11/30/2017

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES VOTING TIMELINE CHANGES FOR 2018 AWARDS & BEYOND

ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® ANNOUNCES

VOTING TIMELINE CHANGES FOR 2018 AWARDS & BEYOND

January 10, 2018 Deadline to Apply for New Memberships & Renew Memberships

For Voting Eligibility for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards in 2018

Encino, CA (November 30, 2017) – The Academy of Country Music® announced today the ballot timeline for professional membership voting for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, which includes a shift to a calendar-year submissions eligibility period as well as synchronizing voting timing of all Awards categories, including Industry Awards categories, Studio Recording Awards categories, Radio Awards categories and Video of the Year Award. The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast LIVE from Las Vegas next April, 2018 (date to be announced).

“The Awards/Voting Committee conducts annual reviews of criteria and procedures to ensure the integrity and relevance of all of the awards.  Recently, the Board of Directors approved changes to the eligibility period and category guidelines. This, along with technological upgrades to our voting and membership systems, allows us to better position the Academy for the future,” said Nick Di Fruscia, Vice President, Awards & Membership for the Academy of Country Music.”

In 2018, the submissions eligibility period for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will be November 24, 2016 through December 31, 2017, extending to account for the change. In 2019 and thereafter, the submissions period will be January 1 to December 31. 

In addition, Awards voting in every category has been synchronized. The ballot timeline for professional members for the 2018 ACM Awards cycle is as follows:

  • First Round:                        January 22, 2018 – January 31, 2018
  • Second Round:                   February 12, 2018 – February 21, 2018
  • Final Round:                       March 7, 2018 – March 14, 2018

Radio Award categories and Video of the Year Award submissions period will be January 3, 2018 – January 15, 2018.  For more information, visit www.acmcountry.com.

New membership applications and existing membership renewals must be completed by 5:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM CT on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 for members to be eligible to vote during the 2018 Awards cycle.  To apply online for membership with the Academy of Country Music, please visit the new ACM Membership platform at:
https://acm.dmds.com/en#/.

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CONTACT:
Brooke Primero
Academy of Country Music
818.815.4219
brooke@acmcountry.com