NI Music Prize Now Open for Submissions

Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail – awarded NI Music Prize Best Album award last year (Photo: Wrapped in Plastic Photography).

NI Music Prize Now Open for Submissions

Closing date for submissions of albums and singles is 30 July; all genres of music are eligible.

The NI Music Prize has announced that it is now seeking submissions of albums and singles for the 2020 awards. The specifics of the award ceremony, which is usually held in Belfast in November, are yet to be announced. 

Musicians from, or based in, Northern Ireland, who have released an album or single between 15 July 2019 and 14 July 2020 are invited to submit their music. Once the full list of music submissions has been received, a panel of music industry professionals will choose a longlist. The longlist will be published for public vote and the twelve albums and twelve singles with the most votes will be considered for the overall award in each category. All winners will be announced on the evening of the ceremony in November. 

All genres of music are eligible for the NI Music prize, though albums and singles must consist of new music released during the qualifying time frame. A maximum of two single submissions per artist is allowed. 

Winners of awards in previous years include Elma Orkestra and Ryan Vail for the album Borders (2019), pop group Junk Drawer for their single ‘Year of the Sofa’ (2019), and The Wood Burning Savages for their album Stability (2018). 

For further details on how to apply, visit:

Published on 7 July 2020

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