May 3, 2010

OTTAWA – The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced today that submissions are now open for the 2010 edition of this increasingly popular event. For more information please visit www.folkawards.ca or www.prixfolk.ca .

The SIXTH ANNUAL CFMAs invites all Canadian folk, roots and world musicians to submit now for the 2010 awards. The evening gala – which will be held at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 20th – will celebrate excellence in the Canadian folk music scene today. Canadian artists who have released recordings between June 15, 2009 and June 14, 2010 are eligible to submit their work. For complete details on eligibility, applications and criteria, please visit http://canadianfolkmusicawards.ca/eligibility/

ARTISTS WISHING TO SUBMIT can now apply directly online or by downloading the submissions form at http://canadianfolkmusicawards.ca/submission-english/ and each artist can apply to multiple categories appropriate to their music. There are nineteen categories altogether, which includes conventional titles such as Traditional Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year, as well as two categories for world music, French, English and Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year awards, a Children’s Album of the Year Award and for the more adventurous musicians out there…the Pushing the Boundaries Award.

Deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday, July 2, 2010

Sound integrity is important for the selection process and since current online listening is sonically inferior in many cases, the CFMA jurors prefer to listen to the CD tracks straight from the CD. This way they will get the full impact of the immense effort applied to the music as well as the artwork and packaging as a whole.

The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from the folk music community.

For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:

Media Contact: Beverly Kreller

Canadian Folk Music Awards
1111 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4

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