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Download the CARAS Quick Reference Guide to the Submissions Process for category updates, voting information and eligibility criteria.

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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, 2016 and November 10, 2017. Albums shipped to retail no later than November 10, 2017 will qualify, provided the album is available in store and online no later than November 24, 2017. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 10, 2017 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums (digital or physical copies) will need to be available no later than November 24.


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

  • Oct 02

    Submissions open

  • Oct 20

    (2017, 5PM EST) Early bird deadline

  • Nov 10

    (2017, 5PM EST) Final deadline for ALL categories (except International Album of the Year and Album of the Year)

  • Dec 01

    (2017) Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year open

  • Dec 08

    (2017, until January 4, 2018) First round of voting for judges and CARAS Academy Delegates

  • Jan 04

    (2018, 5PM EST) Final Deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year, and to submit sales figures for sales categories

  • Feb 06

    Nominees are announced at the JUNO Nominee Press Conference

  • Feb 09

    (Until March 2, 2018) Second round of voting for judges and CARAS Academy Delegates

  • Mar 19

    (Until March 25, 2018) JUNO Week in Vancouver, BC

  • Mar 24

    The JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards

  • Mar 25

    The 2018 JUNO Awards air on CBC