ARIA Awards switches up eligibility criteria for Song of the Year and Best Jazz Album

The ARIA Awards are changing things up slightly for 2017, as first reported by The Music Network. Two categories for this year’s awards have had their eligibility criteria changed after feedback from members dictated the need for a shift, affecting the Best Jazz Album and Song of the Year categories.

The new criteria for Best Jazz Album opens the category up for more records to be considered.

“Recordings where a minimum of 50% of the artists featured on the album packaging meet the Artist eligibility criteria are eligible, even when ensembles or orchestras contain more than 50% of non-Australian artists. …Recordings cannot be entered in any other genre category.”

When it comes to the public-voted Song of the Year ARIA Award, the eligibility criteria will be matching that of Best International Artist. The nominees will be selected from eligible single releases by Australian artists.

“The ten highest selling singles from these entries, based on ARIA sales statistics for the charts published between 1 October 2016 and 5 October 2017 inclusive, will form the nominee pool.”

“An artist will only appear on the nominee list once, even if that artist has multiple releases that  may otherwise be ineligible.”

Like the Jazz Album category before it, the Song of the Year changes widen the pool for artists to be nominated. The entry period for the ARIA has been extended to accommodate these changes, closing tonight at 7pm AEST. Voting opens on September 11th.