CRMA Rules and Regulations

2016 CANADIAN RADIO MUSIC AWARDS GENERAL INFO

The winners of the Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA’s) are chosen by the combined votes of On-Air Staff, Program Directors and Music Directors.  The winners are not chosen by fans, or by a panel of judges.

Exceptions:
Factor “Breakthrough” Award
Sennheiser Chart Topper Award
Fan’s Choice Award
SOCAN Song of the Year Award
Heatseeker Award

Canadian Music Week has authorized the presentation of 9 Awards.  Only one award will be presented in each category.  These Awards are presented to honour those people who have excelled in their industry during the past year.

There must be at least three (3) nominees in each category in order for that category to remain on the ballot for the current year.  If there are less than three (3) nominees, the category may be put on hiatus for the current year only.

The eligibility period for all awards categories will run from December 1, 2014 through to January 31, 2016.  Recordings must have been released during the eligibility period.

Exception: Heatseeker Award – The eligibility period for this category is January 1, 2016 – April 1, 2016.

Participation in balloting is limited to On-Air Staff, Program Directors and Music Directors in Canadian radio.

SELECTION PROCEDURES

NOMINEES

The list of nominees is determined by the total number of spins received by newly top charting Canadian artists as compiled by Nielsen BDS.

VOTING BALLOT

From the list of Nominees supplied, each eligible voter may vote for ONE and ONLY ONE Nominee in each category.  The Nominee receiving the most votes in each category will be announced as the winner at the annual Canadian Radio Music Awards Presentation.

ADJUDICATION

Votes are submitted electronically to an independent accounting firm for final tabulation.  The results of the voting process are protected until the annual CRMA Awards presentation.

 

THE AWARDS DESCRIPTION

(REVISED January 2016)

THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES ARE OPEN TO FIRST TIME CHARTING CANADIAN ARTISTS.

Award 1           BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST (ROCK)
This Award is based on the “Rock” chart success of a Group or Solo Artist on Canadian radio.  A Group is defined as an act, composed of two or more people, all of who normally perform together and none of who is known primarily as an individual performing artist. One Award goes to the Group or Solo artist.  At least 50% of the group members or the Solo artist must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Award 2           BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST (CHR)
This Award is based on the “Contemporary Hit Radio” chart success of a Group.  A Group is defined as an act, composed of two or more people, all of who normally perform together and none of who is known primarily as an individual performing artist. One Award goes to the Group.  At least 50% of the group members must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Award 3           BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST (COUNTRY)
This Award is based on the “Country” chart success of a Group or Solo Artist on Canadian radio.  A Group is defined as an act, composed of two or more people, all of who normally perform together and none of who is known primarily as an individual performing artist. One Award goes to the Group or Solo artist.  At least 50% of the group members or the Solo artist must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Award 4           BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST (AC)
This Award is based on the “Hot AC” chart success of a Group or Solo Artist on Canadian radio.  A Group is defined as an act, composed of two or more people, all of who normally perform together and none of who is known primarily as an individual performing artist. One Award goes to the Group or Solo artist.  At least 50% of the group members or the Solo artist must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Award 5           FACTOR “BREAKTHROUGH” AWARD (non-voting)
This Award is based on total radio spins and other awards and recognitions received from FACTOR for a Group or Solo Artist during the eligibility period on Canadian radio.  The recipient is determined by FACTOR committee.

In choosing the recipient for the FACTOR Breakthrough Award, a FACTOR committee meets and discusses the nominees.  The nominees are chosen based on a list of all first time top charting artists provided to FACTOR as compiled by BDS Scoundscan.  The committee takes many things into consideration including other awards and recognitions received from FACTOR.  The final decision is based on the committee’s overall judgment.

One Award goes to the Group or Solo Artist. At least 50% of the group members or the Solo artist must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

THE FOLLOWING AWARD CATEGORIES ARE OPEN TO ALL CANADIAN ARTISTS:

Award 6           SENNHEISER CHART TOPPER AWARD (non-voting)
This Award is based on total radio spins for a Group or Solo Artist during the eligibility period on Canadian radio.  The Group or Solo Artist with the greatest number of spins will be determined the winner. One Award goes to the Group or Solo artist.  At least 50% of the group members or the Solo artist must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Award 7           SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR AWARD  (fan vote) 
This award is base on total radio spins for a song during the eligibility period on Canadian radio. Fans will have the opportunity to cast their votes for their favourite song and the nominee receiving the greatest number of votes will be determined the winner.  One Award goes to the songwriter(s). .  At least 50% of songwriting team must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Award 8         FANS’ CHOICE AWARD (fan vote)     
This Award is based on airplay of a Group or Solo Artist on Canadian radio as well as live performances and appearances, sales and social network activity during the eligibility period.  Fans will have the opportunity to cast their votes for their favourite entertainer and the nominee receiving the greatest number of votes will be determined the winner.  One Award goes to the Group or Solo artist.  At least 50% of the group members or the Solo artist must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants.

Award 9         HEATSEEKER ARTIST OF THE YEAR        
This Award is based on airplay of a new International Group or Solo Artist on Canadian radio during the eligibility period. The nominee receiving the greatest number of votes will be determined the winner.  One Award goes to the Group or Solo Artist.

 

ARTIST HALL OF FAME (non-voting)

This award recognizes the long-term contributions to the growth and development of Canadian music domestically or abroad.  Inductees are determined by a panel of judges comprised of Canadian music industry professionals.  The recipient must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.  One award is presented to the artist.