Rules

UKBLUES AWARDS RULES

The voting, nomination and award process will be managed by the Board of the UKBlues Federation and overseen by an external scrutineer.

The first Awards year – the qualifying period – will run from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 both days included. The Awards will be presented at an exclusive ceremony to be held in May 2018.

Definition of Blues: Any attempt to define this genre will always be a matter of opinion, individual taste and something of an ever moving target so, if a band, artist, act, songwriter or album meets the nominator’s definition of  ‘Blues’, then they are invited to nominate them.

Eligibility: All nominees must be UK nationals normally residing in the UK or non-UK nationals whose normal place of residence is in the UK. For the purposes of these Awards, anyone spending more than six months in the UK in any 12 month period is deemed to be residing in the UK.

Definition of Award Categories:

  1. Male Blues Vocalist of the Year – An artist who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of their performance and/or recordings.
  2. Female Blues Vocalist of the Year  – An artist who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of their performance and/or recordings.
  3. Blues Band of the Year – A band who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of their performance and/or recordings.
  4. Acoustic Blues Act of the Year – An acoustic act who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of their performance and/or recordings.
  5. Young Blues Artist of the Year – An artist aged under 25 on the 31st December of the Awards year who, during the Awards year, has made the most significant impact through the quality of their performance and/or recordings.
  6. Blues Based Festival of the Year – the UK Festival which, in the Awards year, best catered for the attendees and participating musicians, brought the most to the local/regional community, been well organised and priced and offered the broadest based choice of blues based acts.
  7. UK Blues Based Broadcaster of the Year  – A person or persons who produce/present regular (at least once per calendar month) blues based radio shows, podcasts and the like which emanate from the UK.
  8. Blues Album of the Year – A blues based album first released by a UK band/artist(e) during the Awards year.
  9. Blues Songwriter of the Year  – The person(s) who, in the opinion of the nominating panel, has/have written and/or published the most original, creative and artistic song/songs during the Awards year.
  10. Blues Club/Venue of the Year – Nominations for this award will be invited from the public at large and must be accompanied by a summary not exceeding 150 words describing why the club/venue is being nominated, what contribution it makes to the blues in the UK etc. The submission must be accompanied by the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the person making the submission.
  11. *Blues Personality of the Year – A person who, in the opinion of the nominating panel, has been the outstanding personality on the blues scene in the UK during the Awards year. Nominations for this award will be invited from a panel comprising all paid up members of UKBlues Federation, excluding Board members, as at the commencement date of the nomination process.
  12. *Lifetime Contribution to the Blues in the UK  – This award will be given to a person or group whom the nominating panel deems to have made a significant and lasting contribution to blues in the UK over many years. This award is not necessarily limited to musicians but can include anybody who meets the criteria regardless of their particular involvement in the genre. Nominations for this award will be invited from a panel comprising all paid up members of UKBlues Federation, excluding Board members, as at the commencement date of the nomination process.
  13. Innovation in the Blues in the UK – This award will be given to a person or persons, a band, an organisation or other entity, whose work and/or activities have, in the opinion of the nominators, breathed new breath into the blues, introduced something new and fresh and/or successfully pushed the genre’s boundaries in the UK. Nominations for this award will be invited from a panel comprising all paid up members of the UKBlues Federation, including Board members, as at commencement date of the nomination process, plus journalists (both online and print media), broadcasters, promoters, publishers, musicians, festival and club organisers, academics, publicists, agents and label and distribution company personnel.
  14. Regional: Blues Act of the Year – England – An artist, act or band, based in England that best represents Blues in England
  15. Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Northern Ireland – An artist, act or band, based in Northern Ireland that best represents Blues in Northern Ireland
  16. Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Scotland – An artist, act or band, based in Scotland that best represents Blues in Scotland
  17. Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Wales – An artist, act or band, based in Wales that best represents Blues in Wales

UKBlues Hall of Fame

Any person, act, band, venue, festival or other entity declared the winner of a particular category in the UKBlues Awards five times will be entered into the UKBlues Hall of Fame and will no longer be eligible for selection in that particular category.

 

Nomination process:

Except as more specifically detailed above, the first stage of the process will comprise a nomination panel of more than 350 people from across the blues spectrum in the UK, being invited to select three UK based acts for each public award category. The panel members will be asked to submit their choices in order of preference (first, second, third) with points being awarded according to the position in which the acts are placed by the panel members.

The five acts accumulating the most points for each of the 10 general categories will be selected as category finalists and will be entered in a poll comprising the second and final stage of selection – the public voting process. (See below)

The 4 regional categories (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) will each have specific nomination panels comprising people who are resident in the specific region and will follow the same nomination process as the national awards but restricted to acts from each of the specific regions.

The national panel will comprise all current members of UKBlues Federation as at the commencement date of the nomination process and journalists, (both online and print media), broadcasters, promoters, publishers, musicians, festival and club organisers, academics, publicists, agents and label and distribution company personnel, fans and blues supporters and the like.

No member of the Board of UKBlues Federation will be permitted to nominate for or vote in the UKBlues Awards categories covered by this nomination process other than the award for Innovation in the Blues in the UK.

All members of the nomination panel are required to keep their involvement in the panel confidential. If the UKBlues Federation becomes aware of any member of the nominating panel ignoring this requirement, that person will be removed from the nomination panel and any nominations they may have made will be disallowed.

To avoid any possible conflict of interest, panellists are not permitted to nominate artists in whom they have a close professional interest. Managers, agents, publicists or members of staff of record labels/companies may not nominate any artist(s) that they represent.

In summary nominations for categories 1 to 9 inclusive and 14 to 17 inclusive will be made by the relevant nominating panel(s), category 10 is open to anybody to submit a nomination in accordance with the prescribed procedure.

Nominations for categories 11 to 12 inclusive will be in the gift of members of the UKBlues Federation as at the commencement date of the nomination process whilst nominations for category 13 will be made by a panel comprising all members of the UKBlues Federation as at the commencement date of the nomination process plus selected individuals from across the blues spectrum.

 

Voting Process:

Voting will take place during the ‘voting period’ – a four week period commencing in February of each year.

Voting in all categories will be open to all members of the UKBlues Federation at the date of the commencement of the voting period and to any other person whose registration to vote is submitted via the voter registration page on the UKBlues Awards website – www.ukbluesawards.com – and validated by the UKBlues Federation prior to the closing date of voting.

Voters may only vote for one nominee in each category and may only vote once in each category. They may vote in any or all categories in any one session. If voters wish to vote in different categories during different voting sessions they may but all votes must be cast within the specified voting period. Any votes cast outside the voting period will not count.

Whilst it is appreciated that voters may not wish to vote in every category, voters are requested to cast votes in as many categories as possible. To avoid the possibility of the voting being ‘hijacked’ or unduly biased, the UKBlues Federation reserves the right to disallow votes from voters who have not voted in at least six of the nine main categories (1 to 9 inclusive). 

Logs of all voting activity will be recorded and monitored. Any party identified as having voted or sought to vote more than once will be barred from voting completely (for this and all future awards) and their vote(s) will be discarded.

Managers, agents, publicists or members of staff of record labels/companies may not vote for any artist(s) that they represent or with whom they are closely involved.

*Categories marked thus will not automatically be awarded annually.

In the event of there being any contradiction or lack of clarity in these rules, any dispute about the interpretation or application thereof or any other matter upon which a ruling or interpretation is necessary, the Board of the UKBlues Federation will be the final arbiters and point of reference and they will, after proper consideration and investigation, make a decision, as a Board, and such decision shall be final and binding upon all parties. 

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