ECMA 2018 Submissions for Awards & Stages Now Open!

ECMA 2018 Submissions for Awards & Stages Now Open!


Submissions for the 2018 ECMA Awards and Showcase submissions are now open! Here’s everything you need to know:

Submission Deadline: October 2nd at 5PM AST

Eligibility Period: An album/song/video must have been released between June 1, 2016-October 1, 2017 to be eligible for this year’s awards. 


  • Members receive one free category submission, all other category submissions are $30.
  • Non-members must pay $50 per category submission and do not receive a free category submission. 
  • Industry award categories, as well as the Indigenous Artist of the Year and Bucky Adams Memorial Award categories are free to submit to.

To learn more about becoming an ECMA member, please contact Note that members of CBMIC, Musique/Music NB, Music NL, Music NS, and Music PEI are eligible for free ECMA memberships. Please contact your local association for more information. 

To learn more about what categories are available to submit for please read the following:

Award & Showcase Fast Facts (English)
Guide rapide des Prix et vitrines (Français)

How to Submit:

All submissions are done online via Marcato.

If you are an ECMA member, please log into your ECMA account and find your member submission form under the “Submissions” tab of the MyECMA dropdown menu in the upper right hand corner of the website. If you are a member and use the non-member link provided above, you will be charged $50 per category submission instead of the member rate of $30 per category. Please make sure to use the correct form.

Music Award Submission Requirements:

All music award categories for full albums require both a link to a downloadable version of the full album, as well as a streaming link to the full album. 

Please see this easy Dropbox tutorial to learn more about how to upload your album for jurors to be able to download.

We’ve also created an easy to follow Soundcloud upload how-to guide here.

ECMA recommends either Soundcloud or Bandcamp for the provided streaming link. iTunes and Spotify links will not be accepted.

Showcase Submission Requirements:

To be eligible for the majority of showcases, artists must have had an eligible release (minimum of 3 songs released to the public) within the past 2 years. Some showcases require a release within the last year. 

Please refer to the 2018 Awards & Stages Manual for all showcase eligibility criteria.


The ECMA nominees are determined by over 200 regional, national, and international jurors who are experts in their field. All nominees and winners are chosen solely based on juror scores, with exception of the two Fans’ Choice awards, whose winners are determined by public vote. 

Showcasing artists are first reviewed and scored by the jurors, and then programmed with help of the five regional music industry associations and the ECMA Programming Committee. 

To learn more about the eligibility and jurying criteria of all award and showcase categories, please consult our 2018 Awards & Stages Manual.

If you have any questions about submissions, please contact