MusicNL 2019 Awards Submission Guide

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2019 MUSICNL AWARDS: MEMBER SUBMISSION GUIDE

  • Submissions open September 18th , 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
  • For submission questions, please email info@musicnl.ca or call (709) 754-2574.
  • For membership inquiries, please email info@musicnl.ca.
  • For technical questions regarding your Marcato submission, please contact the Marcato dedicated support team via email at support@marcatodigital.com. They will walk you through any of the steps during submission time.
DEADLINES

Submissions will close on October 18, 2019 at 11:55 p.m.

PROCESS

MusicNL is pleased to be working with Marcato for our 5th year for the submission and voting process.  Final nominations will be 50% jury vote and 50% member vote.

Payment for award submissions will be done through Marcato/PayPal. Prices are as follows:

  • Awards Submission – $25
  • Industry Awards Submission – FREE

Eligibility

MusicNL Awards 2019 Submission Guide

Click here to apply for an Industry Award

Click here to apply for a MusicNL Award

During the 2019 MusicNL Awards in St. John’s, NL, MusicNL will present awards in approximately 30 categories. These awards are broken down into 3 main categories: Genre Based Awards, General Awards, and Industry Awards.

MusicNL Awards Eligibility Requirements

This year, the submission period for MusicNL Awards applications is from April 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.  To be eligible, albums and singles must have been released in this period. Submissions will be accepted through Marcato.

 

Click here to apply for an Industry Award

Click here to apply for a MusicNL Award

Submission Adjudication and Membership Voting

Once all submissions are received, MusicNL staff examine all applications to ensure they qualify for the categories for which they have been submitted. MusicNL then has a panel of jurors evaluate submissions based on a scoring rubric. Jurors are selected from a wide variety of sources, and are selected based on their expertise in the music industry.  

Once the jurying process has selected a minimum of two (2) to a maximum of six (6) nominees for each category, all MusicNL members in GOOD STANDING can vote for their choice in each category. Student and Individual memberships each come with one vote per award, Non-Profit, Business, and Venue memberships get 3 votes per award, and Group memberships get 4 votes per award.   Voting for the Fans’ Choice Awards Entertainer of the Year is open to a public vote, in concert with the Fan’s Choice Award presenting sponsor. Awards are presented during MusicNL Weekend happening in early 2020 (date and venue TBD).

Honorary Award Categories

The MusicNL Board of Directors annually determines recipients in as many as 3 honorary award categories including Lifetime Achievement Award, Industry Builder Award and Unsung Hero Award.

To submit for MusicNL Awards, the following conditions must be met:  

Must be a Member(s) – IN GOOD STANDING – of MusicNL. GOOD STANDING requires that the artist or group is currently fully paid up in any membership dues. If an artist/group’s membership should expire between the beginning of the application process and the booking of a showcase performance, the artist/group will have 7 business days to renew their membership before they are removed from the showcase process.

Must be a native of Newfoundland and Labrador or a current resident of Newfoundland & Labrador. If submitting in a duo or larger group, at least 50% of the members of the act must meet the above residency claim.

The Artist or Group must have released a FULL-LENGTH RECORDING between April 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. For releases in Alternative, Celtic/Traditional, Classical, Country, Pop, Rock, Instrumental, Folk or Inspirational, the recording must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes. For releases in the Rap/Hip-Hop, Electronic or Jazz/Blues category, the recording must contain a minimum of three (3) tracks or a minimum length of fifteen (15) minutes.

Half (50%) of the tracks must be original (previously unreleased) material. An exception to this are Compilation Albums, which may compete in the Album of the Year category only.

The artist or group must fulfill all legal obligations on the album. This includes, but is not limited to: payment of mechanical rights, songwriting credits, etc

Be able to provide proof of the date of release of the recording. This is to be provided to MusicNL by the artist/group through a manufacturer’s invoice, retail verification, a distributor or record company.

Albums and/or Singles that were nominated for an award in a specific category cannot be resubmitted for that award the following year. This rule only applies to recordings that have been released in between April 1st and June 30th of each year.

AWARD CATEGORIES AND DESCRIPTIONS

GENRE SPECIFIC CATEGORIES

These awards are designed to recognize a recording by an artist or group in the genre they submitted in. A single award is presented in each category, except in the case of a tie in member voting.

Alternative Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Alternative” genre.

Instrumental Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Instrumental” genre. 75% of the tracks must be without lyrics..

Celtic/Traditional Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Celtic/Traditional” genre.

Jazz/Blues Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Jazz/Blues” genre.

Classical Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Classical” genre.

Country Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Country” genre.

Folk Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Folk” genre.

Inspirational Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Inspirational” genre. Eligible music includes any and all styles that demonstrate inspirational faith based beliefs, including (but not limited to): traditional, contemporary, country, alternative, pop/rock, and urban/dance.

Rock Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Rock” genre.

Pop Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Pop” genre.

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year – This award recognizes an individual/group performing music in any of the following genres: “Rap”, “Hip-Hop”.

Electronic Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Electronic” genre.

Loud Artist/Group of the Year – This award recognizes a recording by an artist or group who has selected their eligible release album for the “Loud” genre.

Click here to apply for a MusicNL Award

 

PLEASE NOTE:

MusicNL supports all genres equally and encourages members from other non-listed genres to contact info@musicnl.ca to discuss submitting a new genre. In doing so, members can create a new category for their genre pending having enough eligible releases in said category. If only one artist/group is nominated in a particular category then that category will be removed from current year’s ballot no matter what the genre. That artist/group will remain eligible for the same category in the following year. The group/artist can only be carried over one year. The category is then dropped from the ballot.

GENERAL CATEGORIES

Eligible releases from all genres qualify for additional applicable general categories.  A single award is presented in each category, except in the case of a tie in member voting.

Indigenous Artist/Group of the Year – Solo, duos, and groups qualify for this award. The artist must be a MusicNL member. All genres accepted.

Male Artist of the Year – Solo male (and male identifying) artists qualify for this award. The artist must be a MusicNL member and have released a commercial recording within the dates of the eligibility period. All genres accepted.

Female Artist of the Year – Solo female (and female identifying) artists qualify for this award. The artist must be a MusicNL member and have released a commercial recording within the dates of the eligibility period. All genres accepted.

Group of the Year – Duos and groups qualify for this award. The duo or group must be a MusicNL member and have released a commercial recording within the dates of the eligibility period. All genres accepted.

Rising Star of the Year – This award recognizes an artist or group who has released their first commercial recording within the dates of the eligibility period. The artist or group must be a MusicNL member. All genres accepted.

Album of the Year – Recording must be released within the eligibility period to qualify. Both solo artists and groups qualify. All genres accepted.

Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year – This award recognizes the accomplishments of an artist or group who has performed within the dates of the eligibility period. Artist or group must be a MusicNL and is not required to have an eligible release. Voting for this award is normally done online in conjunction with a sponsor.

Ron Hynes SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – The three songs selected must be recorded and commercially available within the eligibility period. Recording can be released in any type of format. In collaborations, at least the indented nominee songwriter must be from Newfoundland and Labrador and fit the eligibility criteria. However the artist or groups performing the songs do not need to be from Newfoundland and Labrador. All songwriter(s) on selected song will be honored. It is also required that songs must be registered with SOCAN.

Side Musician of the Year – This award recognizes the accomplishments of a recording/performing musician within the dates of the eligibility period. This award is given to an individual and does not require a MusicNL membership.

Music Video of the Year – This award recognizes the accomplishments of a music video released within the eligibility period. This award is given to an individual or business and does not require a MusicNL membership. The song featured in the video must be an artist or group who is a MusicNL member. The MusicNL member must submit the video on behalf of the director/production company.

 

INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

Industry Award nominees are submitted through Marcato, and then selected by a committee comprised of Newfoundland and Labrador music industry professionals. A single award is presented in each category. If a MusicNL member is interested in suggesting a nominee for these awards please contact info@musicnl.ca.

Media Person of the Year – This award recognizes the outstanding support from an individual from the media in the promotion of Newfoundland and Labrador artists. The award goes to the individual. The individual is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Outstanding Company of the Year – This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a company to the development of the music industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. The company is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Event of the Year – This award recognizes a club, soft seat theatre, arena, or any venue that features live Newfoundland and Labrador performances. The venue must be located in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The event organizing committee is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Venue of the Year – This award recognizes a club, soft seat theatre, arena, or any venue that features live Newfoundland and Labrador performances. The venue must be located in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The company is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Industry Professional of the Year – This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of a music industry professional from any field to the development of the music industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. The award goes to an individual. The individual is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Volunteer of the Year – This award recognizes an individual who has made a difference in the Newfoundland and Labrador music industry through volunteering. The award goes to the individual. Individual does not have to be a MusicNL member.

Music Educator of the Year – This award recognizes excellence in music education in Newfoundland and Labrador. The award goes to an individual. The individual is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Graphic Artist of the Year – This award recognizes the contribution of a Graphic Artist or company to the development of artists or groups in the industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. The individual or company is not required to be a MusicNL member.

Click here to apply for an Industry Award

MusicNL Submission FAQs

When is the submission process open?

Submissions are accepted from September 18 until October 18, 2019 at 11:55 p.m.

Where do I submit music for consideration for the 2019 MusicNL Awards?

General Awards submit here ->Click here to apply for a MusicNL Award

Industry Awards are submitted here -> Click here to apply for an Industry Award

When do albums/recordings need to have been released to qualify for General or Genre based awards?

The eligibility period is from April 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

Can I get my application fee back if I am not successful?

No. Application fees are non refundable.

How to Apply

Click here to apply for an Industry Award

Click here to apply for a MusicNL Award

 

Clicking on one of the above links will take the applicant to the Marcato application. Questions about eligibility or other music related issues should be sent to info@musicnl.ca. Questions about the form itself and any issues with it should be sent to support@marcatodigital.com

 

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