Submission Form

Welcome to the Canadian Folk Music Awards! The CFMAs are a national organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting the breadth and diversity of folk music in Canada. Every year, our blind juries review all albums submitted and we recognize the nominees in all categories in the autumn, and award recipients are named at our awards event. You can use the form below to submit your recording, and please be sure to check out supporting documentation for dates, requirements, and more before submitting.

Special Notes

  • Canadian artists who have released recordings between May 1, 2023 – July 18, 2024 are eligible to submit to the 2025 CFMAs.
  • Before Submitting, please review the following: Submission Eligibility & Categories & Criteria
  • You can save your progress by scrolling to the bottom of this page, and then returning to this same computer/device later to complete your submission.
  • With exception of the Single and Young Performer categories, submissions to all CFMA categories require an album with a minimum of 6 tracks or 30 minutes of music (see our Eligibility Page for more information).
  • Submitters can submit up to 2 singles to the Single of the Year Category.
  • Many albums are eligible for 5 or more categories.
Album of the Year Categories (4)
Instrumental Categories (3)
Performance Categories (6)
Producer (1)
Pushing the Boundaries (1)
Single (1)
Songwriter Categories (3)
Young Performer (1)

The name of the artist for which you are creating this submission.

Please provide a good quality image clearly showing the artist. Preferred format is JPG and image should be at least 1600px wide. Maximum 5MB.

Please include a short bio or description of the artist. Maximum 300 characters.

Album Details

Use this space to tell us about the album you are submitting for consideration.

If your recording is not available via the Internet, you must provide Proof of Recording. Upload a document that shows proof of recording in the form of a copy of the manufacturing invoice or a letter from the artist/group record label or distributor. Not required if the above link includes the release date for your recording.

File name:

File size:

The above internet link / Proof of Recording document includes the Album’s release date (month and year)

Upload documentation that demonstrates the album release date (month and year). Proof can include an announcement about the release, a review, letter from a record label or distributor, or some reasonable documentation to support the release.

File name:

File size:

2MB maximum, JPG

File name:

File size:

You must upload your full recording as MP3s (256kbps recommended). Our team will verify the total number of tracks to ensure all submissions meet category criteria Upload all tracks from this recording using the “Add Track” button. Any tracks that do not apply to a category (ie: an instrumental track in a vocal category, or a song written by someone other than the specified songwriter) should be unchecked from that category. Please check the requirements for each category.

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File name:

File size:

Please upload a track from the album that you would like to be featured on our website if you are nominated for an award. Note: you will have already uploaded this track earlier. Single of the Year will always be the nominated Single.

File name:

File size:

Album liner notes including all of the following, for each track:
• producer(s)
• performer(s)
• writer(s)
• arranger(s)
• lyrics for all songs by the specified songwriter(s) (required for songwriter categories only)

You could upload a PDF of your album artwork if it contains all this information, or you can include all this information in a document-syle PDF.

File name:

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Individual(s) Name(s)

Use this space to list the individual(s) who would be the recipient of the specified award.

Separate multiple names with a comma

To help with the proper pronunciation of all names

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Producer Details

300 characters maximum

Single Details

Use this space to tell us about the single(s) you are submitting for consideration.

You may submit up to two singles to this category per year (select the “Add Track” button below to submit a second Single track).

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Single Purchase/Listen link lists the release date (month and year) of this Single

File name:

File size:

Artwork for your single (typically used in the release), similar to an album cover. If you don’t have artwork for your single you can use the associated album cover or artist photo.

File name:

File size:

Upload documentation that demonstrates the Single release date (month and year). Proof can include an announcement about the release, a review, letter from a record label or distributor, or some reasonable documentation to support the release.

File name:

File size:

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Single Purchase/Listen link lists the release date (month and year) of this Single

File name:

File size:

Artwork for your single (typically used in the release), similar to an album cover. If you don’t have artwork for your single you can use the associated album cover or artist photo.

File name:

File size:

Upload documentation that demonstrates the Single release date (month and year). Proof can include an announcement about the release, a review, letter from a record label or distributor, or some reasonable documentation to support the release.

File name:

File size:

Young Performer Details

The age of the young performer at the time of recording.

This is the contact information that we will use for communications about this submission

Please include your first and last names

Please enter a valid email address. This is our only way to contact you. Please enter your address accurately.

This is the contact information for the artist

Please include your first and last names

(select all that apply)

In the event of a nomination, we would love to help promote the artist and album. Who should be contacted about videos and other promotional material?

We'll only send a few messages a year, and you’ll keep you up-to-date on CFMA news relating to the awards, including CFMA dates and deadlines, award events and other important news (for example: nominees when they're announced!)

Additional Artist Info

(separated by commas)

(i.e. where the Artist resides or where they were born, for statistic and media purposes)

(i.e. where the Artist resides or where they were born, for statistic and media purposes)

Please include a link to one track only

You can add multiple submissions to the cart and then pay for them all at once. You can also return to edit your submission(s) as many times as you would like, up until you complete the checkout.

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