The U.S. has a new prize to recognize the year’s best debut American album.
The American Music Prize is the brainchild of Scott B. Murphy, who established the annual Australian Music Prize back in 2005. Its ambition is to “encourage, discover, reward and promote new music of excellence by USA artists.” In a nutshell, it’s “an American Prize, for American artists, judged by American judges,” Murphy tells Billboard.
To be eligible, an artist’s debut album must have been released between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015, and at least 51 percent of the act’s line-up must be residents of the U.S. The recording should also have some commercial clout; it has to sell more than 1,000 units and be registered by SoundScan. There’s no fee for submissions to the AMP. Details can be found here.