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Women in Music Canada Honours, March 8, 2024

Submissions opening soon for the Women in Music Canada Honours.

Women in Music Canada Honours program is designed to celebrate and support Women and Gender Diverse Canadian innovators and creators who have outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2022 through December 2023 for annual based categories). 

Submissions must be made through WIMCanada’s application form by the deadline (Monday, December 11, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET). Submissions may be made by the prospective honouree or another Canadian colleague. Only one submission is required to be considered. If multiple submissions are received for the same person, they will be combined to one submission for the jury review. The Honours recipients will be announced at a reception dinner and showcase program March 8, 2024 - International Women’s Day.  

Women in Music Canada values diversity, equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from innovators and creators from diverse backgrounds.

ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES 

WOMEN IN MUSIC CANADA HONOURS CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS 

Artist of the Year Presented by Amazon Music

This honour recognizes a woman or gender diverse artist whose music demonstrates excellence with an exceptional year as a result of radio chart successes, media exposure, industry recognition, and/or touring success. Artists considered in this category may be at any stage of their music career, with success in the timeframe of the award eligibility being the primary measure of adjudication. Artists may only be honoured with this category once.

The recipient of this category will be selected from the shared results of jury and open voting by Women in Music Canada membership. 

Change Maker of the Year (Formerly Distinguished Leader)

This honours a woman or gender diverse industry member who is creating change through their leadership (aligning collective direction and motivating people toward strategic goals) and mentorship (supporting and sharing expertise with other women and gender diverse professionals to reach their goals). 

While the recipient may be a company owner, this is not a requirement and the recognition is intended specifically for their individual leadership initiative and successes. Active engagement with the music community should be visible on an ongoing basis. Testimonials, past achievements, and ongoing projects can all be included in this submission. Submissions will be juried primarily on professional activity occurring within one year of the submission deadline however long term initiative information may be submitted.

The recipient of this category will be selected from the shared results of jury and open voting by Women in Music Canada membership. 

Entrepreneur of the Year 

This honour is given to a music industry company owner or co-owner making significant strides in diversity in the workplace. The intent of the award is to recognize the success of a company owned or primarily run by women and/or gender diverse individuals. Their company may be of any size. While the successes may be a compilation of the work of the team, and the honour may recognize a partnership (two individuals) only one physical award is presented. 

Excellence in Live Music 

This honour recognizes a women or gender diverse music professional working in a live production or touring environment making significant impact in their field: Includes tour/operations/promotions management, talent buyers, venue owners, or music event producers, tour assistant, backstage, road crew, and other related support roles. The winner will be one who prioritizes gender equity in their programming and team. This honour is not intended for artists based on their live performance. 

International Leader of the Year 

This honours an international woman or gender diverse industry member, making great strides in their country/city, outside of Canada. The recipient's work may be seen as significant on a world stage, or to the community they serve. This honour is intended for a professional based outside of Canada, regardless of their nationality. 

Organization of the Year

This honour is given to an organization or company making significant strides in equity in the workplace. The intent of the award is to go to an organization or company owned or primarily run by women and/or gender diverse individuals, however it may also commend allies who are part of the company. This may be an organization or company of any size. While the company successes may be a compilation of the work of the team, only one physical award is presented under the name of the organization or company.

Career Achievement Honour  (Formerly Trailblazer)

This category will recognize up to five women / gender diverse industry professionals or creators who have made significant impact paving the way for a more equitable community. This award is intended for folks who have been working in the music industry for 20 + years.  

Women in Music Canada Rising Leader (Formerly Honour Roll)

This category will recognize up to five women / gender diverse industry professionals or creators who are in the early stages of their career and showing success and growth in their work. These are the list of folks to watch for in the coming years. This honour is intended to highlight new Canadian innovators and creators in music.