Frequently Asked Questions

Are only albums listed on the Irish Albums list on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize site only eligible for consideration?

Not at all. This list is a non definitive list of Irish albums released in any given year. The list is published in order to catalogue the year in Irish music and to highlight the enormous amount of music being produced by Irish artists annually across every musical genre. We encourage amendments and additions to this list so please click on the contact page and get in touch in order to add to or amend this list.

Can I send you my record?

There’s no need to send us your record. We’d prefer if artists didn’t have to incur any costs when getting their albums to us.

How is the judging panel selected?

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize judging panel is comprised of journalists, broadcasters and other experts in the field of critically appraising and reviewing Irish music. The panelists are selected each year by the RTÉ Choice Music Prize director and the chairperson of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize judging panel.

Do you have a list of contacts for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize panel members?

We don’t announce the names of judges until after the shortlist has been announced.

How are the nominees decided? What is the criteria?

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize shortlist is selected by the panel based on their own tastes and determinations. They pick their selections based on what their individual criteria for best album is. There are no quotas, sales caps or any other limitations. It’s simply about the music. The announcements/publications by the RTÉ Choice Music Prize of the list of artists and albums which have made the RTÉ Choice Music Prize shortlist and the RTÉ Choice Music Prize winner are final and no communications will be entered into which contest the validity of these.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year 2019

A shortlist of 10 nominated songs for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2019 will be compiled by combining selected songs from the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Judging Panel, RTÉ 2FM and the Irish Airplay charts (compiled by Radio Monitor). A public vote will decide the winner online. The nominated song that receives the most votes will be the winner. The winning song will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize event at Vicar Street in March and presented with the award for RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2019.
The judging panel consists of 11 media professionals, representing Irish print, radio TV, online and other assembled music professionals.

How is the winning album selected?

The judging panel meets on the night of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event to discuss the nominated albums. The performance of the nominees at the live event has no bearing whatsoever on the winner of the Prize.

I have other questions that need asking:

Please direct them to dave@choicemusicprize.com who’ll endeavour to answer all relevant queries.

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