Voting

Voting membership is for creative and technical professionals who qualify in at least one of the categories of eligibility. All recordings must be commercially available in the U.S. either through traditional distribution channels or recognized online retailers/streaming services.

Recordings Released Online Only:

  • Must have 12 qualifying digital tracks or equivalent duration of content*
  • One qualifying track must have been released within five years of receipt of application
  • Releases must be currently available for purchase through recognized online music retailers or recognized online music streaming services, defined as paid, full catalogue, audio-only, on-demand streaming and/or limited download subscription services, at the time of submission to the Academy
  • Recordings must be accompanied by verifiable documentation, e.g. liner notes, AllMusic.com

Recordings Released Through Physical Distribution:

  • Recordings commercially released in the U.S. through physical distribution outlets
  • Must have six physical tracks or equivalent duration of content*
  • One qualifying track must have been released within five years of receipt of application
  • Qualifying tracks must be currently available for sale through physical music retailers
  • Recordings must be accompanied by verifiable documentation, e.g. liner notes, AllMusic.com

GRAMMY Nomination:

  • If you were nominated for a GRAMMY Award within the previous five years

Eligibility may be subject to career substantiation through the following documentation. The Academy recommends that applicants submit as much documentation as possible.

  • Recordings available for streaming/download through recognized music aggregators
  • Documented sales/chart information
  • Established, active website/social media/online presence including:
    • Current or historical touring dates/performances
    • Fan base interaction
    • Current band/artist information
    • Music videos
    • Music/media player with current releases available
  • Active marketing and promotion efforts
  • Print material
  • Press releases/EPK
  • Reviews of performances by print or online magazines
  • Press interviews

* Excluding Intros, Outros, and Interludes

A one-year membership begins at $100. The Recording Academy approves membership at its sole discretion based on the assessment of the material submitted.

I Meet the Above Requirements