NOMINATE A MIDWEST COUNTRY ARTIST FOR THE AWARDS HERE
Official Midwest Country Music Organization Award Nomination & Voting Process
Step 1—Open Nominations—This is completely public.
Anyone can nominate an artist for a category that they see fit. Members can NOT nominate themselves, but they can nominate other members. Artists MAY and are ENCOURAGED TO petition others to nominate them. Both reaching out privately to potential nominators and/or announcing on social media are both allowed. Artists MAY work in conjunction with nominators to provide all needed/requested material deemed necessary for submission. Only artist content & performances created November 2019-October 2021 will be considered. Nominators DO NOT need to be Midwest CMO members however all artists being nominated must be official Midwest CMO members in good standing before the nominee selection process is finalized. The Midwest CMO Board will review all nominations to determine eligibility. After eligibility is determined the Nomination Committee will select final candidates in each category. Non-members CAN receive nominations however most categories require Midwest CMO membership to be selected as an official nominee.
Timeframe for open nominations for the 2022 Award show is Monday Nov 8th through Sunday Nov 21st at 11:59pm
Step 2—Nominee selection process
After all the nominations have been received, the nomination committee reviews all entries for membership validation & quality verification to narrow categories down to the nomination finalists—also known as each category’s official “Nominees”. The nomination committee consists of industry professionals in the Midwest region (radio, venue, sound engineers, etc) and includes members of the Midwest CMO advisory board and board of directors. Each nomination is judged on category criteria as well as both an objective and subjective approach to musical & artistic quality.
Timeframe for Nomination Selection Process is Monday Nov 22nd– Sunday Dec 19th
The nominees will typically be announced the week before the holidays, and they will all be posted on this page www.midwestcountrymusic.org
Step 3—Voting Process—This is for Midwest CMO members only.
Each Midwest CMO member gets a special electronic voting form that they can fill out only once. This is a very similar process to other country music organizations and their awards. Voting is tabulated by the Midwest CMO’s chief financial officer and none of the winners are known to the public until the envelopes are opened at the Award Show!
Timeframe for the Voting Process is Monday Jan 10th– Sunday Jan 23rd at 11:59pm