British Country Music Awards Nomination Process and Guidelines
Working closely with our friends, industry partners and the country music community in the UK, we are here to heighten the awareness of country music and support its on-going growth by recognizing excellence in the genre.
Who can nominate?
Nominations are accepted for 14 awards:
BCMA board vote on 4 awards:
Award eligibility period
The eligibility period for each award is 1st July 2018 to June 30th 2019.
Nominations will open on 20 July 2019 and close on 10 Aug 2019. (3 weeks)
Voting will open on 20th Aug 2019 and close on 17th Sept 2019. (4 weeks)
UK artists are individuals, duos or groups whose members hold a British or ILR passport and were a UK tax resident during the eligibility period. Any group that includes non-UK members would normally be considered International. However, those with at least 50%** UK members may appeal to the British CMA board to be classed as a UK Artist.
International artists are all artists not fulfilling the criteria for UK artists.
* For clarity: this means an artist that has not previously been nominated for a British CMA and is considered to be an emerging UK country music artist
** For clarity: this means that a duo with one UK member and one international member would need to apply to the British CMA board if they wished to be considered as a UK artist; a trio with two UK members and one international member can appeal to the board to be classed as a UK Artist; a trio with two international members and only one UK member will automatically be classed as International and cannot appeal for UK Artist status. The board’s decision on any appeal is final. Note that this does not apply in the case of Song of the Year: the Song awards are for honouring exemplary song writing – any UK songwriter who is a credited cowriter on an eligible song can be nominated no matter how many other songwriters (UK or International) are also credited on the same song.
**For clarity: this means that in order to be eligible for nomination, an artist or group must have had at least one release available for sale as a physical CD, download or on an official streaming platform in the last 12 months. This includes nominations for Best Male Solo, Best Female Solo and Best Group.