About us.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize is an organisation established to encourage, highlight, showcase and promote Irish music of excellence.

The ethos behind the prize is to stimulate debate and interest in Irish artists and in Irish Music and to increase public awareness of music from Ireland annually.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize aims to promote and showcase the health and growth of the local industry both within Ireland and overseas.

The project was established in 2005 to highlight those albums which deserve some extra time in the spotlight and, ultimately, to select the album which best sums up the year in Irish music. The focus and spotlight is ultimately on the ten annual short-listed artists and their respective albums.

The project was established in 2005 to highlight the ten albums which were adjudged to deserve extra time in the spotlight and, ultimately, to select the album which shined the brightest in that year of Irish music.

Every year a number of panels drawn from the Irish music media and industry are selected to compile a shortlist for each of the five Prizes in the RTE Choice Music Prize and to select a winner.

The prizes are Irish Album of the Year, Irish Song of the Year, Irish Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Irish Artist and Classic Album.

Instead of using sales or airplay as criteria, the RTÉ Choice Music Prize judges focus, simply and solely, on the music.

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize shortlist is announced in January each year, with the judges meeting in March to select the winning act at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event.