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Submissions Guidelines 2019

The Indie Acoustic Project is now accepting submissions for the IAP's Best CDs of 2019 Awards.

What Qualifies

Any full-length CD (at least 20 minutes long) that:
  1. has at least some acoustic instrumentation
  2. has been (or will have been) released for sale to the public during 2019 by any entity other than a major US label.
  3. One award per category will be given in the following categories:  Acoustic Ensemble, Adult Album Alternative (AAA), Alt Country , Alt Rock, Americana , Best Lyrics, Celtic, Instrumental,  Jazz, Latin, Multi-Genre,  Progressive Edge, Rock, Singer-Songwriter, World Music

Recordings released by a non-major but distributed by a major label do qualify for consideration.

A cash award of $250 will be awarded for the 2019 Album of the Year, chosen from among the 2019 winners.

Send Submissions To:

For CDs

Send a CD of each title you want considered, along with an email contact address to:

Indie Acoustic Project
570 Union Avenue
Boulder, Colorado 80304

For albums that will only be released online or electronically

You may submit by emailing a download code and link to jon@indieacoustic.com.


  1. 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.
  2. Please submit a copy of each qualifying CD that you or your record label released in 2019, along with an email contact. No other material is necessary, although a brief bio sheet may be included.
  3. Recordings that feature electronic instrumentation qualify as long as they contain at least some acoustic instrumentation.
  4. Ten awards will be given: one per category. The categories are: Adult Album Alternative, Acoustic Ensemble, Alt-Country, Alternative Rock, Americana, Best Lyrics, Celtic, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Modern Roots/Revival, Multi-Genre, Progressive Edge, Rock,
    Roots, Singer-Songwriter, World Beat, and World Music.
  5. The Indie Acoustic Project will determine which category best fits the recording.
  6. Submissions must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2019
  7. Finalists and winners will be notified by email, award certificates will be mailed to all winners.
  8. 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) would qualify.


Please address any questions to jon at indieacoustic.com

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