Submission Information for 2019

The submission process is now closed for 2019.

Albums and Singles have now gone to ‘Nominators’.

THE PROCESS

Once all eligible albums/singles have been collated, 100 ‘Nominators’, chosen from sectors including music journalism (print and online), radio broadcasters and shows, podcasts, bloggers, programmers, music retail, promoters, live music venues, as well as key influencers from elsewhere in the arts, will be invited to consider the titles from NI Music Prize eligible albums/singles list and to then nominate five albums and three singles each from the list.

When the full list of nominations are in, they will be presented as the long-list and will be published on the NI Music Prize website a few days ahead of the official shortlist in early September.

The twelve albums and singles with the most nominations from the long-list become the ‘shortlist’.

The ‘Best Single’ shortlist of 12 will then go to public vote where the public can vote for their favourite single via The Thin Air submission form – one vote only per person.

The ‘Album’ shortlist of 12 will be presented to an ‘Academy’ of eleven people and they will decide on the winning album in November.

So there are three lists - the eligible list, the long list and the short list.



Welcome! It’s almost that time of year again for the NI Music Prize. We have made some changes, please read on…

The NI Music Prize is now taking submissions for Albums and/or Singles released between 8th August 2018 – 14th July 2019.*

Submission deadline is 5pm, 9th August 2019.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSIONS

Please read eligibility criteria before making a submission. THIS IS NOW CLOSED

ALBUM/SINGLE CRITERIA

1. Albums and/or singles must have been released between 8th August 2018 – 14th July 2019 *
2. Albums/singles must consist of previously unreleased material. Album re-issues, multi-artist compilations, ‘Best Of’ collections, EPs and live albums (largely featuring previously released material) are ineligible. Albums must be six or more tracks and/or be over 30 minutes in length. All genres of music are eligible for the NI Music Prize.
3. An album/single must have a digital release and have been made available for purchase in Northern Ireland by the general public for the first time during the qualifying period through any of the following outlets: any high street music retailer; digital retailer, record label or artist website (including Bandcamp, social media etc.) Free downloads (with the artist’s express consent) will also be eligible. We cannot accept physical only releases; a digital version must be available.
4. For the purposes of this award, albums will be deemed to have been recorded by a “Northern Irish Artist” when: the artist was born in Northern Ireland; at least 50% of the band’s core members were born in NI (session musicians will not be considered); an artist or band, irrespective of nationality, has made their creative base in NI for the past two years.

HOW TO SUBMIT - This is now closed.

If you think you are eligible then please complete the submission form via the following links:


THE PROCESS

Once all eligible albums/singles have been collated, 100 ‘Nominators’, chosen from sectors including music journalism (print and online), radio broadcasters and shows, podcasts, bloggers, programmers, music retail, promoters, live music venues, as well as key influencers from elsewhere in the arts, will be invited to consider the titles from NI Music Prize eligible albums/singles list and to then nominate five albums and three singles each from the list.

The full list of nominations will be presented as the long-list and will be published on the NI Music Prize website a few days ahead of the official shortlist in early September.

The twelve albums and singles with the most nominations from the long-list become the ‘shortlist’.

The ‘Best Single’ shortlist of 12 will then go to public vote where the public can vote for their favourite single via The Thin Air submission form – one vote only per person.

The ‘Album’ shortlist of 12 will be presented to an ‘Academy’ of eleven people and they will decide on the winning album in November.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Names of Nominators and the Academy will be published in the lead up to the event.

The Prize shortlist is voted on by the nominators and academy based on their own tastes and determinations. They pick their selections based on their individual criteria for best album/single, following the guidelines we have provided them with, noted above. We ask them to rank the albums in order of preference. We invite a broad section of voices and champions of different kinds of music from the list noted above.

The announcements and publications by the NI Music Prize and Oh Yeah Music Centre of the list of artists, which have been shortlisted, and then of winners on the night of the Prize, are final.

The NI Music Prize will take place in November and more details will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as info on the Oh Yeah Contender Award and Best Live Act.

The nominators will also be invited to nominate three emerging acts for the Oh Yeah Contender Award and three acts for Best Live Act. There is no submission process for these categories. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

* ALBUM/SINGLE TIMEFRAME

We realise that this is just under 12 months. This is due to some internal changes to the process and we will not leave any dates unaccounted for, as submissions will return to full 12 months in 2020 when they will run from 15th July 2019 – 14th July 2020.

We hope that through this process we can highlight, promote and champion as much great music from NI as possible that has been released in the qualifying period regardless of the final outcome. We will endeavour to share this list of eligible, long-list and shortlisted acts with music fans and beyond, on the Oh Yeah website and social media, and via the NI Music Prize website.

The NI Music Prize is coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre. Neither staff nor board take part in the nomination process.

Any queries, please e-mail sharon@nimusicprize.com