Awards Guidelines and Categories, FAQs

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BREAKOUT WEST SUBMISSION FAQ'S

1.     When is the submission deadline?

The submission deadline for BreakOut West 2018 midnight CST on Monday March 12, 2018.


2.     Who can apply for the awards?

Submissions can be made by the Artist/Industry professional themselves or they can be submitted on the Artist’s/Industry professional’s behalf.


3.     Do I have to complete my entire submission at one time?

  • No. You have the ability to sign in and out of your submission at any time to be able to complete it over the course of time.
  • Once you confirm and complete your submission, and after payment is accepted, you will no longer be able to sign into that specific submission.
  • Make sure to have all information correct before confirming your submission.

4.     How do I know that my submission has been properly submitted?

Submitting is a four-part process:                

  1. On the media page you will be asked to install the Aspera app. Have ready all media, music and documents.
  2. Complete and upload music, info and pictures for your online submission.  
  3. Complete payment page
  4. You will receive and email indicating that you have completed. Keep that for reference if you have any questions

5.     Do I have to be a member of my province's Music Industry Association to submit to the awards or play the Festival?

  • No. It is recommended that nominees, and those submitting, be a member of a Western Canadian Music Industry Association but is not required.

The Western Canadian Music Industry Associations include     

      • Music BC
      • Manitoba Music
      • SaskMusic
      • Alberta Music
      • Music Yukon
      • Music NWT

*Note, all MIA members will receive a discount for their submissions.


6.     How can the payments be made?

  • You can pay with Visa or MasterCard. No debit cards.
  • You will be prompted to enter the payment information upon completion of your submission.

7.     Are Non-Canadians eligible for any of the categories?

  • No. The Nominee must have been born in either Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon or NWT and must have lived in one of those Provinces or Territories for six consecutive months in the past year (January 1, 2017 - March 12, 2018).

            OR

  • The Nominee must have maintained a residence in a Western Canadian Province or Territory for the entire period of January 1, 2017 through March 12, 2018.
  • For groups, 50% of the group's members must meet residency requirements. Proof of residency may be required.

8.     Can submissions be made to more than one category?

9.  What is meant by release date?

  • All nominees (either to Artistic or Industry Award categories) must have released a minimum of 3 songs to radio, retail, or online between January 1, 2016 and March 12, 2018.
  • Full-length (Recording of the Year) means that the album is either a minimum of 30 minutes or contains at least six songs.
  • At least 50% of the tracks must be previously unreleased cuts. A cut is defined as material previously released to radio or retail.
  • All recordings must fulfill all legal requirements, meaning that the songwriters have been properly credited and mechanical royalties have been paid.
  • There are no release date requirements to apply to the Festival.
     

10.  If a Release/EP/Multi Media Item hasn’t been previously nominated, can it be nominated again the following year?

Yes, because the eligibility period is longer than one year, an album may be eligible for two consecutive years.

However:

  •  the album must still meet all release requirements.
  •  no album will be selected as a final nominee in the same category two years in a row.
  •  an album cannot be submitted in one genre category one year and in a different category the next

11.  What is the definition of a release and a release and a full-length Album?

Minimum 3 newly recorded songs, full-length means that the album is either a minimum of 30 minutes OR contains at least six songs.


12.  Will EPs be eligible for nomination?

Yes, as long as the EP is at least three songs.


13.  Can a submitted Album/EP include cover songs?

  • An Album and/or EP will be eligible for all categories if at least 50% of the tracks on the recording are previously unreleased cuts.
  • A cut is defined as material previously released to radio or retail.
  • Exceptions to this are Electronic/Dance and Instrumental categories which must be at least 75% previously unreleased cuts.

14.  Are Seasonal/Christmas Albums/EPs eligible?

Yes, as long as they still fit into a particular genre and meet all of the necessary residency and release requirements.


15.  Can submissions be made into both the Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year and Composer of the Year categories?

Yes. See Artistic Awards Categories for more information.


16.  If there is a project that has more then one producer or engineer how should it be entered?

  • A co-production or co-engineering team may enter as a team or as two separate entries.
  • If making one entry, the team will be recognized.
  • If making separate entries the other co-producers or co-engineers must be listed and credited where applicable.

17.  Is there a minimum number of submissions needed in order for a category to proceed?

  • Yes. There must be a minimum of four submissions for a category to proceed in any year.
  • If there aren't enough submissions the category is skipped for the year and nominees can resubmit their album for the following year.

18.  How are the jurors selected?

  • The jurors will be chosen for their demonstrated knowledge and expertise in their fields and for their impartiality.
  • WCMA board and staff members are not allowed to sit as jurors or to influence the jurors' decisions of the juries.

 

 

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AWARD AND FESTIVAL GUIDELINES

 

1. RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: ARTISTIC

  • All artistic award nominees must be residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and/or the Northwest Territories, for at least six months between January 1, 2017 and March 12, 2018. The mandate of the Western Canadian Music Alliance is to support artists and companies who reside in Western Canada a majority of the time and as such contribute to healthy and thriving music communities in the region. In the case of groups, 50% of the members must meet residency requirement.
  • Groups: 50% of group members must meet residency requirements.
  • Proof of residency may be required.

 

2. RELEASE REQUIREMENTS: ARTISTIC

  • The nominee must have a commercial release between March 21, 2016 and March 21, 2018.

 

A release is defines as:

  • A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released and not be part of a collection previously nominated within 24 months of the submission deadline.
  • At least 50% of the tracks on the recording must be previously unreleased cuts.
  • Exceptions to this are Jazz and Classical, and Electronic/Dance and Instrumental categories which must be at least 75% previously unreleased cuts.
  • ‘Cut’ is defined as material previously released to radio or retail
  • All recordings must properly credit all songwriters.
  • All mechanical royalties must be paid.

3.  RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: INDUSTRY

  • All industry award nominees must be residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and/or the Northwest Territories, for at least six months between January 1, 2017 and March 12, 2018. Companies must be registered companies in Western Canada. The mandate of the Western Canadian Music Alliance is to support artists and companies who reside in Western Canada a majority of the time and as such contribute to healthy and thriving music communities in the region. In the case of groups, 50% of the members must meet residency requirement.
  • Groups: 50% of group members/company must meet residency requirements.
  • Proof of residency may be required.

 

 
4. MUSIC INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP 

It is recommended nominees, and those submitting, be a member of a Western Canadian Music Industry Association but is not required. Upon acceptance, the MIA’s will be contacted to ensure current membership.

The Western Canadian Music Industry Associations include     

      • Music BC
      • Manitoba Music
      • SaskMusic
      • Alberta Music
      • Music Yukon
      • Music NWT

 

5. NOMINATION & SUBMISSION DEADLINE

      •  Submissions Open: 11:00 a.m. CST on Monday, January 8th, 2018.
      •  Submissions Close: 11:00 p.m. CST on Monday, March 12th, 2018.

 Instructions for Submitting an Entry:

            •  Submission to the awards and festival does not guarantee acceptance.
            •  Festival applicants must submit at least three professionally recorded songs for adjudication.
            •  There are no release date requirements for the submitted festival material.
            •  All submissions are accepted online only. Before uploading the music, you will be instructed to install the Aspera app if you don’t already have it it.
            
•  Payment of the entry fee may only be made by credit card online.
            •  Online submissions must be completed by midnight CST on Monday, March 12, 2018.
            •  One submission must be completed for each category submitting to.
            •  Read all Guidelines and Category requirements to ensure qualification.
            •  Please complete submissions in full and accurately. 
Only submitted information is what jurors consider when adjudicating final completed submissions.

 

6. NOMINATION AND VOTING PROCEDURES

Each submission will be considered for selection as one of the five final nominees in each category. The submissions will be screened upon completion to ensure that each submission is complete and meets all eligibility requirements. Any submissions that are incomplete or ineligible will be disqualified. No refunds will be issued.

A panel of impartial jurors from across Canada will adjudicate all submissions and select the final five nominees in each category. The jury committee reserves the right to categorize a submission at their sole discretion.

If a category is over populated a super jury will be convene to review.

Electronic voting will be open to all current members of the Western Canadian Music Industry Associations and to jurors for final voting to select the winners. Final voting results are equally weighted between Western Canadian Music Industry Association members and jurors.

*The Jazz, Francophone and Classical categories will be selected and voted on solely by jurors.

 

7. MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS OF ONE ALBUM

Each category has its own restrictions and requirements. Make sure to read the Artistic Awards Categories for a complete list of all category specifications.

 

8. NOMINATION SUBMISSION IN SUCCESSIVE YEARS

Because the eligibility period is longer than one year, an album may be eligible for two consecutive years.

However:

  •  The album must still meet all release requirements.
  •  No album will be selected as a final nominee in the same category two years in a row.
  •  An album cannot be submitted in one genre category one year and in a different category the next.

All details are subject to change.

 

9. MINIMUM NUMBER OF SUBMISSIONS

There must be a minimum of four (4) submissions for a category to proceed in any year. If four (4) submissions were not received for a particular category, that category is skipped for that year and nominees can resubmit their album the following year.

 

10. JURY SELECTION

Each award category will be juried by a group of at least ten jurors unless otherwise stated in Guideline #5. The jurors are chosen for their demonstrated knowledge and expertise in their fields and for their impartiality. No WCMA Board or Staff member takes part in any adjudication and are required to be neutral without influence.

The WCMA reserves the right to select a juror who is not a resident of one of the five member regions if it is necessary to compile a strong, impartial jury that given year.

 

 

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ARTISTIC AWARD CATEGORIES

Please review the below Western Canadian Music Artistic Award Category information. Ignoring any requirements or restrictions may result in submission disqualification.

  • Awards are presented to an Artist or Group or Songwriter.
  • Unless otherwise stated, 50% of the submitted recorded tracks must be original material.
  • If submitting as a group, 50% of the group must meet residency requirements (see Award and Festival Guidelines for full list of requirements).

  • All categories are chosen through an adjudication process and all applicants must meet all residency and release requirements in order to be considered for nomination (see Award and Festival Guidelines for full list of requirements).

AWARD CATEGORIES #1

An album may only be submitted for nomination in ONE of the following categories* :

*Please make sure the submission fits within the specified guideline requirements. 
Once submitted, no changes can be made.

 

Blues Artist of the Year 

  • Definition – This recognizes an artist whose music styles include traditional or contemporary, acoustic or electric blues. Live recording must have 50% new material that has not been released by the artist.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Children’s Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music styles, musical quality (dramatic quality if narrative), originality, repertoire and creative and imaginative impact are suitable and obviously directed to a young listening audience. Material must be musical in nature or contain musical elements (ex: narratives or dramatic recordings must contain original music).
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist/ensemble whose music styles includes instrumental soloists, large or small chamber ensembles, as well as instrumental soloists with chamber accompaniment. This includes vocal or choral works.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Country Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music is country music, including but not limited to alt-country, traditional country, western swing and other recognized country music styles.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music styles and original recordings are composed with electronic equipment as the essential song writing tools and defined by their electronic elements. Vocals or tracks containing prominently recognizable samplings, interpolations or replayed elements will be eligible ONLY if the artist/group can provide written confirmation that reasonable attempts have been made to obtain proper clearance.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Instrumental Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music has at least 75% non-lyrical tracks (tracks without lyrics) and may represent all genres and styles. 
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Jazz Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music style is jazz music, (instrumental or vocal), including but not limited to traditional jazz, ragtime, swing, bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, fusion, Latin, Cuban or Afro-Cuban jazz, smooth, avant-garde, free improvisation, third stream, orchestral, world music-influenced.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Metal/Hard Music Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music styles is metal or hard music including but not limited to heavy metal, traditional/classic metal, metalcore, thrash metal, death metal, black metal and sub-genres.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Pop Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music styles is pop, including but not limited to mainstream pop, top 40, CHR, HOT AC, as well as indie and other pop styles not accessible on mainstream radio.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Rap/Hip Hop Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music styles predominantly fall in the genre of rap music. Lyrics must be delivered in an MC style and music/beats must reflect the sound of traditional and/or current rap. Tracks containing prominently recognizable samplings, interpolations or replayed elements will be eligible ONLY IF the artist/group can provide written confirmation that reasonable attempts have been made to obtain proper clearance.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Rock Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose musical style embraces rock and alternative music often revolving around the electric guitar or acoustic guitar, the uses of a strong back beat laid down by a rhythm section of electric bass guitar, drums, and keyboard instruments. Styles may encompass such sub-genres as, soft rock, glam rock, punk rock, progressive rock, hard rock, contemporary and/or popular rock.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Roots Duo/Group of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes a duo or group whose music styles are composed vocal or instrumental music influenced by roots music styles, repertoire, performance practices and musical structures and that may use new sounds/instrumentation. The music is often, but not always, composed by the submitting artist.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Roots Solo Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music styles are composed of vocal or instrumental music influenced by roots music styles, repertoire, performance practices and musical structures and that may use new sounds/instrumentation. The music is often, but not always, composed by the submitting artist.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Spiritual Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music styles demonstrate inspirational faith including (but not limited to): traditional, contemporary, country, alternative, pop/rock, and urban/dance. Submissions will be accepted from choirs, groups, solo performers and instrumental artists. Note: Beginning in 2016 this is considered a genre based category, rather than an open category.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Urban Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music style may include but is not limited to R&B, soul, funk, or nu jazz.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 World Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist whose music style draws on one or more traditional music genres from around the world or a cross-cultural mix of music. Songs must be predominantly World Music.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 

**All details are subject to change

 

AWARD CATEGORIES #2

An album may be submitted for nomination in ANY of the following categories* :

*Please make sure the submission fits within the specified guideline requirements. 
Once submitted, no changes can be made.

 

Aboriginal Artist of the Year 

  • Definition - This recognizes an artist in any musical styles created by Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis. If a group or duo, at least 50% of members must have Indigenous, First Nations, Aboriginal and/or Metis origin. Submissions into this category may also be submitted into one genre category in the same year.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 BreakOut Artist of the Year 

  • Definition – This award will be given to an artist/group that has had an exceptional year including but not limited to chart success, media exposure, industry recognition, and touring.
  • Eligibility – These recordings can be live, or fully produced, and CAN be released outside of the 24 month eligibility period. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Classical Composer of the Year 

  • Definition - This category recognizes a composer of work composed within the past 10 years and that appears on recording(s). This may include multiple compositions recorded on one or multiple recordings. Product recorded outside of Western Canada is eligible, as long as the composer meets the eligibility and residency requirements. Recordings submitted in this category may also be submitted into a genre category in the same year.
  • Eligibility – A minimum of 1 composition must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced.

 Francophone Artist of the Year 

Definition - This is awarded to the artist/group performing in French. At least three of the total tracks submitted must contain vocals sung in the French language. Submissions into this category may also be submitted into one of the other genre categories in the same year.

  • Eligibility – A minimum of 3 new songs must be commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria..

 Producer of the Year

  • Definition - This is awarded to the producer and recognizes excellence in music production. International product qualifies, as long as the producer is western Canadian. A Producer must have contributed to a minimum of 50% of work.
  • Eligibility – The body of works of the producer within the last 12 months from (the submission deadline) will be considered for this award. This may include one or multiple production projects.

 Recording of the Year 

  • Definition - This is awarded to the artist/group. This award recognizes excellence in a complete recording and may represent all genres and styles of music. Submissions into this category may also be submitted into one genre category in the same year.
  • Eligibility – A full length recording with a minimum of six (6) songs or 30 mins commercially released within 24 months of the submission deadline and not be part of a collection previously nominated. These recordings must be fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Songwriter(s) of the Year

  • Definition – This award goes to the songwriter(s) who are based western Canada. Copyright owners (Publisher or Songwriter) must submit one (1) song as a representation of the creative success of each songwriter’s body of work during the eligibility period. A songwriter writing alone or in collaboration with others is eligible, as long as one (1) is western Canadian. A songwriter may make a submission as a single songwriter or as part of a song writing team. Songwriter(s) who wish to be considered as a team must all agree to submit as a team. One physical trophy is awarded. Western Canadian songwriters who write for international artists/releases are eligible. A song does not need to contain lyrics to be eligible. Songs submitted must have been released, in any format, during eligibility period. I.e., songs released as singles or videos during the eligibility period may stand for nomination, even if they were released on an album prior to the eligibility period.
  • Eligibility – The song must be released commercially and not have been previously nominated within 24 months of the submission deadline. This recording can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Video Director of the Year 

  • Definition - This award recognizes the unique contribution a video makes to both the commercial success and the experiential elements that support a song. Submissions must include links to the video online. The award goes to the director of the video. International product qualifies, as long as the director is western Canadian.  A co-director is eligible, as long as he/she is western Canadian.
  • Eligibility – A full length video release and not previously nominated within 24 months of the submission deadline. The video can be live, or fully produced. If a directing group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 Visual Media Composer of the Year 

  • Definition - This is awarded to the songwriter/composer of instrumental or vocal works composed for, but not limited to film, television, theatre, soundtrack, video game. A composition/song may be one body of work, or may contain multiple short segments of composition/vocal work. The song/composition must be solely for the screen project and not be included in an already available commercial release.
  • Eligibility – The song/composition must be released commercially and not have been previously nominated within 24 months of the submission deadline. This recording can be live, or fully produced. If a group, at least 50% of the members must fulfill the eligibility criteria.

 

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INDUSTRY AWARD CATEGORIES

Please read and understand all guidelines and category requirements prior to submitting.

  • If submitting you must meet residency requirements (see Award and Festival Guidelines for full list of requirements).

  • All categories are chosen through an adjudication process and all applicants must meet all residency and release requirements in order to be considered for nomination (see Award and Festival Guidelines for full list of requirements).

 

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

1 - Audio Engineering Award

This award recognizes excellence in audio engineering including in the studio or on the stage, and is awarded to the engineer. The award is open to but not limited to studio engineers, mixing engineers, digital audio engineers, and venue or touring front of house or monitor technicians. The recipient will demonstrate dedication and excellence in the field of audio engineering as demonstrated through their work. Submissions can include audio recordings, testimonials or both. This may include one or multiple production projects. Work done outside of Western Canada is eligible, as long as the engineer meets the eligibility and residency requirements. Submissions will be judged on activities within one year of the submission deadline.

 

2 – Community Excellence Award

This award recognises an artist, group, music company, or organization that demonstrates a commitment to giving back to the community through programming or contributions that support a local neighbourhood initiative, a global cause, or to the broader music community. Social engagement should be displayed on an ongoing basis. Testimonials, past achievements, and ongoing projects can all be included in this submission. Submissions will be judged on activities within one year of the submission deadline.

 

3 - Excellence in Visual Design

Visual design makes a specific contribution to the branding and marketing of music. This award recognizes excellence in visual design including album packaging, merchandise, show posters, web and social media design. This award recognises a designer or design firm who has created work of note with one or more artists or project, across various media. This may include one or multiple production projects. Work done outside of Western Canada is eligible, as long as the designer meets the eligibility and residency requirements. Submissions will be judged on activities within one year of the submission deadline.

 

4 - Impact in Artist Development

This award recognizes companies or individuals from western Canada who have had a significant impact on an artist’s career within the eligibility period. The award is open to but not limited to artist managers, labels, agents, and publishers, including individuals, teams, or companies. The recipient will have demonstrated particular accomplishments in advancing the career of an artist or roster of artists. Work with artists from outside of Western Canada is eligible, as long as the nominee meets the eligibility and residency requirements. Submissions will be judged on activities within one year of the submission deadline.

 

5 - Impact in Live Music

This award recognizes companies or individuals who have had a significant impact on the live music scene in western Canada within the eligibility period. This award is open to, but not limited to, agents, promoters, presenters, buyers, venues and festivals. The recipient will have demonstrated accomplishments in live music such as innovative programming, record-breaking attendance, or programming for a specific community need. Consideration will be given to the promotion of western Canadian artists, the historical and cultural value of the applicant institution to the industry and the community, cooperation between the applicant and artists, and overall public participation. Nominees must meet the eligibility and residency requirements. Venues and festivals must be located in western Canada. Submissions will be judged on activities within one year of the submission deadline.

 

6 – Impact in Music Marketing

This award recognizes innovation, creative thinking, and hard work in the music industry in western Canada. The award is open to but not limited to individuals and companies working in PR, marketing, radio tracking, digital distribution, artist management, live promotion, app development, and technology. The recipient will demonstrate success through dedication to the western Canadian music industry and demonstrating new ways of doing business.

Submissions will be judged on activities and/or products completed within one year of the submission deadline. 

 

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