Awards Categories

Coming into our eighth year, the YYC Music Awards continues to grow and evolve and saw a dramatic increase in artists submissions for 2022.

After presenting a digital, online streaming event for the previous two years due to COVID-19 restrictions, the YYC Music Awards Foundation was thrilled to host a live event for the 2022 Awards Gala at the Grey Eagle Casino Event Centre.

On September 18, 2022, we had a wildly successful night, honouring nominees in 25 categories at the amazing venue that is the Grey Eagle Casino Event Centre.

We are well under way in the 2023 season, with submissions opening on March 1st, and are excited to announce 2 new categories this year; Community Ensemble Recording of the Year and Music Educator (and/or Ensemble Director) of the Year, bringing us to a total of 27 award categories this year. We are thrilled to be partnering with CADME (Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education), as the sponsor for the Music Educator of the Year Award.


The YYC Music Awards Foundation is also grateful to Craig Senyk Initiatives, who will once again present the 2023 YYC Music Awards as the Gala sponsor.

We are proud to see this year is lining up to be an even bigger event. Join us at the Grey Eagle Casino Event Centre on Sunday, September 24, 2023 as Calgary’s Music Community and fans gather to celebrate our own talented and diverse music scene.

Take a look at the categories for this year below, submissions opened March 1st, 2023 and close May 31, 2023.

YYCMA 2023 - Calgary's Music Awards

In September 2023, the YYC Music Awards will award the following 27 categories:

The awards are split into 3 sections; Recording Awards (artists are allowed 1 submission to 1 genre category in this section), Artistic Awards (artists may submit to Artists may submit to as many of these categories as they want.) and an Industry Awards section (submitters may submit to as many of these categories as they want.)

Recording Awards

Artists may only submit a single submission to ONE "Recording Awards" genre category (see categories below).

"For the "Recording Awards", if the track is part of an EP or album, then you must submit the entire EP or album in ONE submission in ONE genre category only.

If you do not have an EP or album, and release singles only, you are only permitted to submit one submission in ONE genre category per artist. Within that submission, you may upload multiple singles for jury consideration. (All singles must be submitted together as one submission in ONE genre).

Artistic Awards

In addition to submitting to one genre in the "Recording Awards" section, Artists may submit to as many of the "Artistic Awards" categories as they want.

Industry Awards

Submitters may submit to as many of these categories as they want.

Submissions for the 2023 YYCMAs ends May 31, 2023.

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