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Terms & Conditions

of the Carl Flesch Academy, January 17, 2024

1. Summary of Service

Once per year, the Carl Flesch Academy, represented by the managing director Arndt Joosten, (in the following referred to as "CFA") organizes string master classes (in the following referred to as "academy week") for international participants (in the following referred to as "students"). Each master class consists of several individual lessons held at the Lichthental Abbey in Baden-Baden, Germany. These lessons may be private or public, including instant or later broadcasting or publishing on the Internet or in other media. Accommodation at the Lichtenthal Abbey is mandatory for participation.

All relevant information about the annual acedemy week will be published in advance on the official application page at https://carl.flesch.academy. This information includes — but is not limited to — location, dates, times, instructors, prices, deadlines, awards and further details.

2. Application & Payment

2.1. Application & Confirmation

Unless an explicit exception is made, students must apply for the academy week via the official online application page of the CFA. Applications by e-mail or other forms of communication are not accepted. Incorrect or missing data in the application form may lead to rejection.

Students who wish to opt out of the catering service at the Lichtenthal Abbey must state this in the comments field of their application. For further details see section 5.2. below.

An application does not guarantee participation. Each instructor of the academy week will select the final participants of his/her master class and will inform the students accordingly. The CFA reserves the right to reject applicants without explanation. All decisions of the CFA are final. Legal recourse is excluded.

2.2. Payment

After the CFA has confirmed the participation in the academy week, the student is required to book a room from a given list and to pay the total amount — participation fee plus accommodation and board — meeting the deadline published on the application page.

Payments must be made by PayPal, credit card or bank transfer. The student will receive all necessary details by e-mail. Failure to pay within the give time frame may lead to immediate exclusion from the academy week.

3. Cancellation

3.1. Cancellation by Student

Cancellations will only be granted under very special circumstances and only until 60 days prior to the academy week. After this period the student must pay the master class and all associated services in full. Failing to do so may lead to an indefinite exclusion from all future academy weeks of the CFA.

Nevertheless, in case of a cancellation, the CFA will make best efforts to find a replacement student. The CFA reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee, according to German law.

3.2. Force Majeure

Unforeseen circumstances beyond the CFA's control may force the CFA to cancel the academy week, a specific master class, individual lessons or other parts of the overall service. In such a case, apart from a partial or total refund, the student may not claim and will not receive any further compensation.

Any necessary location change within a radius of 100 km or any time change within one week is no valid reason for a cancellation by the student.

4. Master Classes & Chamber Music

4.1. Instructors

Master classes will be given by the instructors listed on the application page. Should an instructor not be able to hold a master class or individual lesson(s) the CFA will make best efforts to provide a replacement instructor of similar international renown and/or similar teaching qualities. A change of instructor is no valid reason for a cancellation by the student or a compensation whatsoever.

4.2. Lessons

Unless stated otherwise, a master class consists of 4 individual lessons with a duration of 45 minutes each. Lesson times and locations will be announced before and/or during the academy week. They can be subject to change any time. Students who fail to attend their lesson(s) may not claim any financial reimbursement or other form of compensation.

4.3. Chamber Music

In addition to the master classes, the CFA consists of chamber music projects, that may consist of lessons, rehearsals, private concerts and public performances, such as the official closing concert. Participation in these chamber music projects is mandatory for all students. They will be given by a dedicated chamber music teacher and/or the accompanying pianists. Times and locations will be announced before and/or during the academy week. They can be subject to change any time.

5. Accommodation & Board

5.1. Concept

The academy week follows an overall concept of all participants living, working and making music together, at the the Lichtenthal Abbey. Thus, accommodation at the Lichtenthal Abbey is mandatory. With his/her application the student agrees to book and pay one of the listed rooms, during the payment process.

5.2. Board

The accommodation at the Lichtenthal Abbey includes three omnivorous or vegetarian meals per day. Should a student with alternative eating habbits or food allergies opt out of this service he/she will be solely responsible for his/her food & beverages during the entire academy week.

Any student opting out from the catering at the Lichtenthal Abbey must be aware of the fact that eating out may require more time. He/she will be solely resonsible for returning to the abbey on time for his/her lessons.

Students who opt out from the catering at the Lichtenthal Abbey may request a reduced room price, as long as they have stated their reason to opt out in the application form.

6. Publishing Rights

6.1. Recording & Publishing

With his/her application the student grants the CFA the right to record impressions of the master classes, the concerts and all other activities during the academy week for educational or advertising purposes, including — but not limited to — photos, videos and/or audio recordings, including recordings that depict the student and/or his/her performance.

The student also grants the CFA the indefinite right to publish and distribute such recordings in all existing or future media, including — but not limited to — YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, websites of the CFA and its partners, Television, ads, magazines and/or newspapers. These publications may contain the original recordings, excerpts or modifications, and the recordings may be combined with recordings of other students or with other works.

6.2. Royalties

The CFA may record and publish all activities described in 6.1., free of charge. The student will receive no royalties or other form of compensation.

6.3. Rights of the Student

The CFA grants the student the right to take photos during the academy week and to publish these photos on his/her social media channels or personal website. The student may not publish photos elsewhere or record/publish video or audio without written approval by the CFA.

6.4. Common Interest

Both the student and the CFA agree that any published material shall show the depicted persons and/or their performance in a manner that does not harm the reputation or career of the depicted persons, of the CFA, of the Lichtenthal Abbey or of any associated persons, companies, schools, institutes or similar entities.

6.5. Penalties

Photography, videography, audio recordings and the processing & publishing of such media are related to very high costs, covered by the CFA and public funding. Should a student revoke the rights mentioned above and should an applicable law require the CFA to comply, this revocation would result in a significant damage to the CFA.

Therefore, in such a case, the CFA will withdraw any benefits the student has received as a result of his/her participation in the academy week, including — but not limited to —  scholarships, certificates, awards and publication rights. Should such benefits have already been paid/given they must be returned by the student. The student will also be excluded indefinitely from all future academy weeks of the CFA.

7. Severability Clause

The CFA will observe all legal obligations that may result from German, European or international law. In case any provision of this agreement shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.

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