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2016 JUNO Award Submissions Now Open

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that submissions for the 2016 JUNO Awards are open today, October 1st. Applicants can now submit their package at http://junosubmissions.ca/ for consideration. The JUNO Awards will be presented during JUNO Week, held in Calgary, Alberta, March 28th through April 3rd, 2016.

The eligibility period for the 2016 JUNO Awards is between September 1st, 2014 and November 13th, 2015. Other important dates to remember:

  • October 23, 2015, 5:00 pm (EST): Early-bird deadline to receive discounted submission rates
  • November 13, 2015, 5:00 pm (EST): Final submission deadline for ALL categories (except International Album of the Year and Album of the Year)
  • January 6, 2016, 5:00 pm (EST): Final submission deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year

Applicants can save up to 40% on the submission fee by becoming a member of CARAS at https://carasonline.ca/academy-delegate/.

The JUNOs have also announced that for the first time, streaming data will now be considered in determining nominees in the sales based categories. This change allows the JUNO Awards to better reflect how fans are consuming music. The streaming data will be provided by Nielsen Media Research Ltd.

The JUNOs also announced that the nominees for the JUNO Fan Choice will now be determined by an equal weight of single sales, streams, and Next Big Sound data, rather than album sales and Next Big Sound data in years past.

Additionally, the JUNOs announced a change to the criteria for album submissions. Going forward, a project that is 20 minutes or has 6 unique songs will be considered a full album. In this context, ‘unique’ means no remixes, acoustic versions, or added accompaniment versions, etc.

The JUNOs also announced that The Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo and Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Group categories have been changed to Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and Traditional Roots Album of the Year, which will ensure two genres of music are not competing against each other in the same category.

The nominees will be announced on February 2nd, 2016 at the JUNO Nominee Press Conference. For full submission details, visit http://junosubmissions.ca/.

Good luck to all applicants!

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