2023 Submissions Now Open

The East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference celebrates the past, present and future of East Coast Music excellence in 2023 with the 35th anniversary. From May 3- 7, 2023 the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia will be alive with the sites and sounds of the best in East Coast music. Be a part of this momentous event by submitting for an award or showcase this season.

Submissions are now open for Awards and Showcasing at the 2023 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference in Halifax, NS, May 3- 7, 2023!

Submission period is open now, until October 7 at 11:59PM* (ADT).

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ECMA will be providing plenty of information, and resources, to help you with the submissions process. If you have any questions at any time, please reach out to membership@ecma.com.

ECMA is also calling for help from its membership and industry professionals on a regional, national and international level to build its roster of qualified musicians and industry professionals who act as jurors. Jury applications are now open until September 16, 2022.

For more information about submissions, jurying, or to access the 2023 Manuals, please visit our 2023 Festival pages!

More Information

Notable changes to the 2023 Submission Process:

Music Awards:

  • Artists can now apply to two genre specific categories.
  • Pop Recording of the Year is now a crossover category
  • UPDATED CATEGORY: Inspirational Recording of the Year changed to Inspirational/Gospel Recording of the Year
  • NEW CATEGORY: Choral Recording of the Year
    • Classical Recording of the Year requires 3 songs
    • Rising Star Recording of the Year requires 1 song
    • Global Music Recording of the Year requires 3 songs
    • R&B / Soul Recording of the Year requires 3 songs

Industry Awards:

  • BACK FOR 2023: Venue of the year
  • Visual artist of the Year now goes to the individual artist not the company


  • Breakout Stage is now programmed based on the 6 MIAs recommendations
    • ANSMA, CBMIC, Music NB, MusicNL, Music PEI, Music NS
  • Rising Star stage is programed from the Export Buyers Program submissions

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