The Folk Music Ontario Awards are presented annually at the Folk Music Ontario Conference. Winners perform at the Awards Showcase and are recognized at the Awards Brunch.
These are the awards and bursary for 2018:
- Stingray Rising Star Award (sponsored by Stingray Music)
- Songs From the Heart Awards(presented by Folk Music Ontario)
- Colleen Peterson Award (presented by Ontario Arts Council)
- Recording Artist of the Year (sponsored by ACTRA-RACS)
- Website Award (presented by Bandzoogle) NEW AWARD FOR 2018!!!
- Setting the Stage Award (sponsored by Music Canada Live) NEW AWARD FOR 2018!!!
- Estelle Klein Award
- Taylor Mitchell Bursary
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 30, 2018 at 11:55pm EST.
Submissions are ONLINE ONLY, and are provided through a partnership with Marcato Digital.
Submissions for the Stingray Rising Star Award, Songs From the Heart Awards, Recording Artist of the Year, and Website Award are $20 for members and $40 for non-members. Become a member here.
There is no fee to apply to the Colleen Peterson Award but applicants must also apply to one of the Stingray Rising Star or Songs from the Heart Awards in order to be considered. The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) does not accept direct submissions for this award.
Applicants can submit to as many awards as they are eligible for. In addition, applicants can submit multiple songs to the Stingray Rising Star Award and the Songs From the Heart Awards. Each song submitted requires a separate application form and fee.
Submission fees are non-refundable and help to cover application processing.
NOTE: Members may not submit on behalf of non-members.
Each award has its own jury. Each jury is comprised of industry professionals and includes a representative from the sponsor, where possible. All efforts are made to keep the judging fair.
Colleen Peterson Award: Submissions to Stingray Rising Star Award and the Songs from the Heart Awards that meet eligibility requirments may also choose to apply to the Colleen Peterson Award. Applicants are reviewed and ranked by the Stingray Rising Star Award jury. The jury submits up to 15 nominees to the OAC for consideration. The OAC then assembles a jury with expertise in roots, traditional, folk, and/or country music.
Estelle Klein Award: The Estelle Klein Award winner is determined through a nomination and FMO member vote process. FMO members are encouraged to submit nominations for worthy candidates during the awards submission period. A committee comprised of former winners and current FMO board members will select a short list to be presented to the membership for a vote.
Taylor Mitchell Bursary: The Taylor Mitchell Bursary recipient is determined by a group of musical mentors who knew and loved Taylor.
For applications, please go HERE