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YYC Music Awards

2021 Submissions now Open

Showcasing and honoring the incredible musical talent produced in the Calgary area for the last five years, the YYC Music Awards is proud to announce artist submissions for its sixth annual gala being hosted on September 26, 2021.

Event details will be released later in the spring as we continue to monitor COVID-19 restrictions.

Submissions open as of March 1 until May 31, 2021.

Celebrating the award gala’s sixth anniversary, the 2021 YYC Music Awards will celebrate artists and industry professionals in 25 categories.

Realizing that 2020 was a difficult year for our industry with many COVID restrictions limiting access to recording studios, we have made an adjustment to eligibility dates for the recording categories. For the 2021 YYC Music Awards, we are accepting recorded material with a release date between March 1, 2019 and February 28, 2021. Previously nominated works are not eligible.

Eligibility dates for the artistic and industry category awards are between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

Recognizing our valued partnership with The Prophets of Music Society, who has graciously sponsored the Zackariah and The Prophets Emerging Artist Award since our inaugural year, we have renamed that award the Prophets of Music Emerging Artist Award.

Last year’s event toasted 23 award categories and witnessed highlights such as duel awards for Troy Kokol (Music Video of the Year and Songwriter of the Year), and presenting the first ever Venue/Presenter of the Year Award to JazzYYC and Recording Studio of the Year award to Ian Dillon.

Artists interested in submitting their works for the 2021 YYC Music Awards can apply by visiting yycmusicawards.com/apply.

Recording Awards Submission

The album or single must have been commercially released between March 1st, 2019 and February 28, 2021 to be eligible. This time frame will be strictly enforced, and the YYCMA will not accept submissions for materials released outside this time frame. Singles may not be part of a collection previously nominated.

Who Can Apply?

Artists from the Calgary area, including Airdrie, Banff, Canmore, Cochrane, Strathmore, and areas up to a maximum 125 km radius of the city of Calgary at the time of submission and at least six months prior.


To be considered for a 2021 YYC Music Award, submissions must be received by 11:59pm MST on May 31, 2021. No extensions will be granted. For more information and to apply, visit yycmusicawards.com.

YYC Music Awards Categories

Recording Awards
Artists may only submit to one of the following categories:

  • Alternative Recording of the Year
  • Blues/Jazz Recording of the Year
  • Children’s Recording of the Year
  • Classical Recording of the Year
  • Country Recording of the Year
  • EDM Recording of the Year
  • Folk Recording of the Year
  • Inspirational Recording of the Year
  • Jazz Recording of the Year
  • Metal Recording of the Year
  • Pop Recording of the Year
  • R & B/Soul Recording of the Year
  • Rap Recording of the Year
  • Rock Recording of the Year
  • World/Cultural Recording of the Year

Artistic/Industry Awards
Artists may submit to more than one of these categories:

  • Group of the Year
  • Industry Person of the Year
  • Music Video of the Year
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Recording Studio of the Year
  • Single of the Year
  • Solo Artist of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Venue or Presenter of the Year
  • Prophets of Music Emerging Artist Award
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