You’ve got questions and we have answers! Here is some background on the Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards and the Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Hall of Fame. The organizers try to be as transparent about the process as possible.
The judging process
How are individuals, groups and organizations nominated for an Eddies Music Awards category?
Each judge is provided with a copy of the quarterly Local 518 Music (and More) Reports for the year in question. This has been produced by Andy Gregory at WEXT since 2012; copies are available for free on the station’s web site. This is a very thorough almanac of record, album and video releases in the market, complete with links to the work. We feel that this is best way to ensure work is not overlooked. If you wish to be nominated for a video, record or album release, please follow the instructions on the station’s web site for submitting details of your work.
Participants in the judging process can nominate in any category. This is done electronically and during phone meetings. In some categories judges collectively may nominate 20, 30 or 40 or more names or works for consideration, in others the number is smaller for a number of reasons (such as in Radio Station of the Year – there are only so many radio stations in the market). Committees for different genres wean down the nominees to six finalists in all but three categories (Record, Album and Video of the Year) where up to eight nominees are accepted. Judges are free to name fewer than the six or eight spots allotted in any category.
Judges are given roughly four weeks to review the finalists. Links to recorded work, social media pages, Web sites, etc. are provided. Judges are highly encouraged to vote only in those categories where they feel themselves knowledgeable. Some judges only vote in a handful of categories, most vote in slightly more or less than half of categories.
One more note about categories: Several were added or several dropped between 2019 and 2020 based on judges’ recommendations. It is presumed that categories will continue to evolve over time.
What about conflicts of interest?
Judges are asked not to nominate or vote for themselves. In the event where votes in a category are very close, electronic votes are checked to ensure this rule is followed.
Is there any cost to those nominated?
No. And one award is provided for free to winners; additional copies are available to them (say, for instance, to give to every member of a band) at cost for a brief time period after the award ceremony.
What about nominations and judging for the Eddies Hall of Fame?
Similar process – the same panel of judges can nominate and vote for admission into the regional Eddies Music Hall of Fame at Universal Preservation Hall.
There is one change, finalists may be moved by from one induction class to another to ensure a diversity of genres, eras and levels of participation in the industry (musicians, agents, promoters, radio personalities, etc.) in a class.
The number of nominees may vary from year to year though the goal beginning in 2020 and beyond is to admit roughly a half dozen inductees every year.
More on the HOF here.
How do I become a judge?
For logistical reasons the target number of judges is roughly 100 from year to year. You must be an active participant in the music scene in one way or another and have particularly strong knowledge of at least one area or genre of the business. New judges are sought from what are perceived as gaps in expertise and you must be recommended by an existing judge.
Who developed and manages the Eddies?
The sole purpose of the Eddies Music Awards is to celebrate and give visibility to the 518 music community. The Eddies Music Awards were founded in 2019 by two individuals, Sal Prizio and Jim Murphy, who are both employed by the Proctors Collaborative. They sought for – and received support – from management to produce the Eddies Music Awards. Proctors Collaborative lends use of its venues and its resources for this effort; some of the cost is offset with corporate contributions.
How did the pandemic impact the Eddies?
The 2020 Eddies Music Awards, celebrating the work created in 2019, was scheduled in April 2020. The show was postponed twice due to the pandemic. A broadcast of the 2020 show from a closed set is scheduled May 2, 2021.
Nominating and voting for work created in 2020 will be done in the spring of 2021; the 2021 awards show date will be publicized on May 2.