ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS

ARTIST RECOMMENDATIONS (Jan 1 – April 1)
Members in Good Standing, and Accredited Industry Professionals including Labels, Agents, Managers, Venue Owners, Promoters, and others may submit recommendations for artists which they consider worthy of recognition in the NAIRMA Award process.
Submit Recommendations Here

ARTIST VERIFICATION & SELECTION (April 1 – June 1)
All recommendations are reviewed by the Association’s Awards Committee to insure that all artists meet specific program requirements in accordance with the NAIRMA Artist Selection Process Guidelines. Qualified artists are then selected to participate in a Live Screening Event for nomination consideration in one or more of the various NAIRMA Award categories. 

LIVE SCREENING EVENTS (Sept 1 – Nov 1) 
NAIRMA coordinates with local venues to provide nationwide Live Screening Events allowing each hand-selected artist the opportunity to showcase their live talents as well as access vital industry information through educational seminars which are held 2 hours prior to each event.

ARTIST NOMINATIONS (Announced Dec 1) 
Following the Live Screening Events process, the Association’s Awards Committee selects FIVE (5) Nominees in each award category. These nominees are announced on December 1 at which time all voting members have 20 days to submit their ballots for award recipients.

FINAL VOTING PROCESS (Deadline Dec 20) 
The Association’s Awards Committee and Members in Good Standing then vote to determine the award recipients in each of the TWELVE (12) categories, and all ballots must be received no later than December 20. Ballots received after December 20 are deemed invalid regardless of post marking.

The People's Choice Award is the only award category that is determined solely by fan vote.
Between December 1st and December 20th fans may vote online for any artist who participated in a Live Screening Event during the year of that artists nomination.

RESULTS (Late Jan – Early Feb) 
With the exception of the People's Choice Award, ALL voting results will remain secure via sealed envelopes and delivered to the annual NAIRMA Award Presentation Cermony held in Southern California during the NAMM Convention, where the award recipients will be announced.

The People's Choice Award recipient will be announced online on December 21 and will be invited to perform during the NAIRMA Awards as well as receive round trip airfare, 4-night hotel accommodations, and NAMM Convention credentials.

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