UDEF and the Pro Breaking Tour
UDEF operates as the membership organization for the competitors on the Pro Breaking Tour and as the sanctioning body for the Tour’s competitions, setting event competition standards, judging criteria, and other criteria to ensure uniform standards for all Pro Breaking Tour events, whether large or small.
While UDEF monitors the activities of the Pro Breaking Tour, UDEF does not itself currently sponsor or run any Pro Breaking Tour events. Rather, UDEF serves as a membership organization for Tour Competitors and sets sanctioning guidelines for Tour events. UDEF members who register as Tour Competitors are eligible to compete in Pro Breaking Tour events. UDEF membership is free.
UDEF is a non-profit corporation, with a board comprised of professional breakers, event organizers and others from the breaking community, as well as executives from the business world and lawyers with domain expertise in various areas, including corporate law, intellectual property matters, and labor law.
Neither the Tour Supporter nor the Tour Competitor class of membership is a Corporate Membership, nor does the Tour Supporter or Tour Competitor classification include voting rights, inspection rights, other governance rights, or a shareholder position with UDEF, which is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. As set forth in UDEF’s bylaws, the ‘Corporate Members’ of UDEF are individuals on UDEF’s board entitled to vote for the election of the board and other matters requiring action by such members pursuant to the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988, as amended.
The Professional Breaking Tour, LLC
The Pro Breaking Tour is managed through a wholly-owned subsidiary of UDEF named The Professional Breaking Tour, LLC (“PBT”). PBT is structured as a taxable entity. In managing the Tour, PBT coordinates with a large network of independent event organizers based in several cities, whose events comprise the Tour. These events are funded and operated by the local event organizers, principally through local sponsorship receipts, event ticket sales for spectators, entry fees for competitors, plus concession fees and merchandising income. In addition, in certain cases PBT sells Tour-wide sponsorships, and pays fees to the local promoters to obtain the sponsorship categories it seeks. PBT’s funding support for Tour events is typically directed to prize money for breakers, plus some added funding to help promoters with venue costs and other costs, including special event insurance.
Who Controls the Tour’s Events?
Neither UDEF nor PBT attempt to control aspects of the Pro Breaking Tour’s events other than those specifically related to the competition and the competitors in the events, whose rights must be respected by the event organizers, as well as compliance with certain requirements established by Tour sponsors. Event organizers of Pro Breaking Tour events are required by UDEF and PBT to comply with competition guidelines, as well as restrictions relating to the competitors, which are set forth in the Tour Competitor Agreement. Those restrictions include, without the competitor’s advance written consent, no right to use or license the images or videos of a competitor for endorsement of companies, products, or services, or for merchandizing programs. The structure of the Tour Competitor Agreement was modeled after the men’s professional tennis tour, a long-standing and successful professional tour which operates globally.
Similar to tours in professional sports, the Pro Breaking Tour hopes to generate income to support UDEF’s philanthropic mission through the sale of Tour-wide sponsorships to companies which would be interested in becoming involved with professional, competitive breaking events as a vehicle to promote their products or services.
Anyone is eligible for the Pro Breaking Tour’s competitions, whether amateur or professional, young or old, as long as he or she is a member of UDEF, which is free, and has registered through UDEF to be classified as a Tour Competitor, which is also free. All junior competitors (under 18) require a signed parental or guardian consent.
Entry fees for Pro Breaking Tour events are established by the local event organizer, not by UDEF, and are payable to the organizer of the event, although some Tour events are free.
About UDEF’s Educational and Philanthropic Mandate
Totally separate and apart from the prize money competitions on the Pro Breaking Tour, UDEF supports dozens of charitable events annually, including workshops for young dancers, teaching clinics and performances in schools, colleges, community centers and at charity events, both large and small.
Typically, between three and twenty Pro Breaking Tour competitors are hired to assist UDEF in undertaking these programs.
The content ranges from the teaching/coaching of young dancers (as well as their dance teachers/coaches) to discussions about community and culture to live performances.
Since its inception, UDEF has provided dancers, teachers and funding to support charitable events and programs throughout the United States, as well as in Africa.
The Urban Dance & Educational Foundation is a Tax-Exempt Public Charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
See UDEF Mission