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How do I submit my recording for consideration for The RTÉ Choice Music Prize ?
There is no formal submission process. If you meet the eligibility process your album is already eligible for RTÉ Choice Music Prize consideration. That means every artist has an equal opportunity regardless of their marketing prowess or budgets.

Are only albums listed on the Irish Albums list on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize site only eligible for consideration?
Not at all. This list is a non definitive list of Irish albums released in any given year. The list is published in order to catalogue the year in Irish music and to highlight the enormous amount of music being produced by Irish artists annually across every musical genre. We encourage amendments and additions to this list so please click on the contact page and get in touch in order to add to or amend this list.

Can I still send you my record?
Yes. We don’t return packages or appraise, review or publish them. But we do listen, because we believe in supporting and promoting Irish Music.
Email info@choicemusicprize.com for information where to send your album.

How is the judging panel selected?
The RTÉ Choice Music Prize judging panel is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, programmers, bloggers and other experts in the field of critically appraising and reviewing Irish Music. The panelists are selected each year by The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Director and the Chairperson of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize judging panel.

Do you have a list of contacts for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize panel members?
No, we do not. Panel members and their affiliations are listed on our site. Feel free to direct any enquiries to their respective media outlets. Any influence on their selections should come from the music itself. The best approach is to simply ensure that panel members get a copy of your album and leave it at that.

How are the nominees decided? What is the criteria?
The RTÉ Choice Music Prize shortlist is voted on by the panel based on their own tastes and determinations. They pick their selections based on what their individual criteria for best album is. There are no quotas, sales caps or any other limitations. It’s simply just about the music. The announcements/publications by The RTÉ Choice Music Prize of the list of artists which have been judged to make The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Shortlist and then of The RTÉ Choice Music Prize Winner are final and no communications will be entered into which contest the validity of these.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year 2017
A shortlist of 10 nominated songs for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2017 will be compiled by combining selected songs from the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Judging Panel, RTÉ 2FM and the Irish Airplay charts (compiled by Radio Monitor). A public vote will decide the winner online. The nominated song that receives the most votes will be the winner. The winning song will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize event at Vicar Street on 9th March and presented with the award for RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2017.
The judging panel consists of 11 media professionals, representing Irish print, radio TV, online and other assembled music professionals.

Eligibility
To be considered for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year 2017, a release must meet ALL the following conditions –
1. The song/track for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize must have been released for the very first time in Ireland during the year in question. This means that the song/track must have been made available to the general public (for purchase, on an album, or given away for free in shops, at gigs or on websites) for the very first time in Ireland (ie Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland) between January 1 and December 31 in the given year. Radio and promotional releases can also be included.
2: The artist(s) in question must have been born in Ireland (ie Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland) and/or hold an Irish passport. Bands are eligible to be nominated if the majority of the band members were born in Ireland (ie Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland) and/or hold an Irish passport.
3: Please note that there is NO formal application process for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year 2017. Once the song meets the above criteria, it is eligible to be considered by the judges for selection.
4: The announcements/publications by The RTÉ Choice Music Prize of the list of artists which have been judged to make The RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year Shortlist and then of The RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year winner are final and no communications will be entered into which contest the validity of these.
5: A shortlist of ten songs will be compiled by a combination of songs selected by the RTÉ Choice Music Prize judging panel and the Irish airplay charts compiled by Radio Monitor. The public will vote via an online facility to select the winner of the RTE Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year Award. The announcements/publications by The RTÉ Choice Music Prize of the list of artists which have been judged to make The RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year Shortlist and then of The RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year winner are final and no communications will be entered into which contest the validity of these.

How is the winning album selected?
The twelve person judging panel meets on the night of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Live Event to discuss and dissect the various Choice nominated albums. The performance of the nominees at the live event has no bearing on the winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.

I have other questions that need asking:
Please direct them to dave@choicemusicprize.com who’ll endeavour to answer all relevant queries.