Submission Guidelines - The JUNO Awards

Submission Guidelines

Submit to The JUNO Awards to have your music heard by Canadian music industry professionals made up by the CARAS Nominating & Voting Committee, Music Advisory Committees, Academy Delegates, and judges. 

Please Note: We are currently updating eligibility dates and deadlines for 2021. Please check back for more information.


New This Year

Album and International Album of the Year

  • Both the eligibility (September 1, 2018 to November 8, 2019) and submission period (September 30, 2019 to November 8, 2019) will now match all other categories.

Consumption Category Weighting

  • The nominees in Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and Breakthrough Group of the Year will now be determined by the following weighting: 50% consumption (sales/streams), 15% social data, 10% radio audience, and 25% Academy Delegate vote.

Indigenous Music Album of the Year to Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year

  • Indigenous Music Album of the Year will now become Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year. Category criteria to be updated shortly.


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 Permanent Resident(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 music is available for all Canadians – Music is available for national sale* or via a recognized national music streaming provider.**

Eligible product was released during the eligibility period – The eligibility period for the 2019 JUNO Awards is between September 1, 2018 and November 8, 2019. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 8, 2019 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums (digital or physical copies) will need to be available no later than November 22. Proof of transaction may be requested.

*Product must be released nationally via brick and mortar stores or third-party online retailers.

**Product must be released via a nationally accessible streaming service that has paid subscriptions, full catalogue, or on-demand streaming. Eligible streaming services are Canadian versions of Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Napster, Slacker, Soundcloud PRO, Spotify, Tidal.

Deadlines & Fees

September 30, 2019 to October 18, 2019 at 5pm EST – EARLY BIRD PRICING

  • Academy Delegates Fee – $40.00 per submission
  • Standard Fee – $65.00 per submission

October 18, 2019 (after 5pm EST) to November 8, 2019 at 5pm EST – FINAL DEADLINE PRICING

  • Academy Delegates Fee – $75.00 per submission
  • Standard Fee – $95.00 per submission

To register yourself as an Academy Delegate and save on your submission fees, you can sign up at

The submission fee is non-refundable under all circumstances.

Voting Process by the Numbers

340 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+ Music Advisory Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs maintain the integrity of the JUNO Awards. It is their responsibility to monitor any changes within the industry as it relates to their category and the awards. They bring any necessary changes to the attention of CARAS.

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 and fit the genre musically. Each category has an associated Music Advisory Committee.

Eligibility Questions

Call (416) 485-3135 x 301 from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (EST) or email [email protected]

Technical Support

Call toll-free 1-866-992-9902 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm (EST) or email [email protected] .