Canadian artists who have released recordings between June 15, 2015 and June 14, 2016 are eligible to submit their work for the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Artist eligibility criteria applies to all categories. Canadian artists, for the purposes of this competition, are defined as follows:
- A Canadian citizen or;
- A landed immigrant or;
- A person who has resided in Canada for two years (including the eligibility period).
- In the case of group submissions, at least 50% of group members must fulfill one of the above definitions of “Canadian artist.”
The artist/group must submit proof of the date of release and number of units manufactured. This can be done by supplying the CFMA with copies of manufacturing invoices or a letter from the artist’s/group’s record company or distributor. The CFMA reserves the right to disqualify any recording that does not meet industry standards of recording and packaging. Recording eligibility requirements are different for artists submitting to Young Performer of the Year; see category 19 for specific criteria. The CFMA defines recording eligibility standards as follows:
- Submitted recordings must be at least 30 minutes in length or feature a minimum of six (6) tracks.
- A minimum of 300 units must have been manufactured. Home-reproduced discs are only acceptable if you are submitting a digital download on a disc.
- Recordings must fulfill all legal obligations (copyright information, payment of mechanical rights, etc.)
- Recordings must be commercially available in Canada, either through artist concert sales, retail outlets or via the internet.
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