“Release date” for CARAS eligibility purposes is defined as the date of the first shipment to retail, the date of first online transaction. 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 November 10, 2017 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums (digital or physical copies) will need to be available no later than November 24, 2017. Proof of transaction may be requested.
PLEASE NOTE: All online submissions must be complete by 5PM EST on the November 10 deadline day. The 12 physical copies of the album/vinyl/DVD required for Album Artwork of the Year must be received in the CARAS office by November 10 at 5PM EST however if you submit by the early bird deadline your product must be in the office by October 20 at 5PM EST
First you must register at http://www.junosubmissions.ca by entering a valid email address and creating a password which will allow you to re-enter the website at any time to view the status of your submission(s).
Simply follow the prompts on each page to guide you through the online process. Be sure to read all instructions and the Submission Terms and Conditions carefully when submitting.
Your submission is complete when the online submission has been filled, all required product uploaded on the submission site, and payment made. You will be able to view the status of your submission by logging into the submission site with your username and password.
Submissions must be completed online by 5pm EST on November 10, 2017, In order to qualify for the early bird deadline, your online submission must be complete by October 20, 2017 – including: all necessary uploaded documents and product, as well as payment. The 12 physical copies of the album/vinyl/DVD required for Album Artwork of the Year must be received in the CARAS office by November 10, 2017 by 5pm EST however if you submit by the early bird deadline your product must be in the office by 5pm EST on October 20.
No. Applications must be completed and submitted online via the website (www.junosubmissions.ca), including uploading your music.
Exception: If you submitted to Album Artwork of the Year, you will complete the online submission process and mail 12 copies of your album, vinyl or DVD into the CARAS office by the November 10, 2017 deadline day. However, if you submit by the early bird deadline your product must be in the CARAS office by October 20, 2017 at 5pm EST in order to qualify for early bird pricing.
Non-genre category: categories that are not tied to one genre. These categories are: Artist of the Year (5), Group of the Year (6), Breakthrough Artist of the Year (7) and Breakthrough Group of the Year (8).
Technical category: categories that are not tied to a specific genre and have a technical component. These categories are: Songwriter (9), Classical Composition (24), Producer (35), Recording Engineer (36), Album Artwork (37), and Video (38).
Crossover category: a category that will fit into a type of music based on lyrical reflection but may also fit into a different category based on musical sound. These categories are: Francophone (19), Indigenous Music (29) and Contemporary Christian/Gospel (33).
Genre category: a category that is a specific genre such as Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical, etc.
You may only make one submission in any of the genre categories (10-18, 20-23, 25-28, 30-32, 34 and 40-43).
You may make submissions in all the crossover categories if eligible (19, 29, 33)
You may only make one submission in categories 5-8.
You may make submissions in all the remaining categories if eligible (3-4, 9, 24, and 35-38).
No, you may not resubmit an album/recording if it has been previously nominated in the same category.
Exception: An Artist/Group may be nominated for a performance category – ALBUM/ARTIST/GROUP/BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST/BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR and resubmit the same material the following year for a genre/craft category such as COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR (provided the material still falls within the eligibility period).
An artist/group maybe be nominated and/or win in BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST/BREAKTHROUGH GROUP and then be eligible for ARTIST/GROUP (with the same album) for the following year (provided the material still falls within the eligibility period).
“Greatest Hits” packages are not eligible. Greatest hits packages are defined as albums containing over 50% of previously released cuts. Live albums are eligible only if 50% or greater of the cuts are new (not previously released or newly arranged).
New arrangements of previously released material are eligible provided the music has been re-recorded with a new partner or accompaniment. Live recordings or stripped down versions of previously released songs are NOT eligible.
If an album has been previously released and then re-released in a different language with the same musical arrangement it will not qualify.
A full album is defined as having a minimum running time of 20:00+ unique minutes or six unique songs (meaning no remixes, acoustic, instrumental versions, added accompaniment etc). An EP is defined as having a maximum running of 20:00 minutes.
Yes, there are no restrictions on album/recordings being in English only.
If an album released in a different language is nominated, it cannot be nominated again if released in English. Change of language still constitutes the same material and therefore it would be considered to be previously released and not eligible. The same rule applies to removing a vocal track or adding a vocal track to previously released material.
The sales portion will be calculated by averaging total net physical units shipped (CD/Vinyl/DVD) combined with scanned sales, which includes digital sales.
Sales are based on the total unit amount of physical product shipped (CD/DVD/Vinyl) from September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2017. Do not include digital album or track sales.
Scanned sales will be generated by reports from September 1, 2016 to year end.
The total of all scanned track sales during the eligibility period will be generated. All songs that comprise the album and all remixes or alternate versions of those songs are eligible for inclusion in the digital tracks computation.
There are no minimum sales requirements for any sales related categories.
Shipped sales are defined as net CD units shipped to retail in Canada including CDs sold to artists for offstage or online sale. Sales captured include digital albums, digital tracks, DVDs and offstage sales.
Special edition compact discs, picture discs, coloured vinyl or any other derivative of an album will have the same unit sales value as a standard album.
Direct Response (TV) Sales may be included provided that the product is newly recorded material, the product is also available at retail and only sales during the period are counted.
Sales of physical product transacted online and fulfilled by the artist or a third party fulfillment company can be included.
Live albums are eligible only if 50% or greater of the selections are new (not previously released or newly arranged). “Live” refers to albums that are recorded live with an audience in attendance in a concert setting and not a so-called “live in the studio” recording.
Live albums submitted in the JAZZ & BLUES categories need only have 25% new material to qualify.
An artist who has been recognized previously (with a different group) and has now gone SOLO or changed his/her name does not qualify for Breakthrough Artist/Breakthrough Group, as they will be considered previously nominated.
Songs submitted must have been released on record, in any format (album, single, video, etc.) during the period September 1, 2016 to November 10, 2017 i.e., songs released as singles or videos during the eligibility period may stand for nomination, even if they were released on an album prior to the eligibility period.
If the song is released (to radio) before the album is released (and eligible) – it qualifies.
A songwriter MAY NOT submit three different tracks from an album that contains tracks that were nominated previously – because the three tracks nominated previously were representing the entire body of work for that eligibility period.
An album entered into the Classical Composition of the Year category can also be submitted into one of the other Classical categories in the same year. The Classical Composition category is not considered a genre category.
An artist MAY submit a single/recording and become nominated and the following year they ARE eligible to submit the FULL ALBUM as a separate piece of product to be considered for the same category – they must pick three listening cuts (that do not include the cut that was nominated the previous year).
However, the opposite is not true; artists cannot submit a full album one year and then submit the same album next year using different listening cuts.
When submitting an album/EP for consideration, an artist/band can choose to submit three tracks or one single to represent the body of work. If an album/EP is nominated one year, it may not be resubmitted in any form the following year using three different tracks or another single.