Best of 2013
Submissions Guidelines 2016
The Indie Acoustic Project is
now accepting submissions for the IAP's Best CDs of 2016
Any full-length CD
(25 minutes or longer) that:
- has at least some
- has been (or
will have been)
released for sale to the public during 2016 by any entity other
than a major US label.
released by a non-major but distributed by a major label do
qualify for consideration.
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- The Best CD
Awards are a
public service of the Indie Acoustic Project, so there is no charge
of any kind for any aspect of these awards. Every submission will
be given consideration for the awards.
- Please submit
a copy of each
qualifying CD that you or your record label released in 2016,
along with an email contact. No other material is necessary, although a
brief bio sheet may be included.
electronic instrumentation qualify as long as they contain at
least some acoustic instrumentation.
- Twelve awards
will be given:
one per category. Again, The categories are: Acoustic Ensemble,
Instrumental, Latin, Lyrics, Multi-Genre, Rock, Roots, Progressive
Edge, Singer-Songwriter (Male), Female Singer-Songwriter (Female), and
World Music-Africa, and World Music-Eurasia/Global.
- The Indie
will determine which category best fits the recording.
- Submissions must
be postmarked no later than December 31, 2016
- Finalists and winners will be notified by email, award
certificates will be mailed to all winners.
- All decisions regarding
the Awards are made solely at the discretion of the Indie Acoustic
Project and are FINAL.
Definitions for Selection Purposes
Acoustic music: Any music inspired by or based on any
folk music tradition, but into which new innovations, hybrids,
improvisations, or ideas have been added. This definition will include
original music, as well as traditional music which has been expanded
upon, refined, added to, or blended with another musical form.
Traditional music: For purposes of this project,
traditional music is any musical form that has developed into
a clearly defined and easily recognizable style. Therefore
"traditional" will be used to describe not only regional indigenous
musical styles such as traditional Celtic ballads, Appalachian folk
songs, or sea chanteys; but also jazz, classical, bluegrass, blues, big
band, chorale, and gospel.
So, for example, a strictly traditional
rendering of either bluegrass or Irish fiddle tunes would not
qualify for the IAP Awards, but a version of those same songs where any
innovation or cross-cultural aspect has been added (no matter how small)
Please address any questions to jon at indieacoustic.co
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