Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: The Grammy Awards always go to the major label darlings; why would I care?
Not true, though! In previous years, CD Baby has seen up to 20 of the independent artists who work with us on the nomination lists (and many have ended up winning).
Remember, there are a lot more Grammy categories than just the handful that get televised. You might want to submit your album for consideration this year– but the deadline is looming.
With that in mind, Gary Keeney (who plays a key role on CD Baby’s Artist Support Team) put together the following information for any CD Baby-ers who might want to put themselves in the running to win a Grammy!
Important guidelines for Grammy-hopefuls:
1) Applicants applying for voting membership must be approved by June 30 to be eligible to submit recordings for consideration in the 55th GRAMMY Awards.
2) The application link is at the bottom of this page - https://www.grammy365.com/join/membership-types
3) You must be a member of the academy to submit content or vote.
4) This link has a nice outline of the process: http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/awards/grammy-awards-voting-process
5) CD Baby does not play a direct role in our client’s submissions to the Grammys. We are merely the company that helps them have the distribution required to be eligible for the awards.
6) The Grammys have not updated their submission dates yet but the dates always lay between Sept. and Oct of the following year. I.E.~ last year’s dates for eligibility were such that the album (or single, or cover art) had to have been released between Oct. 1st 2010 and Sept. 30th 2011.
7) Here is a link to the voting (submitting) process - http://www.grammy.org/grammy-awards/voting/faqs
8) Essentially anyone (artist, composer, producer, engineer, arranger…) can become a member and submit content to be considered for a Grammy. However, that person cannot submit anything until they are a member.
I hope these guidelines help make the Grammy submission process a little clearer. Break a leg!