2022 Submission Tips & Tricks

2022 Submission Tips & Tricks

For full information on ECMA 2022 Submissions click HERE.

Before you click the “Submit” button, make sure to read through our tips and tricks that will help to make your ECMA submission the best it can be!

For more help / guidance, please contact ECMA at membership@ecma.com to set up a meeting regarding your application.

2022 Submission Tips & Tricks

Start early

It’s always best to give it a go early on so that you give yourself enough time to address any potential snags or questions that should arise.


Be prepared

  • Read the manual.

  • Check your membership status. Will you need to renew to submit? We can do that!

  • Register your account on AwardStage and get familiar with the platform when it opens on Sept 13, 2021.

  • Make sure you collect all the information you will need before beginning the application. Create a file folder containing your press photos, mp3 uploads, bios, etc. so you have everything in one place and ready to go when submitting and attaching the files.

Ask Us

Not quite sure about something? Confused by a term, or just simply overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information (we get it, it’s a lot)?

We are here for you! Reach out anytime and let us help you figure out the submission process. You don’t have to do this alone.



Before submitting make sure your website, social media and ECMA Member page is up-to-date. Jury use these platforms to assess your application so make sure your content is up to date - the more active you are online, the better! For example, any upcoming shows? Make sure they are populated on your website / Facebook Events page (if announced).

2022 Submission Tips & Tricks

Be Detailed

When filling out the accomplishments section of the application, you can include past and future booked shows/recordings/live streams! It’s great to know where you have been and what you have done, but it is also just as exciting (and important in seeing that you are active) to know where you are heading or what you have coming up next!

Be Specific

Applying for showcasing? Make sure to drop a few names and demonstrate your sincere research throughout the application. Jurors don’t just want to know that you would like to meet festival bookers at ECMAs 2022, but rather would love to know which specific festival booker, let alone which festival. What are your business targets as an Artist / Band / Applicant?

Not sure where to look, you can check out our past delegates here.

Save, Save, Save

There is no autosave function within this platform, so save your application early and often! We all know the dreaded feeling of losing work, don’t do that to yourself!

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel!

Filling out multiple submission forms? Make sure to use the “clone” feature in AwardStage to save you time! This feature will copy over your general information (such as bios, social links, etc.) to each form so you don’t have to fill it in twice. Don’t forget to double-check that your information copied over correctly to each additional form created.

Same time and energy :)

2022 Submission Tips & Tricks


Proofreading is key! Look for typos. Triple-check that your links work. Make sure you comply with the correct file sizing. Doing this one step can make a huge difference!

*Also, this goes back to our first point - Start Early! So that you give yourself enough time to proof-read.

Give Us Your Best

  • Include quality, high-res photos. This can help add a few points in the artistic presentation jury criteria!

  • If you have live show videos, did you stream a show over the last 18 months? Make sure to include them! This is especially true when applying to showcase. It’s great to hear your music, but it also is helpful to the jury if they can see how incredible you are onstage or get a sense of your live performance if they haven’t seen you before.

  • Make sure your album is uploaded on a streaming website (i.e. Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Spotify) AND have an external download link at the ready (Dropbox, Box.com). We need both of these requirements for our Jurors. Please do not send us to your iTunes - we need the full album, not just samples of each track!

* *We no longer require physical copies of your CDs to be provided to ECMAs along with your submission.