AWARDS CRITERIA

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ARTIST OR BAND OF THE YEAR

Presented by 70 King

This award is presented to an artist or band in any genre displaying outstanding achievements within the current eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to market impact (airplay, streaming, sales of pre-recorded music, and live performance in the Durham region), artistic merit, and creativity.

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Eligibility

- The eligibility period is January 1, 2019 through to December 31, 2019.

- The artist or band members (majority of members) are born or reside in the Durham region.

Selection Process

The Artist or Band of the Year Award follows a three step process:

1. From December 1, 2019, to January 15, 2020, a Nominating and Voting Committee will assemble a list of eligible artists and bands. In addition, a public call for eligible artists will be made through social media and online inquiries. Artist/band will be asked to submit a press kit, website, documents/flyers/photo, and summary information about the band.

2. Between January 17, 2020, to February 1, 2020, the list of eligible artists and bands will be reviewed. The Nominating and Voting committee will evaluate artistic merit, creativity, sales, streams, touring, and publicly available data to determine three nominees.

3. Three nominees will be posted on the OMA website from February 7, 2020 to March 15, 2020 for public voting.

Prize

The OMA for Artist or Band of the Year is presented during the Awards show. Only one award statuette will be presented to the winner.

Application Requirements

  • Artist Biography (500 words max)
  • Website link
  • Social media profile links (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Two Professional Photos (5 MB max each photo)
  • Supporting Documents (ex. Posters, flyers, marketing plans, EPK, etc.)
  • Online music distribution profile (online sales or streaming services)
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EMERGING ARTIST OR BAND OF THE YEAR

Presented by Durham Radio Inc.

This award is presented to an artist or band in any genre that released an inaugural recording and performed live in the Durham Region within the current eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to market impact (airplay, streaming, sales of pre-recorded music, and live performance in the Durham region), artistic merit, and creativity. The artist/band shows great potential for growth based on artistic merit and public acceptance (sales, streaming, and touring).

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Eligibility

- The eligibility period is January 1, 2019 through to December 31, 2019.

- The artist or band members (majority of members) are born or reside in the Durham region.

- The recording under consideration can be a single, EP or album.

- The recording must be the artist or band’s first release. Likewise, the artist or band performed live in the Durham region during the eligibility period.

Selection Process

The Emerging Artist or Band of the Year Award follows a three step process:

1. From December 1, 2019, to January 15, 2020, a Nominating and Voting Committee will compile a list of eligible artists and bands. In addition, a public call for eligible artists will be made through social media and online inquiries. Artist/band will be asked to submit a press kit, website, documents/flyers/photo, and summary information about the band.

2. Between January 17, 2020, to February 1, 2020, all eligible artists and bands will be evaluated. The Nominating and Voting committee will evaluate artistic merit, creativity, sales, streams, touring, and publicly available data to determine three nominees.

3. Three nominees will be posted on the OMA website from February 7, 2020 to March 15, 2020 for public voting.

Prize

The OMA for Emerging Artist or Band of the Year is presented during the Awards show. Only one award statuette will be presented to the winner.

Application Requirements

  • Artist Biography (500 words max)
  • Website link
  • Social media profile links (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Two Professional Photos (5 MB max each photo)
  • Supporting Documents (ex. Posters, flyers, marketing plans, EPK, etc.)
  • Online music distribution profile (online sales or streaming services)
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SINGLE OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to an artist or band in any genre for the outstanding achievement of a single recording within the current eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to market impact (airplay, streaming, sales of pre-recorded music, and live performance in the Durham region), artistic merit, creativity, production, and artwork.

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Eligibility

- The eligibility period is January 1, 2019 through to December 31, 2019.

- The artist or band members (majority of members) are born or reside in the Durham region.

- The recording under consideration must be a single.

Selection Process

The Single of the Year Award follows a three-step process:


1. From December 1, 2019, to January 15, 2020, a Nominating and Voting committee will compile a list of eligible singles.

2. Between January 17, 2020, to February 1, 2020, all eligible consideration will be appraised. The Nominating and Voting committee will evaluate artistic merit, creativity, sales, streams, touring, and publicly available data to determine three nominees.

3. Three nominees will be chosen and posted on the OMA website from February 7, 2020 to March 15, 2020 for public voting.

Prize

The OMA for Single of the Year will be announced at the Awards show. Only one award statuette will be presented to the winner.

Application Requirements

This award category is not open for public submissions, however, recommendations for nominees can be sent by email to hello.oshawamusicawards@gmail.com.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to the artist or group for an album in any genre, which was released for mass consumption in its entirety, within the current eligibility period. An album is defined as a collection of individual recordings, made available as a single item. The album can be a special project or commemorative package. Voters should give consideration to market impact (airplay, streaming, and sales of pre-recorded music), artistic merit, creativity, production, and artwork.

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Eligibility

- The eligibility period is January 1, 2019 through to December 31, 2019.


- The artist or band members (majority of members) are born or reside in the Durham region.

- An album is considered released on the first available date that the material can be mass consumed via a purchase in its entirety and/or streamed legally in its entirety by a royalty-generating service.


- The album must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks.


- 50% of the tracks must have been released during the current eligibility period, having never appeared on a previous album.

Selection Process

The Album of the Year Award follows a three-step process:


1. From December 1, 2019, to January 15, 2020, a Nominating and Voting committee will compile a list of eligible albums.

2. Between January 17, 2020, to February 1, 2020, all album considerations will be appraised. The Nominating and Voting committee will evaluate artistic merit, creativity, sales, streams, touring, and publicly available data to determine three nominees.

3. Three nominees will be chosen and posted on the OMA website from February 7, 2020 to March 15, 2020 for public voting.

Prize

The OMA Album of the Year Award will be announced at the Awards show. Only one award statuette will be presented to the winner.

Application Requirements

This award category is not open for public submissions, however, recommendations for nominees can be sent by email to hello.oshawamusicawards@gmail.com.

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BEST SONGWRITER(S)

Presented by The Oshawa Express

This award is presented to the songwriter(s) of any genre, for compositions released for public performance and public consumption within the eligibility period. This award is based on the songwriter(s) body of work. Copyright owners can submit up to THREE (3) songs as a representation of the creative success of each songwriter’s body of work during the eligibility period. Voters should give consideration to the creative integrity of the songs, taking into account all aspects of the given song, if applicable, including but not limited to lyrics, music, streaming and radio success, sales, and impact on consumers.

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Eligibility

- The eligibility period of the copyright is January 1, 2010, through to December 31, 2019.

- Copyright owners can submit up to (3) songs as a representation of the creative success of each songwriter’s body of work during the eligibility period.


- For collaborations, the principal songwriter(s) is born or reside in the Durham region.

- Songwriter(s) can submit three songs for adjudication that represent the songwriter/s' body of work.

Selection Process

The Songwriter of the Year follows a three-step process:


1. Over a given period, a Nominating and Voting committee will compile a list of eligible songs. In addition, a public call for eligible songs will be made through social media and online inquiries from December 1, 2019 to February 15, 2020. Songwriter will be asked to submit an artist bio, song lyrics, song links, website, photo, and summary information.

2. Between February 16, 2020 to February 29, 2020, all submissions will be evaluated. The Nominating and Voting committee will give emphasis to the creative integrity of the song(s); and take into consideration consumer impact (based on streaming, radio success, and sales).

3. Three nominees will be chosen and posted on the OMA website from February 7, 2020 to March 1, 2020 for public voting.

Prize

The OMA Songwriter(s) of the Year will be presented during the Awards show. Only one award statuette will be presented to the winning songwriter(s).

Application Requirements

  • Artist Biography (500 words max)
  • Website link
  • Social media profile links (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Two Professional Photos (5 MB max each photo)
  • 3 Song links publicly available on any online music distribution platform or hosted privately such as YouTube or Soundcloud
  • 3 Song lyric documents
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DURHAM SONG OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to the songwriter(s) of an original song, of any genre. Songwriters and artists are asked to write and record an original composition that acknowledges or celebrates Oshawa and or the Durham Region. This award is based on an individual and original song. Voters should give consideration to the creative integrity of the song.

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Eligibility

- The eligibility period of the copyright is January 1, 2019 through to February 15, 2020.


- For collaborations, the principal songwriter(s) is born or reside in the Durham region.

- Songwriter(s) can submit up to three songs for adjudication.


- Submissions must acknowledge Oshawa and or the Durham Region in lyrical content and theme to qualify.

- Submission must be a recording (demo or completed).

Selection Process

The Durham Song of the Year Award follows a three-step process:


1. Between December 15, 2019 and February 15, 2020, OMA will put out a call for submission through social media, online, various methods. All submissions must be received by February 15, 2020 deadline for consideration.

2. After the submission deadline, the Nominating and Voting committee will review the creative integrity and relevance of the song(s).

3. Three nominees will be chosen and posted on the OMA website from March 1, 2020 to March 15, 2020 for public voting.

Prize

The OMA Durham Song of the Year will be presented during the Awards show. One award will be presented to the songwriter(s).

Application Requirements

  • Website Link
  • Social Profile Links (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Biography
  • Two Professional Photos
  • 1 Song link publicly available on any online music distribution platform or hosted privately such as YouTube or Soundcloud
  • 1 Song Lyric document
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MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

This award is presented to the video director and recording artist for a video in any genre, released for consumption within the eligibility period. This award is for an original music video. Voters should give consideration to all aspects of the given video, including creativity, production, visual appeal, and impact on consumers.

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Eligibility

- The eligibility period is January 1, 2019 through to December 31, 2019.


- A music video is considered released publicly through accepted media outlets.

- The artist and or director is born or reside in the Durham region. The video can support music from an artist or song that originates outside the Durham region.

- The award is for an original music video that is not more than 10 minutes in length, featuring the performance of not more than one song.


Selection Process

The Video of the Year Award follows a three-step process:

1. Between December 1, 2019 and January 15, 2020, OMA will put out a call for nominations through social media, online, various methods. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2020.

2. After the submission deadline, the Nominating and Voting committee will review the creative nature and relevance of all videos.

3. Three nominees will be chosen and posted on the OMA website from February 7, 2020 to March 15, 2020 for public voting.

Prize

The OMA Music Video of the Year Award will be presented during the Awards show. Only one award statuette will be presented to the winner.

Application Requirements

  • Artist Biography (500 words max)
  • Artist website link
  • Artist Social media profile links (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Two Professional Artist’s Photos (5 MB max each photo)
  • Director Biography (200-500 words)
  • Director website link
  • Director Social media profile links (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Two Professional Director’s Photos (5 MB max each photo)
  • 1 Music video link, hosted publicly or privately, made available on any online video platforms
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MUSIC TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Presented by Kops Records

The award goes to a music educator (instrument, theory, business, and practicum) that lives in or teaches in the Durham Region, and has demonstrated leadership in music education. A call for public nominations will be made November through December. A panel will review the list of submission. Through developed list of criteria and discussion, a panel of judges will vote for the winner.

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Eligibility

- The music teacher is born, reside or teach in the Durham region.

Selection Process

The Music Teacher of the Year Award follows a two-step process:

1. Nominations can be made by anyone by submitting a one-page motivation letter, describing an individual that demonstrates exemplary leadership to music education within the Durham Region. Information can include: name of the teacher, educational institution (private or public), area of education, and reasons for the nomination. Nominations are submitted through the OMA website from December 1, 2019 to February 15, 2020.

2. The Nominating and Voting Committee will meet to review all submissions. The committee will choose three nominees and a winner. The latter will be revealed/ announced at the award show.

Prize

The OMA Music Teacher of the Year Award will be presented during the Awards show. Only one award statuette will be presented to the winner.

Application Requirements

  • Applicant Biography (500 words max)
  • Social media profile links (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Two Professional Photos (5 MB max each photo)
  • 1 Motivation Letter document detailing: Name of the teacher, educational institution (private or public), area of education, and any supporting points for consideration.
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MUSIC INDUSTRY LEADER OF THE YEAR

Presented by Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism

The award goes to an individual who is born, resides, and/ or works in the Durham Region. The award is not based on musical performance. The Music Industry Leader is recognized for having a substantial impact in the year 2019, through their work and inspiration, that helps to strengthen and elevate individuals, their community, and/ or music commerce at large.


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Eligibility

- The music industry leader is an individual who is born, resides, and/ or works in the Durham region

Selection Process

The Oshawa Music Awards Nominating and Voting Committee will meet to discuss and determine potential recipients. Through a developed list of criteria, discussion, and voting, the OMA Nominating and Voting Committee will determine the recipient. The recipient of this award is determined at the sole discretion of the OMA Nominating and Voting Committee and Executive Committee.

Application Requirements

This award category is not open for public submissions, however, recommendations for nominees can be sent by email to hello.oshawamusicawards@gmail.com.

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD /OMA HALL OF FAME 2020 INDUCTEE(S)

Presented by Durham College Music Business Management

The award goes to an Act (solo or group), music industry person, company or organization who is born, reside, and/ or work, operate in the Durham region. This award recognizes individual(s) and/ or group(s) from the Durham region who, over a prolonged period, have made a substantial impact on the music industry through their work. The individual(s) and/ or group(s) have substantially impacted the Durham Region music community.


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Eligibility

- The Lifetime Achievement winner(s)/ Hall of Fame inductee(s) is an Act (solo or group), music industry person, company or organization who is born, reside, and/ or work, operate in the Durham region.

Selection Process

The Oshawa Music Awards Nominating and Voting Committee will meet to discuss and determine potential recipients. Through a developed list of criteria, discussion, and voting, the OMA Nominating and Voting Committee will determine the recipient. The recipient of this award is determined at the sole discretion of the OMA Nominating and Voting Committee and Executive Committee.

Application Requirements

This award category is not open for public submissions, however, recommendations for nominees can be sent by email to hello.oshawamusicawards@gmail.com.

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