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Songwriter of the Year

AWARD OVERVIEW

Songwriter of the Year

The Songwriter of the Year award is presented to a Songwriter or a team of Songwriters born and or residing in the Durham region, of any genre, for a single composition or a body of work. The award recognizes a single song or a maximum of three songs that represents the Songwriter’s body of work. Songs do not have to contain lyrics.

ELIGIBILITY

The eligibility period of the copyright is January 1, 2020 through to March 31, 2021. Copyright owners can submit up to THREE (3) songs as a representation of the creative success of the songwriter’s body of work. For collaborations, the principal songwriter(s) is born or reside in the Durham Region. The song/songs under consideration must be copy-written between January 1, 2020 through to March 31, 2021.

Order of Events

March 15
submission open

May 15submissions close

Jun 30scoring finalized

jul 20open public voting

aug 20public voting closes

sep 23RECIPIENT revealed

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.

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.

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 OMA website from July 20 to August 20 for public voting.

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.

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

jul 15COMMITTEE VOTING ENDS

sep 23RECIPIENT(S) revealed

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.

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.

A panel of selected judges will evaluate the remaining submissions and determine the recipient(s).

The recipient(s) will be announced during the OMA show on September 23.

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 20FINALISTS DETERMINED

A panel of selected judges will evaluate the remaining submissions and determine the recipient(s).

july 15COMMITTEE
VOTING ENDS

The winner will be announced during the OMA show on September 23.

sep 23winner 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

JUDGING CRITERIA

Introduction 5%

Verses 5%

Chorus 10%

Build 5%

Hook 5%

Bridge 5%

Groove 5%

Song Length 5%

Development of theme 25%

Overall impact 10%

Melody 10%

Originality 10%

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