Eligibility + Application

Why we did what we did

The Prix MNB Awards are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and we thought it was time to shake them up a bit.

The previous format allowed for more than 30 categories to be opened! Many of them didn’t, especially in the genre and industry categories, which was frustrating for the candidates who had worked on those applications. Plus, that volume was close to unmanageable by the small Music·Musique NB (MNB) team.

Another reason we decided to change the categories is because (say it with me!) the music industry is changing!! Very few artists can describe their music with a one-word genre, so those categories were becoming less and less relevant. Also, music creation, distribution and performance are happening in a variety of ways. We want to recognize the myriad of possibilities and activities that now exists in the music industry. The new MVP (Most Valuable Player) categories now encompass more of what musicians and professionals are doing, while still celebrating great New Brunswick music.

Another main change is that now, the Recording of the Year and Enregistrement de l’année nominations can go up to 10 (instead of 5) and can include non-MNB members. Not every artist is interested in becoming an MNB member or wading in the industry waters, but we still think that great music is great music, and we want to celebrate it! By increasing the number of nominations, it also gives a chance for recordings who might not have received public attention, to be recognized for their artistic merit and originality.

Lastly, we now allow people to upload a short video to explain why the candidate is worthy of a nomination (instead of having to write a long essay!) Some people are more comfortable explaining something out loud than writing it down, and we want to be inclusive in how we operate. If you’re a writer, don’t worry, you can still submit your info the old fashion way!

We acknowledge that this is a big change, and that it might be confusing and strange at first. We also hope that you’ll be patient with us, as it is a learning curve for the team as well. However, we are confident that this is the right step to support great New Brunswick talent, to bring light to those who work hard behind the scene, and to celebrate our growing and ever-changing music industry.

NOTABLE CHANGES

  • Aboriginal Recording changed to Indigenous Recording
  • Genre categories and some Industry categories replaced by MVP categories.
  • 10 nominees for the Recording of the Year and Enregistrement de l’année categories.
  • The Recording of the Year and Enregistrement de l’année categories can include non-members.
  • Recording of the Year and Enregistrement de l’année: At least 75% of unreleased material (instead of 50%).
  • Eligibility is from January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. Future years will be May 1 to April 30 (12-month cycle, instead of 16-month cycle).

CATEGORIES

Music categories

  1. Indigenous Recording of Year // Enregistrement autochtone de l’année
  2. Recording of the Year
  3. Enregistrement de l’année
  4. Solo Recording of the Year // Enregistrement solo de l’année
  5. Group Recording of the Year // Enregistrement de groupe de l’année
  6. SOCAN Song of the Year
  7. Chanson SOCAN de l’année
  8. Video of the Year // Vidéo de l’année

MVP Categories

  1. Breakthrough Artist of the Year // Révélation de l’année
  2. Champion of the Year // Champion de l’année
  3. Innovator of the Year // Innovateur de l’année
  4. Visual Identity of the Year // Identité visuelle de l’année
  5. Hardest Working of the Year // Vaillant de l’année
  6. Live Act of the Year // Artiste de scène de l’année
  7. Artist in Rotation of the Year // Artiste en rotation de l’année

Industry Categories

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

Special Categories (NO submissions)

  1. Director’s Lifetime Achievement Award // Prix Œuvre de toute une vie du C.A.
  2. Fans’ Choice
  3. Choix du public

Eligibility

Exceptionally, the eligibility period for the 2019 Prix MNB Awards is January 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019, inclusive. The eligibility period for the 2020 Prix MNB Awards is May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020, 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 organization 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 be 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.

DEADLINE

Entries must be filled out online and received by MNB by 4:00PM (Atlantic) on April 30, 2019. Although it is no longer required to send out physical copies of recordings, the MNB Team enjoys receiving them, to listen to at the office and to put on their Album Wall of Fame.

jurors

Chosen by the Prix MNB Awards Committee, 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, age, gender, ethnicity, and aboriginal 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. Once the nominees have been chosen and evaluated by the jury (50%), the awards are voted on by MNB members (25%) and the general public (25%).

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 are considered music awards, and they 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. Indigenous Recording of the // Year Enregistrement autochtone de l’année
  2. Recording of the Year
  3. Enregistrement de l’année
  4. Solo Recording of the Year // Enregistrement solo de l’année
  5. Group Recording of the Year // Enregistrement de groupe de l’année
  6. SOCAN Song of the Year
  7. Chanson SOCAN de l’année
  8. Video of the Year // Vidéo de l’année

MVP (Most valuable player) Categories

Entrants may submit for a maximum of two (2) MVP (Most Valuable Player) Categories for which they are eligible. Once the nominees have been chosen and evaluated by the jury (50%), the awards are voted on by MNB members (25%) and the general public (25%).

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.

The following awards are considered MVP awards, and they recognize a New Brunswick artist, industry professional, individual or organization 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. Breakthrough Artist of the Year // Révélation de l’année
  2. Champion of the Year // Champion de l’année
  3. Innovator of the Year // Innovateur de l’année
  4. Visual Identity of the Year // Identité visuelle de l’année
  5. Hardest Working of the Year // Vaillant de l’année
  6. Live Act of the Year // Artiste de scène de l’année
  7. Artist in Rotation of the Year // Artiste en rotation de l’année

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 for this artist, consider providing touring schedule, media coverage, awards & accolades, and any other info that can help jurors learn more about them. This artist might not be widely known, but they deserve to be. Put their best foot forward.
  • Previously, you would have applied to Emerging Artist of the Year

Champion of the Year // Champion de l’année

Recognizes an individual or organization that have made a significant contribution to the vitality of the New Brunswick music industry.

  • Think about a festival that consistently have NB artists in their programming, an artist who goes above and beyond to help their fellow musicians, a radio host who makes a point of including NB music in their show, a music fan who consistently support local music, 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.
  • To support your pitch on why this person or organization is deserving of the award ‘Champion of the Year’, consider providing testimonials. Chances are, the jurors might not know this behind-the-scene ally who makes a positive impact on the music community.
  • Previously, you might have applied to Educator of the Year, Collaborative Musician of the Year, or other genre and industry categories.

Innovator of the Year // Innovateur de l’année

Recognizes an artist, industry professional or organization that is pushing the envelope, either creatively or on their business side.

  • This individual or organization can be committed to new music, innovative programs to help new artists, or utilizing innovative technologies in promoting/creating their music.
  • This candidate 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 organization who is committed to supporting the next generation. Think outside the box for this one!
  • To support the pitch for this candidate, you can include links to their online presence, media coverage, or other material to show how this candidate is innovative.
  • Previously, you might have applied to Music Producer of the Year, or other genre and industry categories.

Visual Identity of the Year // Identité visuelle de l’année

Recognizes an artist, industry professional or organization whose visual brand is creative, innovative and consistent.

  • Their visual footprint is distinctive, original, and is consistent on all their online platforms/physical media.
  • A visual category needs a visual submission! To support the pitch for this candidate, include links to their online presence, to portfolios, or other visual media that will blow the jurors away.
  • Previously, you might have applied to Visual Artist of the Year, or other genre and industry categories.

Hardest Working of the Year // Vaillant de l’année

Recognizes a tireless artist or industry professional. This can include recognition for numerous performances throughout the year, multiple and/or exceptional recordings, remarkable teaching/mentorship, significant business growth, and/or considerable media exposure.

  • This person seems to be at two places at once. They are the busy bee of the industry. We suspect they have access to a time machine or a teleporter.
  • To support the pitch for this person, consider providing testimonials and/or a cv of all this person has done in the past year. It might be long, but that’s the point.
  • Previously, you might have applied to Educator of the Year, or Music Business of the Year, or other genre and industry categories.

Live Act of the Year // Artiste de scène de l’année

Recognizes an artist whose stage presence is engaging and consistent with their music genre. Consideration may be given to innovative lighting/multimedia effects.

  • This artist’s live concerts are well worth the admission price. If it wasn’t mathematically impossible, they would be giving 110% on stage.
  • Jurors need to see a video of a live performance. We recommend at least one complete song, preferably two, plus some stage banter. While the video quality doesn’t need to be professional, keep in mind that the jurors might never have seen this artist on stage. They’ll be getting their first impression from this video, so if the audio is crappy, and the image shaky, the great stage presence might not come through.
  • To support the pitch for this candidate, provide a list of shows during the eligibility period.
  • Previously, you might have applied to a genre category.

Artist in Rotation of the Year // Artiste en rotation de l’année

Recognizes an artist whose music works for them even when they’re not. This can include streams, views, radio plays, sync on television and movies, or other legitimate media.

  • The music world is changing, and being an artist doesn’t always mean being on stage. This award recognizes the great work that artists do outside what the public immediately see.
  • There might be some growing pains with this category, as it can apply to so many means of music distribution. In the application, list all the place your music played during the eligibility period and provide a verifiable proof. A song that was released years ago, but had 100,000 spins on Spotify this year might not be eligible, if you can’t prove that those spins happened this year.
  • Examples of legitimate media: Spotify, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Google Play, Stingray, Satellite and Internet Radios, Community and Campus radios, Commercial Radios, CBC Radio, chart position, music placement in television, ads, video games or movies.
  • Examples of verifiable proof: Contract, letter from a radio host/director, screenshot of YouTube or Vimeo video which includes the number of views and the date of upload, Spotify audience stats for the eligibility period. If there is a reasonable way for us to confirm this info, it will be accepted.
  • Previously, you might have applied to a genre category.

Industry categories

Each eligible entrant may apply to any number Industry 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.

The following awards recognize a New Brunswick industry professional or organization 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 of the Year // Festival 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 New Brunswick artists, and is supportive of the NB music community.

Festival of the Year // Festival 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. To be eligible, festivals and events must have taken place for minimally two (2) consecutive years.

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

Recognizes an individual Music Industry Professional 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, bloggers, or any other fields in the New Brunswick music industry.

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