This is an annual award recognizing the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization to any aspect of the Canadian folk music scene (performance, promotion, presentation, etc). It is meant to recognize those who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the love of the music who have not been recognized for their contributions.
Nominations from the public will be accepted for this category by the CFMAs, with the deadline of June 30, 2016.
The nominees for this award must fulfill the following criteria:
- Must be/have been active in the Canadian Folk Music Scene
- Must be perceived as having made an outstanding contribution
- Must be perceived as an “unsung hero,” someone who has received little in the way of national and/or public recognition for their accomplishments
Posthumous nominations for individuals are not accepted. All submissions will be adjudicated by a committee consisting of members of the CFMA Board of Directors, who will select a recipient from the eligible submitted candidates.
There is no submission fee for this award category. Submissions must be made using the online form at the bottom of this page.
Submissions must include:
- Name/mailing address/phone number/email of the individual/s submitting the application;
- Name/mailing address/phone number/email/website (if applicable) of the nominee;
- A list of all Awards received by the nominee with respect to their contribution to the Canadian folk music scene (performance, promotion, presentation, etc.);
- A letter from the nominator (max 500 words) explaining the candidate’s involvement in, and impact upon, the Canadian folk music scene;
- Three letters supporting the nomination from other individuals or organizations (please do not submit more than 3 letters);
A biography (maximum 250 words) and a high-resolution (300 dpi) photo of the nominee.
There is no submission fee for this award category. All submissions must be completed online using this form (click here).
Previous recipients include Toronto Publicist Jane Harbury (2011), New Brunswick Journalist Gerry Taylor (2012), Winnipeg Folk Festival Founder Mitch Podolak (2013), Ottawa Impresario and Philanthropist Harvey Glatt (2014), and Ottawa Folklore Centre Founder Arthur McGregor (2015).