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 album release period).
- In the case of group submissions, at least 50% of group members must fulfill one of the above definitions of “Canadian artist.”
2021 CFMA submissions open May 1, 2020
- Canadian artists who have released recordings between May 1, 2018 and June 28, 2019 are eligible to submit their work for CFMAs 2020.
- EARLY BIRD DEADLINE : Until April 30th, 2019, the fee for each submission is $60. After April 30, the first submission is $70, with a fee of $60 for each additional submission.
- FINAL DEADLINE : All submission details and payments must be received through our website no later than 5:00 pm EST, June 28, 2019. Albums must have been uploaded and received by our office no later than that date.
Please note if you have already submitted your album to a previous CFMA year, it is not eligible for submission in another year.
The CFMA reserves the right to disqualify any recording that does not meet industry standards. Recording eligibility requirements are different for artists submitting to Young Performer of the Year; see category 19 for specific criteria.
Please be aware, we have a no refund policy. It is vital to ensure your submission meets all eligibility criteria including for the definition for all selected categories. Submissions not accepted or disqualified will not be notified.
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.
- Eligible entries must comprise at least 75% recorded tracks that have not been previously released by the artist.
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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