BOCA & BOHSA Application Policies
Please review the following rules and guidelines before applying.
Applications are due by October 15 at 11:59 pm EST each year and may be submitted electronically only. A complete application includes your application form, application payment, and track submission.
Please complete the BOCA/BOHSA APPLICATION FORM. This form requires payment of a $40 application fee with a credit card.
You may submit up to six tracks per year.
Only tracks recorded on or after June 15 (18 months before the deadline to apply) will be considered. As such, you may be able to submit the same tracks for consideration years in a row, but not more than that.
You may submit tracks that have not yet been commercially released. Your tracks do not need to be part of a larger album.
NEW: Due to the implementation of the Music Modernization Act, we are unable to properly license mashups or medleys, and as such unfortunately cannot consider them for inclusion on our albums.
Your submission MUST be properly labeled.
Step 1: Label each track EXACTLY as follows: Track Title, Group Name, School Name. (For example: Elastic Heart, The Nor’easters, Northeastern University)
Step 2: Place all the tracks into one folder. Label this folder EXACTLY as follows: Group Name, School Name. (For example: The Nor’easters, Northeastern University)
Step 3: Upload that ONE folder to our Dropbox.
This is very important! We need every single album and individual track properly labeled, or we can easily lose track of whose music we are listening to. We also need you to upload just the ONE folder, properly labeled; do not upload all your tracks individually! We will not consider tracks that are not submitted according to these guidelines.
Groups accepted to BOCA and BOHSA will be required to send us a full-resolution CD quality (16 bit 44.1 kHz minimum) WAV or AIFF file within three days of notification of acceptance. Please be prepared to provide that as early as October 20. If your file is not received in the required timeframe, your spot on the album may be given to another group. Therefore, please do not submit any tracks for consideration if you are not prepared to submit the full-resolution version immediately.
When possible, please retain a copy of your original, unmastered mix from your mixing engineer. If your track is selected, this is the best version to submit to our mastering engineer so he can ensure that your track sounds the best it can on our album.
Tracks will be chosen by Varsity Vocals Executive Director Amanda Newman and album founder Deke Sharon. Factors for consideration include song selection, intonation, arrangement, balance, solo, and production quality.