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MUSIC AWARD FORM

Aboriginal Recording, Album, Emerging Artist, Solo/Group Recording, SOCAN Song, Cover Band, Video, and/or Genre

INDUSTRY AWARD FORM

Collaborative musician, Educator, Event/Festival, Expat Artist, Music Business, Music Industry Professional, Music Producer, Venue and/or Visual Artist

 

All candidates must be MNB Members at time of application to be considered eligible. The eligibility period for the 2017 Prix MNB Awards is January 1, 2016 to May 8, 2017, inclusive. 

Please ensure you’ve read the Eligibility Guide thoroughly before beginning your application. No reimbursement will be offered for incomplete or non-eligible entries.

Eligible entrants must have lived in New Brunswick during the full eligibility period, unless stated otherwise. For groups, at least fifty (50%) percent of members must have lived in New Brunswick during the full eligibility period.

2017 ELIGIBILITY GUIDE

 

NOTABLES CHANGES FOR 2017

  • SOCAN Song of the Year: Proof of SOCAN membership is now required. The criteria have also been edited to clarify that the award recognizes the songwriter, not the performer.
  • New General Music Award: Cover Band of the Year
  • Music Business of the Year: Proof of registration in New Brunswick is now required.

GENERAL OVERVIEW FOR ALL AWARDS

The eligibility period for the 2017 Prix MNB Awards is January 1, 2016, to May 8, 2017, inclusive. 

All entrants must be Music•Musique NB (MNB) members at time of application to be considered eligible. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact Dawn (dawn@musicnb.org) before beginning your award entry. 

Eligible entrants must have lived in New Brunswick during the full eligibility period, unless stated otherwise. For groups, at least fifty percent (50%) of members must have lived in New Brunswick during the full eligibility period. Any mention of Artist in this document refers to individual artists or groups.

Instrumental recordings are eligible to apply for all relevant categories. Compilations are ineligible for nomination. 

In any category, if more than three (3) eligible entries are received in both official languages, the category will be considered “open” in both languages and will be renamed to reflect the split. 

If two categories of similar styles both have an insufficient number of eligible entries, the Prix MNB Awards committee will consider combining categories and will do so at their own discretion. 

If eligible, each entrant may apply to any number of General Music Awards and/or Industry Awards. However, each entrant may select only one (1) Genre Specific Music Award. 

If a submitted recording falls within the eligibility period for two years, it may be submitted both years provided it has not already been previously nominated. This applies to both general and genre specific categories. When there are fewer than the minimum required eligible submissions for any category, an entrant may resubmit the following year, provided they still fit the eligibility criteria.

The Prix MNB Awards Committee reserves the right to ask clarifying questions and to revoke any entries or nominations at any time if it is discovered that an entrant has not met any of the eligibility requirements. 

For all awards, a nomination may be made on behalf of an individual, business or group. However, all eligibility criteria must still be met. Upon receiving an nomination made on behalf of an individual, business or group, the Prix MNB Awards Committee will contact the party in question to confirm their details, eligibility and willingness to accept the nomination made on their behalf. 

All submission requirements must be met. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Any occurrences of questionable eligibility will be dealt with at the discretion of the Prix MNB Awards Committee. No refunds will be given for ineligible entries or entries made to categories which do not open. 

DEADLINE

Entries must be filled out online and received by MNB by 4:00PM (Atlantic) on May 8th 2017. For all categories in which a recording is being considered, a physical copy must be sent to the MNB office (140 Botsford Street, Suite 30, Moncton NB, E1C 4X5), postmarked no later than May 8th 2017. If the recording was released only online, a download code must be provided. 

JURY

Chosen by the Prix MNB Awards Committee, panels of jurors are selected from professionals across Canada to ensure a fair and unbiased process. Each juror is required to sign a conflict of interest form as well as identify any potential conflicts when adjudicating. If there is a conflict of interest, the juror’s scores will not be counted towards the entry. In the case where there is a tie in the jury process to determine the nominations, the category will allow for both tied entries to go to voting. 

Each category is considered “open” and included in the jurying process once a minimum of three (3) eligible entries have been received. Three (3) to five (5) nominations will be selected, based on the jury evaluation process. 

Please note that MNB Staff are excluded from being jurors for the Prix MNB Awards juries and are not involved in choosing nominees or winners. 

GENERAL MUSIC AWARDS

Entrants may submit for any number of general Music Awards. Once the nominees have been chosen and evaluated by the jury (25%), the awards are voted on by MNB members (50%) and the general public (25%). 

Entrants must provide proof that the release date of the recording or song occurred within the eligibility period. 

Accepted proof: Screen capture of a Facebook event, a copy of a show poster, an article detailing the release, etc. 

A full-length recording is defined as a recording that contains a minimum of six (6) tracks, or is a minimum of thirty (30) minutes long. At least fifty percent (50%) of the tracks on a recording must be previously unreleased. 

The following awards are considered General Music Awards:

  • Aboriginal Recording of the Year | Full-length recording
  • Album of the Year | Full-length recording
  • Solo Recording of the Year | Full-length recording
  • Group Recording of the Year | Full-length recording
  • SOCAN Song of the Year | Recognizes excellence in lyrics and musical composition of one (1) originally composed song. The award recognizes the songwriter, not the performer. The song submitted must have been released within the eligibility period, and the songwriter must have lived in New Brunswick during the full eligibility period. On collaborations, at least one of the entrants must have lived in New Brunswick during the eligibility period. 
  • Emerging Artist of the Year | Recognizes an emerging artist based on their activity and/or a release, who have earned significant recognition locally, regionally, nationally and/or internationally. An emerging artist entrant may have been previously nominated for an MNB Award, but cannot have won. Entrants may not have had more than one official release to be eligible. The following criteria will be taken into consideration:

Recording | Entrants must provide an upload three (3) tracks OR a full album, demo or ep released in the eligibility period. 
Touring | A summary of all tour dates, venues and locations during the eligibility period must be provided. If the entrant was the supporting act, indicate the headlining performer. 
Media/online presence | Links to all social media in which the entrant is active and a list of all media attention (both traditional and online) received within the eligibility period. 
Awards and accolades | A summary of any awards or notable accolades received within the eligibility period. 

  • Cover Band of the Year | Recognizes a cover or tribute artist demonstrating excellent musicianship combined with popularity. The following criteria will be taken into consideration: 

Musicianship | Applicants must provide one or several links to live performance videos taken during the eligibility period. The total length of time must not exceed 15 minutes. For videos longer than  15 minutes, only the first 15 minutes will be considered. 
Peer & Fan support | Social media, web presence, reviews, testimonials, media attention or other material demonstrating reputation.
Gig List | A list of all gigs, venues and locations during the eligibility period must be provided. If the applicant was the supporting act, please indicate the headlining performer.
Set List | A typical set list during a concert.

GENRE SPECIFIC AWARDS

Each eligible artist may submit to one (1) Genre Specific Music Award. 

Genre Specific Music Awards will be evaluated by a jury of qualified professionals and musicians. If the entrant has been nominated in the previous year, the material submitted in the 2016 application cannot be submitted in this year's application. For example, a tour which took place during overlapping eligibility period (in this case, January 1, 2016 to May 20, 2016) cannot be submitted this year, if it was submitted last year. Only new materials will be accepted

The following criteria will be taken into consideration: 

Touring | A summary of all tour dates, venues and locations during the eligibility period must be provided. If the entrant was the supporting act, indicate the headlining performer. 
Media/online presence | Links to all social media in which the entrant is active and a list of all media attention (both traditional and online) received within the eligibility period. 
Awards and accolades | A summary of any awards or notable accolades received within the eligibility period. 
Recording | Entrants may provide individual tracks OR a full album released in the eligibility period. 

The following awards are considered Genre Specific Music Awards:

  • Blues Artist of the Year
  • Children’s Artist of the Year
  • Classical Artist of the Year
  • Country Artist of the Year
  • Electronic Artist of the Year
  • Folk Artist of the Year
  • Gospel Artist of the year
  • Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
  • Jazz Artist of the Year
  • Loud Artist of the Year
  • Pop Artist of the Year
  • Rock Artist of the Year
  • Traditional/Roots Artist of the Year | All vocal or instrumental, ethnically specific traditional music is eligible (for example: bluegrass, roots, Acadian, Celtic, Irish, Scottish, etc.)
  • Urban Artist of the Year

INDUSTRY AND SPECIAL AWARDS

Each eligible entrant may apply to any number Industry and Special Award categories. While it is not mandatory, due to the unique nature of the material submitted, we encourage all entrants to submit their supporting information in both official languages. 

Industry and Special Awards nominees will be evaluated by jury. 

The following are considered Industry and Special Awards:

  • Collaborative Musician of the Year | Recognizes the accomplishments of an individual recording/performing musician within the eligibility period. The spirit of this award is to honour those musicians who lend their talents as supporting and collaborative musicians (both in studio and on stage). 
  • Educator of the Year | Recognizes and honours an individual who skilfully fosters individual personal growth in students by enabling them to experience the joy of music as a listener, as a classroom student, or as a performer. All private and public music teachers are eligible for this award. In addition to the required materials, the entrant is encouraged to provide letters of support from students and/or peers. 
  • Event/Festival of the Year | Recognizes a New Brunswick-based festival or event that features artists from this province. To be eligible, festivals and events must have taken place for minimally two (2) consecutive years. Required supporting documentation includes Event/Festival description and history, and a program schedule showing activity during the eligibility period. 
  • Expat Artist of the Year | Recognizes an artist who has established a successful career while living outside New Brunswick during the eligibility period, while maintaining roots in this province. A summary of activities must accompany the entry, including a recording within the eligibility period, touring schedule, list of media coverage and any other accolades.
  • Music Business of the Year | Recognizes a Music Industry Business that is registered in New Brunswick and has a staff (full and/or part time) of more than one (1) person. The business can be focused on Recording & Sound (studios/mixing/mastering/live sound), Management, Artist Agency, Record Labels, Distribution, Broadcasting, Online Artist Development, Music Retail, Public Relations or Radio Tracking. 
  • Music Industry Professional of the Year | Recognizes individual Music Industry Professionals who work in the fields of recording & sound (engineer, live sound technician), Management, as an Agent, Record Labels, Distribution, Broadcasting (radio host/personality, TV show personality), Journalists and Bloggers. 
  • Music Producer of the Year | Recognizes excellence in the production of a full sound recording. This would include, but is not limited to, selecting songs and/or musicians, coaching the artist and musicians in the studio, editing, controlling the recording sessions, and supervising the entire process through mixing and mastering. A minimum of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) selections per Producer may be submitted. Product outside of NB qualifies, as long as the Producer is living in New Brunswick. A Producer must have contributed to a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of work. 
  • Venue of the Year | Recognizes a New Brunswick music venue (bars, pubs, theatres, community halls, etc.) that features New Brunswick artists. Required supporting documentation includes Venue description and history and a program/schedule that reflects NB content throughout the eligibility period. 
  • Video of the Year | Recognizes both the artists and/or the producers of the eligible video. Entrants must upload the video or have it online, available for streaming. While the video need not be created in New Brunswick, the artist or fifty percent (50%) of the group portrayed must have lived in New Brunswick during the eligibility period. 
  • Visual Artist of the Year | Recognizes excellence in graphic design, photography, other visual media for album release, artist or music industry related websites and/or artist music event promotional materials. All entrants must provide a biography and electronic examples of works created during the eligibility period in PDF format or through a link.

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