Eligibility

Why only 12 categories?

Do we need to say it? It's been a rough year. It's been rough for musicians. It's been rough for the music industry at large. And it's been rough for the MNB team. 

Back in January, we started the conversation about the Prix MNB Awards with our board of directors, and it soon became clear that the status quo was not an option. Hosting our usual award show when our industry has been hit so hard just felt wrong. But at the same time, we still wanted to celebrate, applaud the great music that has been created in the past year, and highlight the innovative solutions folks came up with to showcase music (and stay sane).

Essentially, we reduced the number of award categories but broadened the eligibility criteria. If you've seen a great musical project in the past year, whatever form it took, there’s a place for it. We're also waving the application fee and adding a donation box for the three New Brunswick Girls+ Rock Camps (Fredericton + Moncton + Saint John)!

We've always talked about our Prix MNB Awards show as a family reunion, and this year, it’s truer than ever. Whether we can all meet in person or not, this October, we'll be celebrating our resilience, our ingenuity and our love of music.

CATEGORIES

Music categories

  1. Recording of the Year
  2. Enregistrement de l’année
  3. SOCAN Song of the Year
  4. Chanson SOCAN de l’année
  5. Video of the Year // Vidéo de l’année

MVP Categories

  1. Indigenous Artist of Year // Artiste autochtone de l’année // Elnoeg notji pipogotitjg genatagen // Skicinowək noci-amalhəcəssawet likətənək
  2. Breakthrough Artist of the Year // Révélation de l’année
  3. Champion of the Year // Champion de l’année
  4. Innovator of the Year // Innovateur de l’année

Industry Categories

  1. Venue of the Year // Salle de spectacle de l’année
  2. Festival/Event of the Year // Festival/Événement de l’année
  3. Music Industry Professional of the Year // Professionnel.le de l’industrie de l’année

 

Eligibility

The eligibility period for the 2021 Prix MNB Awards is May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021, inclusive.

Except for the Recording of the Year and Enregistrement de l’année, all entrants must be Music•Musique NB (MNB) members at the time of application to be considered eligible.

Eligible entrants must have lived in New Brunswick during the full eligibility period. 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. Any mention of organisation refers to associations, businesses or similar entities.

Instrumental recordings are eligible. Compilations are ineligible for nomination.

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

All submission requirements must be met. Incomplete entries are not accepted. Any occurrences of questionable eligibility are 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.

Music·Musique NB encourages submissions from members of diverse communities, including Indigenous people, people of colour, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people who identify with other intersectional and underserved groups.

DEADLINE

Entries must be filled out online and received by 23:059PM (Atlantic) on May 14, 2021. For all categories in which a recording is being considered, a physical copy must be sent to the MNB office (140, rue Botsford Street, suite 30, Moncton, NB, E1C 4X4), postmarked no later than May 14, 2021. If the recording is only released in a digital format, a download code must be provided.

jurors

Jurors are selected from professionals across New Brunswick and 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. 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.

Jurors are chosen with special attention given to diversity, which includes but is not limited to, experience, favoured music genre, geography, language, age, gender, ethnicity, and Indigenous status.

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

Music categories

Entrants may submit for any number of Music Categories for which they are eligible. The Music Categories are evaluated by a jury.

Entrants must provide proof that the release date of the recording, song or video 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 recording must contain a minimum of five (5) tracks OR is a minimum of twenty (20) minutes of music. At least seventy-five percent (75%) of the tracks on a recording must be previously unreleased by the artist. Compilations or re-releases are not eligible.

The following awards recognize a New Brunswick recording, song or video of distinction. Entries will be evaluated on originality, quality of songwriting, composition and lyrics, artistic merit, performance, and audio and production quality.

  1. Recording of the Year
  2. Enregistrement de l’année
  3. SOCAN Song of the Year
  4. Chanson SOCAN de l’année
  5. Video of the Year // Vidéo de l’année

MVP (Most valuable player) Categories

Entrants may submit for any number of MVP (Most Valuable Player) Categories for which they are eligible.

While it is not mandatory, due to the unique nature of the material submitted, entrants are encouraged to submit their supporting information in both official languages. The MVP Categories are evaluated by a jury.

The following awards are considered MVP awards, and they recognize a New Brunswick artist, industry professional, individual or organisation which has made a significant impact on the NB music industry during the eligibility period. Entries will be evaluated on impact on the music industry, as a whole and in the province, and significant achievements and activities during the eligibility period. In the case of an artist, the quality and originality of a sound recording may be taken into consideration.

  1. Indigenous Artist of Year // Artiste autochtone de l’année // Elnoeg notji pipogotitjg genatagen // Skicinowək noci-amalhəcəssawet likətənək
  2. Breakthrough Artist of the Year // Révélation de l’année
  3. Champion of the Year // Champion de l’année
  4. Innovator of the Year // Innovateur de l’année

INDIGENOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR // ARTISTE AUTOCHTONE DE L’ANNÉE // ELNOEG NOTJI PIPOGOTITJG GENATAGEN // Skicinowək noci-amalhəcəssawet likətənək

Recognizes an Indigenous artist based on their activity and/or a recording, who has earned significant recognition during the eligibility period.

To support the pitch (500 wds or 4-min video), consider providing a concert schedule (including online events), notable music releases, media coverage, notable social media attention, awards & accolades, and any other info that will help jurors learn more about the entrant.

Elnoeg notji pipogotitjg genatagen

Elnoeg notji pipogotitjg genatagen, mioalaatitl elnol taan Napoigiget ag eloget taan totjo pantasig oen tepemen. Elmiag egto pisgoaton oison (na oigen nan gasgimtelnagen gloosoagen gesnet napoigates neogel minutes tel pitag napoigagen) Angitasoates taan tel mili alasit, taan gogeo gisi toatog, taan tel igalotj newsigtog, taan teseg oeteg genaatagen aag me gogei taan gisatog taan apogenmagotag notji ilsotoatitjig.

Breakthrough Artist of the Year // Révélation de l’année

Recognizes an artist based on their activity and/or a recording, who has earned significant recognition locally and/or regionally, and who achieved significant career progress and improvement for the first time. This artist does not have more than one official recording, has not yet realized wider exposure and cannot have previously won a Prix MNB Award.

To support the pitch (500 wds or 4-min video), consider providing a concert schedule (including online events), notable releases, media coverage, notable social media attention, awards & accolades, and any other info that will help jurors learn more about the entrant.

  • This artist might not be widely known outside their region, but they deserve to be. They are next year’s Superstar!

Champion of the Year // Champion de l’année

Recognizes an individual or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the vitality and resilience of the New Brunswick music industry.

To support the pitch (500 wds or 4-min video), consider providing testimonials, and any other info that will help jurors learn more about the entrant. 

  • This ally makes a positive impact on the music community. Think about an artist who goes above and beyond to help their fellow musicians, a radio host or podcaster who makes a point of including New Brunswick music in their show, a music fan who consistently promotes local artists on their social media, etc. 
  • This category was created to recognize that the music industry has many moving parts, and not all of those are visible to the public.

Innovator of the Year // Innovateur de l’année

Recognizes an individual or organisation that is pushing the envelope, either creatively or on their business side.

To support the pitch (500 wds or 4-min video), consider providing links to their online presence, media coverage, notable social media attention, or other material to show how the entrant is innovative.

  • This individual or organisation can be committed to ingenious ways to highlight local music during the pandemic, to innovative programs to help new artists, or to utilizing innovative technologies in promoting/creating their music.
  • This entrant makes keeping up with the fast-paced technology look easy! Perhaps their music is something that the public hasn’t heard before. They might be creating their music using interesting technologies. It might be an organisation who is committed to supporting the next generation. Think outside the box for this one!

Industry categories

Each eligible entrant may apply to any number of Industry categories. While it is not mandatory, due to the unique nature of the material submitted, entrants are encouraged to submit their supporting information in both official languages.  The Industry Categories are evaluated by a jury.

The following awards recognize a New Brunswick industry professional or organisation which has made a significant impact on the NB music industry during the eligibility period. Entries will be evaluated on impact on the music industry, as a whole and in the province, and significant achievements and activities during the eligibility period.

  1. Venue of the Year // Salle de spectacle de l’année
  2. Festival / Event of the Year // Festival / Événement de l’année
  3. Music Industry Professional of the Year // Professionnel.le de l’industrie musicale de l’année

Venue of the Year // Salle de spectacle de l’année

Recognizes a New Brunswick music venue (bars, pubs, theatres, community halls, etc.) that consistently features and promotes New Brunswick artists, and is supportive of the NB music community. 

To support the pitch (500 wds or 4-min video), provide the programming, including online events, during the eligibility period. If music programming was not possible for your venue during the pandemic, provide examples of how your venue promoted and supported the NB music industry in the past year.

Festival / Event of the Year // Festival / Événement de l’année

Recognizes a New Brunswick-based festival or event that consistently features New Brunswick artists, and is supportive of the NB music community. 

Entries can include a one-time live-stream concert, a series of online showcases, or any other type of event that showcased and supported New Brunswick artists. To support the pitch (500 wds or 4-min video), provide the programming, including online events, during the eligibility period. If music programming was not possible for your festival during the pandemic, provide examples of how your festival promoted and supported the NB music industry in the past year.

Music Industry Professional of the Year // Professionnel.le de l’industrie musicale de l’année

Recognizes an individual Music Industry Professional who works in the fields of recording & sound (engineer, sound technician), management, as an agent, record labels, distribution, broadcasting (radio host, podcaster, TV show personality), journalists, bloggers, or any other fields in the New Brunswick music industry.

To support the pitch (500 wds or 4-min video), consider providing notable projects, media coverage, notable social media attention, awards & accolades, and any other info that will help jurors learn more about the entrant.