqualified.

Online Auditions: Voting and Judging

  1. The ASL Artist Committee, comprised of ASL experts, interpreters and artists will review the submitted videos in each category and select the three finalists. Finalists will be contacted and status verified.

  2. The ASL Artist Committee will be judging online auditions based on the following:

    • ASL Interpretation: Fluency, Conceptual Accuracy, Clarity of Signs, and Sign Production

    • Technical Difficulty: Song selection and ability to accurately portray and interpret the meaning and intent of the original performer


Contestants who qualify as finalists will be notified by email on August 1, 2017. The list of finalists will be posted on www.elevatesign.com along with a link to their audition video.






Contact information

Executive Producer:

CJ Jones / Elevate!

Email:  admin@elevatesign.com



Brittany Applen / College of the Canyons’ ASL Department

Email: sign.coc@gmail.com

Cassandra Jones/Elevate!

Email: admin@elevatesign.com


The ASL Artist Committee reserve the right to make changes to online audition and competition rules without any prejudice to gender, age, disability, race, color, religion, marital status and national or ethnic origin.


ASL Artist is a registered trademark of Elevate!