Entry Mechanics & Requirements:
Entry forms must be downloaded from www.mzansigospel.co.za completed and hand delivered or posted/couriered to MzansiGospel Offices | Unit A1 & A2 Halfway Gardens Office Park | Cnr. Fred Verseput & Asparagus Roads | Halfway Gardens Ext 4, Midrand.
All queries must be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011 036 5869/079 107 4651.
*Entries must reach MzansiGospel Offices by no later than the published closing date being the 24 April 2015 or extended date at 17h00
Eligibility for Entry:
Entries are open to all South African born gospel music artists. Entry is open in respect of any qualifying artists/duos or groups, being a person who: has been a legal resident in South Africa for a minimum of 12 months on the date of entry; or is a South African citizen; and provided that the entrant is a South African and owns at least 50% of the master material contained in the entry in question where any other part of the master is owned by a non-South African entity.
All full products submitted for the MzansiGospel Awards must be your latest released work in South Africa during the period March 26th 2013 to March 26th 2015. All music videos submitted for the category(s) “DVD/Music Video of the Year” must have been plighted by a television broadcaster in South Africa during the above-stipulated period.
Music singles submitted for entry from albums that were manufactured prior to 26 March 2015, but only released during the entry period will qualify for entry ON CONDITION that a written proof of release details for the entry period is submitted together with the fully completed entry form. MzansiGospel Awards shall be entitled to request further or better proof in its discretion.
Unless otherwise stated, awards are presented for album releases. An album must be available in a compact disc containing a minimum of 5 (Five) different and previously unreleased sound recordings by the artist or group in question (in other words, no re-released albums or “best of” albums); and not less than 30 (thirty) minutes of previously unreleased recorded performance.
Multi-artist compilations or previously released recordings may not be submitted for entry unless the category rule states otherwise.
Key awards process:
An Artist may be entered into multiple categories and 6 copies of the CD are required per artist.
Entries received are then screened for compliance with the relevant rules and to check whether such entries are entered in the correct categories. The purpose of this process, known as vetting, is to ensure that each entry is eligible, in the right category and is not at risk of disqualification. MzansiGospel Awards 2015 representatives performs this function. No artistic or technical judgments are made about entries at this stage.
Entries into incorrect categories are recommended for placement in the appropriate categories during vetting, in consultation with the entering record company. Entries that do not comply with the rules are disqualified.
MzansiGospel Awards reserves the right to refuse applicants for a specific category if insufficient entries are received. Applicants will receive 5 working days’ notice to resubmit their application to an alternative category. If insufficient entries are shortlisted for a specific category the MzansiGospel Awards representatives have the right to move any shortlisted entries to a suitable alternative category and the applicant will be notified of this accordingly.
The panel of judges is reviewed annually, and is selected for their expertise in their respective fields with no vested interests in the gospel and entertainment industry.
Entries are forwarded to the panel that adjudicates according to strict guidelines, which include applying the judging criteria for each category and their expert knowledge of the entertainment industry in general.
Independent Internal Auditors calculates the results on which the list of nominees is based and certifies that such results have been arrived at in accordance with all relevant rules.
Nominees per category will be announced at the Nominees & Partners Announcement Event to be held in 16 May 2015.
Voting lines for nominations are opened to the public at 12:00 midnight in May 2015 (Day of Announcement) and closed at 11:59pm in June 2015 (night before the main event) via the official SMS line.
Voting results will be verified by Independent Internal Auditors and then revealed at the Main Event in June 2015.
- Album of the Year
(The award will go to the artist whose entry is an album of any genre).
- Group/Duo of the Year
(The award will go the duo or group recording collectively as an artist whose entry is an album of any genre).
- Female Artist of the Year
(The award will go to the solo female recording artist whose entry is an album of any genre).
- Male Artist of the Year
(The award will go to the solo male recording artist whose entry is an album of any genre).
- New Artist of the Year
(The award will go to the artist or group whose entry is the debut album of any genre and they belong to a commercial recording company recorded in the past 2 years or if the artist/group belong to an non-commercial recording company; they must have not recorded more than 2 albums in the past 5 year. In the case of an artist, the artist must not have been a prominent member of a group).
- Praise & Worship Album of the Year
(This category is for artists who perform Praise & Worship influenced music).
- Accapella Album of the Year
(This category is for artists who perform Christian Accapella influenced music).
- Afrikaans Traditional Album of the Year
(This category is for artists who perform music with a distinct Afrikaans Christian sound for all ages).
- African Traditional Album of the Year
(This category is for artists who perform music with a distinct South African Christian sound for all ages).
- Rock/Pop Album of the Year
(This category is for artists who perform rock or popular Christian music).
- R&B/Hip Hop Album of the Year
(This category is for artists who perform R&B/Hip Hop Christian music).
- Contemporary Album of the year
(This category is for artists who perform music within an African or English Christian contemporary genre).
- Kontemporere Musiek of the year
(This category is for artists who perform music within an Afrikaans Christian contemporary genre).
- Jazz/Instrumental Album of the Year
(This category is for artists who perform jazz music/classical (instrumental or vocally based) and/or instrumental music).
- Church Choir Album of the Year
(This category is for church based choirs that record Christian music under the banner of their local churches).
- Children Album of the year
(This category is for artists who perform Christian children influenced music).
- DVD of the Year
(This category is for artists/group that has made an audio-visual recording of a live music performance of the work).
- Songwriter/Composer of the Year
(The award will go to the songwriter/composer whose entry is a single or a song in an album of any genre. The song must have been recorded in the past 5 years and must not have been entered into a similar category in any Christian music awards).
- Packaging of the Year
(The award will go to the artist/group of any genre whose album artwork is outstanding).
- Producer of the Year
(This category is for producers who have produced a recording of Christian music by an artist. In the case of an album with contributions from more than one producer, a certificate will be issued to every producer involved in the album and they will also split equally the cash prize will be split equally. The album entered for must meet the awards entry requirements
- Engineer of the Year
(This category is for engineers who have engineered a recording by a Christian artist. In the case of an album with contributions from more than one producer, a certificate will be issued to every producer involved in the album and they will also split equally the cash prize will be split equally. The album entered for must meet the awards entry requirements)
- Music Video of the Year
(This category is for the entry of music video singles. Both the Artist and the Director will receive a certificate, but the cash prize will go to the Director).
- Legendary Award
(This category is not open for entry. The Executive Committee of MzansiGospel Awards will nominate the recipients).
- Best Selling CD/DVD of the Year
(This award will go to the album of any genre that has sold the most units in CD/DVD that has sold the most units)
- Collaboration of the Year
(This award will go to an artist(s) / group(s) for entry of an existing single track taken from a commercially available recording, made in collaboration with another/multiple artist(s) / group(s). Both/all artists’ or record companies submitting the entry must grant approval in writing).
- Radio/TV Show of the Year
(This award will go to a TV/Radio show that plays a variety of Christian music with a dominance urban and contemporary Christian music).
- Best Dressed Artist/Group of the Year
(This award will go to an artist/group that dresses well and have the best look or presentation).
- African Artist of the year
(This award will go to an artist/group that is doing extremely well throughout the continent of Africa).
- International Artist of the year
(This category is not open for entry. The Executive Committee of MzansiGospel Awards will nominate the recipients).
- Song of the Year
(This award will go to an artist/group with an individual song that has done extremely well and has also received the highest number of airplay broadcasts on an audited list of South African radio stations).
Once submitted an entry may only be withdrawn by the entrant. The request to withdraw an entry must be made in writing and received by MzansiGospel no later than 7 days after the original or extended closing date of the entry period.
Raaloe Media together with the MzansiGospel Awards committee reserves the right to nominate artists into categories, which are not well represented during the entry stage as they see fit for the benefit and success of the MzansiGospel Awards.
Raaloe Media together with the MzansiGospel Awards committee also reserves the right to withdraw a nomination or a MzansiGospel award from any nominee or winner, who in MzansiGospel’s sole discretion, has brought the MzansiGospel Awards into disrepute.
Cash prizes and statuettes (if applicable) are awarded to the winning artists except where the category states otherwise, as the case may be. Artists who are nominated in any category are expected to attend the awards ceremony.
Those who fail to attend the awards ceremony will not be eligible to receive the cash element (if applicable) of their award, nor will they receive the statuette. Exceptions to this rule will be considered provided that application is made by the nominee, giving written notice of their inability to attend, with an accompanying motivation to be received by the MzansiGospel Awards within fifteen (15) days of the nominees being announced.
Should the application be successful then the nominee may be required to record an audiovisual interview for each category entered for broadcast purposes, a copy of which must be delivered to MzansiGospel Awards offices by no later than 24 May 2015 or extended date.
Artists, which are nominated by Raaloe Media together with the MzansiGospel Awards committee, will not be eligible to receive any cash prize should they win in a category they’re nominated into.
Cash prizes will be paid to the winning artists, songwriters, producers, directors, engineers and others, not earlier than 90 days after the date of the Main Awards Ceremony.
Broadcast And Exploitation Rights
In order to produce the awards event, MzansiGospel Awards will require the following from each Artist who is nominated as a finalist in any category (“nominees”) the following: the right to use each nominee’s photograph, name, likenesses, image, biography, recorded performance at each event of the awards, for the marketing, advertising, filming, broadcast and commercial exploitation of the awards including the release of a commercially available DVD; the right to use the sound recordings or part thereof embodied in the album entered in the awards for the purposes of the marketing, advertising, filming, broadcast and commercial exploitation of the awards; the right to a maximum of one song and an accompanying video per sound recording submitted for the competition, for possible inclusion onto a CD and DVD to be manufactured and distributed for sale in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia
It is therefore a condition of entry that all artists agree to sign MzansiGospel Awards standard contributors release form granting to MzansiGospel Awards the rights set out above and rights ancillary thereto the contributors release form is available to any entrant.