Rules and Regulations

The Indigenous Music Awards (IMA), will take place on May 17, 2019 at the Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The IMA is open to genre and specialty category submissions.

In order to adjudicate a category, there must be a minimum of three (3) eligible submissions in each category, except for Best Radio Station Program – Promoting Indigenous Music, which must receive a minimum of four (4) eligible submissions.

Submission deadline: December 8, 2018 at 11:59pm CST.

Eligibility Period

The eligibility period for the 2019 IMA is December 8, 2016 - December 8, 2018. Submissions for all categories must have been released for public purchase or availability between these dates.  For the music video and television categories, the music video and episode must have been produced and appeared online, or on television broadcast between the eligibility period. For the category Best Radio Single - the eligibility period is the current year, January 1 - December 31, 2018, in which the single must have reached #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown. 

Full Length CD/Album

All submissions for the genre categories and most specialty categories must include a full-length album that is at least 20 minutes of broadcast quality recorded music and at least 15 minutes of the music must be original and previously unreleased with the exception of:

  • Traditional Pow Wow CDs;
  • Fiddle CDs, which must have 20% original music;
  • CDs that were recorded at a live music venue must include at least 20 minutes of professionally recorded broadcast quality music and at least 10 minutes of original and previously unreleased music.
  • Compilation CDs are not accepted.

If an album, television program, or video has been nominated or awarded an IMA in 2018, that submission cannot be accepted into that same category for 2019.

Multiple Releases/Productions

Multiple releases/productions, produced by the same Artist/Group/Producer or Television Program cannot be entered into the same category. This is in the best interest of the artist, as entering more than one project/production into the same category may split your vote.

All applicants to the IMA must adhere to the following rules and regulations

  1. All artists must be of Canadian or American Indigenous origin. (Except for the Best International Indigenous Release, where artists can be of different Indigenous origins and Best Producer/Engineer where the individual can be non-Indigenous).
  2. Solo artists must demonstrate their First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Native American ancestry. At least half of the members of all groups and duos must demonstrate their First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Native American ancestry. The IMA will recognize letters of confirmation from First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Native American community leaders, Elders or organizations for artists without legal documentation. In some situations, self-declaration will be accepted and reviewed and the artist will be informed if this is acceptable.
  3. The Best International Indigenous Release Category is open to Indigenous solo artists, groups, and duos who originated from outside Canada and the US, who release music in any genre. Artists must demonstrate their Indigenous ancestry to be eligible for this category. At least half of the members of all groups and duos who submit to this category must demonstrate their Indigenous ancestry.
  4. All submissions to the genre categories must be available for access/purchase by the public and include professional CD cover that you can upload in your submission process. 
  5. All submissions must include two (2) high resolution promotional photographs in digital format (JPEGs must be at least 1mb in size), album cover or project/program image in digital format, and a biography or project/program description in a word processing format. For music categories, a song cannot be over 10 mb, or it will not upload.  
  6. By signing the release page the submitter grants the Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. and the Indigenous Music Awards, the permission to utilize submitted materials for promotion and publication purposes.  

Voting

Voting will be conducted by Industry music professionals ONLY. There is no public voting. 

All submissions must be uploaded by December 8, 2018, 11:59pm CST. 

For assistance, email the Indigenous Music Awards: info@indigenousmusicawards.com

IMA Policy and Guidelines for all Categories

Best Blues
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the blues field/genre.

Best Electronic 
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the electronic music field/genre.

Best Folk
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the folk/acoustic field/genre.

Best Gospel
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of gospel vocals and/or instrumentals.

Best Hand Drum
Artist/ Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must include 50% original content, with the exception of traditional songs.

Best Country
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the country field/genre.

Best Rock
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the rock field/genre.

Best Radio Single
Submissions for Radio Single of The Year are only open to artist's whose song charted #1 on the Indigenous  Music Countdown in 2018. Artists whose songs reached #1 during 2018 will be notified by the Indigenous Music Awards, and are required to complete the submission process.  ONLY the song that reached #1 can be submitted in this category.  To submit for the NAMC in 2018, visit: http://indigenousmusiccountdown.com/submissions/

Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone CD
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released with the eligibility period. Project must consist, in it's intirety, of vocals in Inuit, an Indigenous language or French (to include Michif). 

Best Instrumental
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Album must consist of instrumental only of any music field. This category also includes Fiddle and Flute with the following criteria:

  • Best Fiddle. Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period, with 20% original content. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the fiddle field/genre.
  • Best Flute. Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the traditional flute fields/genre.

Best International Indigenous Release
This category is open to solo artists, groups, and duos from outside Canada and the US, who release music in any genre. Solo artists must demonstrate their Indigenous ancestry to be eligible for this category. At least half of the members of all groups and duos who submit to this category must demonstrate their Indigenous ancestry.

Best Music Video
Artist/Duo or Group video must have a music video that was produced and released/broadcasted within the eligibility period. Music Videos must be uploaded on YouTube and you must provide the link for this for viewing.

Best New Artist
Features the first full-length recording by an artist/group/duo. This must be the Artist/Group/Duo’s first produced and released CD. If any member, Artist/Group/Duo, has recorded and released in the past, or has been nominated or received an IMA, the CD is not eligible for this category. The New Artist must have only been performing for 3 years or less.

Best Peyote
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released with the eligibility period. Project must consist of Traditional Native American Church Music and/or Peyote Ceremonial Prayers/Songs.

Best Pop
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the pop field/genre.

Best Pow Wow – Contemporary
Group must have a full-length album released with the eligibility period. Project must consist of Contemporary style vocals. All projects must have a minimum of 80% original content.

Best Pow Wow – Traditional
Group must have a full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of Traditional vocals.

Best Producer/Engineer
This category is open to professional Indigenous Producers/Engineers as well as Non-Indigenous Producers/Engineers who have produced a full length CD/Album for an Indigenous Artist or Group.

Best Rap/Hip Hop
Artist/Duo or Group must have full-length album released within the eligibility period. Project must consist of vocals and/or instrumentals in the Rap/Hip Hop field/genre. EP’s or singles will not be accepted in this category. Submission must include a radio edit for voting purposes.

Best Radio Station Program – Promoting Indigenous Music
This category must receive a minimum of four (4) eligible submissions in order to be adjudicated. The submission must include a detailed description of the Radio Station Program which includes number of years in operation, how often does it broadcast, who is the host(s) with a brief description of their experience, Indigenous artists that have been profiled, 5 minutes of recorded program, and time codes for the three (3) minutes that you would like uploaded for voting. This radio program must have 75% of Indigenous artist/music content.

Best Television Program - Promoting Indigenous Music
Category will accept submissions from Canadian and US television programming. The program must feature Indigenous artist(s) and/or promotion of Indigenous music. Submission must include a detailed description/history of the program. The project must have been aired within the eligibility period. This Television Program must have 75% of Indigenous artist/music content.

If you have any questions contact

info@indigenousmusicawards.com or jacquie@manitoahbee.com