Submissions Are Now Open For The 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Submissions are now open for the 16th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, with early bird rates on until May 29, 2020. The 2021 CFMAs will take place the weekend of April 9-10, 2021, in Charlottetown, PEI. NEW for 2021, the CFMAs are pleased to announce reduced submission fees (a reduction of $10-$15 per category!) , and new Categories: “Single of the Year” and ”World Music Album of the Year” which combines the two previous categories “World Solo Artist of the Year” and “World Group of the Year.”

We are looking forward to heading to Charlottetown, PEI for the 2021 Awards Weekend. This weekend will capture the true heart of the folk community, while celebrating the 2021 nominees and the category recipients. Visit our website to stay on top of our upcoming events, announcements and awards weekend details.

Submissions are open NOW, and due to the Covid-19 situation, we have decided for this year to temporarily reduce the submission fees for CFMA 2021. Instead of $70 for the first category submission and $60 for each subsequent category, pricing will be $50 per category during the Early Bird period, and $55 per category until submission deadline.

NEW categories for 2021:

Single of the Year: This award recognizes an artist or group, and their producer(s) for Single of the Year. It is open to all folk genres, songs and instrumentals, recognizing single release recordings, or a track from an album which has been released as a single.

World Music Album Of The Year: This award replaces “ World Solo Artist of the Year,” and “World Group of the Year.”

Submit for the 2021 CFMAS here.

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION: Apply early and save money! Early bird fees for each category submission is $50, you save $5 by applying before the early bird submission deadline of May 29, 2020 midnight EDT. After May 29, 2020, all category submissions are $55.

FINAL DEADLINE: All submission details and payments must be received through our website no later than 5:00 pm EDT, July 31, 2020. Submissions must have been uploaded and received by our office no later than that date. For more information:

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Canadian artists who have released recordings between May 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020 are eligible to submit to the CFMAs 2021. Complete eligibility requirements are listed here.

Please be aware, the CFMAs have a no refund policy. It is vital to ensure your submission meets all eligibility criteria, including for the definition for all selected categories. Submissions that are disqualified will not be notified.

Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 19 categories plus the Unsung Hero Award. Nominees are chosen for each category. A two stage jury process by 100+ jurors located across Canada representing all official provinces, territories and languages determine the official recipients in each category.