2017 Recording Package of the Year Submi

 

2018 CCMA CREATIVE DIRECTORS(s) OF THE YEAR SUBMISSION FORM

The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) is now accepting submissions for the Creative Director(s) of the Year Award. The eligibility period for the 2018 Canadian Country Music  Association Awards™ (CCMA Awards™) is from March 1, 2017 through to April 30, 2018. Packaging and campaign design released prior to the current eligibility period (March 1, 2017) does not qualify; however, design elements of previously released CD, EP, vinyl and/or single (digital) packaging and campaign design qualifies when the design elements are incorporated into a new design (e.g. greatest hits packaging).

A professional panel of industry jurors, whose members are approved by the CCMA, will judge the submissions to determine the final five (5) nominees based on all aspects including, but not limited to the strength and cohesiveness of the design concept of the campaign or physical album (CD, EP and/or vinyl) or single (digital) (including the disc), typography, materials used, marketing potential and connectedness to the music and/or recording artist.

Submissions must be received by the CCMA no later than Friday June 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Submissions received after this date will NOT be accepted. Incomplete submissions will NOT be accepted. No exceptions will be made.

The final five (5) nominees, determined by the jury, will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements as determined by the CCMA Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot.

The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Week® which will be held in Hamilton, Ontario from September 6-9, 2018.


This year's criteria for the Creative Director(s) of the Year Award is as follows:

ELIGIBILITY

  • The current eligibility period is March 1, 2017 through to April 30, 2018;
  • At least 50% of the design team must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants;
  • Only eligible CCMA Members are entitled to submit in this category;
  • Contenders in Step Two of the selection process are required to be members of the CCMA, in good standing, in order to move on as one of the final five (5) nominees in the Third (and final) Ballot; within a collaboration, 50% of the contributing members must be members of the CCMA;
  • Packaging and campaign design released prior to the current eligibility period (March 1, 2017) does not qualify; however, design elements of previously released CD, EP, vinyl and/or single (digital) packaging qualifies when the design elements are incorporated into a new design (e.g. greatest hits packaging);
  • Contenders who solely submit an album (CD, EP and/or vinyl) must be listed as the design team, within the album packaging, to be considered contributing members of the design team;
  • For those submitting packages, only those listed as the creative directors, on the completed submission form, and verified by the CCMA Awards Verification Committee, will be considered members of the creative design team. Once submitted, the names CANNOT BE CHANGED;
  • Final nominees from the previous year are not eligible in the current year for the same product.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Creative Director(s) of The Year Award follows a three (3) step selection process:

  • STEP ONE – Members of a design team are invited to submit a package, including their artwork, detailing the creative thought process behind the artwork, the connectedness to the music/art, and marketability of the art;
    • If there are less than three (3) submissions, the award will not be given out in the current year;
  • STEP TWO – A professional panel of industry jurors, whose members are approved by the CCMA, will judge the submissions to determine the final five (5) nominees, which will appear on the Third (and final) Ballot, providing they meet the eligibility requirements as determined by the CCMA Awards Verification Committee. In the case of a tie, more than five (5) nominees will appear on the Third Ballot;
  • STEP THREE (Third Ballot) – From the list of five (5) nominees provided, each eligible CCMA Member may vote for the one (1) nominee they deem most deserving. The nominee receiving the most votes will be announced as the winner during Country Music Week. In the case of a tie, more than one (1) winner will be announced.

CCMA AWARD

  • The Creative Director(s) of the Year Award is presented at the annual CCMA Industry Lunch & Awards during Country Music Week;
  • A maximum of two (2) awards will be presented to the design team, courtesy of the CCMA.

PART 1 - SUBMITTER INFORMATION:






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*Please Note: Contenders who solely submit an album (CD, EP and/or vinyl) must be listed as the design team, within the album packaging, to be considered contributing members of the design team. For those submitting packages, only those listed as the creative directors, on the completed submission form, and verified by the CCMA Awards Verification Committee, will be considered members of the creative design team. Once submitted, the names CANNOT BE CHANGED.


PART 3 - SUBMISSION STATEMENT:

Submission Statement – In 500 words or less, clearly demonstrate the creative thought process behind the artwork and campaign material, the connectedness to the music/act, marketability of the art, etc.



PART 4 - SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:

  • Contenders who solely submit an album (CD, EP and/or vinyl) must include high resolution image(s) of the recording package (including cover art, disc, inserts, etc.);
  • For those submitting a recording package for a physical album (CD and/or vinyl), please send a physical copy to the CCMA office no later than Friday June 15, 2018 at 5:00 m. ET (Please note the CCMA office has moved to 366 Adelaide Street East Suite 104, Toronto, ON, M5A 3X9)
  • For those submitting packages, please include high resolution images (JPEG) of the items you are selecting to submit.

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