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2019 JUNO Awards: Nomination submissions are now open

Importance news coming out of Toronto. CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) has announced that the submission period for the 2019 JUNO Awards is now open.

Available details have been posted below. CARAS’ volunteer rap committee is expected to issue an official press release this week.

In other CARAS related news, Canadian hip-hop artists Haviah Mighty and Aquakulture (pictured below) were recently selected as two of the four winners of 2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.

Submissions are now open for the 2019 JUNO Awards


2019 JUNO Awards deadlines and dates: Submissions now open

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today it is accepting submissions for the 2019 JUNO Awards. Submissions are open from Monday, October 1, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018 at JUNOSubmissions.ca.

In order to be considered for nomination for the 2019 JUNO Awards, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of September 1, 2017 and November 9, 2018.

Key Submission Dates & Deadlines

  • October 1, 2018 – Submissions open
  • October 19, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissions
  • November 9, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissions
  • November 30, 2018 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year open
  • January 4, 2019; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close


Submission Eligibility

Eligible music must be available for all Canadians and for national sale* or via a recognized national music streaming provider.**

*Product must be released nationally via brick and mortar stores or third-party online retailers.

**Product must be released via a nationally accessible streaming service that has paid subscriptions, full catalogue, or on-demand streaming.

Eligible product was released during the eligibility period: September 1, 2017 through to November 9, 2018. Albums available for pre-order online no later than November 9, 2018 will also qualify. Pre-ordered online albums (digital or physical copies) will need to be available no later than November 23. Proof of transaction may be requested.

Eligible musicians must be Canadian citizens. This is defined by CARAS as 50 percent or more of group members holding Canadian birth certificates, passports or are Canadian Permanent Resident(s) with residency in Canada during the last six months of the eligibility period.


CARAS has also introduced the following changes this year:

Streaming Only Releases

Music only available via a recognized national music streaming provider will now be eligible. Product must be released via a nationally accessible streaming service that has paid subscriptions, full catalogue, or on-demand streaming. Eligible streaming services are Canadian versions of Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Napster, Slacker, SoundCloud PRO, Spotify, Tidal.

Rap Recording of the Year

The nominees for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by equal weight of consumption and judge vote.

Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

If an artist submits their own work to the category, they must have also produced another artist’s work (one track minimum) within three years of the current eligibility criteria deadline (proof may be required).

Artist and Group of the Year

In order to submit in these categories, qualifying artists must have been previously recognized by The JUNO Awards.

For a complete list of JUNO Awards categories, eligibility rules and voting criteria, visit JUNOAwards.ca/submissions.

CARAS relies on Academy Delegates to help nominate and vote on JUNO Award winners each year. Sign up to become a CARAS Academy Delegate and receive 40 percent off submissions. Click here for more information.

PwC is the Official Ballot Accountants for the 2019 JUNO Awards.

Submissions are now open for the 2019 JUNO Awards


About CARAS

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. CARAS’ mandate is comprised of four key pillars: Educate through our music education charity MusiCounts programs and initiatives, Develop emerging artists through mentorship and development programs, Celebrate Canadian artists with year round JUNO Awards showcasing, and Honour music industry icons through the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

For more information on the 48th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit JUNOAwards.ca.

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