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The JUNO Awards are more than just an award show. They’re a celebration of excellence in Canadian music. If you submit your music to the JUNO Awards, you’re likely to win more than just a shiny new piece of hardware for your mantle. Your music will be heard by Canadian music industry professionals who make up the judges, nominating & voting committee, music advisory committee, and the CARAS Academy Delegates. You’ll join the ranks of the best musical talents Canada has to offer and a nomination or win has the potential to boost your career as a Canadian musician.



Eligible musicians are Canadian Citizens. “Canadian” is defined by CARAS to be: 50% or more of group members hold Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Landed Immigrant(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period; OR The group is deemed by CARAS, in its sole discretion, to be Canadian as a result of the Canadian member(s) receiving the majority of royalties, touring profits and other proceeds earned by the group; and the Canadian member(s) being the creative force behind the group and/or the principal songwriters for the group.

Eligible musicians’ music is available for sale. This means your single, EP or album is available online or in stores for all Canadians to purchase and enjoy!

Eligible musicians’ product was released during the eligibility period. The eligibility period for the 2017 JUNO Awards is between September 1, 2015 and November 11, 2016. Albums shipped to retail no later than November 11, 2016 will qualify, provided the album is available in store and online no later than November 25, 2016. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 11, 2016 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums (digital or physical copies) will need to be available no later than November 25.


Voting Process by the Numbers

330 Judges are responsible for listening to each of the submissions and voting for the best product in the genre. The judges change each year and are spread out in different facets of the music industry and different regions throughout Canada.

50 Nominating & Voting Committee Members maintain the integrity of the JUNO Awards. It is their responsibility to monitor any changes within the industry as it relates to the awards. The committee brings any necessary changes to the attention of the Board of Directors.

190+ Music Advisory Committee Members are responsible for ensuring that each of the submissions in their specific genre meets the required qualification for the JUNO Awards. Each category has an associated advisory committee.


Submission Help

Please feel free to call the CARAS office at (416) 485-3135 or (888) 501–3135 or email The CARAS office is open Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (EST).


Technical Support

Please contact DMDS at or toll-free at 1-866-922-9902. Technical assistance is available Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (EST).

Important Dates/Links

  • Sep 30

    Submissions open

  • Oct 21

    (2016, 5PM EST) Early bird deadline

  • Nov 11

    (2016, 5PM EST) Final deadline for ALL categories (except International Album of the Year and Album of the Year)

  • Dec 01

    (2016) Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year open

  • Dec 09

    (2016, until January 5, 2017) First round of voting for judges and CARAS Academy Delegates

  • Jan 05

    (2017, 5PM EST) Final Deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year, and to submit sales figures for sales categories

  • Feb 07

    (2017) Nominees are announced at the JUNO Nominee Press Conference

  • Feb 10

    (2017, until March 3, 2017) Second round of voting for judges and CARAS Academy Delegates

  • Mar 30

    (2017, until April 2, 2017) JUNO Week in Ottawa, Ontario

  • Apr 01

    (2017) The JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards

  • Apr 02

    (2017) The 2017 JUNO Awards air on CTV