Rules & Regulations

CURRENT FISCAL YEAR: OCTOBER 1, 2019 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

UPCOMING FISCAL YEAR:  OCTOBER 1, 2020 - SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

 

 

Horizon Male Artist

This award is presented to an individual male artist in the Alberta country music industry displaying the greatest achievements within the current eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to all aspects, including but not limited to success at radio, pre-recorded music, live concert shows and vocal performances.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The Male Artist must be a resident of Alberta
  • All contenders are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30

SELECTION PROCESS

The Horizon Male Artist of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE – The contenders for the Horizon Male Artist of the Year Award will be determined by the following formula:
    • Spins: released within the current eligibility period (October 1 through to September 30, of the current Fiscal Year); These results will be compiled by Trax Reporting
    • The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) nominees will appear on the Second Ballot
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Horizon Male Artist of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Horizon Female Artist

This award is presented to an individual female artist in the Alberta country music industry displaying the greatest achievements within the current eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to all aspects, including but not limited to success at radio, sales of pre-recorded music, live concert shows and vocal performances.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The female artist must be a resident of Alberta
  • All contenders are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30

SELECTION PROCESS

The Horizon Female Artist of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE – The contenders for the Horizon Female Artist of the Year Award will be determined by the following formula:
    • Spins: released within the current eligibility period (October 1 through to September 30, of the Current Fiscal Year) These results will be compiled by Trax Reporting
    • The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) nominees will appear on the Second Ballot
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Award Show. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Horizon Female Artist of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend.
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Horizon Group or Duo

This award is presented to a group/duo (defined as an act comprised of two (2) or more people, all of whom perform together as a collective group) in the Alberta country music industry, displaying the greatest achievements within the current eligibility period. The act may include an individual who has, or currently does, perform as a solo artist under a name different than that of the group/duo. This award is based on the performance of the group/duo as a unit, either on record or in person. Voters should give consideration to all aspects, including but not limited to success at radio, pre-recorded music, live concert shows and vocal performances.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • At least 50% of the group/duo must be residents of Alberta
  • At least 50% of the contributing members must be members of Country Music Alberta in good standing prior to September 30, of the upcoming Fiscal Year;
  • Any group/duo that capitalizes in whole, or in part, by incorporating the name of a solo artist in the name of the group/duo is not permitted to stand for nomination in this category;
  • Special collaborations between two solo artists/acts do not qualify.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Horizon Group or Duo of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE – The contenders for the Horizon Group or Duo of the Year Award will be determined by the following formula:
    • Spins: released within the eligibility period (October 1 through to September 30, of the Current Fiscal Year); These results will be compiled by Trax Reporting
    • The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) nominees will appear on the Second Ballot
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Horizon Group or Duo Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend
  • One (1) award is presented to each core member of the group/duo, courtesy of Country Music Alberta up to five (5) members.

Fan’s Choice

This award is for the Roots artist and any Horizon Artist/Group/Duo. Fans will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favourite nominee via an online ballot to determine the winner.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The Solo artists or at least 50% of the Group/Duo must be a resident(s) of Alberta
  • All contenders are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30
  • **NOTE** This is a public voting category.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Fan's Choice Award follows a two (2) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE – The contenders for the Fans Choice Award will be determined by the following formula:
    • Spins: released within the current eligibility period (October 1, through to September 30, of the Current Fiscal Year); These results will be compiled by Trax Reporting
    • The Ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of 10 (10) nominees provided, anyone that has the voting link may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Fan's Choice Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Talent Buyer

This award is presented to one (1) individual talent buyer or promoter, who presents and promotes Alberta country acts within the current eligibility period.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The talent buyer or promoter must be a resident of Alberta;
  • All contenders are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30
  • This award is presented to one (1) individual. Any votes containing more than one (1) name on the First Ballot will be considered INVALID;
  • The talent buyer or promoter must have bought or promoted at least fifteen (15) Alberta country acts, with Canadian content, within the eligibility period;
  • The individual must have been employed, and in the applicable position within the corresponding company for a minimum of 50% of the current eligibility period;

SELECTION PROCESS

The Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (First Ballot) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will appear on the Second Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot.
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the annual Country Music Alberta Kick Off Party. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD

  • The Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Kick Off Party during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend;
  • One (1) award is presented to the winner, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Industry Person

This award is presented to one individual displaying excellence in supporting, expanding and building the Alberta country music industry and genre during the current eligibility period. Potential contenders can work in the following categories (including but not limited to): artists and repertoire (A&R), artist management, marketing, media (radio, television, streaming), promotions, public relations, publishing, studios, touring and venues.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The recipient must be a resident of Alberta;
  • All contenders are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30
  • This award is presented to one (1) individual.
  • The individual must have been employed, and in the applicable position within the corresponding company for a minimum of 50% of the current eligibility period.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Industry Person of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (Contender) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will appear on the Second Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot.
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the annual Kick Off Party during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Industry Person of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Kick Off Party;
  • One (1) award is presented to the industry person.

Songwriter(s) Of the Year

This award is presented to the songwriter(s) of an individual country music song released to radio or available for purchase within the current eligibility period. This award is based on an individual song and not on the songwriter(s)’ body of work. Voters should give consideration to all aspects of the given song, if applicable, including but not limited to lyrics, music, success at radio, record sales, success in digital media and impact of the song on consumers and the Alberta country music industry, with emphasis on the creative integrity of the song.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The songwriter(s) must be a resident of Alberta. On collaborations, at least 50% of the songwriters must residents of Alberta
  • All solo contenders and 50% of collaborations are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30
  • A song from a Greatest Hits album is eligible if not previously nominated and meets all other criteria;
  • Final nominees from the previous year are not eligible in the current year for the same product.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Songwriter(s) of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (Contender) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will appear on the Second Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD™

  • The Songwriter(s) of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend
  • One (1) award is presented to (each of) the songwriter(s), courtesy of the Country Music Alberta up to three (3)

Album of the Year

This award is presented to the act (solo, duo or group) for an Alberta country album, which was released for mass public consumption in its entirety, within the current eligibility period. An album (Physical or Digital) is defined as made up of at least six tracks or 20 minutes of music, either packaged as one album, or as a track equivalent album (a series of singles or EPs that will be released within a 12-month period of each other). The album can be a special project or commemorative package. Voters and jury members should give consideration to all aspects, including but not limited to, market impact (e.g. sales, spins, YouTube views), artistic performance, production, design, art layout and liner notes. This award is for an album as a whole unit.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • An album is considered released on the first available date that the material can be possessed, by mass consumers, via a purchase in its entirety and/or streamed legally in its entirety by a royalty-generating service.
  • The act must be a resident of Alberta. Within a group/duo, at least 50% of the members must be residents of Alberta
  • All solo contenders and 50% of Groups/Duos are required to be members in good standing of the Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30
  • The album is made up of at least six tracks or 20 minutes of music, either packaged as one album, or as a track equivalent album (a series of singles or EPs that will be released within a 12-month period of each other)
  • 50% of the tracks must have been released during the current eligibility period, having never appeared on a previous album;
  • Final nominees from the previous year are not eligible in the current year for the same product.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Album of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (First Ballot) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will proceed to STEP TWO, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards™ Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will proceed to STEP TWO;
  • STEP TWO – A professional panel of jurors, whose members are approved by the Country Music Alberta, will judge the contenders to determine the final five (5) nominees, which will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Album of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend;
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Video Of the Year

This award is presented to the act (solo, duo or group) for an Alberta country music video, released for consumption within the current eligibility period. This award is for an original music video. Voters should give consideration to all aspects of the given video, including but not limited to creativity, production, visual appeal and impact on consumers and the Alberta country music industry.

Eligibility:

  • All solo contenders and 50% of Groups/Duos are required to be residents of Alberta
  • All solo contenders and 50% of Groups/Duos are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30
  • Has released a music video during the period of October 1st to September 30th of the current fiscal year
  • Lyric Videos do not qualify for this award
  • "Live off the Floor" videos do not qualify for this award

SELECTION PROCESS

The Video of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (Contenters) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will proceed to STEP TWO, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards™ Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will proceed to STEP TWO;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Video of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Musician of the Year

These awards recognize individual instrumentalists on record, or stage and who are known primarily as instrumental performers. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • The eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The muscian must be a resident of Alberta
  • All contenders are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30

SELECTION PROCESS

The Musician of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (Contender) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will appear on the Second Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Musician of the Year Award is presented during the annual Country Music Alberta Award Show;
  • One (1) award is presented to the winner, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Horizon Youth Award

This award is presented to an individual artist or Group/Duo who is 18 less a day as of October 1, of the Upcoming Fiscal Year and active in the Alberta country music industry, displaying the greatest achievements within the current eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to all aspects, including but not limited to video presentation, live shows, social media presence and vocal performances.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The Artist or 50% of the Group/ Duo must be a resident of Alberta
  • All solo acts and 50% of the Group/Duo are required to be members of the Country Music Alberta, in good standing, by the end of September 30, of the current Fiscal Year
  • The artist or Group / Duo must be 18 years of age less a day as of October 1, of the Upcoming Fiscal Year.
  • The act must have either: a fully functional website OR a fully completed Country Music Alberta profile as of September 30, of the current Fiscal Year.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Horizon Youth of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (Contenders Round)– Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender.  Providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards™ Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will proceed to STEP TWO;
    • Performance video
    • A High Quality photo
    • Minimum of 5 live performance shows within the eligibility period
    • Social Media presence
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Horizon Youth of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend;
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of the Country Music Alberta. In the case of a group/duo, one (1) award will be presented to each core member of the group/duo up to five (5)

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)

This award is presented to Alberta country music radio stations, who contribute to the development of Alberta country talent, within the current eligibility period. Eligible terrestrial country radio stations must be licensed by the CRTC. Voters should give consideration to all aspects of the radio station, including but not limited to community involvement, promotions, leadership, and recognition

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current period for the Radio Station of the Year (Large Market) Award is October 1, through to September 30 of the current fiscal year
  • Any Alberta terrestrial country radio station (as defined by the CRTC) is entitled to submit for consideration;
  • A minimum of one (1) person from the submitted radio station must be a member of the Country Music Alberta in good standing upon the submissions opening.
  • A Large Market station is defined by a City/Town population of 50,000 or more as of September 30 of the current Fiscal year

SELECTION PROCESS

The Radio Station of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (Contender) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will appear on the Second Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (3rd Ballot) – Voting by Country Music Alberta Membership on the 3rd and final Ballot will determine the winner

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Radio Station of the Year (Large Market) Award is presented at the annual Kick Off Night during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend;
  • One (1) award is presented to the winner, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Radio Station of the Year (Small/Medium Market)

This award is presented to Alberta country music radio stations, who contribute to the development of Alberta country talent, within the current eligibility period. Eligible terrestrial country radio stations must be licensed by the CRTC. Voters should give consideration to all aspects of the radio station, including but not limited to community involvement, promotions, leadership, and recognition

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current period for the Radio Station of the Year (Large Market) Award is October 1, through to September 30 of the current fiscal year
  • Any Alberta terrestrial country radio station (as defined by the CRTC) is entitled to submit for consideration;
  • A minimum of one (1) person from the submitted radio station must be a member of the Country Music Alberta in good standing upon the submissions opening.
  • A Large Market station is defined by a City/Town population of 49,999 or less as of September 30 of the current fiscal year.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Radio Station of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (Contender) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will appear on the Second Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (3rd Ballot) – Voting by Country Music Alberta Membership on the 3rd and final Ballot will determine the winner

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Radio Station of the Year (Small/Medium Market) Award is presented at the annual Kick Off Night during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend;
  • One (1) award is presented to the winner, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

(NEW) Interactive Artist or Group of the Year

This award is presented to an act (solo, duo or group) in the Alberta country music industry who successfully utilized live-streamed performances throughout the current pandemic. Voters and jury members should give consideration to all aspects of the live-steamed performance or series of performances including, but not limited to,  engagement and reach, total viewers across platforms, intent or purpose of livestream, originality, and the overall impact of the performance(s). 

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The artist or at least 50% of the group/duo must be residents of Alberta and Country Music Alberta members in good standing prior to September 30, of the current Fiscal Year;
  • All solo contenders and 50% of collaborations are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30

SELECTION PROCESS

The Interactive Artist or Group of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

STEP ONE (Contender Round) – Acts are invited to submit a package, detailing their live-streamed performance(s). This package will be a maximum of 300 words and must detail the reach, total viewership, intent, and originality of the performance or series of performances.

STEP TWO (Jury) – A professional panel of industry jurors, whose members are approved by Country Music Alberta, will judge the submissions to determine the final five (5) nominees, which will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Committee. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;

STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Interactive Artist of the Year Award is presented at the annual Kick Off Night during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend;
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

(NEW) Roots Artist of the Year

This award is presented to an act (solo, duo or group) in the Canadian country music industry whose music is based in traditional country styles, but through innovations and originality is different from what is considered “mainstream country”. Roots music embraces a multitude of musical styles, including but not limited to Alternative Country, Bluegrass, Celtic, Country-Blues, Folk, Gospel, Hillbilly, Honky Tonk, Rockabilly and Western Swing. Voters should give consideration to all aspects, including but not limited to success at radio, sales of pre-recorded music, live shows and vocal performances.

*An act choosing to compete in this category is not eligible to be nominated in the following categories (Horizon Male, Horizon Female or Horizon Group of the Year).*

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • All Solo Contenders or at least 50% of the group/duo must be residents of Alberta
  • All solo contenders and 50% of collaborations are required to be members in good standing of Country Music Alberta, for the upcoming fiscal year before September 30

SELECTION PROCESS

The Roots Artist of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

STEP ONE (Contender) – Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may submit one (1) contender. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) contenders will appear on the Second Ballot;

STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;

STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Roots Artist of the Year Award is presented at the annual Kick Off Night during the Country Music Alberta Award Weekend;
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Horizon Single of the Year

This award is presented to the act (solo, duo or group) for an Alberta country music track, which was released as a single to Canadian country radio within the current eligibility period as defined below AND amongst the top spinning singles within the current eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to the impact of the single on consumers and the Canadian country music industry.

ELIGIBILITY

  • For the purpose of the Single of the Year Award, The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year;
  • A single is considered released on the day the track was made available to Canadian country radio as a single. The primary source used to determine this information is the TRAX report;
  • The act must be a resident of Alberta. Within a group/duo, at least 50% of the members must reside in Alberta
  • Second Ballot contenders are required to be members of the Country Music Alberta, in good standing, by the end of September 30 of the upcoming Fiscal Year in order to move on to the Second Ballot. Within a group/duo, 50% of the contributing members must be members of Country Music Alberta;
  • Only eligible singles, which were among the top 80 spinning singles at radio within the current eligibility period will qualify. The list of qualifying singles will be provided to the Country Music Alberta directly from Trax Reporting;
  • Final nominees from the previous year are not eligible in the current year for the same product.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Single of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (First Ballot) – The top 80 spinning singles as provided by Trax Reporting will appear on the First Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than 30 singles will appear on the First Ballot. Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Single of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Rising Star

This award is presented to an act (solo, duo or group) who had significant success during the current eligibility period, and who has not been previously nominated in several specific Country Music Alberta Artist Award categories (detailed below).

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year
  • The act must be a resident of Alberta. Within a group/duo, at least 50% of the members must be residents of Alberta;
  • All contenders are required to be members of the Country Music Alberta, in good standing, by the end of September 30, of the upcoming Fiscal Year in order to move on to the Nomination Ballot.
  • Within a group/duo, 50% of the contributing members must be members of the Country Music Alberta;
  • This category is open ONLY to those acts who have never before won the Country Music Alberta Rising Star Award, Album of the Year, Fans’ Choice, Female Artist of the Year, Horizon Female Artist of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Horizon Group or Duo of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Horizon Male Artist of the Year, Roots Artist or Group of the Year, Single of the Year and/or Video of the Year;
  • This category is open ONLY to those acts who have never before been nominated or won the CCMA Rising Star Award, Album of the Year, Fans’ Choice, Female Artist of the Year, Group or Duo of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Roots Artist or Group of the Year, Single of the Year and/or Video of the Year
  • Nominees in this category are eligible in other categories in the current year;
  • An individual performing artist, who has been previously nominated within a group/duo and now performs as a solo artist, or has changed his/her name does NOT qualify within the same eligibility period;
  • No act shall be nominated for the Rising Star Award more than twice.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Rising Star Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE – The top ten (10) contenders for the Rising Star Award who meet the above criteria will be determined by the following formula:
    • Spins: released within the current eligibility period (October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal year);

These results will be compiled by Trax Reporting;

  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Rising Star Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show;
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

(NEW) Male Artist of the Year

This prestigious award is for an individual, who showed the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Consideration will be given to his success at radio, recorded and live performances, attitude, leadership and their overall contribution and helps bring National and/or International recognition to Country Music in Alberta.

*IF AN ARTIST QUALIFIES AND CHOOSES TO COMPETE IN THIS CATEGORY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SINGLE OF THE YEAR, THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OTHER COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARDS*

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a member in good standing as of September 30 of the current fiscal year with an Industry or Alumni membership
  • Must have sold a minimum of 4000 units (sales) of a single album during the eligibility period of October 1 to September 30 of current fiscal year as verified by Mediabase.
    • 1 album = 1 unit
    • 10 singles = 1 unit
    • 100 streams = 1 single
    • 1000 streams = 1 album
  • Must have had a minimum of five (5) tour dates in Canada during the eligibility period, with two [2] being in Alberta
  • Must have a single released that went to Top 40 in Canada as verified by Mediabase during the eligibility period

SELECTION PROCESS

The Male Artist of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

STEP ONE – The contenders for the Male Artist of the Year Award will be determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee.
The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) nominees will appear on the Second Ballot
STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Male Artist of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

(NEW) Female Artist of the Year

This prestigious award is for an individual, who showed the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Consideration will be given to her success at radio, recorded and live performances, attitude, leadership and their overall contribution and helps bring National and/or International recognition to Country Music in Alberta.

*IF AN ARTIST QUALIFIES AND CHOOSES TO COMPETE IN THIS CATEGORY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SINGLE OF THE YEAR, THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OTHER COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARDS*

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must be a member in good standing as of September 30 of the current fiscal year with an Industry or Alumni membership
  • Must have sold a minimum of 4000 units (sales) of a single album during the eligibility period of October 1 to September 30 of current fiscal year as verified by Mediabase.
    • 1 album = 1 unit
    • 10 singles = 1 unit
    • 100 streams = 1 single
    • 1000 streams = 1 album
  • Must have had a minimum of five (5) tour dates in Canada during the eligibility period, with two [2] being in Alberta
  • Must have a single released that went to Top 40 in Canada as verified by Mediabase during the eligibility period

SELECTION PROCESS

The Female Artist of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

STEP ONE – The contenders for the Male Artist of the Year Award will be determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee.
The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) nominees will appear on the Second Ballot
STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Female Artist of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

(NEW) Group or Duo of the Year

This prestigious award is for a Group or Duo, who showed the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Consideration will be given to his success at radio, recorded and live performances, attitude, leadership and their overall contribution and helps bring National and/or International recognition to Country Music in Alberta.

*IF AN ACT QUALIFIES AND CHOOSES TO COMPETE IN THIS CATEGORY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SINGLE OF THE YEAR, THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OTHER COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARDS*

ELIGIBILITY

  • at least 50% of the act must be a member in good standing as of September 30 of the current fiscal year with an Industry or Alumni membership
  • Must have sold a minimum of 4000 units (sales) of a single album during the eligibility period of October 1 to September 30 of current fiscal year as verified by Mediabase.
    • 1 album = 1 unit
    • 10 singles = 1 unit
    • 100 streams = 1 single
    • 1000 streams = 1 album
  • Must have had a minimum of five (5) tour dates in Canada during the eligibility period, with two [2] being in Alberta
  • Must have a single released that went to Top 40 in Canada as verified by Mediabase during the eligibility period

SELECTION PROCESS

The Group or Duo Artist of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

STEP ONE – The contenders for the Group or Duo of the Year Award will be determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee.
The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than ten (10) nominees will appear on the Second Ballot
STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Group or Duo of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

(NEW) Single of the Year

This prestigious award is presented to the act (solo, duo or group) for an Alberta country music track, which was released as a single to Canadian country radio within the current eligibility period as defined below AND amongst the top spinning singles within the current eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to the impact of the single on consumers and the Canadian country music industry.

ELIGIBILITY

  • For the purpose of the Single of the Year Award, The current eligibility period is October 1, through to September 30 of the current Fiscal Year;
  • A single is considered released on the day the track was made available to Canadian country radio as a single. The primary source used to determine this information is the Mediabase report;
  • Second Ballot contenders are required to be members of Country Music Alberta, in good standing, by the end of September 30 of the upcoming Fiscal Year in order to move on to the Second Ballot. Within a group/duo, 50% of the contributing members must be members of the Country Music Alberta;
  • Only eligible singles, which were among the top 30 spinning singles at radio within the current eligibility period will qualify. The list of qualifying singles will be provided to Country Music Alberta directly from Mediabase Reporting;
  • Final nominees from the previous year are not eligible in the current year for the same product.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Single of the Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE (First Ballot) – The top 30 spinning singles as provided by Mediabase Reporting will appear on the First Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements, as determined by the Country Music Alberta Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than 30 singles will appear on the First Ballot. Each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The ten (10) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Second Ballot;
  • STEP TWO (Second Ballot) – From the list of ten (10) contenders provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) contender they deem most deserving. The five (5) contenders receiving the most votes will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot as nominees. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible Country Music Alberta Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during the Country Music Alberta Awards Weekend. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD™

  • The Single of the Year Award is presented at the annual Country Music Alberta Awards Show
  • One (1) award is presented to the act, courtesy of Country Music Alberta

Community Spirit Award

The Country Music Alberta Community Spirit Award (sponsored by Craig Senyk Initiatives) to recognize a Country Music Alberta act/songwriter that goes above and beyond through notable community, public, or humanitarian service by volunteering their time and talent to raise awareness and/or funds to a cause that makes our world a better place.

 

ELIGIBILITY

All contenders are required to be members of the Country Music Alberta in good standing, for the upcoming fiscal year prior to September 30
The Act/Songwriter must be a resident of Alberta;
Only eligible Country Music Alberta Members, listed as an Artist, Group or Duo, or Songwriter as their primary membership category, are eligible.
The current eligibility period is October 1 through to September 30, of the current fiscal year;

SELECTION PROCESS

The Community Spirit Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE Artists can either nominate themselves or others by submitting a maximum one page submission of their community spirit activities in the last year
  • STEP TWO The Country Music Alberta Board of Directors will short list to five finalists. From the five finalists, membership will be allowed to vote. This vote will carry 20 percent weight in the voting process.
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – Craig Senyk Initiatives can choose a winner deemed most deserving.

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA AWARD

  • The Community Spirit Award is presented during the annual Country Music Alberta Award Show;
  • One (1) award is presented to the Artist, courtesy of Craig Senyk Initiatives.
  • The winner will receive an Country Music Alberta award, $750 donation in their name to their charity of choice and an opportunity to play at the Jamboree for Charity (min. $500 appearance fee).