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Album of the Year

AWARD OVERVIEW

Album of the Year

The Album of the Year is awarded to a recording artist for band, born and or residing in the Durham Region, in any genre, for an album (minimum of 6 tracks). An album is defined as a collection of individual recordings, made available as a single item.

ELIGIBILITY

The eligibility period is April 1, 2021 through to March 31, 2022. The artist and or (majority of) band members are born and or or reside in the Durham Region. An album is considered released on the first available date that the material can be mass consumed via a purchase in its entirety and/or streamed legally in its entirety by a royalty generating service. The album must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks. 50% of the tracks must have been released during the current eligibility period, having never appeared on a previous album.

ORDER OF EVENTS

MARCH 15
submissions open

Between March 15 to May 15, a public callout for submissions will be made. Any submissions that do not meet the eligibility requirements for their respective award category will not be considered.

May 15submissions Closed

Public submissions will close on May 15. The Nominating and Voting Committee will go through all submissions to ensure that each submission meets all the requirements for its respective award category.

june 30Scoring finalized

A panel of selected judges will evaluate the remaining submissions in each category with a given set of judging criteria to determine the top three nominees.

july 20public voting opens

The top three nominees for each category will be posted on the OMA website from July 20 to August 20 for public voting.

aug 20public voting closed

Public voting will end on August 20. All votes will be accumulated and the recipient(s) for each award will be announced during the OMA show on September 23.

sep 23RECIPIENT(S) revealed

ORDER OF EVENTS

March 15
submission open

May 15submissions close

Jun 20FINALISTS DETERMINED

sep 23winner revealed

Between March 15 to May 15, a committee will meet to recommend candidates who reside or were born in the Durham Region.

The OMA Nominating and Voting Committee will meet to discuss and determine potential recipients. Through a developed list of criteria, discussion, and voting, the OMA Nominating and Voting Committee will determine the recipient.

The recipient of this award is determined at the sole discretion of the OMA Nominating and Voting Committee and Executive Committee.

ORDER OF EVENTS

MARCH 15
submissions open

Between March 15 to May 15, a committee will meet to recommend candidates who reside or were born in the Durham Region.

May 15submissions Closed

The OMA Nominating and Voting Committee will meet to discuss and determine potential recipients. Through a developed list of criteria, discussion, and voting, the OMA Nominating and Voting Committee will determine the recipient.

june 20FINALISTS DETERMINED

The recipient of this award is determined at the sole discretion of the OMA Nominating and Voting Committee and Executive Committee.

sep 23winner revealed

ORDER OF EVENTS

March 15
Submissions open

May 15submissions close

Jun 15JUDGES VOTING ENDS

sep 29winner revealed

Between March 15 to May 15, a committee will meet to recommend candidates who reside or were born in the Durham Region.

Public submissions will close on May 15. The Nominating and Voting Committee will  screen all submissions to ensure that each submission meets all the requirements for its respective award category.

A panel of judges will evaluate the submissions, voting for their top three picks. The votes will determine the top three finalists and recipient. The top three vote getters will be listed as nominees. The recipient (winner) will be revealed at the award ceremony.

ORDER OF EVENTS

MARCH 15
SUBMISSIONS OPEN

Between March 15 to May 15, a public callout for submissions will be made.

May 15submissions Closed

Public submissions will close on May 15. The Nominating and Voting Committee will  screen all submissions to ensure that each submission meets all the requirements for its respective award category.

june 20FINALISTS DETERMINED

A panel of judges will evaluate the submissions, voting for their top three picks. The votes will determine the top three finalists and recipient.

july 15JUDGES
VOTING ENDS

The top three vote getters will be listed as nominees. The recipient (winner) will be revealed at the award ceremony.

sep 29winner revealed

ORDER OF EVENTS

March 15
submission open

APRIL 30submissions close

MAY 21FINALISTS DETERMINED

JUNE 1NOMINEE
ANNOUNCEMENT

sep 29winner revealed

Between March 15 to April 30, a public callout for submissions will be made. Any submissions that do not meet the eligibility requirements for their respective award category will not be considered.

Public submissions will close on April 30. The Nominating and Voting Committee will screen all submissions to ensure that each submission meets all the requirements for its respective award category.

A panel of selected judges will evaluate the remaining submissions and determine the top three finalist.

The Nominating and Voting Committee will vote within the top three finalist to determine the winner. The winner will be announced during the OMA show on September 29.

The top three nominees are announced and posted on the OMAs website.

The top vote getter will be announced in the award show September 29.

ORDER OF EVENTS

MARCH 15
submissions open

Between March 15 to April 30, a public callout for submissions will be made. Any submissions that do not meet the eligibility requirements for their respective award category will not be considered.

APRIL 30submissions Closed

Public submissions will close on April 30. The Nominating and Voting Committee will screen all submissions to ensure that each submission meets all the requirements for its respective award category.

MAY 21FINALISTS DETERMINED

A panel of selected judges will evaluate the remaining submissions and determine the top three finalist.

The Nominating and Voting Committee will vote within the top three finalist to determine the winner. The winner will be announced during the OMA show on September 29.

JUNE 1NOMINEE
ANNOUNCEMENT

The top three nominees are announced and posted on the OMAs website.

The top vote getter will be announced in the award show September 29.

sep 29winner revealed

Order of Events

March 15
submission open

APRIL 30submissions close

MAY 21scoring finalized

juNE 1public voting Opens

JULY 15public voting closes

sep 29winner revealed

Between March 15 to April 30, a public callout for submissions will be made.  Submissions that do not meet the eligibility requirements for their respective award category will not be considered.

Public submissions will close on April 30. The Nominating and Voting Committee will screen all submissions to ensure that each submission meets all the requirements for its respective award category.

A panel of selected judges will evaluate the remaining submissions in each category with a given set of judging criteria to determine the top three nominees.

The top three nominees for each category will be posted on The OMAs' website from June 1 to July 15 for public voting.

Public voting will end on July 15. All votes will be accumulated and the winner for each award will be announced during The OMAs' show on September 29.

JUDGING CRITERIA

1. Music and Lyrics (Artistic Merit & Originality, coherence, catchiness/hook)  30%

2. Production & Engineering Quality 20%

3. Live or Virtual Performances & Presence in Durham Region 10%

4. Accomplishment, Brand and Consumption Data 40%

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ORDER OF EVENTS

MARCH 15
submissions open

Between March 15 to April 30, a public callout for submissions will be made.  Submissions that do not meet the eligibility requirements for their respective award category will not be considered.

APRIL 30submissions Closed

Public submissions will close on April 30. The Nominating and Voting Committee will screen all submissions to ensure that each submission meets all the requirements for its respective award category.

MAY 21Scoring finalized

A panel of selected judges will evaluate the remaining submissions in each category with a given set of judging criteria to determine the top three nominees.

JUNE 1public voting opens

The top three nominees for each category will be posted on The OMAs' website from June 1 to July 15 for public voting.

JULY 15public voting closed

Public voting will end on July 15. All votes will be accumulated and the winner for each award will be announced during The OMAs' show on September 29.

sep 29winner revealed