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Choice Music Prize

Choice Music Prize
Choice Music Prize logo
Awarded for Best album from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland
Location Vicar Street, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Presented by IMRO and RAAP
First awarded 2005
Official website http://www.choicemusicprize.com/

The Choice Music Prize, sponsored since 2011 by Meteor,[1] is an annual music prize awarded to the best album from Ireland.

The awards ceremony is occasionally broadcast on Today FM every March with the exception of the 2014 ceremony which took place on February 27, 2014 and it is also held in Vicar Street, Dublin with the exception of the 2012 ceremony which was held in the Olympia Theatre (Dublin).

The current M.C. or master of ceremonies overseeing the award ceremony is Today FM DJ, Paul McLoone who has presented it for the last three years, McLoone beginning in 2012 although McLoone has been personally involved in the awards since they first began in 2005. Previous presenters of the ceremony have been Michelle Doherty, Rigsy and Alison Curtis.

Establishment

It was established by journalist Jim Carroll and manager Dave Reid in 2005.[2][3]

Aim of the awards

  • The aim of the Choice Music Prize, is to get more airplay for Irish acts both domestically and overseas. [...] Previous winners of the prize have only good things to say about the experience."It was a strange thing" remembers Cormac Brady of Super Extra Bonus Party. "It's not something we ever expected to happen to us. Winning awards certainly wasn't what we got into music for, but it brought us a hell of a lot more recognition overnight and opened a lot of doors". Julie Feeney concurs. "It was probably the biggest achievement of my life" she says. "It meant a phenomenal amount to me. It was an enormous validation." as an alternative to the industry-dominated Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).[10][11][12][13][14] There is no sponsorship.[2]

Initially considered by co-founder Carroll as a "titchy little maverick event",[15] the Choice Music Prize has gained a reputation for producing "unpredictable" winners.[2][16] Winners thus far consist of one solo female performer, four bands and one solo male performer. Julie Feeney won the inaugural prize for Irish Album of the Year 2005. She was followed by The Divine Comedy, Super Extra Bonus Party and Jape, winners of Irish Album of the Year 2006, 2007 and 2008 respectively. Adrian Crowley won Irish Album of the Year 2009, while Two Door Cinema Club won Irish Album of the Year 2010.

The ceremony to announce the winner takes place at Vicar Street, Dublin in February or March each year. Originally presented by Michelle Doherty and Rigsy,[17] and also by Alison Curtis.,[18] Today FM DJ Paul McLoone has presented the awards since 2012 and to this day, remains the current host or M.C.- master of ceremonies for the prize giving ceremony. It has also been broadcast live since its inception on national radio station Today FM.[17][18][19][20] The nominated acts are invited to perform in front of a live audience at the ceremony.[18] However, some nominated acts, such as The Chalets, Fionn Regan, Snow Patrol, Lisa Hannigan, Oppenheimer, Bell X1 and Laura Izibor, have not performed in the past due to other commitments.[21][22][23][24] David Holmes (musician) and The Script also did not perform when nominated, though Holmes and Danny O'Donoghue attended the ceremony.[24] The judging panel is locked in an enclosed room during the performances to debate over which act ought to win with Irish journalist Tony Clayton Lea as the Chairman of the Judging Panel and who is tasked with helping the panel come to a decision where they all select the one musician or band who will win the Prize.[2] A secret ballot was used to decide the winner of Irish Album of the Year 2008, Ritual.[18]

Past winners and nominees have credited the Choice Music Prize with boosting their careers. Julie Feeney described winning Irish Album of the Year 2005 as "probably the biggest achievement of my life", adding "it meant a phenomenal amount to me. It was an enormous validation".[3] Duke Special, nominated for the first two awards, said his nomination for the inaugural award had helped raise his profile in the Irish media.[25] Cormac Brady stated Super Extra Bonus Party's Irish Album of the Year 2007 win "brought us a hell of a lot more recognition overnight and opened a lot of doors".[3] Nominees have doubled or trebled sales after the award has been announced.[26] Steve Jordan was influenced by the Choice Music Prize when he set up Canada's Polaris Music Prize.[27] Culture Ireland invited figures from the international music industry to the event that decided the Irish Album of the Year 2010.[28]

Meteor sponsorship

It was announced on Monday 10 October 2011 that Snow Patrol at Dublin's Button Factory, and was followed by a live performance from Lisa Hannigan and James Vincent McMorrow on 8 December 2011, also in Dublin's Button Factory.

Winners and shortlisted nominees

Neil Hannon
Neil Hannon, winner with The Divine Comedy in 2006 and nominee with The Duckworth Lewis Method in 2009

Seven different animals
Super Extra Bonus Party, winners in 2007

Richie Egan performing with Jape
Jape, winners in 2008

Adrian Crowley at ABC Glasgow
Adrian Crowley, winner in 2009

Two Door Cinema Club at Kitsune, bluebird
Two Door Cinema Club, winners in 2010

Year Winner Album Shortlisted nominees & albums[20][30][31][32][33] Judges[25] Ref(s)
2005 Julie Feeney 13 songs[34]
2006 The Divine Comedy Victory for the Comic Muse[22]
2007 Super Extra Bonus Party Super Extra Bonus Party[35]
2008 Jape Ritual[10]
2009 Adrian Crowley Season of the Sparks[36]
2010 Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History[37]
2011 (broadcast live on Today FM. This also marks Paul McLoone's debut appearance as the M.C. for the awards ceremony). Jape Ocean of Frequency
  • Brian Adams (Today FM)
  • John Barker (98FM)
  • Stuart Clarke (Hot Press)
  • Siobhan Maguire (The Sunday Times)
  • Naomi McCardle (Harmless Noise)
  • Lauren Murphy (The Irish Times)
  • Nadine O'Regan (RTÉ/Phantom/Sunday Business Post)
  • Colm O'Sullivan (Red FM)
  • Ed Power (Irish Independent/Irish Examiner)
  • Rigsy (BBC1 Northern Ireland)
  • Penny Rose-Hart (RTÉ Radio 1)
2012 (held on March 7, 2013 and also broadcast live on Today FM from 7pm- midnight). Delorentos Little Sparks
  • Mark Kavanagh (Daily Star)
  • KC (Today FM)
  • Aoife Barry (The Ticket/Blogger/2XM)
  • Craig Fitzpatrick (Hot Press)
  • Elaine Buckley (RTE, State, Entertainment.ie)
  • Sean Rocks (Radio1/Arena)
  • Eamonn Sweeney (Irish Independent)
  • Andy Kavanagh (TG4)
  • Steven McCauley (BBC Radio Foyle)
  • Eoghan O'Sullivan (Irish Examiner/Blogger)
  • Claire Beck (Phantom FM)
2013 (hold on February 27, 2014 and also broadcast live on Today FM from 7pm- midnight). Villagers (band) Awayland
  • John Balfe (Entertainment.ie)
  • Aidan Butler (RTE Radio One)
  • Niall Byrne (Nialler9, Irish Independent)
  • Steve Cummins (Irish Post)
  • Shilpa Ganatra (Daily Star)
  • Daniel Gray (Totally Dublin)
  • Laurence Mackin (Irish Times)
  • Una Mullally (Irish Times and TG4)
  • Fin O'Leary (MCD Concerts)
  • Colm O'Sullivan (Today FM)
  • Niall Stokes (Hot Press)
  • Amy McGarrigle (BBC Northern Ireland)
  • Laura Kirkpatrick (Spotify)
2014 (held on March 5, 2015 and also broadcast live on Today FM from 7pm- midnight). The Gloaming (group) The Gloaming

Eligibility

In order to be considered for the Choice Music Prize a release must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. All albums must have been released for the very first time in Ireland in the previous calendar year. This means that the album must have been made available for purchase by the general public (in shops, at gigs or on websites) for the very first time in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland) between 1 January and 31 December of that year.
  2. Re-issues, multi-artist compilations, live albums and Best Of collections are not eligible
  3. The artist(s) in question must have been born in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland) and/or hold an Irish passport. Bands are eligible to be nominated if the majority of the band members were born in Ireland (i.e. Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland) and/or hold an Irish passport.
  4. For the purposes of the Choice Music Prize, an album must contain six or more tracks and/or be over 33 minutes and 20 seconds in length.

There is no formal application process for the Choice Music Prize. Once an album meets the above criteria, it is eligible to be considered by the judges for selection.

See also

References

General
Specific

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External links

  • Choice Music Prize official site
  • Choice Music Prize category at "On the Record" (blog of co-founder Jim Carroll on The Irish Times website)
  • Choice Music Prize page of broadcaster Today FM
  • Irish Recording Music Association (IRMA)
  • Recorded Artists Actors Performance (RAAP)
  • Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
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