TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2019 – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced that submissions for the 2020 JUNO Awards are now open from Monday, September 30, 2019 to Friday, November 8, 2019 at junosubmissions.ca.
To be considered for nomination for the 2020 JUNO Awards, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of September 1, 2018 and November 8, 2019.
Key submission dates and deadlines:
- September 30, 2019 – Submissions open
- October 18, 2019; 5:00 p.m. ET – Deadline for discounted early-bird submission
- November 8, 2019; 11:59 p.m. ET – Deadline for submissions
Eligible music must be available for all Canadians and for national sale* or via a recognized national music streaming provider.**
*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 product was released during the eligibility period: September 1, 2018 through to 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, 2019. Proof of transaction may be requested.
Eligible musicians must be Canadian citizens. This is defined by CARAS as 50% or more of group members holding Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period.
New for this year:
Album and International Album of the Year
Submissions for Album of the Year Sponsored by Music Canada and International Album of the Year now fall within the same submission period and eligibility dates as regular categories.
Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Presented by APTN
Indigenous Album of the Year has been changed to Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Presented by APTN. Eligible individuals must be Inuit, First Nation or Métis and eligible groups must have at least 50% of members be Inuit, First Nation or Métis. Full eligibility criteria can be found here.
Artist*, Group*, Breakthrough Artist** and Breakthrough Group of the Year**
The following awards: 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), 25% Academy Delegate vote, 15% social data and 10% radio audience.
* Presented with Apple Music
**Sponsored by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters
Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada
New this year, Just For Laughs will be providing a subsidy for those submitting to the Comedy Album of the Year Presented by SiriusXM Canada category, to cover the costs of submission fees. Just For Laughs is proud to support excellence in Canadian comedy.
For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules, and voting criteria, visit www.junoawards.ca/submissions.
CARAS relies on Academy Delegates to help nominate and vote on JUNO Award winners each year. Sign up to become a CARAS Academy Delegate and receive 40% off submissions.
PwC – Trusted partner of the 2020 JUNO Awards.
Nielsen Music is the Official Data Provider of the 2020 JUNO Awards
Exclusive Broadcast and Content Partner: .
CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.
Lead Partners: Apple Music, TD Bank Group
Funding Partners: The Government of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatoon.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year-round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. For more information on the 49th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit www.junoawards.ca