How to Submit Your Music to the Grammys

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Grammy time is upon us again. Or at least Grammy deadlines.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: The Big Awards always go to the major label darlings; why would I bother submitting to the Grammys?

Not true, though! In previous years, CD Baby has seen 20 or more 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.

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 GRAMMY Awards.

2) The application link is at the bottom of this page –

3) You must be a member of the academy to submit content or vote.

4) This link has a nice outline of the 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 submissions  always lay between Sept. and Oct. That means your album (or single) will need to have been released within 12 months of September for consideration.  Don’t wait until the last minute.

7) Here is a link to the voting (submitting) process –

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!

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