TORONTO, ON — The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is calling for submissions for the 2018 JUNO Awards. Submissions open today Monday, October 2 and close Friday, November 10 at www.junosubmissions.ca
JUNO Week 2018 will be hosted in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018.
Key submission dates:
- October 2, 2017 – Submissions open
- October 20, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissions
- November 10, 2017; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissions
- December 1, 2017 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year open
- January 4, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close
Eligibility for the 2018 JUNO Awards applies to music released for national sale between September1,2016 and November 10, 2017. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 10, 2017 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums will need to be available no later than November 24, 2017.
Eligible musicians are Canadian Citizens, which are defined by CARAS to be that where a majority of the group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period.
For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibilityrules and voting criteria, visit www.junoawards.ca/submissions. Note: Save up to 40% on submissions by signing up as a CARAS Academy Delegate at www.junoawards.ca/join.
CARAS has also introduced the following changes this year:
Comedy Album of the Year
- CARAS is pleased to announce the return of the Comedy Album of the Year category sponsored by SiriusXM Canada. Eligible comedy albums must be available for national sale and recorded by a comedic performer or performers of any of the following disciplines: stand-up, sketch, improvisation, and musical comedy. The nominees and winners will be determined by a judge vote.
Francophone Album of the Year
- The nominees for Francophone Album of the Year will now be determined by equal weight of consumption and judge vote. The final round will be determined by judges.
Rap Recording of the Year
- The winner for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by an Academy Delegate vote.
Album Artwork of the Year
- The Recording Package of the Year category has been changed to Album Artwork of the Year in order to more clearly define the category criteria for those interested in submitting.