30 March 2018: Pacific Music Awards Trust statement
The 2018 Vodafone Pacific Music Awards were happy to announce the 2018 finalists this week. This was a very strong year for Pacific music, meaning once again our categories were highly contested, showing the amazing depth of talent we have within our Pacific music community.
We have received queries about the entry and judging process, which we wanted to clarify here.
The Pacific Music Awards Trust annually puts out public invitations for artists, management groups, record companies, families and communities to put forward their nominees. We confirm a panel of specialist judges to work through the nominations and they choose the finalists for each of the award categories. Thus the Trust manages the overall nomination process, but does not nominate or participate in the judging. We host the Finalist Announcement event where everyone is acknowledged, honoured and celebrated, and finally at the Pacific Music Awards the winners are announced.
The details of the process are that we receive nominations, for the 11 entered award categories with eligibility based on the following key details:
- All artists are be of Pacific descent
- For all categories, except for Best International Pacific Artist, the artist needs to be a NZ citizen or permanent resident
- All recordings entered, whether a single, EP or album, need to have been made available for sale during 1 January – 31 December 2017
There is a detailed document outlining the full entry Terms & Conditions, which is on our website.
All entries are submitted online and can be completed by the artist themselves or by their representative. When a representative submits an entry, confirmation is also required from the artist, to verify and complete the details.
The next stage of the process is judging and the awards Trust ask an independent judging panel to assess all the entries. Again, this is completed online, with each judge completing and submitting their results independently. The collated results from all the judges, will then determine the finalists and winners.
Pacific Music Awards Trust